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 59 That renewal was seen from the first play. Taking full advantage of the unusual defensive errors of Juan Martín Nero (best back of the planet) and the lack of precision of Adolfito Cambiaso in the execution of fouls (missed 4 of 11), the men in black, with Polito Pieres as the executing arm (four goals in 14 minutes), overwhelmed its rival and spun a 7-0 run in 17 minutes to take the lead, 11-7. To make matters worse, Adolfito Cambiaso received his second yellow card and had to leave the field temporarily. With one less player, it was Pablo Mac Donough who took the flag of La Dolfina Sancor Seguros and scored a goal to cut the drought. Ellerstina was also penalized when Nicolás Pieres scored his second yellow card, leaving the teams to play three on three for the rest of the period. A Mac Donough penalty, on the first play of the eighth, put La Dolfina within a goal (11-10). With absolute tension in the air, and less than two minutes on the clock, Nico Pieres appeared, exhibiting his maturity as a player and scoring the goal that allowed La Zeta to breath. The last effort by Mac Donough allowed him to add a fifth goal to his personal harvest and bring La Dolfina within one, 12-11. The triumph gave the third consecutive title to Johor Ellerstina and the 10th since 1994. In addition, the win brought the team a little bit closer to La Dolfina in the classic that has La Dolfina with 24 wins and 14 losses since 2000. "There are times you play well and do not win, others in which you win without playing well. Here we started anxiously, but afterwards we calmed down and ended up playing great. It's a very nice feeling to win the title like this," acknowledged Nico Pieres, who received the Javier Novillo Astrada trophy for the best player of the game. To add praise, his mare Open Guillermina monopolized the three horse prizes: the Daniel Kearney Cup instituted by Hurlingham Club, and the blankets awarded by AAP and the Association of Argentine Polo Breeders. Johor Ellerstina: 40 Pablo Pieres 10 Gonzalo Pieres 10 Nicolás Pieres 10 Facundo Pieres 10 La Dolfina Sancor Seguros: 40 Adolfo Cambiaso 10 David Stirling 10 Pablo Mac Donough 10 Juan Martín Nero 10 Las Monjitas: 37 Facundo Sola 9 Hilario Ulloa 10 Guillermo Caset 10 Santiago Toccalino 8 alt. Salvador Ulloa 7 La Aguada: 33 Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8 Alfredo Bigatti 8 Miguel Novillo Astrada 8 Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9 La Dolfina Polo Ranch: 32 Diego Cavanagh 8 Guillermo Terrera 8 Alejo Taranco 8 Ignatius Du Plessis 8 alt. Julián de Lusarreta 8 alt. Matías Torres Zavaleta 7 Cría Yatay WeWork: 32 Valerio Zubiaurre 8 Cristian Laprida 8 Joaquín Pittaluga 8 Ignacio Laprida 8 alt. Tomás Garcia del Rio 7 Alegría-La Irenita: 32 Juan Martín Zavaleta 8 Clemente Zavaleta 7 Frederick Mannix 9 Matías Mac Donough 8 La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 31 Nicolás Roldán 7 Francisco Elizalde 8 Ignacio Toccalino 8 Alfredo Cappella Barabucci 8 La Ensenada: 28 Juan Britos 7 Juan Martín Zubía 7 Facundo Fernández Llorente 7 Jerónimo del Carril 7 La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form: 28 Agustín Obregón 6 Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario 8 Sebastian Merlos 8 Jared Zenni 6 Polito Pieres and Juan Martin Nero lean in as they race down field. SERGIO LLAMERA

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