A few days after the provisional suspension of the Britishhigh-handicap circuit was decided, the government’s authorization arrived and with it, it was confirmed that there will be a polo season with health protocols and new rules that will make this season a very peculiar one.
To start, there will be no public -except for the authorizedpress media- and there will be limitations of grooms (four per polo player) and horses (ten each). It will be mandatory to wear masks that partially cover the face and for everything related to the new playing conditions, the federation will make an action guide available to those involved.
The most important thing to note is that it will change thegame itself, at least in the first contest, with rules designed to reduce human contact as much as possible. For that, it is best to minimize throw-ins. In this way, the opening play will be something like a half-court penalty; the winner of a previous draw will choose whether he will serve or deliver that possession. Nor will a throw-in be made after each goal, but the team that received it will take a throw-in but 60 yards from their end line. In those cases there will be no exchange of sides, but only at the beginning of each period.
Everything will be applied, in the inaugural championship ofthe circuit, for the Prince of Wales trophy, which will be at stake between seven teams of 22 recovery goals, with 14 Argentines.
Also, the polo players will not use the classic white pantsto play, but will wear denim. The idea is that the blue pants give an almost friendly character to the first tournament, as if the matches were training and not official. Everything will be under examination and what is safe will remain; the other will be removed. And that includes the season itself.
Without a doubt, it will be a very interesting polo season with the Monterosso of Alessandro Bazzoni starting as favorite.
Les Lions: Dillon Bacon; Bartolomé Castagnola ;Alejandro Muzzio, Santiago Laborde.
Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni; Ignacio Toccalino;Guillermo Terrera, Jerónimo Del Carril.
Monterosso Vikings: Siri Bazzoni; Francisco Elizalde;George Meyrick, Sebastián Merlos.
Next Generation: Jean François Decaux; AdolfoCambiaso; David Stirling, Adolfo Cambiaso.
Park Place: Andrey Borodin; Kian Hall; Gonzalo Pieres,Facundo Pieres.
Polo Stud Schockemöhle: Henry Porter; PatrickMaleitzke; Jaime García Huidobro, Diego Cavanagh.
Scone: David Paradice; Oliver Cudmore; Nicolás Pieres,James Harper.