Nairobi and John Smith Ayala were victorious in their respective semifinal games, played at Ayala Polo Club, and secured a spot in the championship match of the medium goal 50th. Anniversary Gold Cup, that will take place on Friday August 27. Both winners claimed the El Corte Inglés Cup. The high goal semifinals are due on Wednesday.
The 50th Anniversary Gold Cup marks the third stage of the 50th Anniversary Torneo Internacional de Polo by La Reserva Club de Sotogrande.
In the first game, played on ground 3 at Ayala, Nairobi defeated Cibao La Pampa – who remained unbeaten in the league stage – by a 10-9 score and earned the first spot in the medium goal final. Nairobi got off to a powerful start, by taking wide advantages in the first fourth chukkas, that left Cibao La Pampa unable to bounce back. The second semifinal took place on ground 1; John Smith Ayala, the recent winners of the Silver Cup, took an impressive 17-11 win over ATL Marine & Energy. Nairobi and John Smith Ayala will battle for the title next Friday.
Action for the 50th. Anniversary Gold Cup will resume on Wednesday August 25, with the high goal semifinals, due at Santa María Polo Club: Ayala vs BP Polo, and Marqués de Riscal vs BN Polo.
Sotogrande’s 50th Anniversary tournament is being played at Ayala Polo Club, Santa María Polo Club, and Dos Lunas Polo & Dressage. The tournament sees twelve teams, split into two categories, compete. The high goal is for 18-20 goal teams, while the medium goal is for 12-14 goal teams.
BOTH THE HIGH GOAL 50th ANNIVERSARY TORNEO INTERNACIONAL DE POLO BY LA RESERVA CLUB DE SOTOGRANDE AND THE MEDIUM GOAL SEMIFINALS AND FINAL WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV HERE.
The summary of the semifinals ot the medium goal 50th. Anniversary Gold Cup:
NAIROBI 10-9 CIBAO LA PAMPA
NAIROBI: Grace Cariss 0, Hernan Pieres 3, Santiago Schweitzer 5, Juan Zubiaurre 6. Total: 14.
CIBAO LA PAMPA: Juan Pepa 1, Patricio Neves 4, Patricio Cieza 6, Jorge Pepa 3. Total: 14.
JOHN SMITH AYALA 17-11 ATL MARINE & ENERGY
JOHN SMITH AYALA: Gabriel Aguirre 0, Gregorio Gelosi 4, Alejandro Muzzio 8, Nicolás Álvarez 2. Total: 14.
ATL MARINE & ENERGY: Jan Niclas Johansson 0, Justo de Dominicis 0, Pablo Llorente 6, Agustin Garcia Grossi 7. Total: 14.
The 50th Anniversary Gold Cup will continue on Wednesday August 25, with the high goal semifinals:
17:00hs., ground 2, Santa María Polo Club: BP Polo vs Ayala (Semifinal #1)
18:30hs., ground 3, Santa María Polo Club: BN Polo vs Marqués de Riscal (Semifinal #2)
THE 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLD CUP (HIGH GOAL): Fixture & Teams
THE 5oth ANNIVERSARY GOLD CUP (MEDIUM GOAL): Fixture & Teams
PHOTO CREDIT: MATÍAS CALLEJO.