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La Dolfina wins Triple Crown

La Dolfina’s players, included injured Juan M. Nero (c) with the trohphy.
By Jorge Andrades
For the Herald

Led by Cambiaso, beats Alegría 16-11 in a exciting final

La Dolfina defeated Alegría 16-11 at the Argentine Open final to take the Triple Crown of the high-performance season after also winning the Hurlingham and Tortugas Opens. Adolfo Cambiaso, who scored nine goals, was the man of the match.

In an exciting encounter, La Dolfina Hope Funds downed Alegria Sancor Seguros 16-11 to gain the 120th HSBC Argentine Open and get the Triple Crown, yesterday in a sunny and hot afternoon at Palermo field known as “The Cathedral”.

It was the 10th Argentine Open title for Adolfo Cambiaso, who equalizes Gonzalo Pieres. It also was his second Triple Crown alongside Pablo Mac Donough and Juan Martín Nero (who was replaced by Sebastián Merlos from the start due to injury). All of them took the prize playing for different teams: Ellestina and La Dolfina.

It was a good match, with both squads showing great field plays, and superb goals up to the end of the fourth period but doing things nervously and sometimes erratic in the second half.

The first three chukkers were rare as La Dolfina started playing better than Alegría and managed to take a four-goals lead in the fourth minute of the second (5-1). Then it seemed that Cambiaso’s foursome would gain the match easily. Far from it, their rivals reacted and with an unstoppable Pablo Pieres, who scored five goals in a row to put Alegría 6-5 ahead for the first time. Otherwise, its lead did not last long as Pablo Mac Donough netted for the winners to tie 6-6 after the final bell of the third period.

The fourth was exciting, with both squads going goal-to-goal and giving the best of themselves. Up to that moment, Alegría was playing speedy, ordered and simple, with a great task by Mannix, helped by the “gladiators” Ulloa and Monteverde in the midfield who tied their markings and did not let their rivals show their skills with the ball.

After that exciting first half of the game which finished 8-8, the fifth and sixth chukkers were messy as a result of the many fouls (13 in total) which cut the action. Both squads fell off and the result was a poor performance in the scorer: just four goals, with three of them for La Dolfina who, from that moment, started to play better than their opponents and enhanced progressively their lead.

In the last two periods Alegría’s horses seemed to decrease their performance and thus their players committed some fouls which allowed La Dolfina to score “cheap” goals to reach a deserved victory. Nevertheless the final result did not reflect the match as the difference in the scorer was wider than the Champions’ merits.

Cambiaso was the man of the match and top scorer with Pablo Pieres with nine goals. Pieres was also the tournament top scorer, too.

Teams, goals in brackets and chukker scores:

La Dolfna (16): Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (9-7 goals), David Stirling Jr. 9 (3), Pablo Mac Donough 9 (4), Sebastián Merlos 9.-38

Alegría (11) : Pablo Pieres 8 (9 2 pen- 1 corner), Hilario Ulloa 9 (2), Lucas Monteverde Jr. 9 , Frederick Mannix Jr. 8.- 34.

Chukker scores: La Dolfina 2-1,5-3,6-6,8-8,10-9,11-9,13-10,16-11.

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