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Alegría Polo Team: New line-up

16 Oct


Original line-up of Alegría Polo Team. From left to right: Pablo Pieres, Hilario Ulloa, Lucas Monteverde and Frederick Mannix. (© Katerina Morgan)

On Tuesday, 14th October, the Hurlingham Open will take off at Hurlingham Club. But one widely known polo player will not be able to participate in the second part of the Argentine Triple Crown: Frederick Mannix (+9) got hit by a mallet during the match against Ellerstina on Wednesday, 8th October and now suffers a fracture of a finger in his right hand. He will not be able to play polo for at least to weeks.

Yesterday Clemente Zavaleta, coach of the Alegría Polo Team, announced that the Canadian Player will be replaced by Alfredo Cappella (+7) during the matches of the Hurlingham Open. Previously the Argentine player had been playing for Santa Teresa in the Qualifying Tournament.



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La Dolfina defends title

15 Oct

Yesterday the final of the 2014 Tortugas Open took place, following several delays due to heavy rain. The final seemed to be a repetition from last year’s final with La Dolfina and Ellerstina once again facing each other. And the result was also very similar to last year’s result: La Dolfina defeated Ellerstina by 14-8 and won the first title of this year’s Argentine Triple Crown.


La Dolfina has managed to defend its title from the previous year successfully. In 2013, the team including Adolfo Cambiaso (+10) had won the tournament at the Tortugas Country Club for the first time. In the previous years Ellerstina had won the prestigious tournament six times in a row.

From the beginning, La Dolfina dominated the match. The first chukka ended with 3-0 for Adolfo Cambiaso (+10), David Stirling (+10), Pablo Mac Donough (+10) and Juan Martín Nero (+10) and during the course of the game Ellerstina could not catch up. Facundo Pieres (+10), Gonzalo Pieres (+10), Mariano Aguerre (+9) and Nicolás Pieres (+9) did their utmost to get in the lead, but La Dolfina scored too many goals. Most successful was Adolfo Cambiaso, he scored a total of eight goals.



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La Dolfina venció 17-5 a Magual y es finalista del Abierto de Tortugas

7 Oct

El equipo de Cambiaso derrotó 17-5 a Magual y estará en la definición del Abierto de Tortugas, primer certamen de la Triple Corona argentina.


La Dolfina se clasificó este sábado a una nueva final del Abierto de Tortugas al derrotar con facilidad por 17-5 a Magual, en el último partido de la Zona A del tradicional certamen.

El equipo liderado por Adolfo Cambiaso no tuvo problemas ante el conjunto de Ignacio Toccalino, porque luego de un comienzo con paridad, se fue arriba en el tanteador y convirtió en indescontables las diferencias.

Sólo los primeros tres chuckers fueron peleados, porque en esos minutos iniciales el conjunto de Cañuelas anotaba, pero no podía evitar la rápida respuesta de su rival.

La situación cambió en el cuarto período, cuando La Dolfina afianzó su defensa pero no disminuyó su caudal ofensivo, entonces tomó distancia en el marcador de 7-3.

De allí en más, todo fue de Cambiaso y sus compañeros, que ya no dieron chances y se terminaron de escapar, de cara al 17-5 contundente y final.

Adolfo Cambiaso (h) 10, David Stirling (h) 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10 y Juan M. Nero 10. Total: 40.

Alejandro Muzzio 8, Ignacio Toccalino 9, Marcos Di Paola 8 y Jaime García Huidobro 8. Total: 33.

Federico Martelli y Esteban Ferrari

Martín Goti.


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Ellerstina and La Dolfina cruise to wins in Tortugas Open

2 Oct

There were no surprises on Monday afternoon on the Argentine Polo Association fields at Pilar when play finally resumed in the rain-delayed second round of play in the 2014 Tortugas Open. Wins by Ellerstina (Facundo Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres Jr., Mariano Aguerre and Nicolas Pieres) and La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, David Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martin Nero) were anticipated and the two highest-rated teams in Open competition didn’t disappoint.


Both Adolfo and Facundo made a big splash in their debut appearances in the first leg of Argentina’s Triple Crown of Polo. Facundo scored 13 goals in the Ellerstina win over La Aguada/Las Monjitas (Lucas James, Cristian Laprida, Eduardo Novillo Astrada and Alejandro Novillo Astrada) while Adolfo scored seven times in La Dolfina’s 13-9 win victory over La Aguada (Facundo Sola, Guillermo Caset Jr., Miguel Novillo Astrada and Ignacio Novillo Astrada).

Two first chukker goals from Ellerstina went unanswered in the opening match of the day as a solid defensive effort by the black-shirted team shut out the La Aguada/Las Monjitas attack. After one chukker it was Ellerstina in the lead, 2-0.

Ellerstina added three more goals in the second while allowing a single goal from their opponents. After two periods Ellerstina enjoyed a four goals advantage, 5-1.

La Aguada/Las Monjitas got on track in the third, scoring three times. Ellerstina added two goals and continued to lead, 7-4.

Both teams settled into play in the fourth period, matching one another goal for goal. At the end of the fourth chukker the Ellerstina held at three goals, 9-6.

A fifth chukker rally by La Aguada/Las Monjitas had them outscoring Ellerstina, 3-1. With two periods left in the seven chukker game, Ellerstina was clinging onto a one goal lead, 10-9.

A re-focused Ellerstina foursome took the field in the sixth adding three goals. La Aguada/Las Monjitas managed a single goal and fell behind three goals again, 12-10.

Three more seventh period goals from Ellerstina allowed them to coast to a four goal, 16-12 win.

Six of Facundo’s game-leading 13 goals came on penalty shots. Gonzalito Pieres, Mariano Aguerre and Nico Pieres added single goals for the win.  The La Aguada/Las Monjitas team spread the scoring around with each of the players scoring three goals in the loss.


La Dolfina had already warmed up for the season with a win in the final of the Jockey Club Open and seemed more than prepared to defend their 2013 Tortugas Open title.

In a tentative opening chukker La Dolfina scored twice while holding the La Aguada attack to a single goal. It was La Dolfina with the early lead, 2-1.

La Dolfina added two more goals in the second while shutting out the La Aguada offense. It was La Dolfina with a three goal edge, 4-1.

The La Aguada offense finally found its rhythm in the third, matching La Dolfina goal for goal. La Dolfina left the field after three periods with a 7-4 advantage over La Aguada.

Both defenses buckled down in the fourth. Single goals were managed by each team.  The three goal La Dolfina lead held, 8-5.

La Aguada fought to get back into the game in the fifth, but La Dolfina would have none of it. Each steam scored twice.  La Dolfina remained in control of the game, 10-7.

A La Dolfina goal was all of the offense in sixth period play. La Aguada saw their opportunities disappearing with La Dolfina in possession of the lead, 11-7.

La Aguada scored twice in the seventh with La Dolfina answering each of their scored. La Dolfina rode off the field at the end of the seventh with the 13-9 victory.

Adolfo Cambiaso scored seven times (three times on penalty conversions). Pablo MacDonough scored three goals; Pelon Stirling was credited with two scores, and Nero added a goal for the win.  Nacho Astrada led the La Aguada/Las Monjitas attack with four goals (one on a penalty conversion).  Sapo Caset scored twice from the field and once on a penalty shot.  Facundo added two goals in a losing effort.



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