La Dolfina down PilarÃ¡-Piaget at Palermo
By Herbert Spencer
La Dolfina Peugeot dominated PilarÃ¡-Piaget 17-11 in the 117th Argentine Open Championship Saturday, with 10-goal superstar Adolfo Cambiaso scoring more than half his teamâ€™s goals on penalty conversions in Argentinaâ€™s national stadium at Palermo.
This puts reigning champions La Dolfina in the finals of the worldâ€™s highest-rated tournament for the sixth consecutive year.
La Dolfina, a 39-goal team, showed their superior player and pony power early on, taking a 3-0 lead over 33-goal PilarÃ¡-Piaget in the first chukka and increasing it to 9-1 in the second. By halftime, having held their opponents scoreless in the fourth period, Cambiasoâ€™s side were ahead 13-4.
To their credit, PilarÃ¡-Piagetâ€™s defense managed to deny La Dolfina any heavy scoring from the field. Of the 12 goals Cambiaso scored, 9 came from penalty shots and another from a corner. Frustration over penalties showed as 9-goaler Sebastian Merlos of PilarÃ¡-Piaget received two yellow cards.
PilarÃ¡-Piaget fought back valiantly in the second half and surprisingly held La Dolfina scoreless in the sixth and eighth periods. But they were simply outclassed in the end, with La Dolfina holding their lead to finish the match six goals up.
In the abierto final on 11 December, La Dolfina will face the winner of this Sundayâ€™s match between 2009 finalists Ellerstina and La Aguada, who have unluckily lost 9-goaler Javier Novillo Astrada to an ankle injury.