Reigning champions, La Dolfina, are through the championship match of the 130th. Hurlingham Open for the Ayshire Cup, following their 11-7 win over Ellerstina (who had Brazilian Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade subbing in for Bautista Bayugar), in the semifinal match that took place on Saturday September 30, at Palermo. La Dolfina dominated the first half of the game, and managed to take an impressive five goal lead (8-3) in the fourth chukka. However, Ellerstina managed to bounce back in a very well played fifth chukka to remain one goal behind. After a scoreless sixth chukka, Poroto Cambiaso and Juan Martín Nero produced two goals that sealed the deal and gave La Dolfina the first ticket to the final.
Previously, in the first semifinal of the Subsidiary Drysdale Cup, Cría La Dolfina beat La Irenita Clinova (with Matías Torres Zavaleta back on the saddle) by a 11-9 score, in a very tight and balanced match. In the fifth chukka, the Cañuelas-based team took off, but La Irenita Clinova never gave up, until they managed to close the gap to just one goal (8-9) in the sixth chukka. However, luck was on Cría La Dolfina’s side, and led by a remarkable performance by Tomás Panelo, they claimed the win and the first spot in the final, that will be played on Thursday October 5, in Pilar.
130° HURLINGHAM OPEN – SEMIFINALS DAY #1 – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30
MATCH ONE #1 – SEMIFINAL SUBSIDIARY DRYSDALE CUP
CRIA LA DOLFINA 11-9 LA IRENITA CLINOVA
Cría La Dolfina: Guillermo Terrera 9, Tomás Panelo 9 (4 goals), Diego Cavanagh 8 (4, three penalties and one corner), Alejo Taranco 9 (2). Total: 35.
La Irenita Clinova: Facundo Fernández Llorente 8 (1 goal), Tomás Fernández Llorente Jr. 8 (6, one penalty), Matías Torres Zavaleta 8 (1 corner),Isidro Strada 8 (1 corner). Total: 32.
Score Cría La Dolfina: 1-0, 2-2, 4-4, 5-5, 8-5, 9-8, 11-9.
Umpires: Gonzalo López Vargas & Rafael Silva. Third man: Hernán Tasso.
MATCH#2 – SEMIFINAL HURLINGHAM OPEN FOR THE AYSHIRE CUP
LA DOLFINA SAUDI 11-7 ELLERSTINA
La Dolfina Saudi: Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (4 goals), David Stirling 10, Adolfo Cambiaso Jr. 10 (6, four penalties, one corner), Juan Martín Nero 10 (1). Total: 40.
Ellerstina: Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 9 (3, one penalty), Nicolás Pieres 9, Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade 8 (1), Ignatius du Plessis 9 (3, one penalty). Total: 35.
Score La Dolfina Saudi: 2-1, 3-2, 5-3, 8-3, 9-7, 9-7, 11-7.
Umpires: Gastón Lucero y Guillermo Villanueva, Third man: Matías Baibiene.
The remaining semifinals will take place on Sunday October 1, with the following order of play:
SEMIFINAL SUBSIDIARY DRYSDALE CUP (AAP HEADQUARTERS, PILAR)
11am: La Hache Cría & Polo vs. La Ensenada (Lukin Monteverde will sub in for La Hache Cría & Polo’s Tito Ruiz Guiñazu)
SEMIFINAL #2, 130° HURLINGHAM OPEN FOR THE AYSHIRE CUP (PALERMO)
4,30pm: La Natividad vs. La Hache
The final of the 130th. Hurlingham Open is due on Saturday October 7
Cover photo by Matias Callejo, Prensa AAP.