IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF WORLD POLO LEAGUE WHEN MEN AND WOMEN PLAYED TOGETHER WITH COMBINED HANDICAPS
It was a perfect day for polo when Valiente claimed the title of the First WPL U.S National Mixed Double Championship. Credits for creating this unique championship, where two men and two women with combined handicaps will play on each team goes to WPL co-founder, Bob Jornayvaz.
Bob said,”I am really happy. I think we took women’s polo to another level in terms of just accelerating the pace. I am really proud of the girls and how they played. They did well. I am just so proud of what they did.” Ten-goalers Adolfo Cambiaso(Argentina) and Nina Clarkin(Great Britain) played against each other for the second time while Nina played with 18yr old Mili Sanchez for the first time.
The idea of mixed doubles had leveled up the Women’s Polo also, Clarkin said, “I think it could grow into something really big in the future. I really enjoyed it. I am really excited to see where it goes.”
Both Adolf Cambiaso and his daughter Mia Cambiaso along with Flanagan scored two goals each while for Audi, each player scored a goal.
Also, it was the first time Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada played with and against women players in a regulation game. “I have played practices with my nieces but not like this,” Astrada said. “This was fun. Those women played very well. They know how to play good polo. I hope it catches on here. It is a fun format. Maybe they will do something a little different like the men cannot score from inside 60 yards. It’s something to work on, but I think it is a great start.”
Both Adolfo Cambiaso and Nina Clarkin were MVPs and Fausto, played by Mia Cambiaso was the Grand Champions Best Playing Pony. Along with, Augustina, played by Flanagan was named American Polo Horse Association Best Playing Pony.
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