• Polo Challenge Dominican Republic 2017

    The Caribbean Open continues 

     

    On Wednesday, the second match day of the Caribbean Open, the fourth tournament of the Polo Challenge RD 2017 took place. The first game was between HPA, a balanced team with four players searching for a debut on its victory, and Casa de Campo. The first chukka was very good for them, Julian Mannix was present in the attack scoring twice, and the chukka ended on 3-1 in favor of his team. Quickly, Casa de Campo caught up and had two great chukkas, thanks to a couple of goals by Leo Matos and Pancho Bensadon, the local team took the lead and reached halftime winning by 5-4. The second half of the match was also extremely even, but Casa de Campo managed to keep the lead. Fred Mannix and Gonzalo Deltour were the highlighted players of this second half. Due to an injury, Julian Mannix was not able to continue, and was replaced by Esteban Panelo. After a throw-in by Casa de Campo, HPA was able to take control of the ball and counter-attack. Finally, Gonzalo Deltour was able to score again, and HPA won by 9-8. 

     

    On Saturday, fields 2 and 3 in Casa de Campo hosted the day 3 of the Caribbean Open. Early in the morning on Field 3, Cinque Terre and Casa de Campo kicked off the day. 

     

    Cinque Terre had a great start, scoring before their opponents, thanks to Cubi Toccalino who was assisted by Nacho Novillo Astrada and managed to score the first goal of the day. Swiftly, Alessandro Bazzoni’s team established a 3-0 difference in the first three minutes of play, thanks to the goals by the Toccalinos, and one by Novillo Astrada. Casa de Campo caught up with them, and the first chukka ended on 2-4. On the second part of the game, Santi Toccalino scored twice for his team, leading now by 8-5. The last chukka was a very open one, and Cinque Terre expanded the lead to conquer the game by 11-7. Their next challenge will be the duel on Wednesday against HPA, searching for their spot on the grand final. 

     

    Later that afternoon, the undefeated Lechuza faced HPA. Both teams had scored triumphs on their first Caribbean Open matches. Esteban Panelo replaced Julian Mannix on HPA. It was a closed game with not so many goals for the first 4 chukkas. But Lechuza managed to always stay up front and control the ball. Finally on the fifth period, the teams managed to score more and the game was opened once again. Victor Vargas and Nero converted for their team that reached the 6th chukka leading by 7-4. On the last one, Vargas and Deltour scored again, and the game ended on 8-5. 

    TEAMS

     

    Casa de Campo

    LEO MATOS

    FRANCISCO BENSADON

    SILVESTRE DONOVAN

    FRED MANNIX

     

    Lechuza Caracas

    VICTOR VARGAS

    ANDRES JAMES

    DAVID STIRLING

    JUAN MARTIN NERO

     

    Cinque Terre

    ALESSANDRO BAZZONI

    IGNACIO TOCCALINO

    SANTIAGO TOCCALINO

    IGNACIO NOVILLO ASTRADA 

     

    HPA

    JULIAN MANNIX

    JUAN AMBROGGIO

    GONZALO DELTOUR

    GERARDO COLLARDIN

     

    FIXTURE

     

    Saturday, April 1st

    Lechuza Caracas vs. Cinque Terre

     

    Wednesday, April 5th

    Agualinda-HPA vs. Casa de Campo

     

    Saturday, April 8th

    Casa de Campo vs. Cinque Terre

    Agualinda-HPA vs. Lechuza Caracas

     

    Wednesday, April 12th

    Casa de Campo vs. Lechuza

    Cinque Terre vs. Agualinda-HPA

     

    Friday, April 14th

    Subsidiary finals

    3 vs. 4

     

    Final Caribbean Open

    1 vs. 2