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Hurlingham Open results-Day 2

Ellerstina handles Magual, 17-12; La Natividad wins in OT

By Alex Webbe

Ellerstina/Piaget (Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Mariano Aguerre and Nicolás

Pieres) looked to be recovering from their Tortugas Open final loss as they charged

out to a 3-0 lead over Magual (Alejandro Muzzio, Ignacio Toccalino, Marcos Di Paola

and Jaime Huidobro) in the first chukker of Hurlingham Open at the Hurlingham Club in

Buenos Aires, but not all is as it seems.

Magual steadied themselves in the second chukker as the two teams exchanged single

goals. Ellerstina continued to lead, but Magual appeared to be settling into a rhythm.

Ellerstina left the field after the second period on top of a 4-1 score.

The third chukker belonged to an aggressive Magual foursome. Magual scored four

unanswered goals and move in front of the powerful Ellerstina team, 5-4.

The two teams fought to a 3-3 draw in the fourth period, with neither taking control of

the flow of the game. At the end of the first half Magual held a surprising 8-7 lead.

Defenses were rigid in the fifth chukker. Single goals were scored by each team as

Magual defended a narrow one goal lead, 10-9.

A refocused Ellerstina took the field in the sixth period and scored three straight goals.

Magual was unable to respond and fell behind, 12-10.

Three more Ellerstina goals in the seventh were offset by two goals from Magual.

Ellerstina continued to expand its lead, 15-12.

Shutout defense by Ellerstina in the final chukker kept Magual scoreless. Two more

Ellerstina ended the match with Ellerstina riding off with the 17-12 victory.

Facundo Pieres led all scoring with nine goals (six on penalty conversions). Gonzalito

Pieres scored four timed with Nico Pieres adding a pair of goals to the total and Mariano

Aguerre scoring once in the win. Alejandro Muzzio led the Magual attack with five

goals. Jaime Huidobro scored three times and Ignacio Toccalino and Marcos De Paola

scored two goals apiece in the loss.


La Natividad (Sapo Caset, Nachi Heguy, Rodrigo Andrade and Lolo Castagnola) trailed

in six of the regulation eight chukkers but managed a late game rally to tie it up at 13-

13 in the eighth and score the winning goal in overtime to beat La Aguada/Las Monjitas

(Agustin Merlos, Magoo Laprida, Eduardo Novillo Astrada, Alejandro Novillo Astrada)

14-13 as Hurlingham Open play continued.

La Aguada/Las Monjitas took an early 2-1 lead after the first chukker before La

Natividad exposed its offensive capabilities in the second. Three goals went

unanswered as La Natividad leap-frogged past La Aguada/Las Monjitas, 4-2.

La Aguada/Las Monjitas scored three times in the third while holding La Natividad

scoreless. La Natividad found themselves trailing by a goal, 5-4 at the end of the third


The two teams exchanged goals in the fourth period. Each side scored twice with La

Aguada/Las Monjitas maintaining the one goal advantage, 7-6.

Goals were no easier to come by in the second half with each team having to settle for

a single goal in the fifth. La Aguada/Las Monjitas remained in front, 8-7.

The La Aguada/Las Monjitas offense erupted for three goals in the sixth chukker while

limiting La Natividad to a single goal. With two chukkers left in regulation time La

Aguada/Las Monjitas was in front by three goals, 11-8.

 La Aguada/Las Monjitas stretched their lead to four goals in the seventh period. La

Natividad could only produce a single goal in the chukker while La Aguada/Las Monjitas

scored twice and led by four goals, 13-9.

A determined La Natividad team took the field in the eighth period, making a statement

by scoring four consecutive goals while holding La Aguada/Las Monjitas scoreless. The

chukker ended in a tie and both teams retired to the sidelines to prepare for the sudden-
death overtime period to decide the winner.

The overtime period was short-lived with Sapo Caset scoring the winning goal for the

14-13 victory.

Sapo Caset led the field with nine goals (seven on penalty shots). Rodrigo Andrade

was credited with three goals. Nachi Heguy and Lolo Castagnola scored single goals in

the win. Lucas James and Negro Astrada scored four goals apiece for La Aguada/Las

Monjitas. Eduardo Novillo Astrada added three goals and Magoo Laprida scored twice

in a losing effort.