Sainte Mesme won the High Goal Volvo Bronze Cup following a very attractive contest played on Los Pinos ground three, claiming a narrow 11-10 win over Dos Lunas. The victory came in the final minute of the match thanks to a goal scored by Santiago Tanoira. The lineup, composed of Robert Strom, Santiago Tanoira, Juan “Tito” Ruiz Guiñazú, and Pelayo Berazadi became the first high goal winners of the 51st International Polo Tournament in Sotogrande.
Sainte Mesme and Dos Lunas played a remarkable, open match, which saw just a handful of fouls. The first half belonged to Sainte Mesme, who reached a commanding 8-3 lead by half time. However, things would change from the fourth chukka onwards, when Dos Lunas outscored Sainte Mesme by 3 goals to 1, and managed to tie the game at 9-all in the fifth. A hard fought last chukka would follow; Sainte Mesme re-claimed the lead, following a fantastic run by Robert Strom, but Dos Lunas replied quickly, thanks to Joaquín Pittaluga, who scored to tie the game once again. At the end of the day, Santiago Tanoira sent the ball through the goalposts to secure the title for Sainte Mesme.
The day’s action started on Los Pinos ground 4, when Cotton House defeated Cibao La Pampa by 10 goals to 5 to win the Low Goal Volvo Bronze Cup. Meanwhile, Ayala and Jolly Roger were victorious in a penalty shootout, securing a place in the Medium Goal Volvo Bronze Cup final, due to be played on Saturday, at Ayala Polo Club.
51° INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT SOTOGRANDE:
VOLVO BRONZE CUP: July 25 – 30
TERRALPA SILVER CUP: August 1 – 13
GLOBANT GOLD CUP: August 15 – 27
THE HIGH GOAL MATCHES OF THE 51° INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT SOTOGRANDE, AS WELL AS THE MEDIUM GOAL FINALS, WILL BE STREAMED LIVE WORLDWIDE AND FREE OF CHARGE ON POLOLINE TV HERE.
Friday, July 29:
FINAL VOLVO BRONZE HIGH GOAL CUP: SAINTE MESME 11-10 DOS LUNAS
SAINTE MESME: Robert Strom 4 (7 goals), Santiago Tanoira 5 (2), Juan Ruiz Guiñazú 7 (1), Pelayo Berazadi 4 (1). Total: 20.
DOS LUNAS: Pascual Sáinz de Vicuña 5 (3 goals), Luis Domecq 2, Joaquín Pittaluga 7 (5), Cruz Heguy 6 (2). Total: 20.
Umpires: Federico Martelli & Gaston Lucero. Third Man: Guillermo Villanueva.
Scire Sainte Mesme: 2-1, 5-2, 8-3, 9-6, 9-9, 11-10.
MVP: Santiago Tanoira. Presented by Volvo España’s Luis de los Reyes & Almudena Bravo Gimenio.
BPP of the final: Gete Obsesión (Santiago Tanoira).
Best Polo Argentino Bred of the final: Gete Obsesión (Santiago Tanoira).
Fair Play Award: Luis Domecq. Presented by Volvo España´s Luis de los Reyes & Almudena Bravo Gimenio.
FINAL VOLVO LOW GOAL BRONZE CUP: COTTON HOUSE 10-5 CIBAO LA PAMPA
COTTON HOUSE: Jose Trenor Jr. -1, Jose Trenor 1, Benjamin Araya Jr. 5, Mario Gómez 3. Total: 8.
CIBAO LA PAMPA: Pedro Beca 2, Gaetan Charloux 2, Diogo Gallego 2 (Subbed in by Jaime Serra 2), Jorge Pepa 2. Total: 8.
Umpires: Martín Goti & Santos Anca. Third man: Peter Wright.
Score Cotton House: 2-2, 4-2, 8-3, 8-4, 10-5.
MVP: Benjamín Araya. Presented by Volvo España´s David Castillo & Almudena Bravo Gimenio.
BPP of the final: Nonthue Madonna, ridden by Benjamin Araya Jr.
Fair Play Award: Pedro Beca. Presented by Volvo España’s David Castillo & Almudena Bravo Gimenio.
The Volvo Bronze Cup resumes on Saturday, July 30:
19:oo, FINAL, Ayala Polo Club, Ground #1: Ayala vs Jolly Roger