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Mon 10th Dec 2018

125th Argentine Open Semi Final

Las Monjitas defeat Ellerstina in surprise victory to secure Final spot

On Saturday 8 December, the last league matches in The 125th Argentine Open took place in Palermo. In the first match of the day, La Dolfina Polo Ranch defeated Alegría-La Irenita 18-13, securing a place in all three 2019 Triple Crown tournaments, finishing fourth in the 2018 rankings. Following this match, La Dolfina secured their spot in the Final on 15 December, with a 17-7 win against La Aguada. 
On Sunday 9 December, in a real Triple Crown shake-up, 40 goal Ellerstina lost to 37 goal Las Monjitas 18-16 in their 5pm Semi Final. Las Monjitas are renowned for shaking-up The Triple Crown, having defeated La Dolfina in the Semi Final of the 2017 Hurlingham Open. This year the team have thrown all they have got into pony power, and with this exciting tactical move and the addition of Santiago Toccalino to replace Julian ‘Negro’ de Lusarreta, this team have high expectations for Saturday’s Final. Also on Sunday, Cría Yatay narrowly defeated La Albertina Abu Dhabi to secure their spot in next year’s tournament. 
The 125th Argentine Open Teams:
Alegría-La Irenita (32): Clemente Zavaleta (7), Juan Gris Zavaleta (8), Fred Mannix (9) & Matías Mac Donough (8)
La Dolfina Polo Ranch (31): Diego Cavanagh (8), Guillermo Terrera (8), Julián de Lusarreta (7) & Ignatius Du Plessis (8)
La Albertina Abu Dhabi (31): Nic Roldan (7), Francisco Elizalde (8), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8) 
Las Monjitas (37): Facundo Sola (9), Hilario Ulloa (10), Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset (10) & Santiago Toccalino (8) 
Cría Yatay (32): Valerio Zubiaurre (8), Magoo Laprida (8), Joaquín Pittaluga (8) & Iñaki Laprida (8) 
Ellerstina (40): Facundo Pieres (10), Polito Pieres (10), Gonzalito Pieres (10) & Nico Piers (10)
La Dolfina (40): Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David ‘Pelòn’ Stirling (10), Pablo Mac Donough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Photograph: Las Monjitas secured their spot in The 125th Argentine Open Final with a win against Ellerstina on Sunday 9 December. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com


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