La Dolfina Wins Sixth Consecutive Argentine Open Title

La Dolfina Sancor Seguros (40 goals) defeated Las Monjitas (37)  17-12 and won the sixth Argentine Open championship consecutively, after winning the 125º Argentine Open of HSBC Polo on Sunday, Dec. 16–an encounter played in the mythical field 1 of Palermo. In this way, the Cañuelas team was left with two of the three titles of Alto Handicap 2018 in Argentina. It also kept the Tortugas Open, while Ellerstina Johor was left with the remaining Hurlingham Open.

2018 La Dolfina. Photo: Courtesy of the Argentine Polo Association
2018 La Dolfina2018 La Dolfina. Photo: Courtesy of the Argentine Polo Association

Thus ended the world’s largest interclub event in which 10 teams of 28 to 40 goals of valorization participated, grouped into two zones, made up of the most important players from Argentina, Canada, South Africa and Uruguay.

The Cañuelas team achieved its 12th title in its 18th final (14 consecutive) in 19 Palermo openings played since the club was created in 2000 (it was only not in the 2004 edition). The Monjitas, however, could not celebrate in its first decisive match in Palermo.

In the individual face, the four La Dolfina players now accumulate 40 titles (15 Cambiaso, 9 Mac Donough and Nero, 7 Stirling); while on the side of Las Monjitas, three of its four members played for the first time the final of the world’s biggest event: Guillermo Caset (in 12 participations), Facundo Sola (in 7) and Santiago Toccalino (in 5). Meanwhile, Hilario Ulloa played his second final, having played the deciding game in 2013 for Alegría, who fell just before La Dolfina.

On the main stage, La Dolfina showed its strength and again managed to win the Cup. In the first chukkers the Cambiaso team was overwhelmed by Las Monjitas, who with two excellent initial chukkers entered the third with a difference of three goals , thanks to an effective Guillermo Caset, the great figure of his team in the day and surely in the season. From there, La Dolfina adjusted his defense and with a Cambiaso as in his best times (effective in penalties and unstoppable against the rival wickers) he settled down again on the court and in the result. Two partials winning 3 to 0 (the third and fourth chukker, with six goals from Cambiaso) put La Dolfina ahead. With the result in their favor, the Cañuelas team managed the times and reached the 6th. Chukker with 5 goals difference. That advantage would be irremovable for Las Monjitas, even though it continued to fight until the end. The Dolfina continues enlarging the myth and obtained a new title, the sixth consecutive. UNSTOPPABLE!

*This article was translated from Spanish. Please excuse any mistranslations or typos.*
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