Player Profile: Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino–Tonkawa Polo


One of three new additions to the Tonkawa team in the 2020 Gauntlet of Polo®, Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino brings a wealth of experience playing among the world’s best players. Holding a handicap as high as nine goals in Argentina, Tocallino is best seen when moving forward and backward in the game with regularity, knowing when to support or attack. Participating in the Argentine Triple Crown year after year, Toccalino has found a place on La Albertina Abu Dhabi, qualifying for the 2020 edition alongside fellow Gauntlet of Polo® competitor Francisco Elizalde and Alfredo Cappella. Toccalino’s accomplishments on the high-goal stage have been seen in the UK as a key component of the Monterosso Polo Team. Capturing notable titles such as the Warwickshire Cup, Prince of Wales Trophy and Royal Windsor Cup, Toccalino’s success translated to the USA at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2019 as part of an impressive showing with Santa Clara. 

Ignacio Toccalino

Ranking 4th among all players in 2019 with 5.1 goals per game, trailing only Facundo Pieres, Polito Pieres and current teammate Sapo Caset, Toccalino proved an impressive ability to find the goal. In one of the most highly regarded stats of last year, Toccalino missed just one penalty attempt, converting an astounding 22 of his 23 attempts. A well-rounded game that extends beyond scoring goals, Toccalino can effectively play the back position and distribute the ball with the pass, finding teammates on run to goal. Hard to miss in his signature turquoise helmet, few players can seamlessly transition from offense to defense like Toccalino can, whether it is with an accurate backhand pass or a run of his own. Toccalino extended his strong play on U.S. soil to the Greenwich Polo Club in the East Coast Open, leading a Monterosso team that fell just short in a close final against Postage Stamp Farm. 


It is the all-around skillset of Toccalino that has served Tonkawa well in 2020 as Toccalino has often transitioned to the back of the game to support Sapo Caset pulling forward. A crucial part of Caset’s season-leading 8.0 goals per game has been the emergence of Toccalino, with one or two small bounces of the ball preventing Tonkawa from holding an undefeated record, as their only two losses have come in overtime to Pilot. Toccalino’s 1.5 assists per game and accurate shooting have contributed to an elite Tonkawa offense that has produced the most accurate shooting percentage and second most goals in the Gauntlet of Polo® at 12.3 goals through four games. With one more win in the USPA Gold Cup® pushing Tonkawa into the quarterfinals, Toccalino will continue to be relied upon in the defensive, distributor role that has been effective this season. 

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Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino and Tonkawa return to play Tuesday at 4pm against Park Place in the final group game of Bracket II, with a win securing a spot in the quarterfinals. 


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