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