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Mon 16th Oct 2017

Argentine Update

Hurlingham's third day of play

This weekend saw the third day of play in the 124th Hurlingham Open at the AAP grounds in Pilar, Argentina. Alegría and La Aguada Las Monjitas still remain unbeaten, with La Dolfina Sancor Insurance and Ellerstina also continuing their winning streak. 

In the first match of Saturday’s play, the Pieres brothers, sporting their Ellerstina shirts, took the win from La Esquina Los Machitos 15-8, controlling the match from the first chukka and never giving an inch. La Dolfina’s match against Chapaleufu was a similar affair, ending with a 12-5 score in La Dolfina’s favour. Both teams came out strongly, with Chapaleufu preventing La Dolfina Sancor Insurance from getting the ball through the posts in the first chukka, but their luck wasn’t to last, as Cambiaso and his teammates took to their normal, goal-scoring, stride. 
La Aguada Las Monjitas took a 14-10 victory from La Dolfina Polo Ranch in the third match of the day, with Juan Britos taking the place of injured Eduardo Novillo Astrada. Alfredo Bigatti had previously taken Eduardo’s position, but due to unforeseen circumstances, he too incurred an injury. Even with the new team line-up, the Novillo Astrada’s team secured their spot in the next round after an extremely strong performance. The final match saw Alegría beat La Albertina Abu Dhabi in a very close match, 8-7. Throughout the eight chukkas, the score flip-flopped from ties to narrow leads, with play going into an extra chukka as the bell sounded on a 7-7 tie at the end of the seventh chukka. The Hurlingham Open matches will resume tomorrow, Tuesday 17 October, with the following matches: 
La Dolfina Polo Ranch vs La Esquina Los Machitos
La Albertina Abu Dhabi vs Chapaleufu
La Dolfina vs la Irenita
Ellerstina vs Cría Yatay
The Hurlingham Club Open Championship Teams:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi (32): Francisco Elizalde (8), Ignacio Toccalino (8), Santiago Toccalino (8) & Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8)
La Irenita (30): Juan Ruiz Guiñazú (8), Juan M. Zavaleta (8), Clemente Zavaleta (7) & Guillermo Willington (7)
Cría Yatay (31): Valerio Zubiaurre (7), Cristian Laprida (8), Joaquín Pittaluga (8) & Ignacio Laprida (8)
La Dolfina Polo Ranch (30): Diego Cavanagh (7), Guillermo Terrera (8), Alejo Taranco (7) & Ignatius Du Plessis (8)
La Aguada Las Monjitas (31): Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8), Juan Britos (7 – substituting for Alfredo Bigatti), Miguel Novillo Astrada (8) & Ignacio Novillo Astrada (8)
La Esquina (29): Pascual Sainz de Vicuña (6), Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade (8), Mariano Aguerre (8) & Rodrigo Rueda (7)
Alegría (35): Guillermo Caset (9) Hilario Ulloa (10), Facundo Sola (8) & Frederick Mannix (8)
Chapaleufú (30): Alberto Heguy (7), Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario (8), Julián ‘Negro’ de Lusarreta (7) & Eduardo Heguy (8)
La Dolfina Sancor Insurance (40): Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David ‘Pelon’ Stirling (10), Pablo Mac Donough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Ellerstina Johor (39): Pablo Pieres (9), Gonzalito Pieres (10), Facundo Pieres (10) and Nicolás Pieres (10)
Photograph: Action from the match between La Albertina Abu Dhabi and Alegría. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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