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Mon 21st Sep 2020

Victory for Les Lions Panarea

Family affair in French Open Final

This year’s French Open was special in many ways, celebrating their 20th anniversary with eight teams, 11 professional Argentine players, plus the Castagnola brothers on opposing teams – the eyes of the polo world have been firmly glued to the action at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly.

Fresh from their Cartier Queen’s Cup win at Guards Polo Club, the 2020 French Open Final saw youngsters Barto (19-years-old) and Camilo ‘Jeta’ (17-years-old) Castagnola face each other from opposing sides of the line-up for the highly anticipated Final representing Les Lions Panarea and Talandracas respectively. Both teams had already met earlier in the tournament on Tuesday 8 September, with an extremely narrow 15-14 win for Les Lions Panarea, so there was plenty of anticipation for a similarly close-fought Final. The first chukka was a fast paced, excellent display of seamless polo, keeping the spectators both at the Club and streaming the match remotely, on the edge of their seats, with the scores impossibly close. However, Les Lions Panarea managed to find their form and pull ahead, and by the penultimate chukka led 9-6. Despite the best efforts of Talandracas the final chukka remained goalless for them, while Les Lions Panarea secured an extra goal to safely take the title 10-6 – Dillon Bacon and Barto Castagnola’s second big win in just a few weeks.  
In the post-match presentations, Barto Castagnola was named Most Valuable Player and Frederico, a black stallion ridden by Barto Castagnola, was the Best Playing Pony. 
French Open Final Teams:
Les Lions Panarea (17): Arístide Faggionato (1), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (8) & Tommy Beresford (6)
Talandracas (16): Camilo Castagnola (7), Nick Rogerson (1), Francisco Elizalde (8) & Edouard Carmignac (0) 
Photograph: Les Lions Panarea, winners of the 2020 French Open. By Justine Jacquemot 

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