A red hot Open de France resumed on Friday at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly. The prestigious competition that’s celebrating its 20th. edition, is one of this year’s most vibrant and exciting polo tournaments, due to the large number of teams and stars of the sport in competition, both from France and abroad.
A solid performance provided by Sainte Mesme led them to their first win against Majoa Paris. Robert Strom was the lineup’s crucial player, top scorer – he produced five goals – and ended up as the MVP. Up next, Talandracas and Amanara played one of the best games these grounds have ever seen in a long time. It was a fast paced game, a display of quick runs, great goals from both sides and ovewhelming performances. Following a very tight contest, Talandracas’ Francisco Elizalde sealed the deal in the last minutes of play.
Last but not least, it was the moment for clash of the undefeated, Les Lions Panarea and Marquard Media – two wins apiece. Les Lions Panarea displayed their usual dominance, despite Marquard Media was not an easy contender at all, and pushed them hard. Therefore, the win put the team that have Barto Castagnola as their leading man, much closer to the semifinals.
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THE SUMMARY OF THE GAMES PLAYED ON FRIDAY:
SAINTE MESME 10-7 MAJOA PARIS
SAINTE-MESME: Robert Strom 5 (6 goals), Birger Strom 0 (1), Clemente Zavaleta 7 (2), Santiago Araya 4 (1). Total: 16.
MAJOA PARIS: Sam Sztarkman 1, Alex Sztarkman 1, Guillermo Terrera 8 (5 goles), Pierre-Henri N’Goumou 6 (2) (replacec by Manuel Elizalde, 6, in the third chukka). Total: 16.
Score Sainte Mesme: 2-2, 7-3, 8-3, 9-6, 10-7.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Nicolás Scortichini.
TALANDRACAS 10-9 AMANARA
TALANDRACAS: Camilo Castagnola 7 (6 goals), Nick Rogerson 1, Francisco Elizalde 8 (4), Edouard Carmignac 0. Total: 16.
AMANARA: Nicky Sen 0 (1 gol), Segundo Condesse Stanga 3 (1), Santiago Chavanne 7 (2), Santiago Laborde 6 (5). Total: 16.
Score Talandracas: 2-2, 4-5, 6-7, 9-8, 10-9.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Rafael Silva.
LES LIONS PANAREA 12-9 MARQUARD MEDIA
LES LIONS PANAREA: Arístide Faggionato 1, Dillon Bacon 2 (1 goal), Barto Castagnola 8 (6), Tommy Beresford 6 (5). Total: 17.
MARQUARD MEDIA: Ignacio Kennedy 4 (2 goals), Jota Chavanne 5 (1), Martin Aguerre 7 (5), Tommy Rinderknecht 0. Total: 16.
Score Les Lions Panarea: (0-1) 3-2, 6-4, 9-6, 10-8, 12-9.
Umpires: Rafael Silva & Nicolás Scortichini.
The Open de France will continue on Sunday, with the following order of play:
1pm: Marques de Riscal vs Le Pommeray
3pm: Amanara vs Marquard Media
4:30pm: Majoa Paris vs Talandracas