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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40 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N P O L O I N T H E P A M P A S BY ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ THE RIGHT TIME J ohor Ellerstina reacted after a bad beginning and defeated La Dolfina Sancor Seguros, 12-11, in the final of the 125th Hurlingham Open to lift the Ayrshire Cup for the third consecutive year. The development of a tournament the magnitude of the Hurlingham Open can be counted by the beginning or the end and this year was no different. A chronological history can be made from the first throw in, launched on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to start the match between La Ensenada and Alegría/La Irenita—which brought the first big surprise of the season—or from the final match, the 38th showdown between La Dolfina Sancor Seguros and Johor Ellerstina, the two big powers of the 21st Century. In the definition of one of the oldest contests on the planet, with 80 goals on the field, a fight ensued with plenty of emotions. Adrenaline was guaranteed in the second step of the Argentine Triple Crown. The opening, at the complex the Argentine Polo Association has in Pilar, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, began with youthful mischief in Bracket A, with the juvenile quartet of La Ensenada, which came from the classification tournament and was a team with an average age of barely over 23 years. The young team was not frightened by the experience of Fred Mannix and Matías Mac Donough—former finalists in Palermo—and clearly beat Alegría/La Irenita by 12-8, despite having a team handicap four goals less. Half a dozen goals (including two penalties) came from Juan Britos. Johor Ellerstina bests La Dolfina Sancor Seguros in the Hurlingham Open Johor Ellerstina's brothers Facundo Pieres, Nico Pieres and Gonzalo Pieres and their cousin Polito Pieres won the Hurlingham Open. SERGIO LLAMERA

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