In the Argentine, where some of the world's finest polo is played, the country's top two teams battled it out in Palermo on Thursday in the Grand Final of the Argentine Open Polo Championship.
TV PAN Coronel Suarez team (left to right and wearing red) attack.
TV PAN Carlos Merlos (Santa Ana) crosses to centre.
LV & TV Coronel Suarez on attack Horacio Heguy scores.
SV Crowd applauding
CU Horacio Heguy dismounts at end of chukka
SV Horse having bandages removed.
SV Juan Carlos Harriot mounts.
SV & TV PAN Santa Ana (left to right) attacking. (2 shots)
TV Santa Ana score from free hit.
GV & SV PAN Crowd applaud as Alberto Heguy scores.
LV & SV Crowd applaud as President Videla hands trophy to winning team (Coronel Suarez)
SV Crowds surrounding victors as trophy held aloft.
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Background: In the Argentine, where some of the world's finest polo is played, the country's top two teams battled it out in Palermo on Thursday in the Grand Final of the Argentine Open Polo Championship.
SYNOPSIS: The teams in the final were old rivals. Coronel Suarez (Pronounced: Corro-nel Swar-es) and Santa Ana. Coronel Suarez, playing this chukka left to right, have a handicap of 40 goals....that's the highest in the world. Santa Ana have a 37-goal handicap.
Santa Ana attacking....but this move by Carlos Merlos came to nothing. He took the cup for the hardest riding.
A fast and precise game by Horacio Heguy helped edge Coronel Suarez forward...he put this goal in.
Heguy's game helped his team to victory...and the cup for the best horsemanship. He rode the same mare for three of the eight chukkas .... Juan Carlos Harriot, one of the world's best players.
Santa Ana back on the attack.....in this chukka they are playing from left to right. The ponies here were raised in the Argentine..ponies which have monopolised the sport around the world since as long ago as 1922.
A free hit brought Santa Ana's score to six goals....
......but Coronel Suarez forged ahead to take the championship with an easy goal by Alberto Heguy to make the final result 12-6.
Argentine's President, Jorge Rafel Videla, presented the silver cup to Coronel Suarez. It was their 20th title win since 1952.