Argentina's High-Goal Season

Photos by Katerina Morgan / Polo Lifestyles

A new title for La Natividad and another historic day for Lolo Castagnola, who returned to play in Palermo and won the title with one of his sons, Barto, his nephew, Poroto Cambiaso, and the son of a great friend, Lukin Monteverde. It was an unforgettable day for him.

On Friday, Sept. 24, the third and last day of the 53rd edition of the traditional San Jorge Military Equestrian Club Open for the Duke of Edinburgh Cup was played on Court 2 in Palermo. 

The undefeated La Natividad defeated La Dolfina Doctor 2U with great authority by 13-8 and won the first title of the 2021 High Goal Season.

After a first chukker in which Malay Joevy Beh’s team began more strongly, La Natividad turned the score around from the second set and managed to take a wide advantage of seven goals in the fifth chukker, thanks to a great game from “Barto” Castagnola, with eight goals in the day and finally top scorer of the tournament with 13.

The tournament was also very important for Malaysians James and Joevy Beh, father and son, who played two very good games and were close to Barto in the scorers’ table: Joevy, second with 11; and James, third with 10.

At the awards ceremony and following the words of the president of the AAP, Delfín Uranga, James Beh received a plaque of gratitude for his contribution to polo, while among the horses, Dolfina Melina , played by Lolo Castagnola, was awarded by the Argentine Polo Association as the best in the final; while the AACCP banner for being the Best Polo Argentino Registered Player Product went to Chalo La Niña Loli, played by Barto Castagnola.