|Thu 13th May 2021|
Spectators Allowed After 17 May
HPA Summer Polo Procedures
Spectators at polo has been given the green light from Monday 17 May, in light of the easing of government restrictions. The updated government guidelines will mean that
• Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people.
• People will be able to attend outdoor sporting events subject to them follow the COVID-secure
measures set out by those venues. Attendance will be capped at 4,000 people or 50 per cent of the venue capacity, whichever is smaller.
• For outdoor seated venues, up to 10,000 attendees will be allowed or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower. This means, for example, Wembley Stadium will be able to open with 10,000 fans in attendance.
The Hurlingham Polo Association has recommend that for spectators on the side of the ground, parking should be spaced so that individuals are able to adhere to the rules for social distancing and gatherings and where there are stands, the seating should be limited to 25% of the capacity. It is recommended that seating is arranged to allow a choice for any attendees to sit alone, in pairs or in different sized groups of 6 up to 30.
For the full list of summer procedures, click here
Photograph: Spectators will be allowed to watch polo from Monday 17 May
Mon 10th May 2021
Polo Times May Issue Out This Week!
English season beginning
The May issue of Polo Times will be hitting your doorsteps this week and will hopefully be the last issue published while the UK is under the current Covid-19 restrictions (fingers crossed). With the English polo season on the cusp of getting underway for 2021, there are still questions on the restrictions and whether spectators will be allowed to attend this year. Nonetheless, this issue features a look at the teams entered into the English high goal season, which sees an impressive amount of teams entered as well as a promising number of British, grassroots players.
This issue is full of American action, with their 2021 season at an end with the culmination of The World Polo League and Gauntlet of Polo.
As ever, our Knowledge pages are filled with top tips for both players and ponies, looking at the best way to get the most out of your mental and physical health.
Sadly, this issue also includes several obituaries, looking back on their contributions to polo has been interesting, although saddening to see the characters the polo community has lost.
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Wed 5th May 2021
Argentine Spring Season Shaping Up
Teams announced for Triple Crown & Classification
The polo community’s focus is currently upon the impending European seasons, with the annul influx of players underway. However, the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced the eight teams who will compete in the 2021 Argentine Triple Crown as well as the seven teams who will be playing in the Classification tournament for the two spots at Palermo.
Whilst in previous years there has often been an inevitability of team line-ups, this year sees only Ellerstina and La Natividad Las Monjitas entering the same line-up as last year. La Dolfina sees their traditional 40 goal handicap decrease to 38 with the replacement of Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martín Nero with Francisco Elizalde (9) and Diego Cavanagh (9), which means Ellerstina and RS Murus Sanctus will be the two highest rated teams at 39 goals. 2021 will also see the return of Fred Mannix’s Alegria, who will be playing alongside Agustín Merlos, Tomás García del Río and Pedro Zacharias.
Meanwhile, the Classification tournament so far has seven teams confirmed, with many line-ups featuring young up-and-coming players; this tournament will also feature second teams for Alegria and La Irenita with Alegria Fish Creek ad La Irentita II.
2021 Triple Crown Teams:
Ellerstina (39): Facundo Pieres (10), Hilario Ulloa (10), Gonzalo Pieres Jr. (9) & Nicolás Pieres (10)
RS Murus Sanctus (39): Facundo Sola (9), Guillermo Caset (10), Pablo Mac Donough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
La Dolfina (38): Adolfo Cambiaso (10,) David Stirling (10), Francisco Elizalde (9) & Diego Cavanagh (9)
La Natividad Las Monjitas (36): Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola (9), Pablo Pieres (9), Bartolomé Castagnola Jr. (9) & Ignatius du Plessis (9)
La Ensenada (33): Juan Britos (9), Alfredo Bigatti (8), Juan M. Zubía (8) & Jerónimo del Carril (8)
La Dolfina Brava (33): Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. (8), Guillermo Terrera (9), Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade (8) & Alejo Taranco (8)
La Irenita (31): Santiago Loza (8), Segundo Bocchino (7), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Isidro Strada (8)
Alegría (28): Agustín Merlos (7), Pedro Zacharías (7), Tomás García del Río (7) & Fred Mannix (7)
2021 Classification Teams:
Alegría Fish Creek (30): Juan Ruiz Guiñazú (8), Clemente Zavaleta (7), Joaquín Pittaluga (7) & Bautista Bayugar (8)
La Esquina (29): Pascual Sáinz de Vicuña (6), Cristian Laprida (8), Lucas James (7) & Ignacio Laprida (8)
Chapaleufú (29): Rufino Bensadón (7), Juan Martín Zavaleta (8), Julián de Lusarreta (7) & Felipe Dabas (7)
La Aguada (29): Peke González (7), Manuel Elizalde (7), Miguel Novillo Astrada (8) & Tomás Beresford (7)
La Fija (28): Raúl Colombres (7), Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario (7), Ignacio Negri (7) & Felipe Vercellino (7)
La Irenita II (28): Martín Podestá (7), Juan A. García Grossi (7), Facundo Fernández Llorente (7) & Tomás Fernández Llorente (7)
Los Machitos (28): Victorino Ruiz Jorba (7), Lucas Díaz Alberdi (7), Mariano Aguerre (7) & Martín Aguerre (7)
Photograph: Ellerstina, as well as RS Murus Sanctus will be the two highest rated teams at 39 goals. By Prensa AAP/Matias Callejo