Polo Players Edition

FEB 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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32 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Boca Juniors, the most popular teams in Argentina, played on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the Libertadores de América Cup (the South American version of the UEFA Champions League) in River Plate's stadium, located just three miles away from Palermo. The complex safety plan forced the third and fourth Open dates to be moved to Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21 and then postponed the fifth and sixth dates to Sunday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 26, forcing play during the week, something very unusual. The first half of the plan was fulfilled: La Aguada was rehabilitated from its initial setback and clearly beat La Ensenada, 18-10, despite losing Ignacio Novillo Astrada to injury after a fall in the fourth chukker, while La Dolfina Sancor Seguros—the defending champion with 40 goals of handicap—had to work hard to overcome LD Polo Ranch, 15-11, despite a nine- goal handicap difference between the quartets. Just 24 hours passed before Las Monjitas got its second win in the tournament after disposing La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, 16-5, with 10 goals made by Sapo Caset. Ellerstina Johor—the other team with a perfect 40-goal handicap—appeared in the Cathedral and did not have problems to beat Cría Yatay WeWork, 15-5, with seven conquests by Gonzalo Pieres. Episodes of violence in the soccer pre- match—River Plate's fans attacked the Boca team's bus when it arrived at the stadium—forced the Copa Libertadores championship match initially to be suspended, before it was moved to Spain's capital, Madrid, on Dec. 9. The change delayed the Argentine Open schedule, forcing officials to change the order of play. The sixth date was played on Monday, Nov. 26 as scheduled, but the fifth date was moved to Tuesday, Nov. 27. In Bracket B, Cría Yatay WeWork got its first win by downing La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, 17-7, with 10 goals from Ignacio Laprida, all from the penalty line with a 100 percent effectiveness. In the second round, Ellerstina Johor maintained the winning step with a wide 17-9 margin against La Albertina Abu Dhabi, with Pablo Pieres as top scorer with six. On the following day, Bracket A was completed. On Field No. 2, La Dolfina Polo Ranch achieved an impressive 12-10 success against La Ensenada, with a notable performance of the South African back Ignatius du Plessis, firm in defense and clever in attack (four goals). Then, on Field No. 1, La Dolfina Sancor Seguros drew notable differences against Alegría-La Irenita, winning 16-6. The match had one last extremely emotional chukker since the eight players disputing it played horses bred by La Irenita in honor of Jorge Mac Donough, who recently passed away. He is the father of La Dolfina's Pablo Mac Donough and Alegría-La Irenita's Matías Mac Donough. Another event unrelated to polo forced another change of schedule. The realization of the G20 Summit forced almost all public activities in Buenos Former 10-goaler Eduardo "Ruso" Heguy coaches 10-goaler Guillermo "Sapo" Caset in the Argentine Open final.

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