|Fri 24th Oct 2014|
Ladies polo is on the up across the globe
Following tournaments in France, Spain, Singapore and Malaysia, the circuit now continues in Argentina
The Campeonato Femenino de la AAP begins this weekend with a staggering 18 teams entered in two sections. The tournament’s line-up includes Annabel McNaught-Davis from the UK as well up and coming Argentine lady players, and for the first time Adolfo Cambiaso and Miguel Novillo Astrada's daughters. McNaught-Davis, who sold all her ponies in the UK back in 2007 has gone on to set up her own Estancia and polo operation in Argentina where she specialises in breeding and breaking, only returning to the UK in the summer. McNaught-Davis plays off a 6 goal handicap and will be playing as part of the Miramar team in both the High Goal and the Secondary Section.
In recent years, the AAP have brought in a Ladies Handicap system, which has also seem to have been adopted in America. This unique rating system was instigated through the Ladies Polo Commission in association with the AAP yet the main driving force behind the ordeal was Samy Perrusi. Perrusi also runs www.ladiespolotour.com.ar, a website listing all ladies polo fixtures in Argentina. In addition to the Campeonato Femenino de la AAP, the website lists a further 10 tournaments that will take place before the end of 2014.
Photograph: Ladies polo in action at Cowdray Park Polo Club. By Clive Bennett
Thu 23rd Oct 2014
Wins for Alegria and La Dolfina
The Hurlingham Open continued yesterday with victories for two major polo organisations
The second round of the The Hurlingham Open got underway yesterday with Alegria defeating Miramar 12-9 whilst title defenders, La Dolfina beat La Aguada Las Monjitas, 12 goals to 6.
Playing on the AAP’s Field Two in Pilar, Alegria (Polito Pieres, Hilario Ulloa, Lucas Monteverde and Alfredo Cappella Barabucci – replacing an injured Fred Mannix) faced the underdogs of the tournament, Miramar (Gonzalo Deltour, Valerio Zubiaurre, Inaki Laprida and Santiago Toccalino) in the first match of the day. Alegria took an early lead in the first three chukkas, but Miramar enjoyed a fantastic fourth, scoring two goals whilst keeping a strong defense and going into the fifth tied at 7 all. Miramar contined to try and control Alegria, but gradually the pink-shirted team edged ahead, by only two goals in the sixth, then by four in the seventh. The 28 goal Miramar clawed back a goal in the last chukka, but Alegria still retained the win, with a scoreline of 12-9.
The second match of the day was between La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martin Nero) and La Aguada Las Monjitas (Lucas James, Cristian Laprida, Eduardo Novillo Astrada and Alejandro Novillo Astrada). The 40 goal La Dolfina side had beaten Miramar overwhelmingly in their opening game with a score of 19-6; against the more experienced La Aguada Las Monjitas side, they didn’t have quite the same, easy ride.
Although Cambiaso and his teammates retained a lead of four goals at half time, it wasn’t until the fifth chukka that they eased into a score of double figures. Sadly for La Aguada Las Monjitas supporters, the attack of the Novillo Astradas brothers was kept at bay as they managed only three goals between them, whilst teammate Lucas James added another three goals (two field, one on penalty) to the tally. They were unable to overcome the 2013 Hurlingham Open winners, La Dolfina who went on to win the game 12-6.
The tournament continues today with La Aguada (Facundo Sola, Guillermo Caset, Miguel Novillo Astrada and Ignacio Novillo Astrada) facing Chapaleufu (Pepe Heguy, Nachi Heguy, Francisco Bensadon and Bautista Heguy) and Ellerstina Piaget (Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Mariano Aguerre and Nicolas Pieres) against Magual (Alejandro Muzzio, Ignacio Toccalino, Marcos Di Paolo, Jaime Huidobro).
Photograph: Alegria's Polito Pieres assisted his teammates in beating Miramar, 12-9 in their second game of The Hurlingham Open. By Tony Ramirez/ www.imagesofpolo.com
Tue 21st Oct 2014
New title sponsor for The British Open announced
Jaeger-LeCoultre will take over from Veuve Clicquot as the title sponsors of The Gold Cup
Cowdray Park Polo Club have announced Jaeger-LeCoultre will become title sponsor of The Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship in 2015 with a long term commitment to the Club and the tournament.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has been Official Time Keeper at Cowdray Park since 2006 in a significant partnership, which has seen the iconic Reverso watch become the recognisable face of the scoreboard on Lawns 2, the pitch where the Final of The Gold Cup is played. The luxury timepiece brand has also supported Cowdray Park’s long-standing and popular HPA series of tournaments, ranging from 8 to 18 goal handicap and indicating the company’s interest in all levels of the sport.
Chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club Chairman Peter Barfoot says: “Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to polo is unquestionable and the brand has established a solid reputation throughout all levels of the sport. We feel privileged that Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen The Gold Cup at Cowdray Park as the means to take their support to the very highest level.”
Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Director UK Market and Global Strategy adds: “Extending our deep and close relationship with Cowdray Park Polo Club to encompass the title sponsorship of the world famous Gold Cup is a thrilling prospect for us. We hope to work closely with the club to promote the exciting sport of polo and increase its audiences.”
The 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship will open on 23 June with the Final taking place on Sunday 19 July.
Photograph: The 2014 Finalists, King Power & Dubai line-up infront of the Jaeger-LeCoultre scoreboard. By Dominic James