La Dolfina Polo Team
|Full name||La Dolfina Polo Team|
|Based in||Cañuelas, Buenos Aires Province|
La Dolfina (currently named La Dolfina Hope Funds due to sponsorship reasons) is an Argentine polo team, founded by Adolfo Cambiaso and Bartolomé Castagnola in 2000, based in the city of Cañuelas, Buenos Aires Province.
La Dolfina won the most important polo tournament in Argentina, the Abierto Argentino (Argentine Open) nine times: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015, becoming one of the most successful teams since its establishment in 2000. The team also won the Abierto de Hurlingham (considered the second in importance after Campeonato Argentino) in 2011 and 2012.
After the 2007 Argentine Open, the handicap of Lucas Monteverde was raised to 10, leaving La Dolfina as the only polo team with a perfect 10-goal handicap. For the 2008 Argentine Open, the expectations for winning the championship again were understandably high, but the team was beaten in the final match by Ellerstina (lined-up by Gonzalo Pieres, Facundo Pieres, Pablo Mac Donough, Juan Martin Nero) by 13–12 because of a golden goal by Gonzalo Pieres in an extra-chukka.
In 2013 La Dolfina won the Argentine Triple Crown of Polo which is considered the highest honor in the polo world, defeating Ellerstina in the finals of both Tortugas and Hurlingham Opens by scores of 16–14 and 18–16 respectively, then defeating Alegria by 16–11 in the most coveted Argentine Open Final at Palermo. In 2014 the team won again the Triple Crown, defeating Ellerstina in the three finals. With these victories, La Dolfina became the second team able to win the Triple Crown in two consecutive years, since Coronel Suárez (1974–1975).
|N°||Player||Hand.||First Op.||Champ. Played||Champ. Won|
|3||Pablo Mac Donough||10||2002||12||5|
|4||Juan Martín Nero||10||2004||10||5|
La Dolfina has changed its uniform many times along the years, most of them for sponsorship reasons. For the 2002 season the team made a great impact when wearing a jersey similar to football club Nueva Chicago. That was because Cambiaso and Bartolomé Castagnola decided to change the team colors due to its similarity with La Ellerstina's. Cambiaso, a football fan, chose the green and black because of his sympathy for Nueva Chicago although he is a River Plate fan. The green and black jersey made its debut in the inaugural match of the Campeonato Abierto Argentino on 24 November 2002.
For the 2002 Abierto Argentino final match, Cambiaso made the arrangements to move more than 200 Nueva Chicago football fans to the Campo Argentino de Polo, where they supported the team during the game against Indios Chapaleufú II on 15 November 2002. The fans gave a show never seen before in a polo match, displaying big flags, singing songs while playing drums and even throwing smoke bombs, as they usually did in a football match. The presence of the Nueva Chicago supporters in the final surprised the rest of the attendance, generating a big repercussion in the elitist environment of polo.
- Campeonato Argentino (10): 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Abierto de Hurlingham (9): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Campeonato Abierto de Tortugas (4): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Copa República Argentina (3): 2006, 2009, 2013
- Copa Cámara de Diputados (1): 2006
- "La Dolfina – Hope Funds presentó su nueva camiseta", El Gráfico, 2012-10-5
- ""Campeonazo": La dolfina, en una gran final", La Nación, 2011-11-6
- "La Dolfina se reinvindicó", El Litoral, 2011-11-6
- "La Dolfina campeón de Hurlingham" by Mariano Orange
- "Del sueño de Cambiaso al equipo de los 40 goles", La Nación, 2008-9-28
- "La Dolfina se consagró en Palermo y volvió a conseguir la Triple Corona", Clarín, 6 Dec 2014
- "La Dolfina wins Argentine Open" on HurlinghamPolo.com
- "La Dolfina compite con el mito de Suárez" on CanchaLlena.com, 9 Dec 2014
- "Adolfo Cambiaso's La Dolfina secure Triple Crown" on The Telegraph, 8 Dec 2014
- "La Dolfina campeón con la verdinegra" at Expediente Chicago website
- "Para Castagnola, hay un nuevo La Dolfina", La Nación, 2002-11-04
- "Quiero que el Polo sea popular", interview to Adolfo Cambiaso in Olé, 2006-12-20
- "La Dolfina empezó con una victoria sin brillo", Clarín, 2002-11-25
- "La Dolfina se llevó el Abierto", Página/12, 2002-12-15