The 117th edition of the Hurlingham Open got underway this week with exciting first-round matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. But before the world’s oldest polo tournament started, La Nacion set the table with some bold quotes from Ellerstina crack Facundo Pieres.

Having just snatched the first jewel of the Triple Crown at Tortugas, Pieres told Cancha Llena, “We’re better than ever. We’re making great plays and the horses are performing very well.” But things didn’t go so well for Ellerstina in the opening minutes of the Tuesday match against Sao Jose. The SJ Audis took a 3-2 lead in the first chukker, extended the advantage to 5-4 in the second before things finally started to gel for Ellerstina in the fourth when they took a 9-6 lead.

Thanks in part to Pablo Mac Donough’s eight goals, Ellerstina won 21-13. In the day’s second match, Chapa Uno battled Pilara Piaget to a 16-16 tie through 8 and emerged victorious in the extra chukker 17-16. On the second day of the Open, the world’s greatest polo player returned to La Dolfina after his absence at Tortugas. Adolfo Cambiaso and Co. defeated La Alegria 17-12.

It seemed like Indios Chapaleufu II Cardon would win the second match when they took a 7-6 lead after three, but Team Astrada and La Aguada kicked their BMW into overdrive and won the match 18-8. Looking ahead to this weekend, Saturday matches feature Ellerstina v. Pilara (14:00) and Chapa Uno v. Sao Jose (16:00). On Sunday, La Dolfina faces Chapa II (14:00) while La Aguada battles La Alegri­a (16:00).

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