LA DOLFINA MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW

17 01 2008

LA DOLFINA - PALERMO 2007

Three years with the same team. Three years as winners of the Argentine Open. La Dolfina, with Adolfo Cambiaso, Lolo Castagnola, Lucas Monteverde and Mariano Aguerre aboard, is rapidly becoming one of the best teams in the history of the game. They met Ellerstina in the final of 114th Open, who had just come from winning at Tortugas and Hurlingham and was naturally after Triple Crown. The team with the Pieres brothers, Facundo and Gonzalo, and the McDonoughs, Matías and Pablo, were itching to make history, too, and will probably do so in the future, but this time they came across the experience of a veteran competitor whom very few dare to outclass. It took a lot of hard work for La Dolfina to beat the Z team, but an extra chukker saw Lucas Monteverde put in the golden goal: 16-15 to Cambiaso’s men. And the big crowd went wild on the stands at the Cathedral of Polo. And at the palenques, another number 10, Diego Armando Maradona, celebrated La Dolfina’s victory in the Open, too.

With this win, La Dolfina put an end to an almost perfect tournament. They won all their matches and showed their superiority at all times, except in the final, where they ran into another team that was on a very positive roll. One of them would have to fall and it was Ellerstina’s turn. Capricious destiny, luck, they played better, excitement fit for a coronary, Maradona, Nalbandian… The 114th Argentine Open had it all. But it had to happen, as it has over the last three editions. This time the hero was Lucas Monteverde, who at two minutes and change from the start of the defining chukker slammed the winning goal in from a pass by Bartolomé Castagnola. La Dolfina had been ahead until the sixth, with the scoreboard going so far as 13 to 8. When it looked like it was all over, Ellerstina pulled their socks up and managed to equal out at the end of the seventh. With Maradona and Nalbandian at La Dolfina’s palenque, and over 18,000 people watching, the Palermo grounds were boiling. Nobody could believe it: another final full of surprises, a lot of adrenalin and it was all or nothing.

Destiny ordered that the title belonged once again to La Dolfina, their third consecutive one, and that the Pieres and McDonough brothers should go away empty handed. Gonzalito Pieres had the chance in a second, but he preferred not to hit to goal, keeping the ball that La Dolfina was not about allow – and off they wet to celebrate at Cañuelas. This 2007 edition had the winners playing excellent team work, with Mariano Aguerre standing out in the two most important matches. La Dolfina will surely become a 40-goal team soon.

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