Finals Home and Abroad.
The Argentine Open Final and the Finals of the HPA National Club Championships (3 goal and 12 goal) both took place this weekend.
The Argentine Open Final between Ellerstina and La Dolfina was played on Saturday…
In a dramatic final to the 2017 Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, La Dolfina survived the 8th chukka come back from Ellerstina, finishing with the thrilling 14-13 overtime victory on Ground 1 in Palermo, securing their fifth consecutive title.
After Ellerstina raced out to an early three-goal lead, La Dolfina controlled the throw-in battle to begin their attacks, pressuring the Ellerstina defence into committing too many fouls throughout the match. Passing into open space in the middle of the field, La Dolfina was able to attack goal on the run, placing Ellerstina in vulnerable positions defensively. Provided with nine penalty attempts in the game, La Dolfina took advantage, converting eight of those opportunities and turning a three-goal deficit into a four-goal lead late in the game. Three consecutive goals from Ellerstina in the 8th chukka wasn’t enough as Juan Martin Nero converted a cut shot in overtime, sealing the title for La Dolfina.
Back on home ground in Berkshire at the RCBPC the HPA National Club Championships Finals were played on Sunday…
Young, Dumb & Broke (Will Newman 0, Genevieve Meadows 1, Nell Jacob 2) played Windlebrook Farm (Charley Howell 0, Georgia Sweeney 1, James Mann 2) in the 3 Goal Final. Mighty Titans (Jess Van Der Velden 0, Pedro De Lamare 5, Adolfo Casabal 7) played Regal Warriors (Celio Garcera 1, Raph Singh 2, Max Charlton 9) in the 12 Goal Final.
Young, Dumb & Broke took home the 3 Goal Trophy whilst Regal Warriors retained their title as holders of the 12 Goal Trophy. Neil Jacob and Max Charlton were awarded the The Polo Magazine MVP prize, who both also received an Instinct Polo Helmet for their efforts. Genevieve Meadows’ Anita & Max Charlton’s Twighlight were each awarded The Polo Times Best Playing Pony blanket in the two finals.