La Magdeleine qualified for the semifinals of the Open de France Engels & Volkers following a close 10-9 win against Marquard Media, in extra chukka, on Tuesday, September 14.
The result means that La Magdeleine, led by an outstanding Juan Ruiz Guiñazu, who scored seven goals, will now face Talandracas for a place in the final. Marquard Media had to make three changes in their lineup (come Dubois, Bautista Beguerie and Tomás Beresford stepped in for Thomas Rinderknecht, Ramiro Zavaleta, and Martin Aguerre Jr., respectively).
In the other game of the day, Kazak (who have already qualified for the semifinals) defeated Clinova Noa Capital by 11 goals to 10.
The Open de France Engels & Volkers, the culminating stage of the French Triple Crown, is underway at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly. The tournament sees ten teams, up to 16 goals, compete.
The semifinals are due on Friday, September 17:
3pm: Kazak vs. Los Dragones
5pm: Talandracas vs. La Magdeleine
Some of the most renowned players in the world, such as Talandracas’ Camilo Castagnola, runner up of the 2020 edition, Tomás Beresford, Martín Aguerre Jr., Clemente Zavaleta, Juan Gris Zavaleta, Alejandro Muzzio, Bautista Bayugar, Tito Ruiz Guiñazu, Facundo Llorente, Jero Del Carril and Rufiino Bensadon, are playing in the tournament. Many top French players, such as Brieuc Rigaux, Pierre Henri N’Goumou, Robert Strom and Patrick Paillol, are also competing.
The final of the Open de France Engels & Volkers is set to be played on Sunday, September 19.
THE OPEN DE FRANCE ENGELS & VOLKERS WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV HERE.
OPEN DE FRANCE ENGELS & VOLKERS – MARTES 14 DE SEPTIEMRE
- LA MAGDELEINE 10-9 MARQUARD MEDIA (EXTRA CHUKKA)
La Magdeleine: Alexandre Garese 0, Lucas Nottin 2, Facundo Fernández Llorente 7 (3 goals), Tito Ruiz Guiñazu 7 (7). Total: 16.
Marquard Media: Ignacio Kennedy 5 (3 goles), Ramiro Zavaleta 4**, Martin Aguerre Jr. 7***, Tommy Rinderknecht 0*. Total: 16.
*Replaced by Come Dubois (1 goal)
**Replaced by Bautista Beguerie (4 goals)
***Replaced by Tomás Beresford (1 goal)
Score La Magdeleine: 1-1, 3-3, 4-5,5-8, 9-9, 10-9.
Umpires: Jason Dixon & Peter Wright.
Third Man: Rafael Silva
- KAZAK 11-10 CLINOVA NOA CAPITAL
Kazak: Sébastien Aguettant 0 (8 goals), Patrick Paillol 5, Jero Del Carril 7 (1), Santiago Irastorza 4 (2). Total: 16.
Clinova Noa Capital: Raja Karim Kap 0 (2 goals), Alejandro Muzzio 8 (1), Bautista Bayugar 8 (2), Victor Louarn 0 (5). Total: 16.
Score Kazak: 3-1, 5-4, 8-5, 9-7, 11-10.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Gastón Lucero.
Third Man: Jason Dixon.