Monthly Archives: January 2017
Just one week ago Geoff Palmer’s Antelope polo team (Geoff Palmer, Grant Palmer -1, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4), playing in the Mack and Madelyn Jason 8 Goal championship game, struck early and often to take an insurmountable lead over Jenny Luttrel-Benardoni’s Cotterel Farms team (Jenny Luttrel-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Cosia 5, Matthew Fonseca 2) and go on to win the first tournament of the season.
As fate would have it, the same two teams were matched up in the Coachella Valley/Officer’s Cup final on Sunday, January 29 and things could not have been more different. Where one week previous, Antelope took control at the start, this time Cotterel assumed that role and never looked back and ran to an immpressive 14 – 9 victory.
Right from the opening bowl in it was obvious that Cotterel was fired up and ready as they stormed out to a three to nil lead with every player on the team armed to hunt Antelope. The pronghorns were able to get one back via the free throw line and the first was over with the farmhands leading by a pair.
Antelope recovered in the second and were able to draw within one at 4 – 3.
The third period was played even at two goals apiece and it looked like Geoff Palmer and Co. had recovered and were now prepared to take control in the second half.
If it looked like Antelope had adjusted and were set to take charge after halftime, it looked even more so that Cotterel were more prepared to do the same as they simply negated any thoughts that the pronghorns had of coming back. As a result, the Luttrel-Benardoni farmhands counted three goals to none and lead by four after the fourth at 9 – 5.
As happened earlier, Antelope recovered and were able to stay with Cotterel in the fifth frame with both teams scoring three times. However, the farmhands were more than prepared to hold the four goal lead going to the sixth.
Cotterel continued to press in the final chukker and were not about to let Antelope back in and as a result counted two more to but one and it was over and Cotterel were awarded the first place Roenisch Bronzes.
The Cotterel scoring came from Coscia with six (two fouls), while Fonseca had five, and Benardoni sunk three.
The reply from Antelope saw Sheldon grab four, Trotz with three (two fouls), and Geoff and Grant Palmer sinking one foul opportunity apiece.
Because of his aggressive and defensive thwarting play, Fonseca was chosen as the MVP and Melissa, played by Cosia in the first chukker, was awarded the Best Playing Pony blanket.
A – COTTEREL FARMS (8) – Jennifer Lutterel-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Coscia 5, Matthew Fonseca 2.
B – ACME (8) – Jacob Pechenik -1, Chris Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Max Menini 5.
C – SSM POLO (8) – Sarah Magness -1, Joe Henderson 4, Mariano Gutierrez 4, Scott Cunningham 1.
D – LAZY 3 (8) – Louisa Musselman Fikes, Nicoli Galindo 4, Peter Blake 3, Alonso Cruz 1.
E – ANTELOPE (8) – Geoff Palmer, Grant Palmer -1, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4.
F – BUSH LEAGUE (8) – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Gaston Von Wernich 4.
ANTELOPE 3 0 d Acme, Cotterel, SSM
COTTEREL 2 1 d Lazy 3, Bush League l Antelope
BUSH LEAGUE 2 1 d SSM, Acme l Cotterel
LAZY 3 1 2 d SSM l Cotterel, Acme
ACME 1 2 d Lazy 3 l Antelope, Bush League
SSM 0 3 l Bush League, Lazy 3, Antelope
Sunday January 29th – Final; Antelope vs Cotterel
Teams with best records will play in final. Shootout rules in effect.
A – LUNA POLO (3.5) – Roisin Obrien/David Carlson -1, Jennifer Alexy .5, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Diego Larregli 2.
B – SHORE THING/M1 FINANCIAL (3) – Lamar Rutherford -1, Malia McCoy 1, Abby Riggs, Rodrigo Salinas 3.
C – HANALEI BAY (4) – Ron Bonaguidi/Dan Horn, Danny Walker 2, Ashton Wolf 3, TBA -1.
D – IDENTITY POLO (4) – Alex Green/Steve Pollack -1, Anne Evamy, Kyle Fargey 3, Alvaro Tadeo 2.
E – THERMAL (4) – Reg Whyte, Mitch Horne .5, Dayelle Fargey 1.5, Jimmy Wright 2.
F – MOTHER CKUKKERS/TENTNOLOGY (4) – Suzannah Forbes -1, Gery Warner, Nicolas Maciel 3, Marcial Socas 2.
G – COTTEREL FARMS/MRP (3) – Jennifer Luttrel-Benardoni .5, Francisco Benardoni 1.5, Gabriel Myers, Gabriel Sacullo 1.
HANALEI BAY/PALM DESERT 2 1 d Identity, Shore Thing/M1 l Luna Polo (Qualifies for final)
LUNA POLO 2 1 d Hanalei Bay, Shore Thing/M1 l Identity
IDENTITY 2 1 d Shore Thing/M1, Luna Polo l Hanalei Bay
SHORE THING/M1 0 3 l Luna Polo, Identity, Hanalei Bay
THERMAL 2 0 d Mother Ch/Tentnology, Cotterel (Qualifies for final)
COTTEREL/MRP 1 1 d Mother Chukker/Tentnology l Thermal
MOTHER CH/TENTNOLOGY 0 2 l Thermal, Cotterel
Sun. Jan 29 – Final – Hanalei Bay/Palm Desert vs Thermal
Teams with best record in their bracket will play final. Shootout rules in effect in case of ties.
Jennifer Alexy’s Luna Polo (Jennifer Alexy .5, Roisin Obrien/Dave Carlson -1, Diego Larregli 2, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Obrien played final) went through the qualifying round of the Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup rather easily without a loss and the January 22nd final turned out to be the same as they easily triumphed over Shore Thing/M1 Financial (Lamar Rutherford -1, Malia McCoy 1, Abby Riggs, Rodrigo Salinas 3) by a score of 6 – 4.5.
Having to give up a half goal handicap at the start didn’t affect Luna in the slightest as they took control at the outset and controlled almost every aspect of the game.
A first period lead of 1.5 (2 – .5) and an equal advantage at the half (3 – 1.5) became insurmountable after three chukkers at 6 – 1.5. Shore Thing/M1 Financial scored three goals in the final but it wasn’t nearly enough as Luna Polo grabbed the Beal Cup without trouble.
In the win, Ezcurra scored four times (two fouls) and Alexy and Larregli counted one each.
In reply, McCoy had two while Salinas and Riggs scored one apiece.
Ezcurra was deamed to be the MVP and Marley, Alexy’s third chukker horse, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.
The rain delayed final game of the Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial was played on Sunday, January 22 on a rather cool and damp desert afternoon. In spite of the inhospitable conditions, Geoff Palmer’s Antelope group ( Grant Palmer -1, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4, Rhandy Heredia – sub for Geoff Palmer) didn’t let the weather cool them as they rode to victory by a count of 12 – 9 over Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni and her Cotterel Farms foursome (Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Cossia 5, Matthew Fonseca 2).
It was obvious at the start that longtime Antelope quarterback Trotz didn’t let the below normal temperature and threatening rain affect his team as they kept their powder dry and took an immediate four goal lead after period number one – a lead that was never to be surrendered.
Cotterel was able to close the gap to three in the second at 6 -3, but remained behind that margin going to the half at 7 – 4.
The fourth chukker was, once again, played even with the three goal gap enduring to read 8 – 5.
Cotterel jumped out in the fifth and narrowed the count to just one early on at 8 – 7 but Antelope responded with three of their own to just one other for the Idahoans and the differential was once again three (11 – 8) going to the final frame.
With the temperature falling, the sixth period was – for the third time – played even with each team scoring once and it was over and Antelope had won the first tournament of the 2017 season.
For the winners, Sheldon, in his MVP role, scored six times (four foul conversions), Trotz counted four times, and the aggressive Eldorado Junior Polo graduates Palmer and Heredia scored once each.
The runner-up replies came from Fonseca with four, Coscia notched three, and Benardoni scored once. A penalty #1 award filled out their card.
Along with Sheldon receiving his well earned accolade, Centasia, played by Trotz in the fifth, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.
A – LE MIRAGE/IDENTITY POLO (4) – Alex Green/Steve Pollack -1, Anne Evamy, Kyle Fargey 3, Alvaro Tadeo 2.
B – COTTEREL FARMS/MRP (3) – Jennifer Luttrel-Benardoni .5, Francisco Benardoni 1.5, Gabriel Myers, Gabriel Sacullo 1.
C – SHORE THING/M1 FINANCIAL (3) – Lamar Rutherford -1, Malia McCoy 1, Abby Riggs, Rodrigo Salinas 3.
D -LUNA POLO (3.5) – Roisin Obrien/David Carlson -1, Jennifer Alexy .5, Ernesto Ezcurra 2, Diego Larregli 2.
E – HANALEI BAY (4) – Ron Bonaguidi, Susan Adams -1, Danny Walker 2, Ashton Wolf 3.
F – THERMAL (4) – Reg Whyte, Mitch Horne .5, Dayelle Fargey 1.5, Jimmy Wright 2.
LUNA POLO 3 0 d LeMirage/Identity, Shore Thing/M1, Cotterel
SHORE THING/M1 2 1 d Thermal, Hanalei Bay l Luna Polo
THERMAL 2 1 d Cotterel/MRP, Le Mirage/Identity l Shore Thing/M1
LE MIRAGE/IDENTITY 1 2 d Hanalei Bay l Luna Polo, Thermal
HANALEI BAY 1 2 d Cotterel l Le Mirage/Identity, Shore Thing/M1
COTTEREL 0 3 l Hanalei Bay, Thermal, Luna Polo
Sun. Jan. 22 – Final. Luna Polo vs Shore Thing/M1
Best records go to final.
Shootout rules for ties in effect
A – ANTELOPE (8) – Geoff Palmer, Grant Palmer -1, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4.
B – COTTEREL FARMS (8) – Jennifer Luttrell-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Coscia 5, Matthew Fonseca 2.
C – TWIN PALMS/ACME (8) – Chris Maloney 1, Jacob Pechenik -1, Graham Bray 3, Max Menini 5.
D – BUSH LEAGUE (8) – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Gaston Von Wernich 4.
E – LAZY 3 RANCH (8) – Louisa Musselman Fikes, Nicolai Galindo 4, Peter Blake 3, Alonso Cruz 1.
COTTEREL FARMS 2 0 100% d Lazy 3, Bush League
ANTELOPE 2 0 100% d Bush League, Lazy 3
LAZY 3 1 2 33% d TwinPalms/Acme l Cotterel, Antelope
TWIN PALMS/ACME 0 1 0% l Lazy 3
BUSH LEAGUE 0 2 0% l Antelope, Cotterel
Sun. Jan. 22 – Final. Antelope vs Cotterel Farms
Best records go to final. Bracket #1 50%/win. Bracket #2 33.3%/win.
Shootout rules for ties in effect.