The battle for the final jewel in the Triple Crown of polo takes place this afternoon in Palermo, and history repeats itself at the 118th Argentina Polo Open Championship. The two favorites going in, La Dolfina and Ellerstina, both advanced to the final with convincing first and second round wins over the likes of Alegria, Chapa Uno and Pilara.
In the Semifinal round, La Dolfina Dubai knocked off La Aguada 15-7, and the following day the Novillo Astrada brothers announced La Aguada would cease to exist. In the other Semifinal, Ellerstina Etiqueta Negra defeated the newly formed Estancia Grande squad 18-14. Today’s final finds La Dolfina and Ellerstina in familiar territory an a rematch of last year’s Polo Superclasico which Ellerstina won 14-13 on the winning goal by Facundo Pieres.
In terms of handicap, Ellerstina held a 40-39 advantage over La Dolfina last year, but the tables have turned this year with a 39-37 La Dolfina advantage : La Dolfina – Adolfo Cambiaso (h) (10), Juan Martin Nero (10), David Stirling (h) (9), Pablo Mac Donough (10) and Ellerstina – Facundo Pieres (10), Nicolas Pieres (8), Ignacio Heguy (9), Gonzalo Pieres (h) (10). The Final begins at 4:45 local time and will be broadcast online by ESPN.