18TH JUNE 2017 | GUARDS POLO CLUB
RH and La Indiana were ready to battle out seeking for the prestigious Trophy with fair chances for both sides to win the crown. RH reached the finals undefeated; La Indiana, on the other hand, had only one loss, against Sommelier.
The first chukker had a solid start with both teams studying each other, until the first score arrived. The first one to find some spaces and score was Rodrigo Andrade just minutes away after the kick-off. The Brazilian champion in 2013 with Zacara, and playing his second season with RH, has been one of the key players in the team’s structure during this year. Up next, Tommy Beresford appeared to score and raised the gap, 2-0. But Tincho Merlos had an opportunity from the 30 yards that put La Indiana only one goal behind RH, 1-2. After the following throw-in Nic Roldan had a chance but couldn’t make it. The game was non-stop.
Two minutes into the second chukker Tincho Merlos took the ball 60 yards away from RH’s goal and hit it very precisely to tied up in 2. But it was then that Adolfo Cambiaso started to appear to lead his team and the whole show. Beresford scored again for RH, and later on Cambiaso took a 60 yard penalty to make it 4-2. The first half came to an end with a new 2-1 period for RH and a global score of 6-3. You could say the score was fair.
But the fourth chukker threw out the most recognized version of La Indiana, the one that we got used to in the last few tournaments. The influence of coach Pite Merlos was very clear, just as it happened against Murus Sanctus in the semifinals and in the same fourth chukker. Tincho Merlos closed the gap after the following throw in. And up next Nic Roldan, who was very close some seconds before, scored twice to take La Indiana to a 7-6 lead. Tincho Merlos scored again, but the relief finally arrived for RH after a goal by Cambiaso.
The fifth chukker was maybe the most even one in the whole afternoon, with two very established teams in the field who shared each other a goal. The advantage into the sixth chukker was 9-8 to La Indiana.
But in this last period RH showed why they reached this instance unbeaten and why Adolfo Cambiaso is who he is. First, he tied the game with 9 each and when it looked as if the match was heading to an extra chukker, the player of La Dolfina took the ball on the boards, ran with it, and even though the bell rang he had enough time to score and that was it. Celebrations all around for RH and all the staff.
RH polo team won the match by 10-9 , remaining undefeated throughout the tournament. All and all, it was a wonderful season for the RH Polo Team.
The most valuable award was secured by Tommy Beresford and the best pony of the tournament was awarded to Caraqueña, who was played by Adolfo Cambiaso.