Ayala defeated Jolly Roger by an impressive 16 goals to 7 to win the coveted Medium Goal Volvo Bronze Cup on Saturday, July 31, on Ayala Polo Club’s number one ground. After two balanced first chukkas that saw the game tied 3-all, Ayala slowly began to dominate their opponents.
Led by top scorer, Benjamin Panelo, Ayala seized the reins in the third chukka, displaying their best polo to outscore Jolly Roger 3-0. From then onwards, Ayala was the absolute dominating force in the match, widening their advantage over the remaining chukkas. Their remarkable dominance, both in attack and defense, allowed them to hold their contenders back, blocking every one of Jolly Roger’s attempts to close the gap. With only one chukka left to play, the deal was almost said and done – as Ayala held a 14-4 advantage. They scored a couple of goals in the last chukka to secure the 16-7 win and the title.
Therefore, the Volvo Bronze Cup came to an end, and the 51st International Polo Tournament in Sotogrande has already named its first champions: Sainte Mesme (high goal), Ayala (medium goal), and Cotton House (low goal).
51st 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.
Saturday, July 30:
FINAL MEDIUM GOAL BRONZE CUP: AYALA 16-7 JOLLY ROGER
AYALA: Tengku Eddie Akasya 0 (3 goals), Jesús Cobino 2 (1), Benjamín Panelo 6 (8), Santiago Laborde (4). Total: 14.
JOLLY ROGER: Rosendo Torreguitar 4 (2 goals), Salvador Jauretche 4 (1), Chris Mackenzie 6 (4), Niclas Johanson 0. Total: 14.
Umpires: Guillermo Villanueva & Gaston Lucero.
Third man: Gonzalo López Vargas.
Score Ayala: 1-1, 3-3, 6-3, 10-3, 14-4, 16-7.
MVP: Benjamín Panelo, presented by Rocío Zobel.
BPP of the final: Ayala Irina, owned by Ayala and ridden by Benjamín Panelo.
Fair Play Award: Niclas Johanson, presented by Rocío Zobel.
The 51° International Polo Tournament Sotogrande resumes on Monday, August 1, when the Terralpa Silver Cup kicks off.