Ellerstina Pilot Takes 55th Jockey Club Open

Buenos Aires – Sept. 22, 2019 – In front of a large crowd, the Grand Final of the 55th Jockey Club Open Ford Cup, was held on Saturday, September 21 on Argentina’s Field 1, a game that this time included 8 teams between 27 and 31 goals.

Ellerstina - Facundo Pieres, Nico Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Curtis Pilot. Photo: Courtesy of the AAP
Ellerstina Pilot – Facundo Pieres, Nico Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Curtis Pilot. Photo: Courtesy of the AAP

In a great polo match, in which until today they faced undefeated formations of LD Valiente and Ellerstina Pilot, 5 of them with 10-goal handicaps, it was the triumph of the Pieres brothers and Curtis Pilot, after turning the scoreboard and achieving the triumph and the title by 12-10.

The final began with the people of Cañuelas handling the process of the game and thanks to a great efficiency against rival wicks, LD Valiente managed to get 5-1 averaging the second chukker, in a good passage by Pablo Mac Donough. From there on, the Zeta (Ellerstina) adjusted the marks and slowly began to limit the advantage that its rival had. The Pieres brothers’ game grew and after winning three straight sets (third, fourth and fifth chukkers), they achieved the expected equality. It was only two minutes after the sixth chukker, which was first placed on the scoreboard, after a good goal from the older brother, Gonzalito. But LD Valiente recovered and managed to draw at 9 to reach the last chukker with the score even. In the decisive period, Facundo Pieres again scored.


After a brief speech by the president of the Jockey Club, Mr. Miguel Crotto Sojo, the award ceremony began, with the participation of the president of the AAP, Eduardo Novillo Astrada; Ford Advertising Manager, Tomás Grignaschi; and the Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Tte. Grl. Claudio Pasqualini, among other authorities.

After the delivery of the replicas for the champions and finalists, the mare Irenita Entenada, played by Pablo Mac Donough, was awarded by the Jockey Club, being chosen the best of the final. Meanwhile, the Mare Open Arca, played by Gonzalo Pieres (h); He received the blanket of the AACCP and Río Uruguay Seguros, for the best registered player product.

Then there were two special awards: one to the Pieres brothers; and another for Adolfo Cambiaso, awarded by the organizing institution.

The finalist teams and the progression:

Ellerstina Pilot: Curtis Pilot 0, Gonzalo Pieres (h) 9 (3 goals), Nicolás Pieres 10 (1) and Facundo Pieres 10 (8, four penalties). Total: 29.

Brave LD: Bob Jornayvaz 1, David Stirling (h) 10 (5), Pablo Mac Donough 10 (4) and Juan Martín Nero 10 (1). Total: 31.

Ellerstina Pilot: 1-3, 2-5, 5-7, 6-7, 8-8, 9-9 and 12-10.

Judges: Nicolás Scortichini and Gastón Lucero. Referee: José I. Araya.

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