The most important tournament in the world started this weekend in Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina: the 121° HSBC Argentine Open, in which eight high handicap teams will compete against each other to win the last crown of the Argentine Triple Crown. POLO+10 is present in this prestigious tournament with its own booth.
The outstanding La Dolfina team was first to play against Miramar. In this time, the team that has already won the Tortugas and Hurlingham Open, had one of the players from its original line-up replaced: David Stirling could not play, so Sebastián Merlos stepped up on his place, and the team was then conformed by Adolfo Cambiaso (+10), Juan Martín Nero (+10), Pablo MacDonough (+10) and the aforementioned Sebastián Merlos (+9). Although Miramar with Gonzalo Deltour (+7), Valerio Zubiaurre (+7), Ignacio Laprida (+7) and Santiago Toccalino (+7) certainly put up a good fight until the last minute, but La Dolfina was stronger, winning by 17-6.
The second match of this first day was protagonized by La Aguada with Facundo Sola (+8), Guillermo Caset (+9), Miguel Novillo Astrada (+10) and Ignacio Novillo Astrada (+9) and Magual with Alejandro Muzzio (+8), Ignacio Toccalino (+9), Marcos Di Paola (+8) and Jaime García Huidobro (+8). This was an absolutely even match, where the players struggled to get the lead for their respective teams, in the end, La Aguada could take the lead and win by 12-10.
On Sunday 16th, the time for Ellerstina, with the Pieres brothers Facundo (+10), Gonzalo (+10), Nicolás (+9) and their brother-in-law Mariano Aguerre (+9), to play against team Chapaleufú with Alberto Heguy Jr. (+7), Ignacio Heguy (+8), Bautista Heguy (+8) and Eduardo Heguy (+8), arrived. This was a record-breaking match, as the brothers Alberto Heguy Jr. and Eduardo Heguy, will surpass the record that their father Alberto Pedro Heguy got, by playing 29 Argentine Opens. Two of the most famous Argentinian polo dynasties competed in this rowdy match, in which Ellerstina finally was the absolute leader, winning by 16-12. The second game of the afternoon was Alegría versus La Aguada Las Monjitas. Alegría, conformed by Polito Pieres (+9), Hilario Ulloa (+9), Lucas Monteverde (+9) and Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (+7) in lieu of the injured Freddy Mannix (+9) was the great surprise of the previous Open, reaching the finals against La Dolfina, and this year, they kept on surprising the polo fans with the great performance of Alfredo Cappella Barabucci. La Aguada Las Monjitas played with the usual line-up: Lucas James (+8), Cristian Laprida (+8), Eduardo Novillo Astrada (+9) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (+8). A polo masterclass, this match was finally taken over by Alegría who won by 12-11 with a golden goal performed by Polito Pieres during overtime, because they were on a tie when the bell announced the end of the 8th chukker.
The first weekend of the much-awaited Argentine Open has come to an end, but next weekend it is back, you are invited to our booth in the area of polo publications, where we’ll give you a free copy of our latest number! Come join us in this polo celebration!