At 45 he’s nonetheless “Adolfito”. His management and aggressive spirit with La Dolfina take him this Saturday to a different problem: to beat Ellerstina, his historic rival.
Adolfo Cambiaso will search his seventeenth title within the Argentine Open Polo Championship on Saturday, when he’ll face La Dolfina – accompanied by David Stirling, Pablo Mac Donough and Juan Martín Neto – in opposition to Ellerstina – with Facundo, Gonzalo and Nicolás Pieres and Hilario Ulloa- ultimately. The chief of the Cañuelas quartet He was topped 13 instances in Palermo with the staff he based. The opposite three editions have been conquered with the “Z” t-shirt, a staff with which he debuted on this event when he was simply 17 years outdated, in a match wherein he made historical past.
Cambiaso’s first match in Palermo was in opposition to The Indians, on November 7, 1992. Carrying the quantity “1” jersey, he scored 16 objectives that day, a participant’s file in a sport till 2006, within the 23-7 win for Ellerstina, who performed that yr for the primary time within the Triple Crown.
Common Rodríguez’s staff was born on the finish of 1991 as a undertaking of the Australian businessman Kerry Packer and Gonzalo Pieres, father of the three stars of the present line-up of Ellerstina.
Gonzalo Pieres, who had retired in 1990, determined to return to excessive objective polo along with his personal staff. Summoned Mariano aguerre, Cristian Laprida and Adolfito Cambiaso, who was one of many nice guarantees of Argentine polo.
The younger man from Cañuelas was already a sensation in the US, the place I had began enjoying on the age of 15 and dazzled by his particular skills when Pieres invited him to hitch Ellerstina for the 1992 Triple Crown.
The staff shocked in Tortugas, the place they received the title by beating 16 to eight to La Martina, that with Ernesto Trotz, Alfonso Pieres and Alberto and Eduardo Heguy was “the rival” to win in that season. In Hurlingham, he reached the semifinals, the place he fell in opposition to the identical rival 16 to 14. Then it was time for Palermo and the surprising begin of the sport. Cambiaso’s romance with crucial event on the earth.
On the age of 17, Adolfito – who had gone up from 5 to seven objectives by handicap earlier than making his debut with Ellerstina – scored within the first sport in opposition to Los Indios, on court docket 1 of the Campo Argentino de Polo, these 16 objectives that entered historical past as a file of a participant within the contest.
The model remained in pressure till 2006, when he himself, already carrying the La Dolfina shirt, scored 17 objectives within the 25-11 win in opposition to Hurlingham for the primary date of the Argentine Open. Three hours later, that very same day, Agustin Merlos He surpassed it by scoring 18 for El Paraíso’s 24-17 in opposition to Indios Chapaleufú II.
After that shocking debut in Palermo, Cambiaso and Ellerstina signed a fantastic event and have been one step away from the title, as a result of on the final date of the competition – which was performed with 5 groups, in a single group, all in opposition to all – they fell by 19 to 13 earlier than the legendary Chapaleufú Indians I of the Bautista brothers, Gonzalo, Horacio (h) and Marcos Heguy. His efficiency within the competitors allowed him to achieve a handicap of 9 objectives.
Though Cambiaso didn’t have to attend lengthy to shout champion for the primary time within the event. He did it in 1994, in his second participation (he didn’t play in 1993), an version wherein Ellerstina beat La Martina within the last by 19 to fifteen.
Since then, the one from Cañuelas received uninterested in including successes in Palermo. He received once more in 1997 and 1998 with the “Z” jersey. After some disagreements with Gonzalo Pieres for the formation of the staff, Adolfito determined to take the leap: construct his personal group and combat with the best. Thus was born La Dolfina, his staff, who with a voracity hardly ever seen was topped champion of the Argentine Open in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and – consecutively – between 2013 and 2019.
In his 28 participations he additionally has greater than a thousand objectives. He overcame that barrier within the second presentation of this yr, wherein he scored 12 for the Cañuelas’ 24-9 victory over La Irenita II. Thus he left his mark in 1,008, which he later prolonged to 1,020 with the seven he added in opposition to Murus Sanctus and the 5 he achieved in opposition to La Natividad-Las Monjitas.
This Saturday, Cambiaso will search to put in writing a brand new chapter in his golden historical past in Palermo. A narrative that started 28 years in the past, when whoever turned the most effective polo participant of all time was nonetheless a fantastic promise and dazzled by scoring these 16 objectives in his first look on the Argentine Polo Cathedral.