Polo Players Edition

DEC 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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40 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O I N T H E P A M P A S BY ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ FAMILY TRADITION S t. Catherine's Moorlands A, a team made up of children and grandchildren of Argentine Open champions, won the Santa Paula Cup, the most important high- school tournament in Argentina, at the Cathedral, Palermo's Field No. 1. The Argentine Open champions include Eduardo "Ruso" Heguy who raised the Argentine Open trophy four times in Palermo as a member of Indios Chapaleufú II. Ruso's father Alberto Pedro raised it 17 times between 1963 and 1981 as part of the immortal Coronel Suarez team. In the first of Ruso's conquests, in 1996, one of his companions was Alejandro Díaz Alberdi. For his part, Miguel Novillo Astrada lifted the trophy at the Cathedral in 2003 to complete the Triple Crown with his brothers on the La Aguada team. And while Alejandro Agote never lifted the most desired cup in the polo world as a player, he was the coach who guided Ellerstina to its last three celebrations (2008, 2010 and 2012). Experience celebrating in the world's most famous field was ensured as their offspring took to the field. Mía Novillo Astrada (Miguel's daughter, 17 years old), Alejandro Agote Jr. (Ale's son, also 17), Cruz Heguy (the son of Eduardo and grandson of Alberto Pedro, the youngest at 14) and Nicolás Díaz Alberdi (Piki's son, 17) formed the quartet of the St. Catherine's Moorlands A that won the Santa Paula cup, the most important intercollegiate tournament of Argentina. The tournament has been celebrated since 1951, when brothers Diego and Alejandro Reynal donated the trophy in memory of their mother, Mrs. Paula Albarracín de Reynal. In the last two seasons, this trophy known for churning out aces had been in the hands of Las Cañuelas, with the contribution of the brothers Camilo and Bartolomé Castagnola, sons of former 10- goaler Bartolomé "Lolo" Castagnola. But they decided not to participate in the 2018 edition. Instead, a dozen quartets from 0 to 8 goals started the road on April 17, on the first of three qualifying dates. The four teams that earned a ticket to the semifinals were Los Robles Azul (Lucio Gallegos, Tomás Schwencke, Candelaria Fernández Araujo and Javier Guerrero), winner of Bracket A; Fasta San Jose (Facundo Frayssinet, Alberdi Bautista, Santiago Harriott and Marcos Harriott), the best of Bracket B; St. Catherine's Moorlands A, the top in Bracket C, and Oakhill (Tomás Allende, Ciro Riveiro, Riglos Bautista and Enrique Martín), the only undefeated squad in Bracket D. The semifinals, held on Friday, April 27, made it clear which were the two most powerful crews: Los Robles Azul beat Oakhill 12-5½ after conceding 1½ goals, while St. Catherine's Moorlands A, that Familiar names win most important high-school tournament SERGIO LLAMERA The winners—Nicolás Diaz Alberdi, Mia Novillo Astrada, Cruz Heguy and Alejandro Agote Jr.—celebrate with their parents. Ruso Heguy coaches Alejandro Agote Jr. during the final of the Santa Paula Cup. SERGIO LLAMERA

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