Argentina’s 40-year-old great keeps form going in quest for triple crown while Malta is set to host royalty for historic weekend match.
Adolfo Cambiaso was back to doing what he does best as he led La Dolfina to an opening win at the 122nd Argentine Open in Palermo.
Cambiaso bagged seven goals, with Pablo MacDonough scoring five, as Magual Pie-hue Lodge were put to the sword 18-7. The great Argentine also recorded a landmark moment when he racked up his 800th goal in his Argentina Open career.
The 40-year-old’s persistence and form confirmed that the injury fears of earlier in the tournament had been put to one side and he was back on track in La Dolfina’s quest for a record third straight triple crown.
“We had very good chukkas, especially the fifth,” Cambiaso told reporters. “It is normal in eight chukkas to lose a little concentration, so we went a goal to goal for a moment in the first game.”
On his shoulder ailments, Cambiaso said: “I felt pretty good, better than in Hurlingham.”
Closer to home, the Duke of Edinburgh is expected to return to the scene of his foray into polo at the weekend.
The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will watch a match between Malta and Guards Polo Club.
Malta Polo Club, the second oldest polo club in the world (established in 1868), was where the Duke of Edinburgh learned to play polo.
As Prince Philip later recalled: “I had just got as far as wielding a stick in a polo pit and doing some stick and ball practice on a pony before the [Second World] war broke out. It was 12 years before I started again in Malta under the eye of my uncle, the great ‘Marco’ [Earl Mountbatten of Burma] himself.”
The historic match will be the final international to be played on Malta’s most packed earth ground; the same ground on which polo was played back in 1868.