After a week’s respite following their victory in the Cartier Queen’s Cup final at Guards Polo Club, La Indiana did it again in Tuesday’s opener of the King Power Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club. La Indiana, largely due to its balanced offense, defeated Alfi Investments 10-9 to win the Carlos Gracida Trophy.
So far two teams have taken commanding wins in week one: Valiente trounced Emlor 16-10 on Tuesday, and El Remanso clobbered Thai Polo 19-8 on Wednesday. The whistle blew incessantly throughout the Valiente/Emlor game, which had a total of 23 fouls. Adolfo Cambiaso and Magoo Laprida combined for for 15 goals. Emlor hung tight through the first half, which ended 6-all, but after that the passing attack of Valiente slammed the door off its hinges.
The 22-goal Gold Cup for the British Open continues today with two matches: Talandracas v. Murus Sanctus and Park Place v. Monterosso.
With the exception of the final, the tournament is not being live streamed. All Gold Cup matches are being filmed and may be viewed afterward at http://cowdraypolo.co.uk/cowdray-tv/.
CAMBIASO FAMILY VICTORY IN ROYAL WINDSOR CUP FINAL
It would be hard to lose a game when a team is toting two fully loaded Cambiasos, and that factor took the trophy for La Dolfina/Valiente in the inaugural Out-Sourcing Royal Windsor Cup Final on Sunday. It was the second time Adolfo Cambiaso has won the UK's leading 15-goal trophy. He was a member of the victorious Geebung team in 2000. This year his teammate was his son, Poroto, 12.
Poroto was named Most Valuable Player. His dad’s ride, a seven-year-old mare named Cruiser (owned by Ros Packer) was named Best Playing Pony.
HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presented the prizes after La Dolfina defeated a very competitive Park Place 11-7 on the Queen’s Ground. Park Place was the defending champion. La Dolfina dominated from the beginning, leading 2-0 after the first and maintaining the advantage throughout.
Kudos go to Guards Polo Club for including sign language in the game commentary on the big screen—a great way to extend the reach of polo to the hearing-impaired community. The tournament’s title sponsor, Out-Sourcing, is diligently working to promote sign language as an international language.
22-GOAL ACTION AT CIRENCESTER PARK
The English summer season is in also in full swing at Cirencester Park. The final of the Warwickshire Cup, for teams up to 22 goals, took place Sunday at Cirencester. Monterosso defeated Les Lions 10-7. MVP was Monterosso’s Alessandro Bazzoni, and BPP honors went to Jamaica, played by Juan Martín Zubia, also of Monterosso.
Flannels England Ladies Team won the 22-goal Ladies International Test Match 6-5 over the All Africa Ladies Polo Team at Cirencester on Sunday. Trilogy, played by 10-goaler Nina Clarkin, was BPP. Tiva Gross, a 6-goaler on the African team, was named MVP.
The Apsley Cup is also under way at Cirencester. There are six 18-goal teams competing. Last week Bardon took Four Quarters Black 12-10. The final is this Sunday, July 1.
40-GOAL MATCH A DAZZLER AT COWDRAY
History was made at Cowdray Park Polo Club on Saturday when the All Pro Polo League (APPL) gave the club its first ever 40-goal match. Eight 10-goal players competed. Cowdray Park (Polito Pieres, Sapo Caset, Hilario Ulloa and Nico Pieres) defeated Hurlingham Polo 1875 (Facundo Pieres, Pelon Stirling, Gonzalo Pieres and Juan Martín Nero).
The game can be viewed online at cowdraypolo.co.uk/cowdray-tv/
The prelude to the 40-goal match was an 18-goal “Young Guns” battle featuring up-and-coming players from England, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Australia. Kings defeated Hurlingham Polo 1875 (7-6).
The APPL World Tour 2018 continues with matches in France and Spain before returning to Argentina to host its annual tournament in Pilar.
TEAM GREENVILLE WINS BATTLE FOR THE CAROLINAS SERIES FINAL
The Gladiator Polo Presented by Coca-Cola $50,000 "Battle for the Carolinas" Series concluded Saturday night at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as Team Greenville Presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) defeated Team Charlotte Presented by North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) 13-11.
The team representing South Carolina's major upstate city (Jared Sheldon, Pelon Escapite, and Jared Zenni) opposed their prominent North Carolina counterparts representing the city of Charlotte (Mariano Obregon, Tommy Collingwood and Kris Kampsen, a three-time winner of the U.S. Arena Polo Open Championship).
MVP was Escapite, a veteran of the Gladiator Polo sport.
Photography: Images of Polo & Pablo Ramirez