THE DERBY ONE MORE TIME: ELLERSTINA TO FACE LA DOLFINA IN THE FINAL

By The Major

A close match with Alegria showing intent leading 3-1 in the first and 6-5 in the fourth before Ellerstina levelled 6-6 by halftime. Ellerstina were not “clicking” as usual and missing shots. Alegria pushed hard, they won 11 throw ins to Ellerstina’s 6 in the first half and forced Ellerstina out of their comfort zone.

The second half started off in the same vein with Alegria getting ahead to 9-7 in the fifth. Ellerstina played catch up and edged ahead 10-9 in the sixth and held Alegria scoreless in the seventh, 13-9. The last chukka was even and after a tough match Ellerstina make another final with a 15-11 win. They will have to play better than they did in this match to stand a chance against La Dolfina.

Ellerstina Johor: Facundo Pieres 10 (6 goals, 2 penalties and 1 corner), Pablo Pieres 10 (8), Gonzalo Pieres (h) 10 (1), Nicolás Pieres 9. Total: 39.

Alegría Assist Card: Guillermo Caset (h) 10 (2, 1 penalty), Hilario Ulloa 10 (7, 2 penalties), Lucas Monteverde (h) 9 (1), Frederick Mannix (h) 8 (1). Total: 37.
BPP: Open Z Jones, played by Gonzalo Pieres.

Score Ellerstina Johor: 1-2, 4-3, 5-5, 6-6, 7-9, 10-9, 13-9, 15-11.

Umpires: Daniel Boudou and Gastón Dorignac (h). Third man: Juan José Díaz Alberdi.