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Argentine Open Championship: Day 9
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Argentine Open Championship: Day 9

La Dolfina to play another final; La Albertina Abu Dhabi qualify for Triple Crown 2018

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017
Match report by Major Iain Forbes-Cockell

After their defeat to Alegria in the semifinals of Hurlingham, La Dolfina have had plenty of time for reflection. Their performances to date in the Argentine Open have shown that they have fully refocused.

La Dolfina tore into La Aguada, leading 3-1 (La Aguada’s goal being a 30 yard penalty) after the first chukka. La Aguada never scored again, which is not a fair reflection on their efforts. La Dolfina showed they are back on top form, playing so intuitively and with immense pony power. So many times, La Aguada’s passes and attacks were intercepted and possession returned to La Dolfina who quickly mounted counter-attacks. Having said that, La Dolfina’s ratio of shots at goal to goals scored was just below 50% (11 goals from 23 shots).

Despite this, with their 14-1 win, they are the first to qualify for this year’s final having and on this form will be the punters choice to retain the title.

LA ALBERTINA ABU DHABI 20-11 LA IRENITA
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: Francisco Elizalde 8 (4 goals), Cubi Toccalino 8 (4), Santiago Toccalino 8 (2) (Injured, replaced at the fifth chukker by Flaco García Grossi 7 -2-), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci 8 (8, 6 de penal). Total: 32.
La Irenita: Tito Ruiz Guiñazú 8, Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (1), Clemente Zavaleta 7 (2), Temy Willington 7 (8, 6 penalties). Total: 30.
Score La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 0-3, 5-3, 7-5, 8-6, 11-9, 14-10, 17-10, 20-11.
Best Polo Argentino of the match: Aguada Moonrise, played by Cubi Toccalino.
Nominees by the AACCP: Irenita Cerveza (played by Temy Willington) and Borren La Pradera (played by Cubi Toccalino).
Umpires: Federico Martelli and Daniel Boudou.              
Third man: Esteban Ferrari.
Statistics:
FOULS: 
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 13. La Irenita: 11.
SHOTS AT GOAL:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 14/17. La Irenita: 5/10.
THROW-INS:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 13. La Irenita: 21.
CORNERS:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 0. La Irenita: 0.
PENALTIES:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: 6/7. La Irenita: 6/6.

LA DOLFINA 14-1 LA AGUADA LAS MONJITAS
La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (4, 2 penalties), Pelon Stirling 10 (6), Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Nero (4, 1 penalty). Total: 40.
La Aguada Las Monjitas: Negro Novillo Astrada 8 (1 penalty), Alfredo Bigatti 7, Miguel Novillo Astrada 8, Nacho Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 31.
Score La Dolfina: 3-1, 5-1, 7-1, 8-1, 10-1, 11-1, 14-1, 14-1.
Best Polo Argentino of the match: Cuartetera Clone 05. Played by Adolfo Cambiaso.
Nominees by the AACCP: Anay Sur Diabla (Played by Juan Martín Nero) and Cuartetera Clone 09 (Played by Adolfo Cambiaso).
Umpires: Martín Aguerre and Gastón Dorignac (h).     
Third man: Martín Goti.
Statistics:
FOULS: 
La Dolfina: 5. La Aguada Las Monjitas: 10.
SHOTS AT GOAL:
La Dolfina: 11/23. La Aguada Las Monjitas: 0/4.
THROW-INS:
La Dolfina: 13. La Aguada Las Monjitas: 6.
CORNERS:
La Dolfina: 0. La Aguada Las Monjitas: 0.
PENALTIES:
La Dolfina: 3/5. La Aguada Las Monjitas: 1/2.

The Argentine Open Championship will resume on Sunday:
2pm, at Field 2: Cría Yatay vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch	 
4:30pm, at Field 1: Ellerstina vs Alegría

Picture Galleries:
La Albertina Abu Dhabi vs La Irenita
La Dolfina vs La Aguada Las Monjitas

SUMMARIES BY ESPN:
LA ALBERTINA ABU DHABI 20-11 LA IRENITA


LA DOLFINA 14-1 LA AGUADA LAS MONJITAS