Polo — Nations CupWednesday, April 23, 2014
Argentina wins, England loses
For the Herald
Rest of the World defeated England 12-11 and Argentina downed Colombia 14-10 in the first day of the Nations Cup, yesterday at the Palermo polo fields.
In the first match, after four tied and well played chukkers, England, led by the Tomlinson brothers, seemed to take control of the action when they won the fifth period 4-2 to get a decisive two goal margin (10-8) which steered them to victory.
However, Rest of the World refused immediate defeat and eventually scored two penalties that brought the match to an even 10-10. Shortly after, Luke Tomlinson edged the eventual losers ahead but it later proved insufficient as David Du Plessis netted a goal to tie the score at 11-11. With just a few seconds remaining, Francisco Irastorza Jr. gave his squad the lead with a 30 yard penalty goal.
In the less exciting match, due to constant fouls and stoppages, Argentina edged the tough Colombian squad, 14-10. Thanks to team leader Ignacio Novillo Astrada, Argentina was able to contain Columbia after the fifth chukker and go on to take advantage of absent minded playing and fouls that ended up being the difference in the match.
The tournament will continue tomorrow facing England against Colombia at 1pm followed by Argentina vs. Rest of the World.
Teams, goals in brackets and chukker scores:
Argentina (14): Juan Martín Zubía 3, Diego Cavanagh 8 (9 pen), Alejandro Agote 8 (3), Rodrigo Rueda jr. 6 (2).-25.
Colombia (10): Felipe Márquez Ochoa 5 (2- 1 pen), Federico Uribe Abad 5 (1), Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9 (5-2 pen), Camilo Espinosa Gutiérrez 4 (2).-23.
Chukker scores: Argentina: 1-2, 5-4, 7-6, 8-9, 12-9,14-10.