Women’s Argentine Open.
The continued advance in the promotion of women’s mainstream sport is evident in Argentina with the First Women’s Argentine Open which got underway last week.
No games were played during last week in the Men’s tournament so attention turned to the women’s competition which opened with matches between the participating six teams on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in Sede Alfredo Lalor, Pilar. The teams are made up of some of the best Women players in the World; from Argentina, Britain, America, Germany and France.
After the first three matches La Dolfina Brava and Ellerstina are heading up the table and proceed to the semi final to play La Dolfina Brava II and Santa María de Lobos respectively. The semi finals are being played tomorrow (Tuesday 28 November) in Pilar with the final between the two winners on Saturday 2 December on Ground 2 in Palermo, Buenos Aires.
The teams use the women’s handicap system which makes Ellerstina the highest handicapped team at 30 goals (Clara Cassino 6, Hazel Jackson-Gaona 8, Lía Salvo 9, and Sarah Wiseman 7. La Dolfina Brava are second highest with 27 goals (Mía Cambiaso 5, Milagros Fernández Araujo 6, Nina Clarkin 10 and Candelaria Fernández Araujo 6). Both their opponents are 25 goal teams.
With both the final of the Women’s Open and the Men’s Open being played on the same day at Palermo on grounds 2 and 1 respectively an already amazing day of polo looks set to become even more special. The final group matches in the Men’s Open were played over the weekend. A strong performance by La Dolfina against La Aguada Las Monjita produced a score of 14 goals to 1, putting them top of Group A. They will play Ellerstina, who top Group B, in Saturday’s Argentine Open Final. Second place in Groups A and B were La Aguada and Alegría respectively.