|Mon 24th Oct 2016|
Hurlingham Open Begins
Four games in two days
After a reschedule of the opening games in The Hurlingham Open due to rain, games finally got underway at the weekend. Two games in each of the leagues were played with La Dolfina and Ellerstina predictably winning their first round. Cría Yatay had a tough start on Saturday 22 October as they took on La Dolfina. The team put up a valiant fight but the ending was not pretty with a score of 23-9. The story was very similar for La Irenita who took on Tortugas finalists Ellerstina on Sunday 23 October with a final score of 21-6. The form for all the teams in this tournament, and The Triple Crown in general, meant that these impressive wins were on the cards for the lower handicapped teams that qualified to play.
El Paraíso have had a great start to their Hurlingham Open campaign, winning against the Novillo Astrada family team with a respectable score of 11-10 having dominated the score-line throughout the game with La Aguada Las Monjitas catching up in the last chukka coming from 11-7 to 11-10. There was a change in the La Aguada line-up as Francisco Elizalde stepped in to replace an inured Eduardo Novillo Astrada.
Alegría also had a positive day in the Zone B games defeating the black and red shirts of Washington with a score of 14-11.
In the second round of games, Washington and La Aguada Las Monjitas have their toughest opponents as they will play Ellerstina and La Dolfina respectively, where it is unlikely to change the course of the two top teams as they journey through to the Finals. The others, El Paraíso against Cría Yatay and Alegría against La Irenita will be more fun to watch as these four are more evenly matched.
To see the full schedule, results and team lists click here.
Photograph: El Paraíso have certainly upped their game in the team tent department in the Hurlingham Open. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com/Eduardo Grunberg
Mon 24th Oct 2016
Polo Times Out This Week
Watch out for the November issue
In the run up to Christmas, the November issue of Polo Times has plenty of suggestions for gift ideas with an extensive gift guide to help you stock up for your polo friends and family. This issue has all the usual pages from HPA and FIP updates to Club News, and reports from Military polo and much more. We have reports from The Tortugas Open and the Open de France and features that explore the forthcoming arena season, a guide to The Triple Crown and a spotlight is shone on Thai Polo and Equestrian Club as a centre of equestrian excellence. In our knowledge pages, Fitness for Polo’s Martín Perez focuses on how to keep fit for the winter, plus a custom fit for bits from Stephen Biddlecombe and Helen Van Tuyll, this month’s vet, explores poor performance and sacroiliac pain in polo ponies. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Polo Times issue without some pictures from parties in our social pages, an extensive list of fixtures in What’s On from around the globe before Canadian patron and HPA 1875 brand ambassador Fred Mannix tells us what he is passionate about. Stuck for a Christmas present idea? Why not buy a Polo Times gift subscription. Click here to order online or give us a call on 01452 730 770.
Photograph: The November issue front cover features Adolfo Cambiaso on Cuatertera B02 one of six clones he played in The Tortugas Open. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com/Eduardo Grunberg
Fri 21st Oct 2016
Rain Rain Go Away
Hurlingham Opening Games Postponed
The 123rd Hurlingham Open will now begin on Saturday 22 October after a deluge of rain has caused the Argentine Association of Polo to reschedule following inspection of their grounds in Pilar. Defending champions and winners of the first of The Triple Crown tournaments title La Dolfina will play Cría Yatay in the opening game followed by La Aguada Las Monjitas who will play El Paraíso at the grounds of the Hurlingham Club, whilst the following sets of games due to be played at the AAP grounds in Pilar are yet to be confirmed. The revised schedule for the second Triple Crown tournament is as follows:
Saturday 22 October – Zone A
La Dolfina vs Cría Yatay (1)
La Aguada Las Monjitas vs El Paraíso (2)
Sunday 23 October – Zone B
Ellerstina vs La Irenita (3)
Alegría v. Washington (4)
TBC – Zone A
Winner 2 vs. Loser 1
Winner 1 vs. Loser 2
TBC – Zone B
Winner 4 vs. Loser 3
Winner 3 vs. Loser 4
Saturday 29 October – Zone A
Loser 1 vs. Loser 2
Winner 1 vs. Winner 2
Sunday 30 October – Zone B
Loser 3 vs. Loser 4
Winner 3 vs. Winner 4
Final – Saturday 5 November
Winner Zone A vs. Winner Zone B
Photograph: Alfredo Cappella Barabucci, Nachi Heguy & Lucas Monteverde at the presentation of teams for The Hurlingham Open. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com/ Eduardo Grunberg