Hurlingham Open 2010 – Day 4

La Dolfina loses Monteverde to yellow cards 

By Herbert Spencer

Adolfo Cambiaso’s La Dolfina Peugeot came from behind to beat Indios Chapaleufú II Cardon 15-13 in the Hurlingham Open Sunday, but in the process lost one of its star players to yellow cards.

La Dolfina’s 10-goaler Lucas Monteverde fell victim to the new Argentine directive on zero-tolerance of players challenging umpires’ calls. It may have been a sign of La Dolfina’s desperation in the match that he received two yellow cards for talking back to officials, which means he cannot play in the team’s crucial match against La Aguada BMW next Sunday.  Monteverde is likely to be replaced by 8-goaler Guillermo “Sapo” Caset, reducing La Dolfina’s handicap to 37.

Indios Chapaleufú II had their own drama before the match when 9-goaler Eduardo Heguy was sidelined with pneumonia. He was replaced by South African 6-goaler Ignus du Plessis, reducing the team to 31 goals against La Dolfina’s 39. Despite that substitution, the team led La Dolfina throughout the first half, ending the fourth chukka 8-7 in front.

Cambiaso’s squad, however, held their opponents scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth periods to end the fifth chukka with a 10-8 advantage and then kept the lead. La Dofina failed to score in the eighth period, but came out on top at the final bell.  

Meanwhile, the Novillo-Astradas’ La Aguada beat Alegría Air France 19-14 In the day’s first match at the Hurlingham Club. Javier Novillo-Astrada was high scorer in the match with 10 goals.