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.
La Dolfina beat Ellerstina in the 2012 Final of Hurlingham Open in Palermo, Buenos Aires, on Sunday 11 November to retain their title from 2011.
La Dolfina started strongly scoring twice in the opening play holding Ellerstina to a single goal, 2-1. In the second chukka La Dolfina started to take control of the game scoring four unanswered goals. After two chukkas La Dolfina had stretched their lead to four goals, 5-1. The third period of play was better for Ellerstina with their attack starting to cause problems for La Dolfina, outscoring La Dolfina 3-2. By the end of the third chukka Ellerstina had managed to cut the lead to three goals, 7-4.
Ellerstina started to come back at the opposition, cutting into the La Dolfina lead by adding two more goals and limiting the La Dolfina attack to just a single goal. At the end of the first half La Dolfina held the lead, 8-6. Going into the fifth chukka, La Dolfina got its teamwork going again scoring two goals while holding Ellerstina to a single goal. The La Dolfina lead was stretched to three goals again, 10-7. Ellerstina fell behind four goals in the sixth as La Dolfina added two more goals to their total after some excellent play. Ellerstina managed to add a single goal, but were being held, 12-8.
La Dolfina and Ellerstina faced off, once again, in an Open Championship Final for the second time in one month. Following a closely fought Tortugas Open Final, where Ellerstina snatched victory away from La Dolfina with a last-second goal, the two teams were ready for a repeat match.
The first two chukkas saw both teams go head-to-head, with all eight players displaying enormously high levels of skill and class in a closely fought competition. It wasn’t until the third chukka that La Dolfina broke away following a string of goals from Adolfo Cambiaso and Pablo MacDonough.
Leading the next four chukkas, La Dolfina extended their lead to 19-14 in the final chukka, and looked certain to secure their first Open Final win of 2011. However, when Ellerstina’s, Facundo Pieres, scored four goals La Dolfina’s lead was reduced to 19-18. With only seconds remaining La Dolfina defended the ball deep in their own half following wave after wave of attacks from Ellerstina to win the match at the final bell.