Following their wins in the matches played at the AAP Headquarters, in Pilar, on Thursday October 20 for the Qualification Tournament Copa Remonta y Veterinaria, that gives two teams the chance to compete in the Argentine Open, at Palermo, La Esquina and Alegria are due to clash to determine the second spot to play the most important polo tournament worldwide. Both teams claimed their victories on the same score, 10-9, but it was harder for La Esquina, who needed two extra chukkas to seal the deal.
La Esquina, with Juan Zubiaurre subbing in for the Spaniard Pascual Sainz de Vicuña in the second extra chukka due to an injury, defeated La Fija, who also had a replacement in that second extra time, Lucas Criado Jr., who subbed in for the injured Felipe Vercellino. Meanwhile, Fred Mannix’s team were victorious over Trenque Lauquen. Therefore, La Esquina and Alegria will clash on Tuesday October 25, for the second ticket to Palermo.
The Qualification Tournament Copa Remonta y Veterinaria sees eight teams up to 30 goals, split in two leagues.
TORNEO CLASIFICATORIO COPA REMONTA Y VETERINARIA – THURSDAY OCTOBER 20
LA ESQUINA 10-9 LA FIJA (double extra chukka)
La Esquina: Pascual Sáinz de Vicuña 6 (subbed in by Juan Zubiaurre 6, at the start of the second extra chukka, due to an injury), Cristian Laprida 8, Lucas James 7, Ignacio Laprida 8. Total: 29.
La Fija: Raúl Colombres 7, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario 7, Ignacio Negri 7, Felipe Vercellino 7 (subbed in by Lucas Criado Jr. 6, at the start of the second extra chukka, due to an injury). Total: 28.
Score La Esquina: 1-2, 2-5, 4-6, 6-7, 7-8, 7-9, 9-9, 9-9, 10-9.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Gonzalo López Vargas. Third man: José Ignacio Araya.
ALEGRIA 10-9 TRENQUE LAUQUEN
Alegría: Agustín Merlos 7, Valerio Zubiaurre 8, Tomás García del Río 7, Fred Mannix 7. Total: 29.
Trenque Lauquen: Manuel Elizalde 7, Juan Jauretche 7, Juan Agustín García Grossi 7, Joao Paulo Gannon 7. Total: 28.
Score Alegría: 1-4, 4-5, 6-6, 7-6, 9-6, 10-7, 10-9.
Umpires: Martín Pascual & Rafael Silva. Third man: Hernán Tasso.
Cover photo by Matias Callejo/Prensa AAP