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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 41 In the second round, La Aguada celebrated the return of Miguel Novillo Astrada as it defeated La Dolfina Polo Ranch, 11-9. The defensive solidity of Ignacio Novillo Astrada as back and best scorer of the team with four goals was vital. The following day, on the same stage located 40 miles northwest of the Argentine capital, three players who represent U.S. polo debuted: the duel between La Albertina Abu Dhabi (with Nic Roldán as No. 1) and La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form (with Agustín Obregón in attack and Jared Zenni in the back position) narrowly went to La Albertina, 10-8, with seven goals coming from the attack duo formed by Roldán and Francisco Elizalde. A while later, in the other clash for Bracket B, Las Monjitas showed the quality of its 10-goalers Hilario Ulloa and Guillermo Caset, taking quick advantages against Cría Yatay WeWork in the second chukker (6-2). Las Monjitas managed to increase the difference in the remaining five chukkers, finishing ahead, 14-10. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the second round began. For Bracket A, on Field No. 3, La Aguada maintained its unbeaten record with a laborious triumph over the surprisingly strong La Ensenada, 14-12, in a match defined in the last chukker. Next, Johor Ellerstina—the defending champion—made its debut with a stunning performance against La Dolfina Polo Ranch, won by an unusual margin of 16 goals (20-4), twice the difference of handicap between them. Only 24 hours passed for the presentation of the other great candidate for the title. In an exhibition of power like the one offered by Ellerstina in the previous smatch, La Dolfina Sancor Seguros swept Cría Yatay WeWork by a convincing 22-8. Previously, Las Monjitas kept the winning step with another victory of strong figures against La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, 20-6, beyond losing Hilario Ulloa in the sixth chukker. The rain of goals continued on the third day, held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, also in Pilar. La Dolfina Polo Ranch achieved its first victory after beating La Ensenada, 17- 10, in a match which, in addition to many goals, there was an unusual number of fouls (22). The difference was made by Guillermo Terrera, author of seven goals. Next, Johor Ellerstina offered another recital of attacks and this time it was Alegría/La Irenita who suffered with a 23- 10 defeat, a difference supported by the hard labor in the last three episodes (11-3 for the Pieres cousins). In the first turn on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Cría Yatay WeWork had its first joy of the contest against La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, a duel between teams that had not yet counted a win. Ten goals from Joaquín Pittaluga were vital for the 16-9 win. Then it was the turn of the collision between La Dolfina Sancor Seguros and La Albertina Abu Dhabi, a more balanced match than expected in which La Albertina gave a lot of fight. Only in the last two chukkers, when horses were being played a second chukker, did Cambiaso (best scorer with eight) and his team make the difference, prevailing, 13-8. The semifinalists were determined on back-to-back days, (Oct. 20-21), also in the AAP complex in Pilar. The first day of play was opened with a wide victory of Johor Ellerstina against La Ensenada, 14- 7, in a fun game of fast and open action that only offered two fouls in seven chukkers. Then, La Aguada added its third victory in the same number of presentations with a 12-7 success against SERGIO LLAMERA (continued on page 58) Polito Pieres keeps his eye on a bouncing ball while Adolfo Cambiaso shadows him.

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