Polo Players Edition

SEP 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 41 level and allied with La Irenita, the eighth team of the 2017 ranking. This agreement created Alegría-La Irenita with Mannix joining Clemente and Juan Martín Zavaleta and Matías Mac Donough, totaling 32 goals. A team that still has not confirmed how it will be presented is La Aguada (33 goals). Last year, the injury suffered by Eduardo Novillo Astrada in Tortugas (and his political commitments) forced him to give his place to Alfredo Bigatti, who shared a squad with Eduardo's brothers Alejandro, Miguel and Ignacio. If Eduardo's duties for the AAP prevent his presence in the 2018 Triple Crown, Bigatti, who put in a good performance last year, will be back. Two 32-goal crews will maintain the structure of the previous year: Cría Yatay (Valerio Zubiaurre, Cristian Laprida, Joaquín Pittaluga and Ignacio Laprida) and La Dolfina Polo Ranch (Guillermo Terrera, Diego Cavanagh, Alejo Taranco and Ignatius Du Plessis). The eighth team in question will be a step down with 31 goals. La Albertina Abu Dhabi will keep Francisco Elizalde, Ignacio Toccalino and Alfredo Cappella Barabucci and will have a novelty in the arrival of Nic Roldan, the first American to play the highest tournament in the world seven years after the presence of Julio Arellano when he was a member of Indios Chapaleufú II Cardón in 2011. For the Remonta and Veterinary Cup, although the AAP still had not released the official calendar at press time, there will be seven teams that will play for the remaining two places, with ratings between 28 and 31 goals. In this scheme there is the novelty of La Cañada with two American players (Agustín Obregón and Jared Zenni) accompanied by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario and Sebastián Merlos. The rest of the candidates are La Esquina Los Machitos (Pascual Sainz de Vicuña, Rodrigo Andrade, Mariano Aguerre and Rodrigo Rueda), Etiqueta Negra (Second Bocchino, Juan Agustín García Grossi, Alejandro Muzzio and Matías Torres Zavaleta), Alegría (Julian Mannix, Juan Ruiz Guiñazú, Agustín Merlos and Jaime García Huidobro), Chapaleufú (Alberto Heguy, Tomás Fernández Llorente, Pedro Falabella and Joao Pablo Ganon), Puesto Viejo (Manuel Crespo, Salvador Ulloa, Diego Araya and Marcos Araya) and La Ensenada (Facundo Fernández Llorente, Juan Britos, Juan Martín Zubía and Jerónimo del Carril). Ten goaler Hilario Ulloa will trade in his pink Alegría shirt for an orange Las Monjitas jersey. SERGIO LLAMERA Polito Pieres was raised to 10 goals for this season, making Ellerstina 40 goals. With La Dolfina, it will be the first time since 2009 that two teams will have a 40-goal rating. SERGIO LLAMERA La Dolfina will keep its four 10 goalers—Juan Martin Nero, Pablo Mac Donough, David Stirling and Adolfo Cambiaso—together for at least one more year. SERGIO LLAMERA

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