The result did not come as a surprise: At the weekend, the favourite teams La Dolfina Hope Funds and Ellerstina Piaget defeated their opponents La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC and La Natividad Amarok respectively in the semi-finals of the Hurlingham Open. Both winning teams will encounter each other next Saturday in the final at the Hurlingham Club in Buenos Aires. The Hurlingham Open are the second part of the Argentine Triple Crown, a series of the most prestigious and important polo tournaments worldwide. Two weeks ago La Dolfina had defeated the team of the Pieres brothers in the final of the Tortugas Open, the first part of the Argentine Triple Crown.

On Friday, October 25th, La Dolfina Hope Funds encountered La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC in the first semi-final. Both teams had reached this stage of the tournament undefeated. La Aguada got off a better start, but La Dolfina took the lead in the second chukker and built up a margin that at one moment stood at seven goals. La Aguada did not surrender and fought to the last minute of the match. They shortened the distance, but in the end La Dolfina won by 18-15.

The second semi-final was held on Saturday, October 26th. The duel between Ellerstina Piaget and La Natividad Amarok was evenly-matched. Both teams had won all matches up to this stage of the tournament. During the play, Ellerstina was in the lead most of the time, but La Natividad equalized repeatedly. In the final chukker Ellerstina went the whole hog and won by 16-13.

Francisco de Narváez replaced Nico Pieres who was out of action due to an injury during the first match of the Hurlingham Open of Ellerstina. In the final match the youngest of the Pieres brothers will play again to fight for victory together with his brothers Facundo and Gonzalo as well as with his brother-in-law, Mariano Aguerre. The final match between La Dolfina and Ellerstina will be held on Saturday, November 2nd.

The results:
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

La Dolfina Hope Funds

:

Chapaleufú

22

:

10

Alegría Sancor Seguros

:

La Aguada ICBC

15

:

20


Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Ellerstina Piaget

:

Magual

17

:

12

La Natividad Amarok

:

La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC

14

:

13


Saturday, October 19th, 2013

La Dolfina Hope Funds

:

Alegría Sancor Seguros

19

:

10


Monday, October 21st, 2013

Chapaleufú

:

La Aguada ICBC

12

:

16


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Ellerstina Piaget

:

La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC

17

:

10

La Natividad Amarok

:

Magual

18

:

13


Friday, October 25th, 2013

Alegría Sancor Seguros

:

Chapaleufú

16

:

14

La Dolfina Hope Funds

:

La Aguada ICBC

18

:

15


Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Ellerstina Piaget

:

La Natividad Amarok

16

:

13

La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC

:

Magual

3

:

2



Match schedule:
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

final

La Dolfina Hope Funds

:

Ellerstina Piaget




The teams:
Zone A
La Dolfina Hope Funds (+39)
Adolfo Cambiaso (+10)
David Stirling (+9)
Pablo Mac Donough (+10)
Juan Martín Nero (+10)

Alegría Sancor Seguros (+33)
Pablo Pieres (+8)
Hilario Ulloa (+9)
Lucas Monteverde (+9)
Frederick Mannix (+8)

La Aguada ICBC (+33)
Facundo Sola (+8)
Guillermo Terrera (+7)
Miguel Novillo Astrada (+9)
Ignacio Novillo Astrada (+9)

Chapaleufú (+30)
Alberto Heguy (+7)
Francisco Elizalde (+7)
Bautista Heguy (+8)
Eduardo Heguy (+8)

Zone B
Ellerstina Piaget (+39)
Facundo Pieres (+10)
Gonzalo Pieres (+10)
Mariano Aguerre (+10)
Francisco de Narváez (+8)

La Natividad Amarok (+35)
Guillermo Caset (+9)
Ignacio Heguy (+9)
Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade (+8)
Bartolomé Castagnola (+9)

La Aguada Las Monjitas ICBC (+34)
Agustín Merlos (+9)
Cristián Laprida (+8)
Eduardo Novillo Astrada (+9)
Alejandro Novillo Astrada (+8)

Magual (+32)
Alejando Muzzio (+8)
Ignacio Toccalino (+8)
Marcos Di Paola (+8)
Jaime García Huidobro (+8)