La Dolfina has qualified for the final of the 126th HSBC Argentine Open in the 100th game with the current team line-up in the Triple Crown on Saturday, December 14th. Yesterday, Ellerstina Johor was the second finalist in the coveted final round at the world-famous Campo Argentino de Polo field 1 in Palermo after winning against Las Monjitas.
The Campo Argentino de Polo, the “cathedral” of international polo, hosted the twelfth matchday of the 126th HSBC Argentine Polo Open yesterday. The two teams, who will compete against each other again in the final on 14 December, have been determined. The Argentine Polo Open is the world’s most important polo tournament. 10 teams with a team handicap of 28 to 40 goals take part in the competition. Polo fans from all over the world take part in the games every year.
In a fiercely contested match Ellerstina Johor yesterday returned the favour with 11 – 10 goals to last year’s winner of her own group, Las Monjitas, and thus secured her place in this year’s Volkswagen Cup finale. For Ellerstina Johor it is the 12th final of the Argentine Open in the last fifteen years (since 2005 the team only missed the final in 2006, 2013 and 2018). As in the previous 11 final entries (3 victories and 8 defeats), their opponent in 2019 will again be La Dolfina Sancor Seguros. The eagerly awaited final against the tournament’s six-time defending champion, La Dolfina Sancor Seguros, will take place next Saturday, 14 December.
La Dolfina Sancor Seguros had already secured his place in the final on Saturday, 7 December, with a superior 15 – 6 win against La Dolfina Polo Ranch. Besides the place in the final, the team of La Dolfina Sancor Seguros, which played all 31 games in Palermo so far unbeaten, won the Imperial Cup, which was presented by Diego Gonzalez Puig, Brand Manager of the Imperial Brewery. La Dolfina is now preparing to play the 19th final since the team was founded in 2000 (12 victories and 6 defeats at the Argentine Open so far).
Ellerstina Johor (+39)
Facundo Pieres (+10)
Gonzalo Pieres (+9)
Pablo Pieres (+10)
Nicolás Pieres (+10)
La Dolfina Sancor Seguros (+40)
Adolfo Cambiaso (+10)
David Stirling (+10)
Pablo Mac Donough (+10)
Juan M. Nero (+10)
Current Ranking of the 126. HSBC Argentine Open
1) La Dolfina 750 (4 PJ) (70 GF)
2) Ellerstina 750 (4 PJ) (53 GF)
3) LD Polo Ranch 450 (4 PJ) (55 GF)
4) Las Monjitas 450 (4 PJ) (54 GF)
5) La Natividad 300 (4 PJ) (44 GF)
6) La Albertina 150 (4 PJ) (44 GF)
7) La Aguada 150 (4 PJ) (43 GF)
8) La Ensenada 150 (4 PJ) (39 GF)
9) La Irenita 150 (4 PJ) (36 GF)
10) Cría Yatay 0 (4 PJ) (42 GF)
Photos: POLO+10 / Thomas Wirth