In a dramatic and historic win, this year’s 120th Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo (Argentine Open) Championship title has been taken by La Dolfina. This tournament marks the pinnacle of the Royal Salute World Polo Series, where the final is always passionately fought, and features some of the world’s best players, including, Adolfo Cambiaso and Pablo Mac Donough, both 10 goal players, who ultimately ensured La Dolfina took the title of ‘best polo team in the world’.
With every chukka courageously battled, La Dolfina took a 2-1 lead over Alegria in the first chukka, with Cambiaso scoring the first goal of the final. Alegria fought to catch up, and at the end of the fourth chukka, teams equalised with a score of eight-all. La Dolfina started to pull away in the sixth chukka which led to the final score of 16-11.
This display of elite sportsmanship drew a discerning crowd of 20,000 from Argentina and all over the world. Guests of Royal Salute were hosted by English International professional polo player, Malcolm Borwick and Torquhil Ian Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll. Also in attendance was guest of honour Johannes Huebl, the high profile German model and photographer known for his discerning taste and artistic eye for photography. Johannes captured imagery of the final to reveal the sportsmanship, skill and passion behind the game. Johannes’ images captured during the Open were uploaded and shared with his 150,000 followers on his Instagram using #Salutethegame, enabling a wider audience to appreciate the skill, passion and craftsmanship behind polo.