|Thu 7th Dec 2023|
Facundo Pieres & Hope Arellano Reach 10 Goals
Argentine handicap changes
Following the culmination of the 2023 Argentine Triple Crown, the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced their latest handicap changes.
After La Natividad secured The 130th Argentine Open, Facundo Pieres has once again been moved up to 10 goals, while Hope Arellano (who won The VII Women’s Argentine Open with El Over Z7 UAE) has also reached 10 goals in Argentina. Meanwhile, Nico Pieres, Guille Terrera and Jejo Taranco have been reduced from 9 to 8 goals and Nina Clarkin has been moved from 10 to 9 goals and Mila Fernandez Araujo has gone from 8 to 7.
Other handicap changes include:
8 to 9 goals: Jero Carril
7 to 8 goals: Carlos Ulloa, Lukin Monteverde, Victorino Ruiz Jorba, Cruz Heguy, Teo Lacua, Jacinto Crotto & Min Podesta
6 to 7 goals: Gonzalo Ferrari, Bautista Garcia, Lucas Criado, Antonio Heguy, Federico Panzillo, Matias Mac Donough, Simon Prado & Santos Merlos
Photograph: Facundo Pieres has gone back up to 10 goals. By Matías Callejo / Prensa AAP
Wed 6th Dec 2023
El Overo Z7 UAE Qualify for 2024 Triple Crown
Narrow 13-12 win against La Irenita
On Sunday 3 December at the Alfredo Lalor Headquarters in Pilar, Copa Cámara de Diputados winners La Irenita went up against the eighth team in the 2023 Argentine Open ranking – El Overo Z7 UAE. El Overo Z7 UAE’s Teo Lacau was replaced by Santi Cernadas while La Irenita went into the match with an undefeated streak of 11 games.
Unsurprisingly, both teams fought tooth and nail right down to the final bell, with Cruz Heguy coolly sending home a penalty in the last minute to secure the 13-12 win and means the El Overo Z7 UAE will be automatically pre-classified for the 2024 Triple Crown along with La Dolfina Saudi, La Natividad, La Hache La Roca, La Ensenada Brubank, Ellerstina Yellow Rose, Cría La Dolfina and La Hache Cría & Polo.
The Repechage Match Teams:
El Overo Z7 UAE (28): Lucas Monteverde (7), Victorino Ruiz Jorba (7), Cruz Heguy (7) & Santiago Cernadas (7)
La Irenita (26): Antonio Heguy (6), Federico Panzillo (6), Martín Podesta (7) & Jacinto Crotto (7)
Photograph: El Overo Z7 UAE’s Cruz Heguy scored the winning penalty. By Matías Callejo / Prensa AAP
Mon 4th Dec 2023
VII Argentine Women's Open
Third win for El Overo Z7 UAE
On Sunday 3 December on field 2 in Palermo, a familiar battle between La Dolfina and El Overo Z7 UAE took place for The VII Argentine Women's Open who between them already held the six previous titles (La Dolfina with four and El Overo Z7 UAE with two). This high-scoring game, featuring a total of 31 goals, set a record for the most goals in a Women's Open Final. El Overo Z7 UAE clinched their third title through the outstanding performances of Hazel Jackson and Milly Hine, later named Most Valuable Player, well-supported by Hope Arellano and Izzy Parsons, with a final score of 17-14. Jackson and Hine secured their third title in the tournament, while Izzy Parsons and Hope Arellano celebrated their first championship. Notably, this victory marked the first time that a team composed entirely of four non-Argentine polo players, three British (Jackson, Hine, and Parsons) and one American (Arellano) took the title.
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VII Argentine Women's Open Final Teams:
El Overo Z7 UAE (35): Hope Arellano (9), Izzy Parsons (9), Hazel Jackson (9) & Milly Hine (8)
La Dolfina (35): Mía Cambiaso (8), Milagros Fernández Araujo (8), Nina Clarkin (10) & Candelaria Fernández Araujo (9)
Photograph: El Overo Z7 UAE, winners of The VII Argentine Women's Open. By Matías Callejo / Prensa AAP