The Island beat Sainte Mesme by 10-8 in the opening match of the 49th International Tournament MANSION Polo, held on Saturday at the main field of the Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande. The first visitors to this sporting and leisure event, one of the most important of the summer in Andalusia, were able to enjoy live music at the end of the meeting. Next Monday the activity will resume with the start of the competition in the Hyundai Bronze Cup.
A large audience attended the match that opened this year’s tournament. La Isla, team formed by Beca, Fernández Llorente, Ruiz Guiñazu and Berazadi, was ahead in almost all chukkers or times in which the match is divided. Sainte Mesme played with Zavaleta, Jauretche and the Strom brothers.
On this first day, the spectators were able to check the measures implemented by the Santa María Polo Club due to the health alert. The aim of this set of rules, which follow the protocols established by the authorities, is to ensure that the MANSION International Polo Tournament is a safe event. The spacious garden areas of the venue contribute to the public being able to enjoy the programmed activities with confidence and peace of mind.
On this opening day, the leisure activities on offer in parallel with the polo were premiered. The shops of the Shopping Village were opened, with first brands of fashion and accessories. The terraces and hospitality boxes were also set up, as well as the restaurant and drink area, which will once again be run by Gourmet Cobos Catering. In the evening, WonderWall Duo began their live performance, playing international pop and rock hits. Another option for a snack is the food courts, next to the Kid’s Area, which has games and attractions attended by monitors.
Start of the official competition
After the Sunday break, the 49th MANSION International Polo Tournament formally begins next Monday, July 27, with the Hyundai Bronze Cup from 6:30 p.m. on court IV. The calendar with the days of matches can already be consulted on the Santa María Polo Club website.
In this year’s edition there will be ten teams. In addition to the Hyundai Bronze Cup, the 1892 Isolas Silver Cup and the Playtech Gold Cup will be played. Players from the United States, England, Argentina, France, Sweden and Spain, among other countries, will participate. The Silver semi-finals and final will be held on August 12 and 15, respectively, while the Gold semi-finals and final will be held on August 27 and 30.
Tickets can be purchased on the Club’s website or at the venue’s ticket office. There are different promotional prices, discount vouchers and premium packages. Parking is free of charge. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)