Palermo Open: La Dolfina beats Ellerstina and reaches the final for the 17th consecutive year

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The Dauphin celebrated in style this Sunday in Palermo. They won 15-14, in an extra chukker, against ellerstinain the closure of Zone B of the Argentine Open Championship, and entered the final of the world’s top polo tournament for the 17th consecutive year. With another impressive performance by bean change, scorer of 13 goals (8 penalties), Cañuelas’ team (39 PIR goals) defeated their classic rival (38), extending their dominance in the record between them (34-17). And next Friday he will go for his 15th title against the nativity (39), in which it will be a re-edition of last year’s definition.

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It will be a final with a special and familiar flavour. Because on the one hand there will be the changeAdolfo e beanone of the great sensations of Triple crownchampions this year hurlingham. And on the other, the ChestnutBartolomé and Camilo, other talented young people who have come to revolutionize the national pole, grandchildren of the leader of La Dolfina, winners in turtles and reigning champions.

La Dolfina arrived at this Sunday’s clash with the best position of her rival. It came from thrashing the previous date Irene II and if they won (regardless of the score), they advanced to the final. Ellerstina, on the other hand, had to prevail with a three-goal difference and score at least seven goals to be finalist (if they did so with two goals or less and with six goals in favor, at most, they would give the classification to The Dauphine IIwho surprised him in the previous game).

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But the Cambiaso group, David Stirling (who returned after missing the previous game through injury) e Juan Martin Nero did not give a chance to Pierres. After the first chukker ended in a draw -La Dolfina went ahead 2-0, with two penalties from Cambiaso Jr. and Ellerstina equalized, with a goal from Facundo and another from Nicolás-, those of Cañuelas started to play better, above all because Poroto, one day after his 17th birthday, was once again intractable.

General Rodríguez’s team, the same, didn’t let their opponent slip away on the scoreboard: the biggest gap was four goals and occurred at the end of the fourth (11-7) and fifth chukkas (12- 8), of the hand of a Facundo Pieres who had a great afternoon and reached an historic milestone.

The “1” of the Zeta he scored eight goals (eight from a penalty) and reached 600 conquests in Palermo, becoming the third top scorer in the tournament’s history (he improved his tally to 591 from bautista heguy and remained alone behind Adolfo Cambiaso and the Eduardo Heguy).

La Dolfina led 14-11 going into the eighth period, but failed to score in that chukker. And Ellerstina, with Ilario UlloaFacundo and Gonzalo Pierestied the score and forced overtime.

The classification of Cañuelas’ players was a fact – at that point the winner was the one who scored the golden goal and a victory for one was not enough for Pieres – but that goal was missing to make the victory official. And it came, how could it be otherwise, from the taco’s beanwho scored a 30-yard penalty and made it 15-14.

Friday, in the definition of Zone A (which was brought forward by one day so that it did not coincide with Argentina’s second presentation in Qatar World Cup), the nativity (39) had also outnumbered 15 to 14 at the irenian (36), in a very tough and vibrant game, defined in the last chukker.

Source: Clarin

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