Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 45 fired through two goals to secure victory for La Indiana and earned himself an MVP award in the process. "Facundo stopping the 40-yard penalty in the last minutes of the game allowed me to clear the ball from the goal. It wasn't until the last three chukkers that we played how we had wanted to play," said Roldan. "To start with, we were chasing them down for the first half of the game, then we managed to turn it around to our favor. "The previous years we only just lost both finals, the first in overtime and the second in the last 10 seconds. This year the stars were aligned. We had bigger horse depths with 10 to 15 more for the team. This was our year. There were no big changes, the team always aims to play a very open style." Emlor (Diego Cavanagh, Agustin Merlos, Nacho Gonzalez, Spencer McCarthy) and Talandracas (Julian de Lusarreta, Alejandro Muzzio, Francisco Elizalde, Hughes Carmignac) produced one of the best games of the tournament in the subsidiary Cartier Trophy match. Spencer McCarthy's Emlor, featuring his son James in this game, took the lead for the first time in the sixth chukker to win the trophy. Appropriately for finals day, these teams had been finely balanced throughout all six chukkers and Emlor never allowed Hugues Carmignac's Talandracas team to be more than a goal ahead at any time. Tension was apparent in the early stages of the game, with far too many whistles, but by the third chukker the teams had found their rhythm and the spectators on the Duke's Ground were treated to a display of fast, running polo. With both teams failing to find the flags at all in the fifth, they headed into the sixth chukker 8-8 and so much still to play for. Agustin Merlos, Diego Cavanagh and James McCarthy all found the flags in this chukker—Merlos making his a double—to only one in reply off the stick of Francisco Elizalde. This immediately shifted the balance and was enough to win the match for Emlor. Patron James McCarthy was later named Most Valuable Player and stepped up to receive his accolade and the Cartier Trophy from HM The Queen during the afternoon's presentations. To get the final, La Indiana cruised past La Bamba de Areco (Byron Watson, Juan Martin Nero, Jean-Francois Decaux, David Stirling), 13-6, in the semifinal while Park Place edged the U.S.-based Valiente (Robert Jornayvaz, Christian Laprida, Adolfo Cambiaso, Hugo Lewis), 11-9. In preliminary play, La Indiana finished 2-1, its only loss coming at the hands of Park Place, 9-8. Park Place finished 2-2. Valiente also finished 2-2 in preliminary action. Eleven teams took part in this year's Cartier Queen's Cup competition and the evenness of the teams was highlighted in the finals. Throughout the three weeks of the competition, sponsored by Cartier for the seventh year, no team had stood out head and shoulders above their peers. This even- handedness delivered some superb, competitive polo and no outright favorites. With patrons being as competitive on the field as their pros, and several young English players making their mark at the highest level of the game here, it all signifies that the UK polo season is thriving. A marching band is a tradition at the Cartier Queen's Cup, one of two main tournaments in the British high-goal season.

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