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Ellerstina wins 2011 Tortugas Open Final in Argentina with last second goal
La Dolfina and Ellerstina were playing out the additional 30 seconds in the last chukker of the Final of the Tortugas Open in Argentina on Saturday 15 October 2011. La Dolfina, who led throughout the match, missed a big chance to seal what could have been their first title in the opening competition of the Triple Crown in Argentina, when Adolfo Cambiaso failed to convert a 60-yard penalty, with less than a minute to go on the clock.
In a dramatic final chukker, Facundo Pieres scored two goals that allowed Ellerstina to tie at 13-13, after being outscored by La Dolfina during the whole game. But with only two seconds left on the clock and with everyone expecting extra time, Gonzalo Pieres Jr took the ball and scored the goal that meant not only a 14-13 win over La Dolfina, but also Ellerstina's fifth consecutive title in the Tortugas Open.
Ellerstina have now won a total of six Tortugas Open Finals, with five of them consecutively (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). This win also keeps Ellerstina's hopes alive of completely a back-to-back Triple Crown victory as they now prepare for the second leg of the title - the Hurlingham Open, from October 18 - November 6, 2011.
Score Ellerstina: 1-2, 2-6, 3-8, 4-9, 6-12, 11-13, 14-13. Facundo Pieres, who scored six goals, was named MVP. His brother Gonzalito's Open Cibernetica took BPP honors, and Adolfo Cambiaso was the Final's top scorer, with seven goals.