A last minute change of team saw Lila Pearson take her son George Pearson’s place in the Cowdray Vikings team due to a continuing infection in his leg, and, with Negro Novillo Astrada also out through injury and his place being taken by Julio Novillo Astrada, it was a 13 goal rather than a 15 goal Cowdray Vikings team that went into the Final against Monterosso. The two teams were neck and neck through the whole match until finally three pros against two made the difference and Monterosso won by two goals.
Lila Pearson said: “Charlie Cadogan played very well and was very gracious about having to play with me instead of George! I was happy just to stay on board and get through the game as I haven’t played since September. It was a bit of a baptism of fire, going straight into a final! However, it was a beautiful day and everyone was in great spirits.”
The subsidiary went to Conosco beating Escorihuela Gascon 10.5-9. Lila commented: “Although Conosco’s patron Jeremy Pemberton is a Guards patron, he always supports the La Aguada Cowdray Park tournament. After the matches, all the teams had a delicious lunch followed by the prize-giving. Once again we’ve had a great time at La Aguada”
The tournament hosted by La Aguada Polo Club in Open Door, Argentina, marks the strong partnership between La Aguada Polo Club and Cowdray Park Polo Club. This year’s competition showcased four teams up to 16 goals.
Conosco: Jeremy Pemberton 0, Guy Gibrat 5, Eduardo Novillo Astrada 8, Francisco Benoit 2. Total: 15
Escorihuela Gascón: Juan Pablo Georgalos 1, Tomás Alberdi 4, Juan Carlos Harriet 5, Benjamin Araya Jr. 6. Total: 16
Monterosso: Siri Evjemo Nysveen 0, Ross Ainsley 4, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 8, Alejandro Pistone 3. Total: 15
Cowdray Vikings: Charlie Cadogan 1, George Pearson 2, Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8, Juan Pedro Harriet 4. Total: 15