|Tue 3rd Aug 2021|
Sotogrande Volvo Bronze Cup Final Results
Wins for Dos Lunas Hacienda & Santa Quiteria
Over Friday 30 – Saturday 31 July, the first Finals of the 50th International Polo Tournament at Santa María Polo Club took place.
Friday 30 July saw Santa Quiteria vs Cibao La Pampa in the medium goal Bronze Cup Final, which got off to an even start with both teams tied at the end of the second chukka, but Santa Quiteria began to pull ahead in the third chukka which ended 4-1 in their favour, with three unanswered goals from Ignacio Negri. Despite Cibao La Pampa’s best efforts, Santa Quiteria took the win and were crowned the undefeated champions of the 2021 medium goal Volvo Bronze Cup.
The following day, Saturday 31 July, was the high goal Volvo Bronze Cup Final between Dos Lunas Hacienda and Marqués de Riscal. With both teams evenly matched on 19 goals apiece, it was little surprise that there was little between them throughout the first five chukkas, with the scores tied repeatedly; however, the sixth and final chukka saw Dos Lunas Hacienda pull away to secure a 12-10 win. Full reports will be included in the next issue of Polo Times – click here to renew your subscription today! To see the team entries for the medium and high goal Silver Cups, please see our International Club News section below.
The 2021 Medium Goal Volvo Bronze Cup Final Teams:
Santa Quiteria (14): José Manuel Entrecanales (0), Gonzalo Entrecanales (2), Ignacio Negri (7) & Santiago Tanoira (5)
Cibao La Pampa (14): Rafael Cabezas (1), Gino Ringa (6), Pato Neves (4) & Jorge Pepa (3)
The 2021 High Goal Volvo Bronze Cup Final Teams:
Dos Lunas La Hacienda (19): Pascual Sainz De Vicuña (5), Luis Domecq (2), Joaquin Pittaluga (7) & Martin Iturraspe (5)
Marques De Riscal (19): Segundo Fernández Llorente (4), Santiago Cernadas (6), Guillermo Caset (9) & Luis Aznar (1)
Photograph: Dos Lunas Hacienda, winners of The 2021 High Goal Volvo Bronze Cup Final. By Matias Callejo
Mon 2nd Aug 2021
HPA 22 Goal End of Season Handicap Changes
Hine brothers’ handicap raised
Today, Monday 2 August, the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), announced their End of Season Handicap Changes for the 22 goal, which will be effective from 1 January 2022. To view the full list of 2022 22 goal handicaps please click here.
10 to 9 goals: Juan Martin Nero and Pablo MacDonough
8 to 9 goals: Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola
8 to 7 goals: Alejandro Muzzio
7 to 8 goals: Poroto Cambiaso
7 to 6 goals: Jack Richardson and James Beim
6 to 8 goals: Tomas Panelo
5 to 6 goals: Lucas Monteverde Jnr
4 to 5 goals: Cruz Heguy, Mackenzie Weisz and Ned Hine
3 to 4 goals: Hugo Taylor
2 to 4 goals: Louis Hine
1 to 0 goal: James Beh
0 to 1 goal: Max Voelker
Photograph: After a successful 2021 high goal season, including winning The Gold Cup, brothers Ned & Louis Hine have been raised from 4 to 5 goals and 2 to 4 goals respectively. By Mark Beaumont
Mon 26th Jul 2021
Thai Polo Claim Cowdray Gold Cup
Smiles all round despite the weather
As Gold Cup Final day dawned the heatwave had well and truly passed and the dark skies loomed with the threat of storms, but in true British style the spectators were unperturbed by the wet weather and turned out en masse complete with parasols, umbrellas and full wet weather gear to watch Thai Polo take on UAE Polo Team. With each team having claimed a 22 goal trophy this year, The Prince of Wales at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club for Thai Polo and The Cartier Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club, the jury was out which team would be lifting the trophy in the afternoon.
After thunder and lightening stopped play for almost one hour after the end of the first chukka, a competitive match ensued despite consistent showers with Thai Polo NP and UAE Polo Team battling in open play where the balanced attack of Thai Polo NP proved to be a winning factor. All four players found the scoreboard along with six assists on nine field goals as Thai Polo NP scored all nine of their goals from the field. Led by three goals and three assists from Nico Pieres, Thai Polo NP took the lead and never looked back against the solid UAE Polo Team. Holding Polito Pieres scoreless, Thai Polo NP’s defence helped guide them to victory, despite the best efforts of Tomas Panelo and Tomas Beresford who combined for all seven of their team’s goals. Outshooting UAE Polo Team 22-5 throughout the game, Thai Polo NP overcame the rain to claim the hard-fought tournament victory with a final score of 9-7.
The win was the first Gold Cup title for brothers Ned and Louis Hine, whose father, Andrew, first won the tournament in 1983 when aged 18, while James Harper enjoyed his second title win and Nico Pieres’ inaugural Gold Cup title.
Nico Pieres cleaned up in the post-match presentations, receiving the Most Valuable Player award as well as the best Playing Pony award for his nine-year-old Argentine mare, Open Lourdes (Virgin x Sportivo).
2021 Gold Cup Final Teams:
UAE Polo Team (22): HH Sheikha Maitha (0), Tomás Panelo (6), Polito Pieres (9) & Tomás Beresford (7)
Thai Polo NP (22): Louis Hine (2), Ned Hine (4), Nico Pieres (9) & James Harper (7)
Photograph: Andy, Ned, Robyn, Louis, Milly & Indi Hine celebrate Thai Polo’s win. By Polo Times