The 129th. Argentine Open is stepping into the final countdown, with the last league matches prior to the league deciders, that will led to the two spots to the much anticipated championship match. Action at the Cathedral will resume on Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20, with two matches each day and some changes as well. The Argentine Open, the most important polo tournament in the world and the hightlight of the Argentine season, sees ten teams up to 39 goals in participation.
Two La Irenita lineups will clash in the opening match on Saturday November 19, at 2pm: La Irenita Grand Champions vs. La Irenita GSquared. But the follow-up will be the match of the day will be without hesitation. La Natividad will go head-to-head with La Ensenada Murus Sanctus, in a contest that’s expected to be tough and hard fought. Although the current reigning champions, La Natividad, have already secured their league decider against La Irenita Grand Champions, after they swept La Irenita GSquared and La Hache in their previous games, La Ensenada RS Murus Sanctus do need a win to maintain the hopes. The contest will have a couple of lineup changes. La Natividad won’t have Nachi du Plessis, due to and injury, and he will be subbed in by Alfredo Cappella. Meanwhile, Jerónimo del Carril, has been suspended after receiving a red card in the last match against La Irenita Grand Champions, and his place will be taken by Matías Torres Zavaleta.
On Sunday November 20, La Dolfina Saudi will face La Irenita Clinova, at 2pm; La Dolfina Saudi will have Pedro Zacharias once again, subbing in for the injured Pelón Stirling. It will be followed by Ellerstina vs. Cría La Dolfina at 4,30pm.
129th. ARGENTINE OPEN
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19
2pm: LA IRENITA GRAND CHAMPIONS vs. LA IRENITA GSQUARED
La Irenita Grand Champions: Juan Britos 9, Francisco Elizalde 9, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Zubía 8. Total: 36.
La Irenita Gsquared: Santiago Loza 8, Segundo Bocchino 7, Martín Podestá 7, Felipe Dabas 7. Total: 29.
Umpires: Martín Pascual & Matías Baibiene. Third man: Hernán Tasso.
4,30pm: LA NATIVIDAD vs. LA ENSENADA RS MURUS SANCTUS
La Natividad: Camilo Castagnola 10, Pablo Pieres 10, Bartolomé Castagnola Jr 10, Alfredo Cappella Barabucci 8*. Total: 38.
*Subs in for Jerónimo del Carril, suspended due to a red card.
La Ensenada RS Murus Sanctus: Facundo Sola 8, Alfredo Bigatti 9, Guillermo Caset 9, Matías Torres Zavaleta 8**. Total: 34.
**Subs in for Nachi du Plessis, due to an injury
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Guillermo Villanueva Third man: José Ignacio Araya.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20
2pm: LA DOLFINA SAUDI vs. LA IRENITA CLINOVA
La Dolfina Saudi: Adolfo Cambiaso 10, Pedro Zacharias 7***, Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. 9, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 36.
***Subs in for Pelón Stirling, due to an injury
La Irenita Clinova: Facundo Fernández Llorente 8, Tomás Fernández Llorente Jr. 8, Bautista Bayugar 8, Isidro Strada 8. Total: 32.
Umpires: Guillermo Villanueva & Gonzalo López Vargas. Third man: Martín Aguerre.
4,30pm: ELLERSTINA vs. CRÍA LA DOLFINA
Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres 10, Hilario Ulloa 9, Gonzalo Pieres Jr., 9, Nicolás Pieres 10. Total: 38.
Cría La Dolfina: Guillermo Terrera 9, Tomás Panelo 8, Diego Cavanagh 8, Alejo Taranco 8. Total: 33.
Umpires: Martín Pascual & Gastón Lucero. Third man: José Ignacio Araya.
The final of the 129th Argentine Open is set to be played on Friday, December 2.