The 42nd edition of the Torneo Internacional Land Rover de Polo in Sotogrande ended with exciting final matches. On Saturday Ellerston encountered UAE Polo Team in the final of the Copa de Oro Hublot (high goal). Both teams fought to the last second to win the title and numerous spectators enjoyed many goals during the thrilling match. Ellerston with Ali Patterson (+2), John Williams (0) as well as Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres (both +10) defeated Sheika Maitha (0), Sebastian Merlos (+9), Lucas Monteverde (+10) and Santiago Stirling (+3) of UAE Polo Team by 18-17 and hence took the trophy of the most important tournament of the polo season at the Santa María Polo Club home.

Two weeks before Ellerston had already won the silver cup of the tournament and in this final they had a great start. But UAE Polo Team recovered and was in hot pursuit of Ellerston. In the end, Facundo Pieres scored the crucial goal in overtime and brought his team the victory. Sebastian Merlos of UAE Polo Team was awarded best player of the tournament.

Yesterday the tournament ended with the final matches in the leagues low goal and medium goal. The Copa de Oro Valecuatro (medium goal) went to Peter Silling (0), Juan Britos (+4), James Beim (+7) and Tommi Beresford (+1) of team Equus. They defeated Pablo Mora (+1), Lawrence Isola (+1), Tomás F. LLorente jr. (+5) and Horacio F. Llorente jr. (+5) of Sapphire / Bayswater London Gin by a large margin, 15-5.

Richard Fagan (+1), Edwin Morris Lowe (+2), Santiago Torreguitar (+3) and Martin Stegemann (0) of Silex are the winners of the Copa de Oro Makarthy (low goal). They won against Paul Knights (0) Pepe Simo (+1), Mario Gomez (+4) and Luciano Irazabal (+1) of Windmill Farm by 8-7.

32 teams had come to the Santa María Polo Club to compete for five weeks in 159 matches for the coveted trophies. More than 1,100 horses and 120 players from 20 countries, among them professionals like Adolfo Cambiaso, Facundo and Gonzalo Pieres as well as Pablo Mac Donough, gave their best.


The teams:
League handicap +22
UAE Polo Team (+22)
HRH. Sheika Maitha (0)
Sebastian Merlos (+9)
Lucas Monteverde (+10)
Santiago Stirling (+3)

Ellerston (+22)
Ali Patterson (+2)
John Williams (0)
Gonzalo Pieres (+10)
Facundo Pieres (+10)

Ayala (+22)
Iñigo Zobel (+1)
Guillermo Willington (+7)
Pablo Mac Donough (+10)
Juan Jauretche (+4)

HB Polo Team (+22)
Ludovic Pailloncy (+2)
Sebastien Pailloncy (+3)
Ignacio Toccalino (+8)
Juan Ignacio Merlos (+9)

El Rosario (+22)
Alejandro Peñafiel (0)
Valerio Zubiaurre (+7)
Milo Fernandez Araujo (+8)
Salvador Ulloa (+7)

Scapa (+22)
Michael Redding (+1)
Jack Richardson (+4)
Eduardo Novillo Astrada (+9)
Marco Di Paola (+8)

Dubai Polo Team (+22)
Rashid Albawardy (+2)
Martin Valent (+5)
Adolfo Cambiaso (+10)
Patricio Cieza (+5)

Halcyon Gallery (+22)
Charlie Hanbury (+5)
Max Routledge (+5)
Guillermo Terrera (+7)
Jota Chavanne (+5)

Royal Salute (+22)
Petrus Fernandini (0)
Alejandro Muzzio (+8)
Jaime Gargía Huidobro (+8)
Malcolm Borwick (+6)

Dos Lunas-Hola (+22)
Pascual Sainz de Vicuña (+6)
Jason Warren (+1)
Diego Cavanagh (+7)
Tomás Garcia del Rio (+8)

League handicap +10 to +12
Sapphire / Bayswater London Gin (+12)
Pablo Mora (+1)
Lawrence Isola (+1)
Tomás F. LLorente jr. (+5)
Horacio F. Llorente jr. (+5)

Santa Quiteria / John Smith (+12)
Gabriel Aguierre (+1)
Gonzalo Entrecanales (+2)
Ricky Trujillo (+3)
Pedro Soria (+6)

Cheval des Andes / Esperanza (+12)
Kevin Korst (+2)
Ian Galliene (0)
Cristian Bernal (+5)
Santiago Laborde (+5)

UAE Polo Team (+12)
Carla Álvarez (0)
Santiago Stirling (+3)
Julio Ruggeri (+4)
Martin Valent (+5)

Bardon Polo Team (+12)
Andras Tambor (0)
Rashid Albwardy (+2)
Matias Machado (+4)
Facundo Castagnola (+6)

FTC (+12)
Roger Carlsson (0)
Mario Gomez (+4)
Ignacio Gonzalez (+6)
José Puebla (+2)

Woodchester (+12)
Craig McKinney (+1)
Edward Banner-Eve (0)
Guillermo Cuitiño (+6)
Silvestre Garros (+5)

Equus (+12)
Peter Silling (0)
Juan Britos (+4)
James Beim (+7)
Tommi Beresford (+1)

Silex (+12)
Richard Fagan (+1)
Yago Espinosa (+2)
Edwin Morris Lowe (+2)
Juan José Brane (+7)

Dr. “A” (+12)
Abbar Abdelrahman (0)
Maximiliano Malacalza (+4)
Alejo Taranco (+6)
Jaime Serra (+2)

Kaptive Leones (+11)
Petrus Fernandini (0)
Luis Domecq (+2)
Martin Iturraspe (+6)
Ignacio Domecq (+3)

Costa Rica (+12)
Philip de Groot (0)
Felipe Gomez (+1)
Tomás Garbarini (+4)
Gonzalo von Werniche (+7)

Valdeparras (+12)
Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros (+1)
Kaveh Atrak (+1)
Diogo Gallego (+4)
Santiago Cernadas (+6)

La Indiana (+12)
Michael Bickford (+1)
Freddy Horne (+2)
Mat Perry (+3)
Marcos Aaraya (+6)

Saint Mesme (+12)
Birger Strom (+1)
Robert Strom (+3)
Corentin Lepape (+2)
Clemente Zavaleta (+6)

Marques de Riscal (+12)
Alejandro Aznar (+2)
Luis Aznar (0)
Miguel Amieva (+4)
Gerardo Mazzini (+6)

League handicap +6
Silex (+6)
Richard Fagan (+1)
Edwin Morris Lowe (+2)
Santiago Torreguitar (+3)
Martin Stegemann (0)

Los Dragones (+6)
Andrew Nulty (0)
Carlos Piñal (+1)
Diogo Gallego (+4)
Mariano Iturrioz (+1)

Windmill Farm (+6)
Paul Knights (0)
Pepe Simo (+1)
Mario Gomez (+4)
Luciano Irazabal (+1)

Shakib Polo (+6)
Kaveh Shakib (0)
Joanna Mobley (0)
Juani González Otharan (+2)
Tiago Gallego (+4)

Costa Rica Polo Team (+6)
Miguel Gomez (0)
Nick Johnson (+2)
H. Pieres (+4)
Steve Rose (0)

La Indiana (+6)
Bickford (0)
TBA (0)
Jamie Morrison (+4)
TBA (+2)