Monthly Archives: April 2012
The Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup is going back to Canada. For the third year in a row, a Canadian has won the tournament and this year it is Cam Clark and his Cam Clark Ford Polo Team. As a result, the Cup will call the Calgary Polo Club home until next spring.
With Sunday’s final set up as a round – robin with Clark, David Ragland’s Deco Polo, and Ly Cobb’s Coldwell Bamker Menlo doing battle, the first two chukkers were played by the eventual winners and Deco.
With Jesse Bray leading the way, Clark was selling vehicles in a hurry and had a three goal lead after the first (3 – 0). The second was even on the scoreboard but not before Bray raised the lead to four in the early going. Deco got one back to come within three but that was as close as they would get – in spite a beauty from Ragland – and the ‘game’ was over with Clark winning by a score of 5 – 2.
The next two periods would see Deco staying up to face Coldwell Banker Menlo. Once again Deco was slow at the start as the realtors took a very quick lead of two that dropped to one before the end of their first (2 – 1). The trend reversed in the second as Deco scored twice to just one for Cobb and Co. and the second ‘game’ ended in a tie at three.
With Deco done, the car salesmen came back out in an attempt to outsell the realtors – not that they had to, as a tie would give them the trophy. Having to defeat Clark to win, Coldwell Banker came out quickly and posted an early lead but the the automobile business was still hot as Bray was once again selling and it was 3 – 1 Cam Clark after the first. Marcos Bignoli Jr. got hot in the second however, and the score was 3 – 3 with two minutes left in the second. Bray again struck and the the Canadian sponsored group was assured of victory with a lead of one and playing in the final 30 seconds. An open goal conversion – with five seconds on the clock – created a tie at four, but the title belonged to Clark and his sales force with two wins and three net goals. Coldwell Banker Menlo was the runner-up with two wins and zero net goals. With the third placing, Deco were awarded the Mike Uretz World Gym Trophy.
For the champions, Bray led with six goals (1 penalty 4), Jessica Baily had a pair (1 foul), and Canelo Sylvestre counted one.
Bignoli led the runners-up with four (1 foul), and Jared Sheldon had three (2 fouls).
Deco’s scoring had Alvaro Tadeo with three (1 foul) and Ashton Wolf (foul) and Ragland with one each.
Bray was selected as the MVP and Bignoli’s 15 year old mare Colibri (Bignoli’s fourth chukker), was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.
2012 Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup
Cam Clark Ford (6) – Cam Clark -.5, Jesse Bray 3, Jessica Bailey 1.5, Canelo Sylvestre 2, Kerstie Allen -.5 (sub for Clark).
Coldwell Banker Menlo (6) – Lyn Cobb -1, Marcos Bignoli Jr. 4, Jared Sheldon 2, Remy Muller 1.
Deco Polo (6) – David Ragland, Ashton Wolf 3, Alvaro Tadeo 3, Goyo Mariscal.
Coming off a very strong 2011 season, capped by winning the Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup, Pat Powell and his 4 goal Blazers Polo Team had not made the winner’s circle in the first two tournaments of the 2012 campaign. Not that they hadn’t been close. The Blazers qualified third for the semi-finals in the EHV delayed January contest – and no semi played – and were runners-up in the February Veen Memorial.
So, with Powell unable to play the Governor’s Cup, it was to be the Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial if he was to win a title this season. Formerly the Madelyn Jason Memorial, Mack’s name was added after his passing earlier in the year.
With the Blazers qualifying for the March 25 final, their opposition would be Lyn Cobb’s Coldwell Banker Menlo. With Cobb’s daughter, Madelyn, in town on spring break, it was Cobb’s decision that Madelyn Cobb (Mack and Madelyn’s granddaughter) would play instead of her mother.
The Blazers – at 3.5 goals – were awarded a half goal on handicap, and Powell’s quarterback, Kyle Fargey, wasted little time and extended that lead to 2.5 in less than three minutes on two field goals. Coldwell Banker Menlo got one back on an open goal conversion from Jared Sheldon and the first ended with the Blazers leading 2.5 – 1.
Two field goals from Sheldon to just an open goal counter from Fargey and it was 3.5 – 3 after the second chukker as CB Menlo came back.
However, the third period was pretty much all Blazers as Jake Devane entered the courtroom and scored a pair from the field and Fargey scored on another open goal strike. Sheldon’s second penalty two counter gave the realtors some hope but it was now 6.5 – 4 in favor of the Powell quartet at the ‘half’.
The Blazers were unable to score in the fourth, but the realtors couldn’t take advantage and were able to score only one – an open goal effort from Remey Muller and the lead was now 1.5 goals.
Fargey scored a field goal in the fifth while his team completely shut down CB Menlo and the final was 7.5 – 5 and Powell had a title in 2012.
Based on his strong and aggressive play, Fargey was chosen as the MVP and Photo, owned and played by Sheldon, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.
2012 Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial – Eldorado Polo Club
Blazers (3.5) – Pat Powell -.5, Kyle Fargey 3, Jake Devane 1, Malia McCoy.Coldwell Banker Menlo (4) – Madelyn Cobb, Jared Sheldon 2, Remy Muller 1, Graydon Britton 1.