|Mon 2nd Nov 2020|
Tortugas Open Underway
Wins for Ellerstina & RS Murus Sanctus
The 2020 Argentine Triple Crown has begun! The Tortugas Open kicked off on Sunday 1 November with two matches played at the Alfredo Lalor Headquarters of the AAP, in Pilar. Played behind closed doors, with strict health protocols and with each team allowed to bring just 51 people in total, for most the action was view via AAP Live.
The first match of the day saw Ellerstina Johor vs La Irenita and was full of debuts with, Hilario Ulloa making his debut in the Ellerstina shirt, Facundo Fernández Llorente for La Irenita, a Triple Crown debut for Mín Podestá and a return for Juan Gris Zavaleta to La Irenita. With a nine goal handicap difference, Ellerstina steamed their way through the seven chukkas, ending the match with an impressive score of 21-8 and with it becoming the first team to secure their place in the Semi Finals on Thursday 5 November. Open Exclusiva (Sportivo x Open Guillermina), played by Facundo Pieres was the Best Playing Pony Polo Argentino.
The second match of the day saw La Nativada Las Monjitas vs RS Murus Sanctus; this was the first time Corinne Ricard’s team has competed in The Triple Crown, and having had successful seasons in both the UK and France, the team focus has now moved to Argentina. The addition of RS to the team name is a tribute to Rubén Sola, Facundo Sola’s father, who passed away last December. The match was hard-fought, with both teams trying to gain and maintain the upper hand; RS Murus Sanctus managed to lead until the seventh chukka when La Natividad Las Monjitas tied the scores. However, RS Murus Sanctus were undeterred and pushed on to score three unanswered goals to take the win and with it their place in the Semi Finals. Antu Walung Galleta (Vision x Galleta), played by Sapo Caset was named the Best Playing Pony Polo Argentino.
Today, Monday 2 November, there are two more matches with La Dolfina Saudi vs La Ensenada La Aguada and La Dolfina Polo Ranch vs Los Machitos. La Dolfina Saudi will make their debut today, but have suffered another stroke of bad luck with Pablo MacDonough out of action with a pulled thigh muscle, which follows Juan Martin Nero’s injury to his wrist and collarbone last month. MacDonough will be replaced by Rodrigo Andrade and Nero’s space has been filled by Adolofo ‘Poroto’ Cambiaso Jnr, making Poroto at just 14-years-old the youngest player to participate in The Argentine Triple Crown.
The Tortugas Open Teams:
Ellerstina (39): Facundo Pieres (10), Hilario Ulloa (10), Gonzalo Pieres (9) & Nicolás Pieres (10)
La Irenita (30): Juan Gris Zavaleta (8), Mín Podestá (7), Facundo Fernández Llorente (7) & Juan Martín Zubía (8)
RS Murus Sanctus (35): Facundo Sola (9), Francisco Elizalde (8), Sapo Caset (10) & Alfredo Cappella (8)
La Natividad/Las Monjitas (36): Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola (8), Pablo ‘Polito’ Pieres (10), Barto Castagnola (9) & Ignatius ‘Nachi’ Du Plessis (9)
La Dolfina Polo Ranch (33): Guillermo Terrera (8), Juan Britos (8), Diego Cavanagh (9) & Alejo Taranco (8)
Los Machitos (31): Agustín Merlos (8), Mariano Aguerre (7), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Santiago Toccalino (8)
La Ensenada/La Aguada (29): Segundo Bocchino (6), Alfredo Bigatti (8), Matias Torres Zavaleta (8) & Jero Del Carril (7)
La Dolfina Saudi Polo Team (34): Adolfo Cambiaso (10), Adolfo ‘Poroto’ Cambiaso (6), David Stirling (10) & Rodrigo Andrade (8)
Photograph: Action between RS Murus Sanctus & La Natividad-Las Monjitas. By Matías Callejo/AAP