La Dolfina pummels Washington in 2nd leg debut

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ARGENTINE TRIPLE CROWN: 122° ABIERTO DE HURLINGHAM (2015) – DAY ONE
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La Dolfina – 22

Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David Stirling Jr. (10),
Pablo Mac Donough (10), Juan Martin Nero (10)

Washington – 12

Diego Cavanagh (8), Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (7),
Facundo Sola (8), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8)


The 31-goal Washington contingent received a cold welcome to the second leg of the Argentine Triple Crown, as the defending Hurlingham Open champion, the 40-goal La Dolfina quartet pummeled them in a 22-12 victory on the fields of the Hurlingham Club Tuesday afternoon.
 
Washington matched La Dolfina goal for goal in the opening chukka, resulting in what might have been a false sense of security for the coral-shirted challengers, but the veteran teamwork of the Cañuelas four brought them back down to earth with a thud. La Dolfina scored two unanswered goals in the second period and then outscored Washington 6-2 in the next two chukkas for a commanding 11-5 halftime lead. 
 
A 3-1 fifth chukka extended the La Dolfina lead to eight goals (14-6), with Washington struggling to stay in the game. A brief rally in the fifth had them match La Dolfina’s two goals, but with just two periods left in regulation play they would need to do more than match them, a difficult task when you are playing with your back to the game. A 4-1 seventh period firmly closed the door on any thought of a late Washington rally as La Dolfina rode off the field with a towering 20-9 advantage. 
 
Giving credit to the Washington lineup, there was no quit in them in the final chukka of play. Three Washington goals, the most single chukka goals scored by them since the opening period of the game, were countered by a pair of goals from La Dolfina who cruised to the 22-12 win.
 
Adolfo Cambiaso scored four of his team’s high eight goals on penalty shots. Juan Martin Nero tallied seven goals (one on a penalty conversion); with Pablo MacDonough scoring four times and Pelon Stirling adding three goals for the win. Facundo Sola’s ten goals led all scoring, with nine of them coming on penalty shots. Diego Cavanagh and Ezequiel Ferrario added single goals for Washington in the loss.
 
 

 

La Aguada – 13

Agustín Merlos (8), Guillermo Terrera (8),
Guillermo Caset (9), Ignacio N. Astrada (9)

Las Monjitas – 12

Ignacio Toccalino (9), Sebastian Merlos (9),
Eduardo N. Astrada Jr. (9), Alejandro N. Astrada (8)


In the most competitive Hurlingham Open match of the day La Aguada snuck past Las Monjitas by a single goal, 13-12, in a real barn-burner.
 
La Aguada edged Las Monjitas 2-1 after the first chukka and managed to maintain the one goal lead through the next three of play for a narrow 8-7 halftime advantage. The Las Monjitas team got a little offensive traction in the fifth chukka, scoring three goals while holding La Aguada scoreless. It was Las Monjitas who left the field after the fifth chukka with a 10-8 edge.
 
Both teams displayed disciplined defences in the sixth chukka with La Aguada managing the only goal of the period. With two periods left in regulation play Las Monjitas found themselves defending a narrow 10-9 lead. La Aguada stepped it up in the seventh, scoring two goals to a single score from Las Monjitas. With one chukka left to play the score was even at 11-11.
 
Guillermo Terrera scored the go-ahead goal for La Aguada (12-11), in the eighth, but Ignacio Toccalino countered with a goal for Las Monjitas (12-12). With time running down on the game clock, it was Agustin Merlos with the winning goal, his eighth of the day for the 13-12 La Aguada victory. –Alex Webbe
 


The Hurlingham Club’s Open Polo Championship began in 1929 as the Senior Championship, changing its name a few years later. This competition yields only to the Argentine Open in prestige. The club claims the 2015 Championship as the 122nd. It is an unfounded claim, presumably arrived at by counting all the P.A. of the River Plate and Argentine Open Championships up to 1928 as Hurlingham’s own, plus the 1945 edition, in which year there was no Argentine Open because of political unrest in Buenos Aires.


COMPETING TEAMS


Zone A

LA DOLFINA
Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David Stirling Jr. (10),
Pablo Mac Donough (10), Juan Martin Nero (10)

LAS MONJITAS
Ignacio Toccalino (9), Sebastian Merlos (9),
Eduardo N. Astrada Jr. (9), Alejandro N. Astrada (8)

LA AGUADA
Agustín Merlos (8), Guillermo Terrera (8),
Guillermo Caset (9), Ignacio N. Astrada (9)

WASHINGTON
Diego Cavanagh (8), Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (7),
Facundo Sola (8), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8)

Zone B

ELLERSTINA
Pablo Pieres (10), Nicolas Pieres (9),
Gonzalo Pieres Jr. (10), Facundo Pieres (10)

ALEGRÍA
Cristian Laprida Jr. (8), Hilario Ulloa (9),
Lucas Monteverde (9), Fred Mannix (9)

CHAPALEUFÚ
Alberto Heguy Jr. (8), Ignacio Heguy (9),
Bautista Heguy (8), Eduardo Heguy (9)

MAGUAL
Alejandro Muzzio (8), Francisco Elizalde (7),
Marcos Di Paola (8), Santiago Toccalino (8)


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