Argentine Triple Crown 2014 Official presentation of the La Aguada teams


Official presentation of La Aguada ICBC and La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC teams. (© Matias Callejo) published 19 September 2014 on

The presentation of the two teams from the Novillo Astrada family, which will be playing the Triple Crown at Palermo this year, was held at the Aguada Polo Club on Wednesday, September 17th.

The Novillo Astrada brothers, Miguel and Eduardo, who represented La Aguada and La Aguada Las Monjitas teams respectively, also presented the new team jerseys. The design includes the JNA initials, in memory of his brother Javier Novillo Astrada, the outstanding polo player who sadly passed away last May (POLO+10 reported). In 2003, Javier and his three brothers managed to win the Triple Crown title (the three Opens of Tortugas, Hurlingham and Palermo), which was an important milestone for the Novillo Astrada legacy, being the first team formed by four brothers to win the coveted title.

La Aguada ICBC and La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC will make their debut in the Triple Crown in Argentina, on Tuesday, September 23rd, and Wednesday, September 24th, respectively, at the Tortugas Open.

The Teams:
1) Guillermo Caset Jr.
Handicap: +9

2) Facundo Sola
Handicap: +8

3) Miguel Novillo Astrada
Handicap: +10

4) Ignacio Novillo Astrada
Handicap: +9

1) Lucas James
Handicap: +8

2) Cristian Laprida h
Handicap: +8
29-years old

3) Eduardo Novillo Astrada h
Handicap: +9
41-years old

4) Alejandro Novillo Astrada
Handicap: +8


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Lucchese dismantles FMB, 15-6; ERG tames Wildcat, 12-7


In the second round of play in the 2014 USPA Silver Cup at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, Lucchese (John Muse, Tommy Collingwood, Sapo Caset and Jeff Hall) opened Sunday’s competition by destroying the 2013 defending championship FMB team (Danny Walker, Inaki Laprida, Lucas Criado and Henry Walker) 15-6.
Lucchese spotted the 19-goal FMB team a goal by handicap and saw Lucas Criado put them on top, 2-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Lucchese responded with goals from Jeff Hall and Sapo Caset to tie it up at 2-2 at the end of the first chukker
Lucchese got it all going in the second chukker as an aggressive defensive effort shut down the FMB attack. Tommy Collingwood scored twice and Hall added his second goal of the game for a 5-2 lead.
The teams exchanged goals in the third with Criado adding another goal for FMB while Caset responded with a goal from the field. Lucchese maintained their three goal lead at the end of the first half, 6-3.
Caset added two more goals in the fourth period on a 30-yard penalty conversion and a goal from the field. For the second time in the game, FMB was unable to score and trailed 8-3 with two chukkers left in regulation time.
FMB had their best offensive chukker of the game in the fifth. Two goals from the field from Inaki Laprida and a Penalty 1 that awarded them a goal gave them six goals, but it was hardly enough. Two goals from hall and two from teammate Caset kept Lucchese far in the lead at 12-6.
FMB completed their meltdown in the final chukker where, for the third time, they were unable to come up with a goal. Frustration had Criado receiving his third Technical Four of the game and saw the umpires rule him off the field for the balance of the chukker. Two more goals from Caset (one on a 60-yard penalty conversion) and a goal from Collingwood ended the game with a humbled EMB team on the losing end of a 15-6 score.
Caset led all scoring with eight goals. Hall added four goals to the cause and Collingwood scored three times. Criado and Laprida scored just two goals apiece for FMB, who also received one goal by handicap and another on a penalty award.
The win boosted Lucchese’s record to 2-0 while FMB drops to 1-1.

ERG 12, Wildcat 7
In the second game of the day ERG (Scott Wood, Remy Muller, Sebastian Merlos and Agustin Merlos) broke loose a 5-5 halftime tie by outscoring Wildcat (Ryan Gilbertson, Joseph Stuart, Paco de Narvaez and Santi Chavanne) 7-3 in the final three chukkers of the game on their way to a 12-7 win.
Wildcat took the early lead on consecutive 40-goal penalty conversions from Paco de Narvaez, 2-0. ERG team captain Scott Wood kept his team from getting shutout by scoring a goal, 2-1.
Santiago Chavanne scored Wildcat’s only goal of the second period with Wood matching the goal with one of his own. Wildcat remained in the lead, 3-2 after two chukkers of play.
Two goals from Agustin Merlos and a goal from his older brother Sebastian Merlos were countered by two penalty goals from de Narvaez. At the end of the first half it was all even at 5-5.
ERG shut down the Wildcat attack in the fourth and added two goals of their own. Sebastian Merlos scored a goal from the field and Agustin Merlos added a 30-yard penalty goal for a 7-5 advantage.
For the second consecutive chukker the Wildcat team was held scoreless as the ERG attack ran loose. Three goals from the field from Agustin Merlos and a goal from the field from the Argentine 9-goaler had ERG comfortably in the lead, 11-5.
De Narvaez scored on two penalty shots in the sixth, 10-7, but the game belonged to ERG. A final goal from Wood (a 30-yard penalty conversion) ended the game in a 12-7 ERG win.
The victory leveled ERG’s record at 1-1 while Wildcat suffered their second consecutive loss, 0-2.
Agustin Merlos led all scoring with seven goals. Wood scored three times and Sebastian Merlos added two goals for the win. De Narvaez scored all six of his goals on penalty shots for Wildcat. Chavanne added a goal in the loss.

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Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final 2014 Dubai Victorious



British Open

The POLO+10 team witnessed an incredible final at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club this afternoon. Dubai (Rashid Albwardy +2, Alastair Paterson +3, Diego Cavanagh +7 & Adolfo Cambiaso +10) played against King Power (Top Srivaddhanaprabha 0, Pablo Llorente +5, Gonazlito Pieres +10 & Marcos Di Paola +7). After a truly exciting match, Dubai managed to come out on top with a final score of 13-11 earning themselves the title of British Open Champions 2014.

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Gold Cup for the British Open – Dubai upsets Zacara

By Alex Webbe for Pololine

You wouldn’t have thought that it was a game of little consequence, with both Zacara (Facundo Pieres, Lyndon Lea, Gonzalo Deltour and Matt Perry) and Dubai (Tommy Beresford, Alastair Paterson, Adolfo Cambiaso and Diego Cavanagh) assured of berths in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open, but with the two top ranked players in the world facing one another and Zacara’s 22-game winning streak on the line, anything was possible.

After watching Zacara sweep through the Queen’s Cup and their first three games of the British Open, a now healthy Adolfo Cambiaso was positioned to remind everyone why he is the number one ranked player in the game today.

Following Diego Cavanagh’s opening penalty conversion Cambiaso added two goals from the field while a determined Dubai defense held the high-scoring Zacara offense scoreless after the opening chukker of play, as Dubai had a 3-0 advantage over the defending champions.

Dubai continued to knock the Zacara defense around in the second period, with Cavanagh adding two more penalty conversions and Cambiaso scoring his third goal of the day for a comfortable 6-2 lead.  Zacara was held to just two goals from Pieres in an uncharacteristically weak offensive showing.

A healthy following of spectators continued to wait for Zacara to show some life, but it wouldn’t be coming in the third chukker.  Dubai shutout the Zacara attack for the second time in the opening three chukkers while adding two more penalty goals (Cavanagh) of their own.  At the end of the first half it was Dubai running all over Zacara, 8-2.

Zacara showed some life in the fourth chukker as Pieres scored three times, cutting the Dubai lead to four goals, 9-5.  Cavanagh scored the lone penalty goal for Dubai who continued to control the flow of the game.

Cambiaso opened the scoring in the fifth when he jumped all over Pieres who was bringing the ball into play on a penalty hit.  Deep in his own territory, Pieres miscued the ball and Cambiaso was quick to pounce on the ball and carry it through the Zacara goal, 10-5.  Pieres cut the lead back to four goals, scoring on a pass from teammate Gonzalo Del Tour and added another goal on a 40-yard penalty conversion.  A pair of penalty goals from Cavanagh, however, offset his efforts and the Dubai lead expanded to five goals, 12-7, with one chukker left to play.

Cavanagh scored his first goal from the field to open the sixth period as the Dubai lead stretched to six goals, 13-7.  Pieres converted a 40-yard penalty shot for Zacara, but the fire wasn’t there.  Cambiaso put an exclamation mark on the game by driving a long shot through the middle of the Zacara goalposts for the 14-8 final.

Cavanagh ended the day with a game high nine goals.  Pieres scored all eight of Zacara’s goals in the loss.

The 22-game Zacara winning streak was over, giving Lyndon Lea’s team four or five days to reflect on their efforts as they prepare for the coming weekend’s quarterfinals.

British Open play will continue on Tuesday with the Black Bears facing El Rosario in a 12:30pm (L2), followed by a showdown between King Power  and HB Polo, at 3pm (L1), both featuring the live streaming by PoloLine TV.

Score Dubai: Dubai: 3-0,6-2, 8-2, 9-5, 12-5, 14-8

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Lucchese, Dubai and Enigma score wins at the Gold Cup at Cowdray Park

aJuly 4, 2014

By Alex Webbe for

Lucchese (John Muse, Lucas James, Nico Pieres and Luke Tomlinson) rode onto the field today with a 2-0 record to face a winless (0-2) El Remanso team (Hugo Lewis, Charlie Hanbury, Pelon Stirling and Guillermo Terrera) that was hungry for a win.  The first half went Lucchese’s way, with Argentine 8-goaler Nico Pieres leading the way to an 8-5 halftime lead before registering their third consecutive win in the 2014 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open, 11-9.

Lucchese took control early, leading 5-3 at the end of the second chukker and riding out to an 8-5 halftime lead.

A regrouped El Remanso foursome changed strategies in second half play.  Three fourth chukker goals and shutout defense had El Remanso knocking on the door, trailing by a single goal, 8-7, going into the fifth chukker.

The two teams traded goals in the fifth.  Nico Pieres scored his sixth and seventh goals of the match (both on penalty conversions) with El Remanso 10-goaler Pelon Stirling responding with a pair of goals (one on a penalty shot) to keep the game close, 10-9.

Both defenses stepped it up in the final seven minutes of play with long shots going just wide of the goal posts for both sides.  Lucas James scored the insurance goal for Lucchese n the waning minutes of the chukker for the 11-9 final.

The victory lifts the Lucchese record to 3-0 while El Remanso suffered their third consecutive British Open loss against no wins.

Score Lucchese: 1-3, 5-3, 8-5, 8-7, 10-9, 11-9

Lucchese: Nicolás Pieres 8, Lucas James 1, Luke Tomlinson 2
El Remanso: Pelon Stirling 4, Guillermo Terrera 3, Charlie Hanbury 2


The UAE Polo Team (Max Hutchinson, Matias Benoit, Pablo MacDonough and Ollie Cudmore) played Zacara closely less than a week ago, losing by a single goal, 10-9, after leading through much of the match.  Facing a Cambiaso led Dubai (tommy Beresford, Alastair Paterson, Adolfo Cambiaso and Diego Cavanagh) team, however, would certainly test their mettle.

Dubai took control of the game early on.  Diego Cavanagh scored three times (twice on penalty shots) to put Dubai in front, 3-1.  Argentine 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough converted a penalty shot for UAE Polo.  With seconds remaining on the clock, Matias Benoit scored from the field on a long run to cut the Dubai lead to a single goal, 3-2.

UAE Polo’s Ollie Cudmore scored from the opening throw-in of the second chukker, 3-3.  Adolfo Cambiaso answered with a goal for Dubai, 4-3Cudmore closed out the period with a second goal that knotted the score at 4-4.

The Dubai defense put an end to the UAE Polo scoring in the third chukker while Cavanagh added two more goals to the pot (one on a 40-yard penalty conversion).  At the end of the first half Dubai held a 6-4 advantage over UAE Polo.

The Dubai offense exploded in the fourth chukker, outscoring UAE Polo 4-1 and extending their lead to five goals, 10-5.  Single goals from Cambiaso and Alastair Paterson were joined by a pair from Cavanagh for Dubai.  MacDonough scored on a 60-yard penalty shot for UAE Polo’s only goal of the period.

Benoit scored the opening goal of the fifth period from the field, 10-6, but Cavanagh responded with back to back goals for Dubai, 12-6.  Cudmore scored for the third time on the day, 12-7, but a 30-yard penalty conversion by Cavanagh left Dubai on top by six goals, 13-7.

Final chukker action had Cavanagh score his eleventh goal of the game on a 60-yard penalty conversion, 14-7.  Single goals by Max Hutchinson and MacDonough, 14-9, ended the game with Dubai remaining undefeated at 3-0.  The loss was the second for UAE Polo in three games, 1-2.

Score Dubai: 3-2,4-4,6-4,10-5,13-7,14-9

Dubai: Diego Cavanagh 11, Adolfo Cambiaso 3
UAE: Pablo MacDonough 3, Ollie Cudmore 3, Matias Benoit 2, Max Hutchinson 1


The final match of the day featured a powerful Talandracas team (Edouard Carmignac, Juan Martin Nero, Polito Pieres and Santiago Stirling) struggling to reassert their dominance in British Open play after appearing in the finals of the Cartier Queens Cup.  Carrying an unimpressive 1-1 record onto the field, Talandracas needed a big win over an Enigma team (Jerome Wirth, Chris Mackenzie, Sapo Caset and Guillermo Willington) that hadn’t won a game, 0-2.

In an uneventful opening chukker, Enigma team captain Jerome Wirth was credited with the only goal of the chukker for a 1-0 lead over Talandracas.

Things got no better for Edouard Carmignac’s charges in the second period as they watched Enigma score three more goals.  Talandracas was unable to patch together a successful scoring effort in the second chukker and trailed 4-0.

Talandracas appeared to get back into the game in the third.  Two goals went unanswered and the first half ended with Enigma leading, 4-2.

Guillermo Willington opened the second half with a penalty conversion, 5-2, and Sapo Caset followed up with a beautifully executed cut shot for a goal that had Enigma in the lead, by four goals, 6-2.  Willington added another goal from the field, 7-2, before Talandracas could respond.  Polito Pieres kept Talandracas from getting shut out again, and with two chukkers left to play Enigma held a commanding 7-3 advantage.

The chemistry between Talandracas 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero and Polito Pieres finally seemed to click in the fifth.  Nero, Pieres and Santiago Stirling each scored a goal from the field, with Pieres adding a 60-yard penalty conversion.  Two goals from the field from Willington kept enigma in the lead, 9-7.

Caset converted a 30-yard penalty shot in the opening minutes of the sixth chukker, 10-7, before consecutive goals from Pieres and Nero had Talandracas trailing by a single goal, 10-9, but that would be as close as they would ever get.  Caset added another penalty goal and a goal from the field for the 12-9 final victory for Enigma.  Talandracas fell to 1-2 with the loss with Enigma registering their first win of the 2014 Veuve Clicquot Gold cup for the British Open.

Score Enigma: 1-0,4-0,4-2,7-3,9-7,12-9

Enigma: Sapo Caset 6, Temi Willington 5, Jerome Wirth 1
Talandracas: Polito Pieres 6, Juan Martin Nero 2, Santiago Stirling 1

Tournament play continues on Saturday with the Black Bears playing HB Polo at 3PM (Brooks), followed by a battle between King Power and El Rosario at 5PM (A1), all featuring the live streaming by PoloLine TV

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Check the Schedule to View the British Open

Upcoming dates and times for watching the British Open on  live streaming.


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Sapo and Enigma Live on Internet Monday June 30th

The Gold Cup for the British Open will continue on Monday June 30, with the following games, all streamed live by PoloLine.TV

1pm: Dubai vs. Thai Polo (Brooks)
3pm: Black Bears vs. Enigma (A1)

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