121st Argentina Palermo Open
Debut win for Ellerstina Piaget
This past Sunday, both teams played a great match on field 2 at Palermo. Chapaleufu, (which consisted of four Heguys - brothers Pepe, Eduardo and Nachi, plus their cousin Bautista; who had not played together at Palermo since 1999), displayed a great team performance and made things quite difficult for the black jerseys. Despite their lethal attack, commanded by Facundo Pieres; the General Rodriguez based foursome were leading by only three goals at half time (9-6).
Ellerstina Piaget extended their advantage in the fifth chukker (11-7). During that fifth chukker, Mariano Aguerre’s mare ‘Machitas Vitina’ broke her leg and suffered a heart attack while trying to get up. Mariano continued playing with ‘Machitos Luisa’.
In the sixth chukker, Ellerstina Piaget tightened their attack and scored three more goals to a 13-8 lead. Chapaleufu came in strongly in the seventh chukker, and the Heguys cut the Ellerstina lead to three goals again (11-14), with only one chukker to go.
However, that last chukker would present some more trouble for Ellerstina: following the loss of his mare, Mariano Aguerre was taken off the field by an ambulance after suffering a shoulder injury, and had to be replaced by South African 8-goaler Nachi du Plessis.
At the end, Ellerstina Piaget ended with a tougher than expected 16-12 win.
Ellerstina Piaget Score: 3-2, 6-4, 7-5, 9-6, 11-7, 13-8, 14-11, 16-12
Ellerstina Piaget Scorers: Facundo Pieres 10 (7 on penalty shots and 1 corner), Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 3, Mariano Aguerre 2, Nicolás Pieres 1
Facundo Pieres: Open Kodama is a mare we share with Alex Garrahan and Diego Miguens. She is the daughter of Ilusión and Sportivo. I think it's great that the Polo Pony Breeders Association are able to present these awards in every match, it's a very good idea and recognition to the breeders. This is Open Kodama's first award; this is her first season. We're doing very well with our horse string, and we're going to bring our best for the next two matches.
Ellerstina Piaget's close win against La Aguada
In the feature match of the day, Ellerstina Piaget had a tough time beating La Aguada on field 1.
120th Palermo Open 2013
The grand stands were packed overlooking field two in Palermo, awaiting the legendary comeback of Chapaleufu, who had a very difficult opening game against title holders, Ellerstina Piaget.