Polo Players Edition

JUL 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 that lost the República Cup final to La Dolfina Brava two weeks before) by a clear 12-8. The closing day was held on Saturday, May 12, beginning with the two subsidiary trophies. The Friendship Cup (reserved for the third place teams in e ach bracket) was disputed between Hípico Gualeguaychú Granazo and Venado Tuerto, a very contested match in which Hípico Gualeguaychú Granazo raised an initial disadvantage (2-1) and took command in the second chukker until the fifth, when Venado Tuerto regained control (8-7). Mariano Obregón allowed Hípico Gualeguaychú Granazo to score two goals in last period to turn the score and keep the prize. Even more tense was the clash for the Roberto Cavanagh Cup (reserved for the runners-up in each bracket) between Tapia Polo and Chapaleufú Escorihuela RUS. Tapia received a handicap goal and in the initial chukker took an advantage that seemed decisive despite the little time played (5-1). But the representatives o f the Heguy family club were regaining positions despite losing Ivan Lariguet and Santiago Goñi through injury, and in the sixth, tied the score 12-all to force extra time. In the first second of overtime there was a foul for Tapia Polo, which Felipe Corroto Buffo did not waste to seal the deal, 13-12. The final for the main prize was played by two quartets who wanted to raise the coveted cup for the first time. Los Sauces took the first shot and went to the first break ahead, 4-3, taking full advantage of the two goals received. In the following period Pompeya Escorihuela matched the score, which remained balanced at halftime, 7-all. In the fourth, with fresh horses, Pompeya Escorihuela scored two goals to g et away, 10-8. Pompeya kept its momentum in the last two periods, outscoring its opponent 4-2, taking the game, 14-10, as the last bell rang. To complete the celebration, Iván Maldonado (third best scorer of the tournament with 25 goals, behind Manuel Tocallino's 28 and Mariano Obregón's 27) received the Best Playing Pony award for Open Capo, bred by Ellerstina and owned by Fernando Monteverde and Guillermo Willington. Ivan Maldonao holds off an opponent to keep control of the ball. His team eventually won 14-10. MATÍAS CALLEJO/AAP

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