On Saturday, the official kick-off of the Polo Challenge RD 2017, at Lechuza Caracas RD and Casa de Campo took place in Dominican Republic.
During the morning that day, the first match of the 12-goal category was played between La Potranca and Cinque Terre-El Milagro. The local team (La Potranca) took the lead over Italian patron Alessandro Bazzoni’s team by 5-3.
In the afternoon, the main attraction of the weekend took place on the main Casa de Campo field: the match between mighty Lechuza Caracas and Casa de Campo, that started after the children from the MIR Foundation played the National Anthem of the Dominican Republic. It was a very tied match, under perfect weather conditions and the constant cheer of a full audience. Lechuza started off taking the lead and kept it for almost all the match, even though they could not obtain a goal difference of more than two. During the third chukka, Casa de Campo grew stronger and tied the game, and during the fourth period, they even took the lead by a one-goal difference. After two final chukkas with an outstanding performance by David Stirling Jr, who was also the MVP of the match, Lechuza took back the lead and won 11-9. Leo Matos and Victor Vargas were also highlighted as two of the best players of this great afternoon with a very high level of polo.
On Sunday, the second and third match of the 12-Goal category took place. The first match was a duel between Costasur and the local Casa de Campo Polo Team. The locals were able to have a great performance featuring very strong teamwork, and took the lead for 13-5. Afterwards, it was time for El Palenque – Pitirri to take on the Italian team Cinque Terre- El Milagro. Unfortunately again for the Italians, this wasn’t also a good game and they lost by 8-2.
Polo Challenge will continue on the high goal category on Tuesday with the order of play as follows:
-4pm, 22-Goal: Alegría-El Milagro vs Power Infrastructure
Lechuza vs Casa de Campo (22-Goal)
La Potranca vs Cinque Terre El Milagro (12-Goal)
Casa de Campo vs Costasur (12-Goal)
CinqueTerre El Milagro vs Pitirri El Palenque (12-Goal)