Casa de Campo's grounds two and three hosted the third day of Caribbean Open action. First up, Cinque Terre and Casa de Campo went head to head. Cinque Terre got off to a good start, thanks great teamwork by Cubi Toccalino and Nacho Novillo Astrada. Alessandro Bazzoni’s team quickly established a 3-0 advantage in the first three minutes of play, thanks to the goals by the Toccalino brothers, and one by Novillo Astrada. Casa de Campo managed to fight back to end the first chukka 2-4.
The second period was quite even, but on the third saw Casa de Campo come through to tie the game 5-all by halftime. Santi Toccalino scored twice for his team, and by the end of the fifth Cinque Terre were 8-5 up. The last chukka saw very open play, and Cinque Terre expanded the lead to win the game 11-7. Their next match sees them take on HPA on Wednesday, with the winner qualifying for the final.
Progression Cinque Terre: 4-2, 5-3, 5-5, 6-5, 8-5, 11-7.
Cinque Terre: Alessandro Bazzoni (1 goal), Cubi Toccalino (3), Santiago Toccalino (4), Nacho Novillo Astrada (3).
Casa de Campo: Leo Matos (1 goal), Pancho bensadon (2), Bete Donovan (2), Fred Mannix (2).
Umpires: Federico Martelli y Martín Aguerre.
Third Man: Esteban Ferrari.
Lechuza vs HPA
Later on in the afternoon, an undefeated Lechuza faced HPA. Both teams had scored wins in their first Caribbean Open matches. Esteban Panelo replaced Julian Mannix in HPA. It was a closed game and not many goals were scored in the first four chukkas. Lechuza managed to stay in control of the play. The first goal of the match was scored by Juan Martin Nero.
From then onwards, there were goal opportunities on both sides. Pelon Stirling opened the game when he scored twice on the third chukka, leading Lechuza to reach halftime with a 4-1 advantage. Both teams managed to score more in the fifth and the game opened up once again. Victor Vargas and Nero scored for their team and reached the sixth chukka leading by 7-4. Vargas and Deltour scored again in the last to take the 8-5 victory.
Progression Lechuza: 1-0, 2-1, 4-1, 4-2, 7-4, 8-5.
Lechuza: Víctor Vargas (3 goals), Lalo James, Pelon Stirling (2), Juanma Nero (3).
HPA: Esteban Panelo, Gonzalo Deltour (3 goals), Juanchi Ambroggio, Toto Collardín (2).
Umpires: Gastón Dorignac y Esteban Ferrari.
Third Man: Martín Aguerre.
Polo Challenge RD 2017 continues on Wednesday:
Cinque Terre vs HPA
Lechuza vs Casa de Campo
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