Cambiaso duo prove invincible in first OUT-SOURCING Royal Windsor Cup Final
Sunday 24 June at Guards Polo Club
La Dolfina/Valiente - featuring for the first time the father and son combination of Adolfo Cambiaso and his son Poroto - won the inaugural Out-Sourcing Royal Windsor Cup Final on Sunday. HM The Queen, who later presented the prizes, and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh watched the World's No 1 and his talented 12-year-old-son, a "mini me" if there ever was one, defeat Andrey Borodin's competitive Park Place, 11-7.
La Dolfina fielded a young squad to win this trophy, with English players Kian Hall - who was strong in the number 2 position scoring at least 5 goals, - and Josh Cork helping to deliver some fast-paced polo on The Queen’s Ground. Park Place, who were defending their title, fought back - Jeronimo de Carril in particular having a very strong game - but La Dolfina led 2-0 after the first and never relinquished this advantage.
This is the second time that Cambiaso snr has won the UK's leading 15-goal trophy - he was a member of the victorious Geebung team in 2000. This time he watched his current high-goal patron, Valiente's Bob Jornayvaz step forward to receive the trophy from HM The Queen, accompanied by Mr Haruhiko Doi and Mr David Matsumoto of Out-Sourcing Inc.
In addition to Guards Polo Club's oldest piece of silverware, all 16 players in action today received a stunning, hand-made Kabuto helmet, traditionally worn by ancient Japanese warriors, including the Samurai. All the finalists also collected some beautiful dancing diamond jewellery, pearl suit pins, Gaura hydrogen water systems and for the winner a four-night trip to Tokyo with flights and accommodation. The runners up could add a two-night trip to Paris to complete their haul.
Poroto, who was named Most Valuable Player, added a miniature set of ancient Japanese warrior armour to his kabuto – also made in the traditional method. Cambiaso snr's Cruiser, a seven-year-old mare, owned by Ros Packer, was named Best Playing Pony, with Cambiaso receiving a traditional wood and paper Japanese horse statue.
Earlier in the day a sprinkle of Hollywood glamour was added to the subsidiary Mountbatten Cup Final. Actor Susan Sarandon joined Lady Tatiana Mountbatten and Mr Kazuhiko Suzuki to present Andras Tombor's Bardon with the Cup. They beat Romilla Arber's Four Quarters Black 11-6.
Another first was that Guards Polo Club signed the commentary on the big screen for all deaf visitors to the Club. The signing also featured on the livestream and was an ideal way to highlight Out-Sourcing’s work to promote sign language as an international language.