Argentine Update

Jockey Club Ends and Tortugas Begins

The Jockey Club Open Final was played on Saturday 16 September between La Dolfina Valiente and Tortugas. It was a battle between top names in polo on La Dolfina’s side versus youth for Tortugas. La Dolfina swiftly asserted their dominance and by half-time held a convincing 10-2 lead. In the second half, Tortugas began to close the gap, however in the end experience prevailed and La Dolfina Valiente secured a 12-8 win. Adolfo Cambiaso and Bob Jornayvaz are no strangers to victory, having won the 2017 US Triple Crown (US Open, USPA Gold Cup & C.V. Whitney Cup Final), whilst this is the seventh consecutive Argentine season Cambiaso, Mac Donough and Nero have played together. This familiarity was displayed on the field and no doubt contributed towards their success.

Attentions now turn to The Tortugas Open, which begins tomorrow, Tuesday 19 September. This contest is the first link of the Triple Crown 2017 organised by the Argentine Polo Association, which will continue with the 124th Hurlingham Open at Palermo.
The schedule is outlined below:
19/9 – Zones A & B: La Aguada Las Monjitas vs La Irenita (Match 1) & Alegría vs Cría Yatay (Match 2)
23/9 – Zona A: La Dolfina vs Loser Match 1
24/9 – Zona B: Ellerstina vs Loser Match 2
30/9 – Zona A: La Dolfina vs Winner Match 1
1/10 – Zona B: Ellerstina vs Winner Match 2
7/10 – Final: Winner Zone A vs Winner Zone B
Zone A: La Dolfina, La Aguada Las Monjitas & La Irenita
Zone B: Ellerstina, Alegría & Cría Yatay
Jockey Club Final Teams:
La Dolfina Valiente (31): Bob Jornayvaz (1), Adolfo Cambiaso (10), Pablo Mac Donough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Tortugas (24): Facundo Fernández Llorente (6), Isidro Strada (6), Juan M. Zubía (6) & Jerónimo del Carril (6)
The Tortugas Open Teams:
La Dolfina (40): Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David Stirling (10), Pablo Mac Donough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Ellerstina (39): Facundo Pieres (10), Pablo Pieres (9), Gonzalito Pieres (10) & Nicolás Pieres (10)
Alegría (35): Guillermo Caset (9), Hilario Ulloa (10), Facundo Sola (8) & Frederick Mannix (8)
La Aguada Las Monjitas (32): Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8), Eduardo Novillo Astrada (8), Miguel Novillo Astrada (8) & Ignacio Novillo Astrada (8)
Cría Yatay (31): Valerio Zubiaurre (7), Cristian Laprida (8), Joaquín Pittaluga (8) & Ignacio Laprida (8)
La Irenita (31): Juan Ruiz Guiñazú (8), Juan M. Zavaleta (8), Clemente Zavaleta (7) & Matías Mac Donough (8)
Photograph: La Dolfina Valiente secured a 12-8 win over Tortugas. By Matías Callejo

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