La Dofina and PilarÃ¡-Piaget victorious at Palermo
By Herbert Spencer
Adolfo Cambiasoâ€™s La Dolfina Peugeot and PilarÃ¡-Piaget won decisive matches in Zone A of the 117th Argentine Open Championship at Palermo Saturday, with the latter now topping their section in goal differences, 16 to La Dolfinaâ€™s 9.
La Dolfina defeated Chapo Uno Hope Funds 16-13 in a relatively close match that hardly reflected the handicap difference in the two teams. La Dolfina, the reigning champions, are a 39-goal team whereas Chapo Uno is rated only 35. As they have done more than once in this yearâ€™s Triple Crown series, La Dolfina left it late to consolidate their victory.
The match was tied 2-2 at the end of the first period, then La Dolfina took the lead and kept a couple of goals ahead until the sixth period when Chapa Uno equalised to even up the game again 11-11. La Dolfina decisively outscored their opponents in the last three chukkas to win.
Yet again it was 10-goaler Cambiaso who led his team to victory, scoring 10 of La Dofinaâ€™s 16 goals. Thus far he leads all the abierto players in goals scored, 24 to his nearest rival, Augustin Merlos (PilarÃ¡-Piaget) with 20.
In the dayâ€™s first match, 33-goal PilarÃ¡-Piaget trailed for the first three chukkas before drawing even with 30-goal Sao JosÃ© Audi, 7-7, at half time. PilarÃ¡-Piaget took the lead in the fifth period and went on to increase their advantage to win 18-12. Nine-goaler Augustin Merlos was high scorer for the victors, tallying 11 goals.