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Friday March 10th, the fourth match of the Gold Cup, the third trophy of the Polo Challenge, on the 22-goal category, took place at Los Establos in Cap Cana. The team of the Italian patron Alessandro Bazzoni was pitted against the Mannix Brothers’ team Sebucan HPA. The Canadian team, that had a great campaign during the Bronze Cup, has not been having the same luck on neither the Silver nor the Gold Cup, and this game was no exception.
Even though the game kicked off with a tie, Cinque Terre took the lead during the second period, 5-3, and from there was able to extend its goal difference quite broadly: by half-time, they were already three goals ahead. During the 5th and 6th chukka, Sebucan HPA stepped up and was able to reduce the goal difference, but they could not take the lead and the game ended in 10-8 in favor of Cinque Terre. On Thursday, March 9th, the 12-goal Gold Cup kicked off with a match between La Potranca and Casa de Campo, that resulted on a victory for the first named team, by 8-7.
22-Goal Gold Cup teams:
CASA DE CAMPO
Juan M. Nero
Ignacio Novillo Astrada
The Polo Challenge RD
The Polo Challenge represents Polo’s first high season in Central America and the Caribbean based in the Dominican Republic. The series of 4 tournaments of up to 22 goals is made during the months of January to April and is conformed by: Gold Cup, Silver Cup, Bronze Cup and Caribbean Open.
Casa de Campo, Los Establos / Cap Cana and Lechuza are the 3 chosen venues, with first level courts prepared to receive players of the size of the 10 handicap goals. The Polo Challenge is an event for the whole family that inaugurates its first season in January 2016.
* Photos by Matias Callejo.