The 79° Tortugas Country Club Open resumed on Wednesday with a second day of action. Two matches were played, both of them at private clubs.
First up, Las Monjitas, runners-up of last year’s Argentine Open, claimed a solid debut win; they outplayed La Aguada, beating them 13 goals to 2. Next, Ellerstina defeated La Ensenada 17-6 at home. Juan Gris Zavaleta, making his debut for La Ensenada, suffered a nasty fall; both he and Nico Pieres had to be replaced in the third chukker after a rough collision.
As in 2018, Las Monjitas and Ellerstina will face each other in the tournament semifinals. The match is expected to be played on Monday.
Weather allowing, the first fixture of Tortugas, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be completed on Thursday in Pilar. The match will start mid way through the second chukker, with Cría Yatay leading 5-1 against La Dolfina Polo Ranch. Defending champions La Dolfina have their Tortugas debut on Thursday; they will play La Albertina Abu Dhabi.
LAS MONJITAS 13-2 LA AGUADA
Las Monjitas: Facundo Sola 9 (3 goals), Hilario Ulloa 10 (2), Sapo Caset 10 (7, 3 penalties), Santiago Toccalino 9 (1). Total: 38.
La Aguada: Lucas Díaz Alberdi 7 (1 goal), Alfredo Bigatti 8, Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8 (1 penalty), Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9. Total: 32.
Score Las Monjitas: 3-0, 4-0, 6-0, 7-0, 8-0, 11-2, 13-2.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Martín Pascual.
Third man: Gonzalo López Vargas.
ELLERSTINA 17-6 LA ENSENADA
Ellerstina: Polito Pieres 10 (4 goals), Gonzalo Pieres 9 (3), Nicolás Pieres 10 (1) (Injured, replaced by Lucas James 7 (1) at 4:56 of the third chukker), Facundo Pieres 10 (8, 4 penalties and 1 safety). Total: 40.
La Ensenada: Facundo Fernández Llorente 7, Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (1 goal) (Injured, replaced by Mín Podestá 7 at 4:56 of the third chukker), Juan Martín Zubía 8 (4, 2 penalties and 1 safety), Jero del Carril 7 (1 safety). Total: 30.
Score Ellerstina: 2-1, 4-2, 8-3, 11-4, 15-4, 16-4, 17-6.
Umpires: Martín Aguerre & José I. Araya.
Third man: Matías Baibiene.
The Tortugas Open continues on Thursday at the AAP grounds in Pilar:
11am: Cría Yatay vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch (The match resumes at 3:36 of the second chukker, with a 5-1 advantage for Cría Yatay)
1pm: La Dolfina vs La Albertina Abu Dhabi