Ellerstina defeated La Dolfina, 12-10 in the Final of 2012 Argentine Open in a dramatic match on Saturday 8 December.
Pablo MacDonough opened the scoring for the match for La Dolfina early in the first chukka. Gonzalito Pieres scored to tie it up at 1-1. Three minutes later, Nico Pieres put Ellerstina ahead, 2-1, to end the first chukka. Facundo Pieres scored the first goal of the second chukka, giving Ellerstina a 3-1 advantage, but La Dolfina stormed back. Ellerstina fouls allowed Adolfo Cambiaso to convert a pair of 30 yard penalty shots to tie it up at 3-3. Gonzalito Pieres’s second goal of the game had Ellerstina back on top, 4-3. A foul in the Ellerstina goal mouth gave Cambiaso a short penalty shot for a goal and the chukka ended 4-4.
Goals were hard to come by in the third chukka. Adolfo Cambiaso put La Dolfina up 5-4 on a 40-yard penalty conversion. Facundo Pieres followed up Nico Pieres and tied it up on a goal from the field. At the end of three periods of play it was all even at 5-5.
FIRST SEMI FINAL – La Dolfina beat Pilara Piaget in the first Semi Final of the Argentine Open, Saturday 1st December 2012.
The much anticipated Argentine Open Semi Final between Piaget Pilara and La Dolfina on the Number 1 field at Palermo kicked off on Saturday 1st December with La Dolfina scoring early and taking the first lead of the game. At the end of the opening chukka Pilara Piaget trailed by a single goal, 2-1.
Three unanswered goals by La Dolfina in the second chukka left Pilara Piaget trailing 5-1 after the second period. After three chukkas, La Dolfina lead a despondent Pilar Piaget team, 8-2. A persistent Pilara Piaget regrouped for the fourth chukka, outscoring La Dolfina for the first time, 3-1, and cutting the lead to four goals, 9-5 to end the first four chukkas of play.
Defending champions Ellerstina clinched victory in a nail-biting Tortugas Open Final in Argentina yesterday (25 October 2012). The 38-goal team of Nico Pieres, Mariano Aguerre, Gonzalito Pieres and Facundo Pieres defeated La Dolfina 12-11 in a closely fought match, to retain their Tortugas Open title. The 40-goal La Dolfina team of Adolfo Cambiaso, David “Pelon” Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martin Nero were always chasing Ellerstina throughout the match, but five goals by Facundo Pieres, who was named most valuable player, and strong defensive teamwork secured Ellerstina the historic win.
This win is the sixth consecutive Tortugas Open victory in a row for Ellerstina, and the first leg of the Triple Crown of Polo 2012. The opening chukkas of Thursday afternoon’s Tortugas Open Final were hard fought with La Dolfina taking a 1-0 lead after the opening chukka and Ellerstina tying it up at 1-1 to end the second.
La Dolfina and Ellerstina were playing out the additional 30 seconds in the last chukker of the Final of the Tortugas Open in Argentina on Saturday 15 October 2011. La Dolfina, who led throughout the match, missed a big chance to seal what could have been their first title in the opening competition of the Triple Crown in Argentina, when Adolfo Cambiaso failed to convert a 60-yard penalty, with less than a minute to go on the clock.
In a dramatic final chukker, Facundo Pieres scored two goals that allowed Ellerstina to tie at 13-13, after being outscored by La Dolfina during the whole game. But with only two seconds left on the clock and with everyone expecting extra time, Gonzalo Pieres Jr took the ball and scored the goal that meant not only a 14-13 win over La Dolfina, but also Ellerstina’s fifth consecutive title in the Tortugas Open.
Ellerstina have now won a total of six Tortugas Open Finals, with five of them consecutively (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). This win also keeps Ellerstina’s hopes alive of completely a back-to-back Triple Crown victory as they now prepare for the second leg of the title – the Hurlingham Open, from October 18 – November 6, 2011.
Ellerstina defeated La Dolfina 14-13 in the 117th Argentine Open Final on Sunday 12th December 2010, and thereby completed the final leg of the coveted Triple Crown in Argentina. Ellerstina won the Final in dramatic style, which was delayed a day after just one chukka due to heavy rain with Ellerstina holding an overnight lead of 2-1. Ellerstina’s Juan Martin Nero was named MVP.
The Triple Crown, 2010
The Argentine Open is the third tournament of the Triple Crown in Argentina, which was concluded on Sunday 12 December 2010 in Palermo.
Tournament: Tortugas Open, Argentina
Club: Tortugas CC
Date: September 28 – October 16, 2010
Tournament: Hurlingham Open
Club: Hurlingham Club
Date: October 19 – November 6, 2010
Tournament: 117th Argentine Open, Argentina
Date: November 20 – December 11, 2010