With the Rosario public present at the Luciana Aymar World Cup Stadium, the best Argentine hockey in the country returned to the competition in the framework of the Argentine Major Teams. Buenos Aires and Mendoza were the protagonists of the final of the men’s contest and animated a great day.
Buenos Aires, one of the favorites after a great performance in the group stage – winning its three presentations – and then beating Tandil 4 to 0 in the semis, reached the last game with the intention of defending and winning the title again later of his last conquest in Buenos Aires 2018 and that had been taken from him by Mendoza, in 2019. With a year of transition as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they met again in a decisive instance.
Mendoza, on the other hand, had finished first in his group and then had sorted Cordoba 3 to 1 in the semis. With the clean and jerk of defending the Argentine title, the last champions arrived with the illusions intact of once again being crowned two-time champions.
In a well-studied match, it was Buenos Aires who managed to break zero on the scoreboard, at 8 minutes and in the first short corner in favor. Franciso Ruiz deflected the execution of Franco Coliqueo and established the 1-0 score. However, the advantage in the scoreboard did not last long, since Mendoza reacted and in a counterattack equalized the game through Facundo Arata.
Buenos Aires once again had a set play at 11 minutes and Bruno Stellato did not forgive with his powerful drag. With that advantage, the remainder of the second quarter and much of the third one passed, since at the end of this period, Coliqueo extended the result for his team to 3 to 1. Already at the start of the last half, to those led by Lucas Rey needed a few seconds for Coliqueo to once again leave his personal mark with the fourth conversion for his team.
Although Mendoza sought to reduce the difference, even with a missed penalty by Carlos Nicito, he did not manage to alter the score and Buenos Aires became the new Argentine hockey champion in the majors.
CÓRDOBA STAYED WITH THE BRONZE:
In the fight for third place, he beat Tandil -with a good performance during the tournament- and won 2-1. Lucas Esteve, at 24 minutes, opened the score for the Docta, while two minutes after and from a short corner, Serafín Favre put the temporary tie. However, with eight minutes remaining, Gaspar Garrone sealed the final victory for Córdoba that allowed him to stay with the last place on the podium.
Final positions: 1st Amateur Association of Field Hockey of Buenos Aires, 2nd Mendoza Association, 3rd Cordovan Federation, 4th Tandilense Federation, 5th Litoral Association, 6th Salteña Association, 7th Tucumana Association and 8th Santafesina Association.
The scorers:Bruno Stellato (Buenos Aires) and Lautaro Morandini (Litoral), were the top gunners with six conversions each.
Best player: Matías Rey, player from Buenos Aires and figure of the Lions, was elected best player of the contest.
Best goalkeeper and Best player in the final : Mendoza’s Emiliano Bosso, who stood out in the competition, especially in the final, was chosen as the best goalkeeper for his performance under the three sticks.