Defending champion La Dolfina did what they have done so many times before in Argentine Triple Crown tournaments, dashing a strong effort by archrival Ellerstina with a 18-12 victory in the final of the 2016 Tortugas Open at Tortugas Country Club on Sunday.
As usual, Adolfo Cambiaso stole the show in just about every way one can. High-scorer of the day with 11 goals, he was named MVP of the final, and one of his Cuartetera clones, “Cuartetera 06,” was Best-Playing Pony.
Facundo Pieres challenged Cambiaso’s dominance at every turn, almost matching The Master in scoring with 10 goals total. Ellerstina held their own through the fourth chukka, trailing by only one goal (11-10) at the top of the fifth. From there on, however, La Dolfina was a storm that couldn’t be stopped. They held Ellerstina scoreless in the sixth chukka and forged ahead to take the victory with a decisive six-goal spread.