Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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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34 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Aires to be deferred between Friday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 2. Therefore, play resumed on Monday, Dec. 3 with the fourth date of Bracket A. In the first turn, in Field No. 2, La Dolfina Sancor Seguros beat La Ensenada by a blunt 20-6. Later, in the Cathedral, La Aguada edged Alegría-La Irenita, 10-8, with half a dozen goals coming off the mallet of Alejandro Muzzio. Tuesday, Dec. 4 was the time for the Bracket B. On Field 2, Ellerstina Johor eliminated La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, 20-5, which closed its participation without any wins. And in the Cathedral, Las Monjitas remained unbeaten against La Albertina Abu Dhabi, with a 16-11 victory, taking full advantage of the departure of Ignacio Toccalino by a double yellow card between the close of the seventh chukker and the start of the eighth. La Dolfina Sancor Seguros secured its 14th consecutive ticket to the Palermo final after defeating La Aguada by a decisive 17-7 in the main match of the day of Saturday, Dec. 8. The key was the overwhelming start (6-0 in the first two chukkers) to confirm the strength of the team led by Adolfo Cambiaso, which since 2000 has only missed reaching the final of the highest tournament in the world once, in 2004. Earlier, on Field No. 2, La Dolfina Polo Ranch took advantage of a better closure and defeated Alegría-La Irenita, 18-13. The victory guaranteed LD Polo Ranch a place in the Triple Crown for 2019, while Alegría-La Irenita bid farewell to the Triple Crown without wins. Sunday, Dec. 9, was a day of strong emotions. In the first turn, Cría Yatay WeWork defeated Albertina Abu Dhabi by a tight 13-12 thanks to the great effort by Joaquin Pittaluga (7 goals) to secure a place in the 2019 Triple Crown. Then the Cathedral was left in shock and disbelief. Las Monjitas battled every minute and with the gutsy Hilario Ulloa as leader, managed to break the process in the sixth chukker (shutting the opponent out 3-0) to surprise and eliminate Ellerstina Johor, that was left out of the Palermo final for the second time in the last 12 editions. "We knew we could do it. If with Daily Racing Form we beat Adolfito and Facu in the U.S. Open, why can not we do it in Palermo," Ulloa explained after the match. After a one-day delay, this time for rain fall in Buenos Aires, on Sunday, Dec. 16, everything was ready for an unpublished final. The teams had only played each other once before, in the semifinal of Hurlingham, with a 11-8 victory for La Dolfina. Las Monjitas' Santiago Toccalino, whose horse wore protective goggles in the match, keeps a close eye on La Dolfina's Adolfo Cambiaso.

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