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Tue 9th Oct 2018

La Dolfina Secure First 2018 Title

The Tortugas Open Final

La Dolfina Sancor Seguros have secured their first title of the 2018 Triple Crown in Argentina. For the eighth year running, the 40 goal team came up against the 40 goal Ellerstina on Sunday 7 October at The Tortugas Country Club. La Dolfina started with a bang leading 3-0 in the first chukka and at half-time they still held the lead 5-4 against their Pieres rivals. Ellerstina inched back throughout and came back very strongly in the sixth chukka and beginning of the seventh. After a lot of back and forth play between the sides, with the ponies pushed to their limits and a goal difference of only two, David ‘Pelón’ Stirling scored the winning goal, securing an 11-9 win for the 2017 Argentine Open winning team to a cheer from the assembled crowd. Stirling was awarded the Most Valuable Player honours as the match’s top scorer, scoring five out of the 11 La Dolfina goals. Coincidentally, the match also fell on the AAP Chairman’s Eduardo Novillo Astrada’s birthday, to whom we wish a belated Happy Birthday!
The Tortugas Open Final Teams:
La Dolfina Sancor Seguros (40): Adolfo Cambiaso (10), David ‘Pelón’ Stirling (10), Pablo MacDonough (10) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Ellerstina (40): Polito Pieres (10), Gonzalito Pieres (10), Nico Pieres (10) & Facundo Pieres (10)
 
Photograph: La Dolfina Sancor Seguros secured the first tournament in the 2018 Triple Crown Series, The Tortugas Open. By Helen Cruden Photography

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