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Tue 21st Nov 2017

Cambiaso’s 100th Argentine Open Match

Busy weekend of big scores in Argentine Open

Over the weekend, crowds were treated to big scores and historic appearances. On Saturday 18 November, both of the matches played in Palermo were whitewashes, with La Dolfina dominating La Irenita with a one-sided score of 21-4, whilst La Albertina Abu Dhabi crushed La Esquina Los Machitos 17-8 which meant La Esquina have been eliminated from the tournament and will not qualify for 2018. The win was a first for La Albertina in the tournament and means they have improved their chances of qualifying for next year’s tournament. For La Dolfina, it was an auspicious day, as not only was it their third straight win of over 20 goals, but all four players scored. To add the cherry on the cake it was a special day for Cambiaso, as it was his 100th Argentine Open match; not only this, but he played the eighth chukka on the legendary Cuartetera and a Cuartetera clone in every chukka before that – a huge achievement. The following day, Sunday 19 November, was the eighth day of the competition. The first match of the day saw La Dolfina Polo Ranch beat Chapaleufú 10-8, this result meant that Chapaleufú will not qualify for the 2018 tournament. Next-up, Cría Yatay faced Ellerstina on Field 1 who despite their best efforts, struggled to gain an advantage over the indomitable Pieres team, and suffered a 14-6 defeat. These results mean that Ellerstina, Alegría, La Aguada Las Monjitas and La Dolfina are already classified for the 2018 Triple Crown, whilst Cría Yatay, La Irenita, La Albertina and La Dolfina Polo Ranch will all be trying to avoid relegation and losing out on a place in the 2018 Triple Crown. The action continues at the weekend with La Irenita vs La Albertina Abu Dhabi and La Dolfina vs La Aguada Las Monjitas on Saturday 25 November, whilst on Sunday 26 November, Cría Yatay will face La Dolfina Polo Ranch and Ellerstina will play against Alegría. 

Photograph: Cambiaso hopped onto the legendary Cuartetera in his 100th Argentine Open match. By Katerina Morgan

 

Photograph: Cambiaso hopped onto the legendary Cuartetera in his 100th Argentine Open match. By Katerina Morgan

Wed 15th Nov 2017

SUPA AGM Confirms 2018 Schedule

Dates and locations for 2018 events

It’s worth noting these SUPA dates for your diary which were confirmed on Sunday 11 November, as SUPA held their AGM which was hosted by Heathfield School, Ascot.
Those present included schools and university polo managers, horse providers plus HPA and Lycetts representatives. A two minute silence for Remembrance Sunday preceded the meeting. SUPA thanked the HPA, RJ Polo and Polo Times for their continued support. Dates were decided for the 2018 SUPA tournaments:
 
University Nationals: 8 – 11 February (venue TBC)
Arena Nationals
Junior Arena Nationals: Sunday 25 February, Longdole Polo Club
Senior Arena Nationals: Sunday 4 March, Rugby Polo Club
Girls Arena Nationals: Sunday 18 March (venue TBC)
Summer Nationals
Junior Summer Nationals: Sunday 13th May (venue TBC)
Senior Summer Nationals: Sunday 17 June (venue TBC)
Girls Summer Nationals: Sunday 24 June (venue TBC)
 
Photograph: Competitors from the 2017 SUPA University Summer Nationals. By Emmpix Photography

Tue 14th Nov 2017

Argentine Open Match Updates

Results from the third and fourth days of the competition

The weekend 11 – 12 November saw a flurry of matches played between teams for the 124th Argentine Open. The action kicked off on Saturday 11 November with four-time champions La Dolfina Sancur Sanctos making their 2017 tournament debut, managing to secure a predicable smashing defeat of La Esquina LM Navarro Correas. Although it had been three weeks since their surprise defeat by Alegría in the Hurlingham, La Dolfina didn’t show any loss of rhythm and controlled the match from the first throw-in, with their usual style and panache. As the final whistle was blown, there was no doubt as to who was in the driving seat, as the scoreboard read 24-6 in favour of La Dolfina. 
In the second match of the day, La Aguada and La Irenita faced each other. Both teams were evenly matched and by the end of the first chukka, the scores remained tied at 0-0. However, La Aguada were keen to secure success and in the fourth chukka Miguel Novillo Astrada took matters into his own hands and scored three goals to take the advantage for La Aguada. The match ended with a score of 12-7 in favour of La Aguada and with that secured classification for 2018. 
The following day, Sunday 12 November, was the fourth day of the competition and saw two matches played at Palermo. First up, Ellerstina made a strong debut with a 21-7 win over Chapaleufú Cardón. Facundo Pieres returned to playing following his fall in the Hurlingham Open Final, and the whole team were once again back to their usual unstoppable force. Ellerstina’s comfortable win means they will now face LD La Dolfina Polo Ranch on Wednesday 15 November. The second match of the day was between Alegría and Cría Yatay. Alegría took the advantage from the outset and Cría Yatay struggled to stamp their mark on the match, despite the best efforts of Joaquín Pittaluga and Magoo Laprida who led their team over the eight chukkas. However, Alegría took the win with a score of 14-11 and with the win, qualified for the 2018 tournament. If Alegría win their match against Chapaleufú today, Wednesday 15 November, they will take a spot in the zone Final. Meanwhile Cría Yatay will have time to prepare for their match against Ellerstina on Sunday 19 November. 
Today is the fifth day of the competition with several matches scheduled, all times quoted are local times:
2pm: La Aguada Las Monjitas vs. La Esquina L. M. Navarro Correas
4.30pm: La Dolfina Sancor Seguros vs. The Albertina Abu Dhabi (for La Copa Omit)
Tomorrow will see two matches played between Alegría Land Rover vs. Chapaleufú Cardón at 2pm and Ellerstina Johor, vs. LD La Dolfina Polo Ranch at 4.30pm.
 
Photograph: La Aguada secured a 12-7 win over La Irenita. By ©Eduardo Grunberg/www.imagesofpolo.com
 

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