La Dolfina to defend 2012 Hurlingham Open title
By Alex Webbe
La Dolfina (Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martín
Nero) earned the right to defend their 2012 Hurlingham Open title Friday afternoon by
defeating La Aguada (Guillermo Terrera, Facundo Sola, Miguel Novillo Astrada, and
Nachi Du Plessis) 18-15 in a game that was closer than one might have thought.
La Aguada surprised the 39-goal La Dolfina lineup in the opening chukker by jumping
out to a 3-1 lead.
La Dolfina responded with three unanswered goals in the second chukker to move in
The two teams exchanged goals in the third chukker as both La Aguada and La Dolfina
scored twice. La Dolfina continued to hold the lead by a narrow one goal margin, 6-5.
Adolfo Cambiaso and Company flexed their muscles in the fourth period as they scored
five times while holding La Aguada scoreless. At the end of the first half of play, La
Dolfina was in front by six goals, 11-5.
La Dolfina extended their lead to seven goals in the fifth, outscoring La Aguada 2-1.
With three chukkers left in regulation lay, La Dolfina was on top, 13-6.
La Dolfina let their guard down in the sixth, and La Aguada made them pay for it. La
Aguada scored three times while holding the defending champions scoreless. The lead
had been cut to four goals, 13-9.
La Aguada cut the lead to just two goals in the seventh, outscoring La Dolfina, 3-1.
With just seven minutes left in the match, La Dolfina looked vulnerable with the 14-12
The two teams battled it out in the final chukker of the match La Dolfina scored four
times while La Aguada added three to their total. As the final bell sounded a relieved La
Dolfina foursome celebrated the 18-15 win.
Adolfo Cambiaso scored six of his team high eleven goals from the field. Teammates
Pelon Stirling and Pablo MacDonough added three goals apiece and Juan Martin Nero
scored once in the victory. Miguel Novillo Astrada scored ten of his 11 goals on penalty
conversions. Nachi Du Plessis (replacing the injured Nacho Novillo Astrada) added two
goals with Facundo Sola and Guillermo Terrera adding single goals in a losing effort.
La Dolfina will wait for the outcome of Saturday’s second semifinal with Ellerstina
(Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Mariano Aguerre and Paco de Narvaez) facing La
Natividad (Sapo Caset, Nachi Heguy, Rodrigo Andrade and Lolo Castagnola) to find out
who they will face in the November 2nd
ALEGRIA 16, CHAPALEUFÚ 14
In their final tune-up match before the Argentine Open begins, Alegria beat Chapaleufú
16-14 in a match that was much closer than it appears.
Alegria led 3-2 after the first chukker but was all even at 4-4 after the second.
Alegria took a narrow 6-5 lead in the third before running out to a more comfortable 9-6
Chapaleufú cut the Alegria lead to two goals, 11-9, in the fifth (with 6-goaler Julián de
Lusarreta filling in for the injured Bautista Heguy) and 11-10 after six chukkers of play
as Alegria had trouble shaking the Heguy laden lineup.
The Alegria lead grew to three goals after the seventh, 15-12, but settled down to just
two goals, 16-14 at the end of the match.
Diego Cavanagh led the Alegria attack with seven goals (two on penalty conversions).
Lucas Monteverde scored four times with Hilario Ulloa adding three goals and Freddie
Mannix scoring twice (one on a penalty shot). Eduardo Heguy scored all eight of his
goals on penalty shots. Bautista Heguy scored five times (twice on penalties) before
leaving the game in the fifth and Julián de Lusarreta scored once in the loss.