Ellerstina claimed a 12-8 win over La Ensenada por 12 a 8 and earned the first ticket to the final of the Tortugas Open, the first competition of the prestigious Argentine Triple Crown, that sees eight teams up to 39 goals, compete. The first semifinal took place at Tortugas Country Club on Saturday October 9.
La Ensenada got off to a better start, and took an early 2-0 lead in the first chukka. However, title holders Ellerstina, who had Matías Torres Zavaleta subbing in for the injured Hilario Ulloa, bounced back quickly. They outscored La Ensenada 3-0 in the second chukka, and from then onwards, Ellerstina displayed a powerful performance and seized the reins to dominate their young opponents, mostly through their ace of spades, Facundo Pieres, who produced eight goals and was very accurate on penalty conversions. As the seventh and last chukka remained scoreless, the final 12-8 score was sealed in the sixth chukka.
As a result, Ellerstina will be playing their third consecutive Tortugas Open final, and will aim to defend the titles they won in 2019 and 2020.
Previamente, y en la primera semifinal por la Copa Subsidiaria Sarmiento (jugada por handicap), La Natividad se impuso a Alegría por 18 a 13. Previously, in the first semifinal for the Subsidiary Sarmiento Cup (played on handicap), La Natividad defeated Alegria 18-13.
- TORTUGAS OPEN – SEMIFINAL EMILIO DE ANCHORENA CUP #1, SATURDAY OCTOBER 9
ELLERSTINA 12-8 LA ENSENADA
Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres 10 (8 goals, 6 penalties), Matías Torres Zavaleta 8 (2), Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 9 (1), Nicolás Pieres 10 (1). Total: 37.
La Ensenada: Juan Britos 9 (6, 3 penalties), Alfredo Bigatti 8 (1), Juan Martín Zubía 8 (1 penalty), Jerónimo del Carril 8. Total: 33.
Score Ellerstina 0-2, 3-2, 6-4, 10-5, 11-5, 12-8, 12-8.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Gonzalo López Vargas.
Third Mane: Martín Pascual.
- TORTUGAS OPEN – SEMIFINAL SUBSIDIARY SARMIENTO CUP #1, SATURDAY OCTOBER 9
La Natividad: Camilo Castagnola 9 (5 goals, 2 penalties), Pablo Pieres 9 (6, 1 penalty), Bartolomé Castagnola Jr. 9 (5), Ignatius du Plessis 9 (2). Total: 36.
Alegría: Agustín Merlos 7 (3 three penalties), Pedro Zacharías 7 (1), Tomás García del Río 7, Fred Mannix 7. Total: 28.
Score La Natividad: (0-9) 1-9, 5-9, 8-10, 11-10, 14-11, 16-12, 18-13.
Umpires: Federico Martelli & Martín Aguerre.
Third Man: Esteban Ferrari.
The two last semifinal games are due on Sunday October 10, with the following order of play:
- 11am – Subsidiary Sarmiento Cup #2
La Dolfina Brava.: Guillermo Terrera 9, Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. 8, Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade 8, Alejo Taranco 8. Total: 33.
La Irenita: Santiago Loza 8, Segundo Bocchino 7, Ignacio Toccalino 8, Isidro Strada 8. Total: 31.
Umpires: Martín Pascual & Gonzalo López Vargas.
Third Man: Esteban Ferrari.
- 1,30pm: Semifinal Tortugas Open Emilio de Anchorena Cup #2
RS Murus Sanctus: Guillermo Caset 10, Cristian Laprida 8, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 38.
La Dolfina Saudi: Adolfo Cambiaso 10, Francisco Elizalde 9, David Stirling 10, Diego Cavanagh 9. Total: 38.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero & Guillermo Villanueva
Third Man: Martín Aguerre.
The Tortugas Open final is due to be played on Saturday, October 16.