The Beef

PJA_rspc_palermoI have been in Argentina for a week so far, and it has been hectic.  It’s been polo, polo and more polo, and lots of beef!

I made it to Palermo with my new orange RSPC 1902 cap, as you can see.

The virtual semi-final was mismatched on Saturday.  La Aguada scored the first goal of the game, then conceded the next 14 goals to La Dolfina.  It was a total whitewash.  It was great to see Adolpho Cambiaso play his clones and even take out the great Cuartetera in the last chukka.

Alegria deserved to beat Ellerstina in Sunday’s semi.  I was very sorry for the Canadians and especially Fred Mannix, who played really well.   For Alegria to lose by a goal is heart-breaking, especially when they had dominated the game for long periods.  Sapo Caset was the outstanding player that day.

Traveling with me is John Fischer of W.A., and Emil Teo from Singapore.  John is enjoying watching Hugo play practice games at Chapa Uno.  Emil has had some stick and ball lessons from Gines Bargallo, and will probably start playing polo next season.  Together we have been to see some Camara games.

The full title of the tournament is Copa Cámara de Diputados 2017.  It is an all pro tournament of about 30 goals.  Malaysian polo connoisseurs will recognise some of the players in Friday’s final:

Cámara_teams_2017Chapaleufú Biopolo: Pedro Falabella (h) 6, Marcos Araya 7, Julio Novillo Astrada (n) 7 and Diego Araya 7. Total: 27.

Pilarchico La Ensenada: Tomás Fernández Llorente (h) 6, Isidro Strada 6, Juan M. Zubía 6 and Jerónimo del Carril 6. Total: 24.

In between all this spectating, I have been to quite a few meetings and have been able to play a little polo, in a low goal FIP Ambassadors Tournament.  Thank goodness for the polo, because otherwise I would never have been able to eat all the beef that I have been faced with. Most days we have had two meat meals.  For a change I have had the occasional chicken meal or a vegetarian pasta when I can.  “Where’s the Beef” is not a question you need ever ask in Argentina.


About Peter Abisheganaden

Polo Player, Tournament Director and Executive Secretary of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association. FIP Ambassador and FIP Tournament Director of FIP Snow Polo World Cup and Super Nations Cup. World Cup and Asian Games Showjumper. Champion SEA Games Showjumper and Eventer. FEI L3 Show Jumping Course Designer and L1 Course Presenter. Champion amateur jockey. Retailer and wholesaler of saddlery and polo equipment and Managing Director of Zack's Tack.
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