Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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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28 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N The third qualifying session was held on Sunday, Dec. 9. El Overo Z7 UAE kept its undefeated pace after downing Alegría-HPA 1875 by a clear 16-4. Then, La Dolfina Brava secured its place in the final with a formidable 15-0 run against Santa María de Lobos. Only 24 hours later, third place was defined in Palermo's No. 2 field. Alegría- HPA 1875 got its second victory of the tournament, reiterating the success against Santa María de Lobos, this time by 10-4. "We tried not to lose concentration, as happened to us in our previous game, so they could not react. It was very emotional to triumph in Palermo, a dream place. It cost us a lot to build the team and this is a reward for our effort and for those who supported us in England so that we could travel to Argentina," said Tamara Fox, best scorer of the match with four goals. Happy, despite completing the tournament without victories, Jones made her global analysis. "It is an unforgettable moment for me, as a player, and for women's polo in general, to have been able to play the subsidiary cup in Palermo, in a match absolutely international, without Argentine players and with a public that accompanied us in large numbers. It marks the growth that women's polo has achieved all over the world and makes me proud of the quality that my teammates and our rivals showed." The grand finale was held on the same stage on Sunday, Dec. 16, as the curtain raiser to the 125th Argentine Open final, with an audience that exceeded 4,000 people. El Overo Z7 UAE dominated the action early with the remarkable performance of the creative pair formed by Hazel Jackson-Gaona and Lía Salvo and the defensive strength of Sarah Wiseman. Thus, the team took quick advantages in the initial chukker (2-0), a difference they managed to keep in the next three periods. In response, La Dolfina Brava changed its lineup, switching its two youngest players (moving Mía Cambiaso back and putting Candelaria Fernández Araujo to No. 1). The strategy seemed to work and the team managed to equal the score by the close of the fifth chukker, 7-all. There was only a chukker left and everything would be defined there. Clara Cassino converted for El Overo Z7 UAE and Nina Clarkin did the same for La Dolfina Brava as the clock progressed, looking like overtime would be needed. But the last attack was for the white and blue team, that advanced like a waterspout; the last touch of Candelaría Fernández Araujo, seconds before the last bell, sealed El Overo Z7 UAE's fate, 9-8, giving back-to-back victories to La Dolfina Brava. "They came out very strong. We were a bit tense and it showed that we were a little slow, and I had missed a couple of feasible penalties. At half time we changed the formation and the attitude, we managed to reorganize, we started hitting the ball and running. Then our game appeared. In addition, we had the El Overo Z7 UAE: 32 Clara Cassino 7 Hazel Jackson-Gaona 9 Lía Salvo 9 Sarah Wiseman 7 La Dolfina Brava: 31 Mía Cambiaso 6 Milagros Fernández Araujo 7 Nina Clarkin 10 Candelaria Fernández Araujo 8 Santa María de Lobos: 24 Dawn Laurel Jones 6 Page McCabe 6 Tiva Gross 6 Courtney Asdourian 6 Alegría-HPA 1875: 23 Lottie Lamacraft 6 Annabel McNaught-Davis 6 Emma Tomlinson Wood 5 Tamara Fox 6 Candelaria Fernández Araujo outruns Sarah Wiseman. Candelaria scored the winning goal just seconds before the last bell.

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