The 126th Argentine Open, the most important polo tournament in the world, resumed on Sunday in Palermo. For a third year in a row, ten teams are competing for the prestigious title. Defending champions La Dolfina are playing for their seventh consecutive championship.
First up, on ground two, defending champions La Dolfina made their 2019 Argentine Open debut. They came out to beat La Irenita – one of two teams that came from the qualification tournament – by 19 goals to 7. The Cañuelas based team made changes to their list, trying several horses which had not been playing much so far this season. Regardless of this change, La Dolfina, boasting Matías Mac Donough in their pony lines and Adolfo Cambiaso on the field, showed their superiority from the very beginning, and maintained the advantage throughout all eight chukkas.
Next, La Dolfina Polo Ranch and La Ensenada went head to head on ground one. Both teams had scored important wins in their debut the previous week, but, to the surprise of many, La Dolfina claimed a wide win, with a nine goal difference. All four La Dolfina Polo Ranch players gave a very good performance, and they deserved the victory.
LA DOLFINA 19-7 LA IRENITA
La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (7 goals, 4 penalties), Pelon Stirling 10 (6), Pablo Mac Donough 10 (4), Juan Martín Nero 10 (2). Total: 40.
La Irenita: Tito Ruiz Guiñazú 8 (2 goals), Juan Jauretche 6, Clemente Zavaleta 7 (1), Diego Araya 7 (4, 2 penalties and 1 safety penalty). Total: 28.
Score La Dolfina: 2-0, 6-1, 8-1, 10-4, 14-4, 15-4, 18-6, 19-7.
Umpires: Federico Martelli and Gastón Lucero.
Third man: Gonzalo López Vargas.
Best Polo Argentino of the match: Irenita Trompa (Dolfina Cuarteto e Irenita Trompada), played by Pablo Mac Donough.
Nominación 1: Dolfina C07 Lapa Clon 7 (Genética Monarch / El Sol), played by Adolfo Cambiaso.
Nominación 2: Principio Jaimita (Gete Galgo y Open Harley), played by Adolfo Cambiaso.
LA DOLFINA POLO RANCH 16-7 LA ENSENADA
La Dolfina Polo Ranch: Guillermo Terrera 8 (4 goals), Juan Britos 8 (3 penalties), Diego Cavanagh 8 (8, 5 de penal), Jejo Taranco 8 (1). Total: 32.
La Ensenada: Facundo Fernández Llorente 7 (2 goals), Juan Gris Zavaleta 8, Juan Martín Zubía 8 (4, 3 penalties), Jero del Carril 7 (1). Total: 30.
Score La Dolfina Polo Ranch: 4-0, 5-1, 8-2, 10-4, 12-4, 12-6, 16-6, 16-7.
Umpires: Martín Aguerre and Rafael Silva.
Third man: Guillermo Villanueva.
Best Polo Argentino of the match: Dolfina Centuria (Durazno x Dolfina Milenaria), played by Guillermo Terrera.
Nomination 1: Irenita Lady Gaga (Losmachitos Líbano x Lady Gaga), played by Facundo Fernández Llorente.
Nomination 2: Delmay Noche Buena (Open Iluminado y Larga Noche), played by Diego Cavanagh.
The Argentine Open continues on Sunday:
2pm: Ellerstina vs La Natividad
4:30pm: Las Monjitas vs La Albertina Abu Dhabi