Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact
 
 
 
 

Tue 24th Oct 2017

Hurlingham Open Finalists Decided

Unexpected results in the Semi Finals

On Day 5 of the Hurlingham Open, Friday 20 October, three matches were played in Pilar. The match between Ellerstina and La Aguada Las Monjitas was an exciting display of the offensive and defensive abilities of the teams, with each of Ellerstina’s attacks being rebuffed by the strong back wall defence of Ignacio and Miguel Novillo Astrada. This strong defence meant that Ellerstina were unable to run away with the match and despite outshooting La Aguada 26-7, their conversion rate was just 31% compared with La Aguada’s 86%. Although the Pieres foursome didn’t allow their opposition many opportunities to break through, La Aguada took full advantage of those they did come across and gave the boys in black a good run for their money. However as the second half unfurled, it became evident that Facundo had had enough of deadlock with La Aguada, and backed up by effective blocking from Polito and Gonzalito, Facundo was able to make several successful runs to goal. Despite La Aguada only missing one goal, it was not enough to secure them success and Ellerstina ran out the winners 12-11 and gained a place in the 2017 Hurlingham Open Final. The other matches played on the same day saw Cria Yatay defeat La Esquina 11-7, whilst Chapaleufu lost out 15-13 to La Irenita.
The following day, Saturday 21 October saw a monumental match between La Dolfina and Alegria, with both teams competing to take the remaining spot in next weekend’s Final. The Semi Final was an intense display of pony power, which for once saw La Dolfina’s usually unbeatable ponies matched by Alegria’s own, who were able to match La Dolfina on speed and agility. Sapo Caset began the scoring with a swift run to goal and throughout the remaining chukkas La Dolfina appeared unable to break away from the omnipresent pink shirts. The physicality of the Alegria players meant that La Dolfina were unable to get up close to the goal and were forced into either difficult distance shots or converting from penalties. For many the 10-9 victory in favour of Alegria was a surprising turn of events. This will mean that La Dolfina will not feature in the 2017 Hurlingham Open Final and as such there will be no Triple Crown champion this year.
All eyes now turn to Saturday 28 October when Alegria will face Ellerstina in the Final.  
 
Photograph: Alegria managed to topple the mighty La Dolfina in the Semi Finals. By ©Eduardo Grunberg/www.imagesofpolo.com

Follow Polotimes on Twitter
 

Other top stories


Fri 21st Sep 2018
End of Season Handicap Changes
HPA releases handicap list

Thu 20th Sep 2018
The 54th Jockey Club Open
Second Semi Final cancelled

Tue 18th Sep 2018
Sainte Mesme Secure The Paprec French Open
Play ends in the French high goal

Fri 14th Sep 2018
The 54th Jockey Club Open Commences
La Dolfina Valiente, La Dolfina Brava I, Las Monjitas and Pilará Etiqueta Negra lead the table

Tue 11th Sep 2018
East Coast Open Finale
Tradition continues for the Brant Family with victory

Mon 10th Sep 2018
Argentine Update
The 51st Abierto de San Jorge ends

Fri 7th Sep 2018
AAP Rules Change Trial
Four new rules to be tested at The San Jorge and Jockey Club Opens

Thu 6th Sep 2018
Passport Regulation Changes
Update from the HPA

Thu 6th Sep 2018
Argentine Spring Season Begins
Duke of Edinburgh Trophy finalists decided

Wed 5th Sep 2018
Polo Times is Out Now!
September Issue of Polo Times

Tue 4th Sep 2018
The Guards Ladies’ Charity Tournament for the Lord Patrick Beresford Trophy
The ladies out in force for Breast Cancer Haven Charity

Mon 3rd Sep 2018
Sotogrande wins for La Indiana, Ayala & Sotoisla
47th International Polo Tournament Ends

Fri 31st Aug 2018
Sotogrande Update
Finalists for Gold Cups set across low, medium & high goal

Tue 28th Aug 2018
Sotogrande Semi Finals Set
Action continues across low, medium and high goal at Santa María Polo Club

See all news in:


End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015

Highlights

Latest Classified

Latest Classified

Ivor Williams H610 Large horse trailer built 2010. Tack box and four partitions....
 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world
 Wallpapers

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use