On Tuesday, 2nd December 2014, the postponed matches of the Argentine Open were played. Ellerstina defeated Alegría in the semi-final, so now they will play against the first finalist, La Dolfina, for the last part of the Argentine Triple Crown. Long-time rivals Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres will again play against each other to win the prize they wait for all year round.

The first match of the day was between La Aguada Las Monjitas with Lucas James (+8), Cristian Laprida (+8), Eduardo Novillo Astrada (+9) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (+8) and Chapaleufú with Alberto Heguy Jr. (+7), Ignacio Heguy (+8), Bautista Heguy (+8) and Eduardo Heguy (+8). It was a really good match in which both teams showed a great polo level: goal after goal was exchanged evenly between the teams, and when the 8th chukka ended, they were 10-10, so the match went to overtime, where a great goal by Eduardo “El Ruso” Heguy defined the whole match and brought great joy to this team conformed by legends.

“At the end, I decided to ride a mare that was as fast as a plane. I haven’t made a goal like that in a long time, the dream shot. Some of my kids have never seen me win, and I used to tell them that there was a time that I used to be really good at Palermo, but they had never experienced until now. To finish the year like this, is extraordinary. We formed a solid team playing against great teams, to have won this match on top of having a great overall performance, was the icing on the cake. We want to repeat the experience next year, but in better conditions, under better planning. We deserve to qualify for Palermo and to play against the big teams as equals, we deserve it because of our history, results and game. We would love to retire as we deserve, playing in the main field,” said Eduardo “El Ruso” Heguy, the author of the golden goal, after the match ended and the team, fans and family celebrated.

Later came the much awaited semi-finals between Alegría with Polito Pieres (+9), Hilario Ulloa (+9), Lucas Monteverde (+9) and a recently recovered Frederick Mannix (+9), and Ellerstina with Facundo Pieres (+10), Gonzalo Pieres (+10), Nicolás Pieres (+9) and once again, Ignatius du Plessis (+8) in Mariano Aguerre’s place. The game started with the right foot for the magenta team, with high hopes, as last year they defeated Ellerstina in the semi-finals and got to play the final match against La Dolfina, they were certainly hoping to repeat the experience. Both teams entered the pitch stronger than ever, and until the 6th chukka, where Nico Pieres was injured and the audience had to wait for a while until he got back on the saddle, the match was quite even, and the goal difference small. Then Ellerstina showed their strength and started scoring, and even though Polito Pieres and Hilario Ulloa had stunning performance and scored great goals, the team was not as strong as Ellerstina, and they ended up winning by 17-13, securing the coveted second spot in the final match, due to take place next Saturday, 6th December 2014.


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The teams:
Zone A
La Dolfina (+40)

Adolfo Cambiaso (+10)
David Stirling (+10)
Pablo Mac Donough (+10)
Juan Martín Nero (+10)

La Aguada (+36)
Facundo Sola (+8)
Guillermo Caset (+9)
Miguel Novillo Astrada (+10)
Ignacio Novillo Astrada (+9)

Magual (+33)
Alejandro Muzzio (+8)
Ignacio Toccalino (+9)
Marcos Di Paola (+8)
Jaime García Huidobro (+8)

Miramar (+28)
Gonzalo Deltour (+7)
Valerio Zubiaurre (+7)
Ignacio Laprida (+7)
Santiago Toccalino (+7)

Zone B
Ellerstina (+37)

Facundo Pieres (+10)
Gonzalo Pieres (+10)
Ignatius Du Plessis (+8)
Nicolás Pieres (+9)

Alegría (+34)
Pablo Pieres (+9)
Hilario Ulloa (+9)
Lucas Monteverde (+9)
Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (+7)

La Aguada Las Monjitas (+33)
Lucas James (+8)
Cristian Laprida (+8)
Eduardo Novillo Astrada (+9)
Alejandro Novillo Astrada (+8)

Chapaleufú (+31)
Alberto Heguy (+7)
Ignacio Heguy (+8)
Bautista Heguy (+8)
Eduardo Heguy (+8)