August 14th, 2012 Add comment
High Goal Festival, Moscow Polo Club
At the end of beginning of August, The Moscow Polo Club held its 7th annual High Goal Festival at Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club. The popular week-long festival showcases some of the best polo in Russia and traditionally welcomes guest players from Argentina.
Ignacio Badiola (6) and Joaquin Irizar (2 goals) from Argentina joined the club's resident Argentine players, the two club professionals, brothers Hernan (4) and Alejandro (5) Traverso and the polo assistant Celestino Rivera (3) for a week of polo at the club.
The highlight of the festival was the A. O. Rodzianko Challenge Cup, in which Moscow Polo Club President Alexis Rodzianko played against his son Misha, the highest handicapped Russian player at +2 and his talented daughter Tasya, who plays off a zero.
The Cup was contested in an extremely close game, with the Tseleevo team scoring a winning goal in the last seconds to win 6-5 over the Moscow Polo Club team.
Tseleevo Team 11
Nacho Badiola 6
Celestino Rivera 3
Misha Rodzianko 2
Tasya Rodzianko 0
Moscow Polo Club 10
Alejandro Traverso 5
Hernan Traverso 4
Joaquin Irizar 2
Alexis Rodzianko -1
The Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club is located north of Moscow and has two world class full size polo fields, an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and several ski slopes with lifts for the winter months. It is the only club of its kind in Russia.
The Russian Open Polo Championship will have its Finals at 2pm on 25th August at the Moscow Polo Club at Tseleevo and will see four teams competing for the most prestigious prize in Russian Polo.