World Polo League continues today with Palm Beach Open
On Sunday 14 March, Hawaii Polo Life and Richard Mille faced each other in The Founder’s Cup Final at Grand Champions Polo Club. Hawaii Polo Life began with a one goal handicap advantage (rated at 25 goals vs Richard Mille’s 26 goals), but Richard Mille’s Jeta Castagnola swiftly levelled the scores with a goal within the first minute. The first chukka saw plenty of action, with goals from Marc Ganzi, Pablo Mac Donough and Jejo Taranco meaning that at the end of the first seven minutes of play the scoreboard read 3-2, with Richard Mille only slightly in the lead.
The second chukka saw both teams find the goalposts, with the scores still only within one goal of each other going into half-time, with Richard Mille leading 5-4. Richard Mille dominated the action in the second half, keeping Hawaii Polo Life at arm’s reach from the goalposts in both the fourth and fifth chukkas, while Castagnola and Mac Donough scored a succession of goals which meant that the sixth and final chukka began with Richard Mille enjoying a comfortable 9-4 lead. Once again Mac Donough and Castagnola were unstoppable, bringing Richard Mille’s lead up to 12-4 with a triumvirate of goals. With a mountain to climb, Santi Torres doggedly persisted and secured two goals for Hawaii Polo Life, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap and Richard Mille ran out the winners, 12-6. Following his impressive goal scoring success, Mac Donough was named Most Valuable Player and he also scooped up the Argentine Breeding Association Best Playing Pony prize for Irinita Rastrogera. Chalo Kayla, played by Jeta Castagnola, was the World Polo League Best Playing Pony and Galleta Grande, played by Paco de Marvaez, was the American Horse Polo Association Best Playing Pony.
The World Polo League continues today with The Triple Crown of Polo, followed by The Beach Polo World Cup Miami Beach on 22 – 25 April.
The Founder’s Cup Final Teams:
Hawaii Polo Life: Santi Torres, Gringo Colombres, Jejo Taranco & Chris Dawson
Richard Mille: Marc Ganzi, Jeta Castagnola, Pablo MacDonough & Paco de Narvaez
Photograph: Action from The Founder’s Cup Final. By ChukkerTV