The 126th Hurlingham Open, second leg of the Argentine Triple Crown, resumed on Saturday at the AAP in Pilar and the Hurlingham Club. La Albertina Abu Dhabi beat La Aguada, while Ellerstina defeated La Dolfina Polo Ranch. The victory gave the Pieres boys a place in the prestigious final; they will play for their fourth consecutive Hurlingham Open title.
Saturday’s match was particularly interesting for Ellerstina as they players experimented changing positions on the field. Facundo Pieres, previously at 4, played at 1; Gonzalo stayed at 2; Polito played at 3 for the first ever time for Ellerstina; while Nico played at 4, the position at which he played when he was made 10-goals in December 2016.
The final is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, on Palermo’s number one ground.
ELLERSTINA 14-7 LA DOLFINA POLO RANCH (at Hurlingham)
Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres 10 (7 goals, 2 penalties and 1 safety penalty), Gonzalo Pieres 9 (4), Polito Pieres 10 (2), Nicolás Pieres 10 (1). Total: 39.
La Dolfina Polo Ranch: Guillermo Terrera 8 (1 goal), Juan Britos 8, Diego Cavanagh 8 (5, 2 penalties and 1 safety penalty), Jejo Taranco 8 (1). Total: 32.
Score Ellerstina: 2-1, 3-2, 6-2, 7-3, 9-3, 10-5, 14-7.
Umpires: Guillermo Villanueva & José I. Araya.
Third man: Gastón Lucero.
BPP by the Breeders Association: Open Biznieta (Ellerstina Pícaro x Open Nieta), played by Nicolás Pieres.
Nominations: Open Z Jones (Gonzalo Pieres) & Open Chequera (Facundo Pieres).
LA ALBERTINA ABU DHABI 16-15 LA AGUADA (at AAP Pilar)
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: Agustín Merlos 8 (8 goals, 5 penalties), Francisco Elizalde 8 (3), Cubi Toccalino 8, Alfredo Cappella Barabucci 8 (5, 2 penalties and 2 safety penalties). Total: 32.
La Aguada: Lucas Díaz Alberdi 7 (4 goals), Alfredo Bigatti 8 (2), Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8 (9, 5 penalties and 2 safety penalties), Nacho Novillo Astrada 9. Total: 32.
Score La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 3-2, 5-4, 5-8, 9-9, 11-11, 13-13, 15-15, 16-15.
Umpires: Martín Pascual & Rafael Silva.
Third man: Gonzalo López Vargas.
BPP by the Breeders Association: Fina Sedna (Ellerstina Pícaro x Open Moon), played by Francisco Elizalde.
Nominations: Piki Senegal (Lucas Díaz Alberdi).
The Hurlingham Open will continue on Sunday at Hurlingham and at the AAP in Pilar with the final Zone B matches:
11am, at AAP Pilar: La Ensenada vs Cría Yatay
*4:30pm, Hurlingham: La Dolfina vs Las Monjitas*
*The winner will qualify for the 126th Hurlingham Open final.