La Dol­fina Secure First Ti­tle as Ladies Na­tions Cup Gal­lops-off

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La Dol­fina polo team has se­cured their first ti­tle of the 2018 Triple Crown in Ar­gentina. For the eighth year run­ning, the 40 goal team came up against the 40 goal Eller­stina at The Tor­tu­gas Coun­try Club.

La Dol­fina started with a bang lead­ing 3-0 in the first chukka and at half-time they still held the lead 5-4 against their Pieres ri­vals. Eller­stina inched back through­out and came back very strongly in the sixth chukka and be­gin­ning of the sev­enth.

Af­ter a lot of back and forth play be­tween the sides, with the ponies pushed to their lim­its and a goal dif­fer­ence of only two, David ‘Pelón’ Stir­ling scored the win­ning goal, se­cur­ing an 11-9 win for the 2017 Ar­gen­tine Open win­ning team to a cheer from the as­sem­bled crowd.

Stir­ling was awarded the Most Valu­able Player hon­ours as the match’s top scorer, scor­ing five out of the 11 La Dol­fina goals. Co­in­ci­den­tally, the match also fell on the AAP Chair­man’s Ed­uardo Novillo Astrada’s birth­day, to which we wish a be­lated Happy Birth­day!

Mean­while, The Ladies Na­tions Cup arena polo se­ries that re­mains the only ladies’ polo tour of its kind in the United King­dom is un­der­way. The se­ries was es­tab­lished to pro­vide a platform for ladies’ polo, pa­trons and play­ers.

The Ladies Na­tions Cup is fo­cused par­tic­u­larly on younger pro­fes­sional play­ers to help give them the ex­po­sure they need to show­case their tal­ent and its fu­ture am­bi­tions will be to host a num­ber of na­tional teams.

The Women’s Arena Polo Se­ries is played at The Berk­shire, Hick­stead, Ash Farm and Westcroft Park Polo Club, with The Ladies Na­tions Cup on March 4, 2019 at Ash Farm Polo Club.

The in­au­gu­ral Ladies Na­tions Cup 2018 saw Flan­nels Eng­land go head-to-head against Kir­riemuir Scot­land at The Royal County of Berk­shire Polo Club in the first tour­na­ment of the newly launched Women’s Arena Polo Se­ries.

The match was a close af­fair through­out, with the teams tus­sling for pos­ses­sion and dom­i­nance. As the fi­nal bell sounded, Kir­riemuir Scot­land just clinched the ti­tle 12-11.

Their Cap­tain Rosie Ross was pre­sented with the Most Valu­able Player award, whilst Kirsty McBride’s pony, Trinidad, was awarded the Best Play­ing Pony rug.

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