The 12-goal semifinals are defined
On the 22-goal category, Lechuza Caracas and HB Polo have the biggest chances to be finalists
(Dominican Republic, March 20th 2017) - The latest stage of the Copa de Oro kicked off on Thursday, March 16th, Cinque Terre and Casa de Campo met to fight for a chance to be on the run for the Copa de Oro. HB Polo and Lechuza Caracas are so far, the teams that have the biggest chances to secure a spot in the finals.
The match between Cinque Terre and Casa de Campo was a great and open game, where Cinque Terre was able to take the lead immediately. By half-time, they were 4-3 ahead of the local team, Casa de Campo. Finally, they managed to stretch out the difference even more through the 4th chukka, 7-4. The game ended on 9-6 in favor of the team of the Italian Patron Alessandro Bazzoni.
On Friday, March 17th, two games from the 12-goal and 22-goal category took place in the Dominican Republic. The first match belonged to the 22-goal category, HB Polo vs. Sebucan-HPA. It was a very even match, that ended in 11-10 in favor of the team of the French patron Ludovic Pailloncy.
On Saturday, March 18th, another two matches were held. The first match was the battle between the two undefeated teams, HB Polo and Lechuza Caracas. The Venezuelan team proved once more that it is a well-oiled machine and was able to take the lead from the 1st chukka and keep it up throughout all the game. On the 5th period, they managed to extend the difference to 3 goals, and the game finally ended in 10-7 in favor of Victor Vargas’ team.
On Sunday, March 19th, the match between Sebucan HPA and Casa de Campo, belonging to the 22-goal category, took place in Casa de Campo. The game kicked off positively for Sebucan HPA, leading by the end of the first chukka by 2-0- But Casa de Campo quickly revised strategy and on the second one, they were at a tie 2-2. After that moment, Casa de Campo extended the goal difference widely, reaching half time by 3-6. The game ended on 10-6 in favor of Casa de Campo.
The Polo Challenge continues on Thursday, March 23rd.
Fernando Arata vs. Gonzalo Mendoza (ph: Matías Callejo) 12-goal category
On Friday 17th, besides the 22-goal match, the second match of the day, from the 12-goal category, was between Casa de Campo and Costasur. The local team, Casa de Campo won by 10-8.
The 12-goal category also had a game on Saturday 18th, Pitirri El Palenque, possibly the best team in the category, won once again over La Potranca by 13-10.
The semi-finals have now been defined for the category: next Friday, Pitirri will face Costasur; while La Potranca will do the same with Casa de Campo.
Ramiro Garros vs. Pancho Bensadon (ph: Matías Callejo) 22-GOAL COPA DE ORO TEAMS:
CASA DE CAMPO
Juan M. Nero
Ignacio Novillo Astrada