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Mon 25th Jun 2018

The OUT-SOURCING! Inc Royal Windsor Cup

La Dolfina breaks records

Guards Polo Club’s oldest tournament, competed for since 1955, the OUT-SOURCING! Inc Royal Windsor Cup 2018 came to an end yesterday, Sunday 24 June. A total of 23 teams were competing over the three-week period and with some very well-known teams and individuals in the mix it, promised to provide fierce competition, and that it did. 

A huge crowd gathered and bathed in the glorious sunshine at Guards Polo Club ahead of the Final, to watch defending champions Park Place go head-to-head with the might of not one, but two Cambiaso’s, in the form of father and son duo Adolfo and ‘Poroto’ for La Dolfina!
The first chukka saw La Dolfina take an early lead with a field goal from Kian Hall and a converted 60 yard penalty by Cambiaso (senior) with no response from Park Place. The remainder of the first half was much closer with the teams playing tit-for-tat and Park Place couldn’t quite make up the early deficit as the scoreboard read 7-5 in favour of the team in white at half-time. 
The crowd descended on the field to tread-in whilst the teams went away for a quick pony change and team chat. The second half was much a repeat of the first with La Dolfina dominating the third chukka, Cambiaso scored a fabulous field goal along with a beautifully converted 60 yard penalty to end the chukka a further two goals ahead with no reply from Park Place.  
The final chukka gave the crowd a fantastic display of polo with the youngest player on the field, Poroto Cambiaso, wowing the supporters scoring a fantastic field goal having run the ball in from the halfway line initially avoiding a hook from 6 goaler Jeronimo Del Carril, whilst then being chased down by Jimbo Fewster. The chukka ended with both teams having scored two goals apiece leaving the score at 11-7. Despite the scoreboard not reading in their favour, Park Place put on a great display and were unlucky throughout the match with some very near misses of the posts! 
HM The Queen was there to present the prizes to all players, as well as the Most Valuable Player Award and the Best Playing Pony rug. At the tender age of 12-years-old, Poroto Cambiaso was presented with Most Valuable Player award for his outstanding performance throughout the match. An afternoon of history making was continued as it was announced that Poroto was the youngest person in history to be on the winning side of this coveted trophy. Cruiser, owned by Ros Packer and played by Adolfo Cambiaso, was presented with the Best Playing Pony blanket.
Earlier in the day it was Bardon who ran out the winners against Four Quarters Black, 11-6, in the Subsidiary Final for the Mountbatten Cup.
The OUT-SOURCING! Inc Royal Windsor Cup Final Teams:
La Dolfina (15): Kian Hall (2), Adolfo Cambiaso (10), Josh Cork (2) & Poroto Cambiaso (1)
Park Place (15): Jeronimo Del Carril (6), Andrey Borodin (0), Chris Mackenzie (7) & Jimbo Fewster (2)
 
Photograph: HM The Queen presented the trophy to La Dolfina on their victory in The OUT-SOURCING! Inc Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club with Poroto Cambiaso, the youngest ever player in the tournament. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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