History made in Palermo as undefeated La Dolfina just hold off rivals Ellertstina in Argentine season finale.
Forty years after the great Colonel Suarez quartet won back-to-back Triple Crowns, La Dolfina lifted the gloom in Palermo on Saturday to claim an unprecedented triple and create history on the final day of the Argentine season.
After wins against Ellerstina at the Tortugas and Hurlingham Opens, La Dolfina, led again by the peerless Adolfo Cambiaso, overcame their rivals 13-12 in a rain-affected but thrilling Argentine Open final.
Undefeated for three years and 35 matches, La Dolfina will go into the record books following another superb undefeated season, marshaled expertly by Cambiaso.
The 40-year-old notched another six goals in the final and was once again involved in a battle royale with Ellerstina’s Facundo Pieres, who also scored six.
The final went down to the wire. Ellerstina fought all the way as a packed Palermo crowd remained riveted.
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The quartet, triple crown winners in 2012 until La Dolfina turned the tables, scored in the eighth and final chukka to make it 12-11 and land within one goal of a potential overtime showdown.
But La Dolfina scored again before Ellerstina forced the initiative with 90 seconds left. However time ran out as emotions immediately got the better of the La Dolfina camp.
Victory meant La Dolfina had secured the last nine of 12 Argentine Open finals. For Cambiaso, it was his 12th win since mustering his first back in 2000.
Cambiaso will no doubt contemplate whether he can now sustain the physical exertions needed to combat another season at the top level.
After this history-making triple, he would leave the sport on a high. No one would deny him that.
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First Open: 1992
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First Open: 2002
First Open: 2009
JUAN MARTIN NERO
First Open: 2004