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La Dolfina Champions 2022 Argentine Polo Open

129° AB. ARG. HSBC - Final 02-12-2022
Story by Asociación Argentina de Polo


 Photography Matías Callejo / AAP Press





La Dolfina Saudi was once again crowned with glory on Friday 12/2, on the mythical field 1 of Palermo. The team from Cañuelas defeated their neighbor La Natividad 13-9 in the definition of the 129th HSBC Argentine Polo Open, the highest interclub world competition in which they participated 10 teams between 28 and 39 handicap goals made up of the most important players in the world, among them the 9 polo players who hold the 10 goals of valuation in our country.


In this way he obtained his 15th title in the tournament and equaled Hurlingham as the second highest winner of the tournament, only surpassed by Coronel Suárez.


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It was a historic day –one more– for Argentine polo, since Poroto Cambiaso, at just 17 years and 6 days old, became the youngest polo player to win the Argentine Open, surpassing Benjamín Araya, who held the record with 17 years, 3 months and 11 days.


In addition, it was the first title in Palermo for Adolfito together with his son, fulfilling one of the few dreams he had to fulfill.


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For those from Cañuelas it was their 22nd final (so far they have won 15 and lost 7) ​​in 23 Palermo Opens played since the club's creation in 2000 (it was not only in the 2004 definition). 


Meanwhile, the organization created by "Lolo" Castagnola played its second consecutive final of the Argentine Polo Open.



Individually, the four La Dolfina players have now accumulated 41 titles (18 Cambiaso in 26 finals; 12 Nero in 16; and 10 Stirling in 13); while for Poroto Cambiaso it was his first crown.


It took 39 years for a father and his son to win a final in Palermo, after Horacio and Benjamín Araya did it in 1983 playing for Coronel Suárez. Another new Cambiaso brand! 




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The final teams:




La Dolfina Saudi: Adolfo Cambiaso (h) 10 (2 goals, one from a corner), David Stirling (h) 10 (1), Adolfo Cambiaso (n) 9 (5, two from penalties) and Juan M. Nero 10 (5 ). Overall: 39.


La Natividad: Camilo Castagnola 10 (6, three penalties), Pablo Pieres 10, Bartolomé Castagnola (h) 10 (3) and Ignatius du Plessis 9. Total: 39.




The Nativity: 2-0, 3-1, 6-4, 8-4, 10-6, 11-7, 11-7 and 13-9.




Judges: Gastón Lucero and Martín Pascual.                 Referee: José I. Araya.




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Gonzalo Heguy Trophy for the best player in the final: Juan M. Nero.


Javier Novillo Astrada Award to the championship scorer: Camilo Castagnola, 54 goals.


Rubén Sola Revelation Trophy: Tomás Panelo.


Equine Promotion Cup for the best ridden player in the final: Juan M. Nero.


Gonzalo Tanoira Award for the best ridden polo player in the competition: Adolfo Cambiaso (h).


Fair Play Award for the most disciplined player in the tournament: Adolfo Cambiaso (n).


Lady Susan Townley Cup for the best player horse in the final: Irenita Harinosa , played by David Stirling (h).




Argentine Association of Polo Horse Breeders Award for Best Registered Player Product Argentine Polo Breed and Argentine Rural Society Award: Anay Sur Brandy , played by Juan M. Nero.




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They are sponsors of the 129th Argentine Polo Open HSBC, HSBC as Title Sponsor; Volkswagen as Gold Sponsor; ESPN, Imperial, Motorola, Johnnie Walker, Trapiche, La Nación and Omint as Official Sponsors; La Martina, CentraLab, Case IH, Río Uruguay Seguros and US Polo Assn. as Sponsors; and Casablanca, Termas de Río Hondo and Argentine Beef as Advertisers; while WE ARE SPORTS is the exclusive commercial agent.