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Mon 20th Aug 2018

47th Polo International Update

Silver Cup titles for Ayala & La Esperanza

Sotoisolas, Brunei and La Esperanza used a penalty shootout to decide which team would take the remaining place in The 1892 Isolas Silver Cup Final. La Esperanza were the most successful team and faced Águilas in the Final on Thursday 16 August. La Esperanza’s luck continued into the Final as they secured the title with a narrow, but conclusive 9-8 win over Águilas. In the Subsidiary Final, Sotoisla defeated Brunei 6½-6. The Low Goal Gold Cup began on Saturday 18 August with five 6 goal teams taking part. Brunei kicked off the action with a 12-11 win over Sotoisola swiftly followed by La Isla securing a 7-6 victory over Águilas. The Gold Cup matches continue today with Águilas vs Sotoisola and La Esperanza vs Brunei. The Semi Finals are scheduled for Thursday 30 August with the Finals set to be played on Saturday 1 September.

On Friday 17 August The Appletiser Silver Cup Medium Goal Final came to an end at Santa María Polo Club, Sotogrande. Ayala had stormed their way to the Final with a 15-9 win over Golden Goose in the Semi Finals, whilst Sainte Mesme had a much tougher journey to the Final with an eight chukka Semi Final against Brunei. In the end, Sainte Mesme managed to secure the win with a Final score of 15-14, and with it a place in Friday’s Final. On the day, it was Ayala who claimed a 16-10 victory over Sainte Mesme to secure The Appletiser Silver Cup. In the Subsidiary Final, Cotton House defeated Jolly Roger 11-8.
Yesterday, Sunday 19 August The Medium Goal Gold cup began in Sotogrande with seven 14 goal teams competing for a spot in the Final on Saturday 1 September.
The High Goal Gold Cup kicked off on Monday 13 August. This year’s tournament has just five 20 goal teams competing for a place in the Final on Friday 31 August. The action began with a 9-6 win for Dubai over Bardon on Monday, followed by a convincing 15-10 victory for La Indiana over Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada on Tuesday. Wednesday’s action saw a great match between Silver Cup champions, Lechuza Caracas and Bronze Cup victors, Dubai Polo Team. The teams did not disappoint, and the crowds were treated to a high goal polo spectacle with end-to-end goals throughout the match. In the end it was Lechuza Caracas who secured the win with a 12-9 win. La Indiana secured a narrow 12-11 win over Bardon on Thursday 16 August. The action continued over the weekend with a 9-7 win for Bardon over Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada, and La Indiana’s winning streak continued with another 12-11 victory, this time against Lechuza Caracas. Today sees a break in the action, with play resuming tomorrow between Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada and Lechuza Caracas. On Wednesday 22 August, Dubai will face La Indiana; Thursday again sees a break in play with Dubai vs Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada on Friday 24 August, followed by Bardon vs Lechuza Caracas on Saturday 25 August. These results will determine the teams who will take part in the Semi Finals on Tuesday 28 August.
1892 Isolas Silver Cup Low Goal Final Teams
La Esperanza (6): Fernando de la Infiesta (0), Daniel Gariador (2), Hernan Pieres (3) & Pascual Alvarez (1)
Aguilas (6): Daniel Entrecanales (0), Juan Torroba (2), Ezequiel Zubiaurre (4) & Richard Duke Buchen (0)
Appletiser Silver Cup Medium Goal Final Teams 
Ayala (14): Iñigo Zobel (0), Tomas Iriarte (4), Lucas James (7) & Santiago Gomez Romero (3)
Sainte Mesme (14): Sterling Giannico (3), Robert Ström (4), Clemente Zavaleta (7) & Rafael Cabezas (0)
Maserati Gold Cup High Goal Teams
Dubai (20): Camilo Castagnola (4), Bartolome Castagnola Jnr (6), Rashid Albwardi (2) & Alfredo Capella (8)
Bardon (20): Alejandro Muzzio (8), Andras Tombor (0), Matias Hector Machado (5) & Alejo Taranco (7)
Lechuza Caracas (20): Juan Martín Nero (10), David ‘Pelón’ Stirling (10), Victor Vargas (0) & James Mann (0)
La Indiana (20): Michael Bickford (1), Facundo Pieres (10), Santiago Laborde (6) & Santiago Gomez Romero (3)
Dos Lunas A&G (20): Sterling Giannico (3), Facundo Sola (8), Pascual Sainz de Vicuña (6) & Lucio Fernandez Ocampo (3)
Photograph: Ayala secured the Medium Goal Silver Cup Trophy in Sotogrande on Friday 17 August. Courtesy of Santa María Polo Club

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Greta Morrison Memorial Service

Date Announced

RCBPC have informed us that a memorial will be held to celebrate the life and memory of Greta Morrison on Friday 31 August at the Club. The service will take place in a marquee situated in the sponsors’ area with arrival at 2.30pm for a 3pm service, followed by tea and drinks. Please RSVP here by Friday 24 August so the Club can facilitate numbers.
Photograph: A Memorial Service to celebrate the life and memory of Greta Morrison will take place on Friday 31 August. By Cymon Skinner Photography

Mon 13th Aug 2018

The Flannels Pony Club Polo Championships

Rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits

The culmination of months and months of hard work came to fruition at Cowdray Park Polo Club yesterday, Sunday 12 August, as 144 children and their families gathered for the annual Pony Club Polo Championship Finals under a rather stormy sky. The Surtees, Langford, Loriner, Rendell and Gannon series were all in attendance, whilst the Jorrocks Final took place the previous Monday, 6 August, at Hurtwood Park Polo Club. 36 teams had travelled from far and wide to take part in this iconic event, which was this year not blessed with August sunshine.

The quality of the polo being played by these young guns was truly impressive, with plays akin to something you’d find from a national tournament regularly making appearances. The Gannon Final, ultimately won by the Heythrop Hunt, was an outstanding four chukka match, with impressive teamwork from both sides. Lorna Fleming’s beautiful chestnut mare, Easy, who had been passed down through her family, was awarded the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug.
Awards and prizes were given out to all the section winners and respective runners-up at the two presentations, split to allow those cold and wet players from the earlier sections the grace to pack up and head home to warmer climes. Amongst these awards, the Handley Cross Polo Times Best Playing Pony went to Sweepy, owned and played by Robbie Slatter from the Beaufort, who took his pony with him onto the podium to collect his prize! Scarlett Picksley and her pony Esta were awarded the 2018 Jambo Trophy and given the honour of riding round Lawns 2 with the hounds as this year’s parade was cancelled due to continuous rain. To round it off, Jasmine Stanhope-White was awarded the Most Promising Loriner’s Girl Award, following in her sister, Lolly’s, footsteps, whilst the Pony Club Player of the Year, winning a beautiful SATS saddle, went to Rosanna Turk from the Heythrop.
The September issue of Polo Times will feature The Pony Club Championships report in full, so click here to make sure you and your friends don’t miss out!
Photograph: The Heythrop were crowned Gannon champions at The Flannels Pony Club Polo Championships yesterday, Sunday 12 August, at Cowdray Park Polo Club. By Polo Times

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