The semifinals of the Tortugas Open Championship took place on Thursday at Tortugas Country Club. In the first match of the day, La Dolfina beat La Dolfina Polo Ranch by 18 goals to 9. La Dolfina has therefore secured a place in the final and will be looking for its sixth consecutive title in Tortugas. Up next, Ellerstina came out with guns blazing to beat Las Monjitas 15-10.
This will be the eighth consecutive Tortugas final between La Dolfina and Ellerstina, and the second ever final to be played between two 40-goal teams. The last time eight 10-goalers played a high goal final in Argentina was in 2009 in Palermo – between none other than La Dolfina and Ellerstina. Adolfo Cambiaso, Juan Martín Nero, Pablo Mac Donough, Facundo Pieres and Gonzalito Pieres also played that final.
LA DOLFINA 18-9 LA DOLFINA POLO RANCH
La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (2 goals), Pelon Stirling 10 (4), Pablo Mac Donough 10 (6), Juan Martin Nero 10 (6). Total: 40.
La Dolfina Polo Ranch: Diego Cavanagh 8 (1 goal), Guillermo Terrera 8 (5), Alejo Taranco 8 (2), Nachi Du Plessis 8 (1). Total: 32.
Score La Dolfina: 0-2, 2-2, 8-2, 10-5, 13-5, 15-7, 18-9
Umpires: Rafael Silva and Gastón Lucero.
Referee: Juanjo Araya.
ELLERSTINA 15-10 LAS MONJITAS
Ellerstina: Polito Pieres 10 (2 goals), Gonzalo Pieres 10 (7), Nicolás Pieres 10 (1), Facundo Pieres 10 (5). Total: 40.
Las Monjitas: Facundo Sola 9 (2 goals), Hilario Ulloa 10 (3), Sapo Caset 10 (4), Julian de Lusarreta 7 (1). Total: 36.
Score Ellerstina: 1-1, 3-2, 7-3, 9-4, 10-8, 13-9, 15-10.
Umpires: Guillermo Villanueva and José Araya.
Referee: Nicolás Scortichini.
The Tortugas Open Championship will continue as follows:
TORTUGAS – HANDICAP
SEMIFINALS, SATURDAY 6/10:
2pm: La Albertina Abu Dhabi vs. Cría Yatay
4pm: La Aguada vs. Alegría-La Irenita
The final between La Dolfina and Ellerstina will take place next Sunday.
Zona B of the qualification tournament for Hurlingham and Palermo will come to an end on Friday at AAP Pilar, with the match between La Esquina Los Machitos and La Ensenada. The winner will qualify to compete in the two most important tournaments in the world. Zone A will conclude on Saturday, also in Pilar.
Schedule of play:
QUALIFICATION – ZONE B
3pm: La Esquina Los Machitos vs La Ensenada
QUALIFICATION – ZONE A
11am: Alegría (2-0) vs La Cañada (1-1)
11am: Pilará EN (1-1) vs Puesto Viejo