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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58 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Alegría/La Irenita (0-3), with eight goals by Alejandro Novillo Astrada, MVP of the match. On Sunday, La Dolfina Sancor Seguros had no mercy against La Cañada Angiocor Daily Racing Form, not allowing it to score until the fourth chukker. La Dolfina ended up scoring a bulky 22-6 victory with Pablo Mac Donough as best scorer (nine goals). Las Monjitas remained unbeaten after downing La Albertina Abu Dhabi, 13- 8, in a match played in the rain, something that is not usual in Argentina. The match was very even in the four initial episodes (6-6), but Las Monjitas' 10-goalers knew how to guide their team to victory. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Ellerstina Johor got its ticket for the 10th consecutive final in Hurlingham after scoring the fourth victory of the tournament, with great authority, 19-8, against La Aguada, which had been undefeated up to that point. Pablo Pieres was top scorer with nine goals. The day opened with La Dolfina Polo Ranch edging Alegría/La Irenita, 15-11, with Diego Cavanagh as best scorer (five goals). Bracket B closed on Sunday, Oct. 28, when La Dolfina Sancor Seguros secured its place in the second big final of the season with a tight victory against Las Monjitas, 11-8, in a match divided in two. The first chukker saw La Dolfina shut out Las Monjitas, 3-0. The remaining six chukkers had Las Monjitas running from behind to reduce the disadvantage while La Dolfina played efficiently until closing the match with the victory. The day started with a double overtime: Cría Yatay WeWork and La Albertina Abu Dhabi completed the seven regular periods with equality, 12-12, and could not break the stalemate in the first extra chukker. In the ninth chukker, Lerín Zubiaurre achieved the Golden Goal that unleashed Cría Yatay's joy. After 10 dates of activity, on Saturday, Nov. 3, the action moved to the stately headquarters of the Hurlingham Club, 15 miles west of Buenos Aires, for the 10th final between La Dolfina and Ellerstina for The Ayrshire Cup, and the first final between the teams showing a perfect handicap (40 goals), although they played a qualifying match in 2009 with 40 goals per side in which La Zeta won 19-13. Field 1 was crowded by more than 5,000 spectators and La Dolfina Sancor Seguros began the game trying to confirm that it could lift the second 2019 cup after its triumph at the Tortugas Open. With a methodical game and taking advantage of the unusually erratic and inaccurate play of Johor Ellerstina, La Dolfina took a three-goal advantage (7- 4) to complete the first half. The two quartets that returned to the field after the long break were different: something seemed broken in the team from Cañuelas, while Ellerstina appeared renewed. "We knew that we had to change, we had to appear on the court," Gonzalo Pieres would later admit. (continued from page 41) Nico Pieres was named MVP and his mare, Open Guillermina, took all three horse prizes: best horse by both the Hurlingham Club and the Argentine Polo Association and best Argentine bred horse by the Argentine Association of Polo Breeders. SERGIO LLAMERA

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