Monthly Archives: February 2018

Constitution 4 Goal Title to Thermal

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The Fish Creek Constitution four Goal final saw the same team ascend the awards stand as the winner of the Beal Cup – but with a different name. In the Beal, Thermal (Reg Whyte, Debra Vermoch -1, Tim Rudy 3, Felipe Sordelli 2) was known as Pheasant Hollow. It made little difference as the result was the same – a second victory.
The opposition was different however as Jay Garnett and Kristen Hiller’s Vancouver Polo/MedExpert combination (Jay Garnett -1, Kristen Hiller -1, Nicolas Maciel 3, Jimmy Wright 3) would mount up as the resistance.
The first half featured very even play and resulted in a score of 2 – 2 going to the break.
Thermal then took over and controlled the second two periods by outscoring Vancouver/MedExpert by a count of 5 – 1 leading to a final tally of 7 – 3.
Sordelli led the scoring for the victors with four goals, Rudy had a pair and Whyte supplied one.
For Vancouver/MedExpert, Wright had two and Maciel one.
Sordelli was chosen as the MVP and Love Song, owned by Wrightway Polo and played by Wright was deemed to be the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Antelope Junior Takes Third Title With Constitution 8 Win

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To say that Grant Palmer’s foray into competitive polo at Eldorado – beyond the Pro Pool and NYTS competition – was successful would be a gross understatement. With a win in the very competitive January Officer’s Cup and victories in February’s equally difficult Beal Cup and Sunday’s Fish Creek Constitution Cup, Palmer and his Antelope Junior team (Grant Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Carolyn Anier 1, Jimmy Wright 3) ‘ran the table’ in the 2018 8 Goal events. With the first pair of wins in hand, the Constitution Final opposition would be Chris Maloney and his Twin Palms crew (Chris Maloney 1 (Mike Kerley 1 sub ch 2.5 – 6), Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Mia Bray -1).
Scoring in the first was even at two apiece but a handicap grant to Twin Palms gave the Maloney group a lead of one at 3 – 2.
The only goal of the second frame went to Twin Palms and their lead became a pair (4 – 2) going to the third chukker.
The Twin Palms lead remained two after the third period as both teams scored a goal leading to the half (5 – 3).
With equal scoring in the fourth period the difference remained at two to favor the Maloney crew (7 – 5) and at this point they had led after each chukker – a situation that was unusual for Antelope Junior.
However, the youngsters tightened the defensive screws in the fifth as they allowed nothing and, at the same time, counted two to tie the game at seven with one to go in regulation.
A strike from the field in the final frame to – once again – nothing for Twin Palms gave Palmer his third tournament championship of the season by a final tally of 8 – 7.
With the Constitution awards in hand, Scott Niwa, Area Manager, presented the winners with bottles of Don Julio Tequila – save Palmer himself who will have to wait several years before he can collect.
Scoring for the winners was led by Uretz with four (2 fouls), Anier with two, and Palmer and Wright with one each.
The Twin Palms reply came from Wroe with four (2 fouls) and Graham Bray with two. The handicap award completed the count.
Because of her very shrewd, precise, and quick play ‘inside the game’, the ever present veteran Carolyn Anier was selected as the Most Valuable Player to her team.
Sydney, owned by Mia Bray and played in the fifth chukker by her father, Graham Bray, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Antelope Bests Highwood to Win Constitution Cup 12 Goal

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The final game of the Fish Creek Constitution Cup 12 Goal saw each team – Geoff Palmer’s Antelope (Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3) and Ron Mathison’s Highwood (Ron Mathison, Marcelo Rodriguez-Abbiati 4, Mariano Gutierrez 4, Geronimo Obregon 4) lead three times apiece. In any game however, the most important advantage is the one at the end of the contest and on this Sunday afternoon – presented by Don Julio – that edge belonged to the Pronghorns as they prevailed by a count of 7 – 6 and, as a result, took home the awards.
The start, and very quickly, belonged to Highwood as Obregon converted a penalty three award and Gutierrez scored from the field to lead by two after the first period.
The second chukker saw Antelope get back in it as Du Celliee Muller and Sheldon scored from the field to even the count at a pair each.
The Pronghorns led for the first time in the early third as Sheldon converted a penalty three attempt but Highwood got that back and then led for the second time as Obregon scored a penalty three and a number two from the spot. Going to the Ruffino Prosecco half-time divot stomp the Albertans had the edge at 4 – 3.
The Palmer group was pressing and pressing hard in the fourth and were ultimately granted a goal via a penalty number one to tie the count. Mathison and Co. recovered however as Rodriguez-Abbiati struck from the field to give Highwood their third lead going to the penultimate frame at 5 – 4.
Antelope evened the count once again as Trotz sailed a 60 yard penalty award and Du Celliee Muller gave the Pronghorns their second lead of the afternoon with a nice run from mid-field. However, Highwood wasn’t going away and a strong effort to the Antelope goal was rewarded with a free-throw opportunity for Gutierrez from 30 yards which he converted and the count was tied 6 – 6 going to the final of regulation.
Many scoring chances came and left for both in the sixth period but Antelope pressure ultimately allowed Palmer an opportunity with a spot hit penalty number two which became the winning goal and gave the Pronghorns the lead for the third time and possession of the Fish Creek Constitution Cup.
Fish Creek’s Fred Mannix was on hand to present the trophies and Scott Niwa, Area Manager, bestowed bottles of Don Julio to the winners.
Because of his strong, accurate, and determined play, Trotz was rewarded with the title of Most Valuable Player and his sixth chukker horse Pampiano wore the Best Playing Pony blanket back to the barn.

Tony Gregg

Fish Creek Constitution Cup 8 Goal – Standings Feb 24

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BRACKET 1 (each team will receive 50% for a win)

A – ANTELOPE JUNIOR (8) – Grant Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Carolyn Anier 1, Jimmy Wright 3.
B – TWIN PALMS (7) – Chris Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Mia Bray -1.
C – LUNA POLO/STG (8) – Jennifer Alexy, Malia McCoy 1, Diego Laregli 3, Ignacio Deltour 4.

BRACKET 2 (each team will receive 33% for a win)

D – BUSH LEAGUE (8) – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4
E – REMAX (8) – Gordon Ross, Dayelle Fargey 2, Jared Sheldon 4, Matthew Fonseca 2.

STANDINGS
Twin Palms 2 0 100% def Remax, Bush League
Antelope Jr. 2 0 100% def Bush League, Remax
Remax 1 2 33% def Luna Polo lost Twin Palms, Antelope Jr.
Luna Polo 1 1 33% def Bush Leaggue lost Remax
Bush League 0 3 lost Antelope Jr., Twin Palms, Luna Polo

Fri Feb 16 – Twin Palms vs Remax
Sat Feb 17 – Antelope Jr. vs Bush League
Sun Feb 18 – Bush League vs Twin Palms, Luna Polo vs Remax
Sat Feb 24 – Remax vs Antelope Jr., Luna Polo vs Bush League
Sun Feb 25 – Final; Twin Palms vs Antelope Jr.

Two teams with best record (percentage )will play in final.
‘Shootout’ rules will be in effect.

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Fish Creek Constitution Cup 4 Goal – Standings Feb 24

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BRACKET #1
THERMAL(4) – Debra Vermoch -1, Reg Whyte, Tim Rudy 3, Felipe Sordelli 2.
VANCOUVER POLO/MEDEXPERT (4) – Jay Garnett -1, Kirsten Hiller -1, Nicolas Maciel 3, Jimmy Wright 3
HANALEI BAY (4) – Krista Bonaguidi -1, Ron Bonaguidi, Ashton Wolf 3, Taylor Freeman 2

BRACKET #2
CPC/URBAN DOG (4/3) – Kim Garsed/Jemma Contreras -1, Omar Mangalji, Alejandro Nordheimer 2, Toto Socus 2.
PALM DESERT/FILM FINANCE(4) – Leigh Brecheen, Dan Horn, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3, Antonio Juarez 1.
BLAZERS(4) – Pat Powell, Shannon Smull -1, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Cossio 2.

STANDINGS
THERMAL 3 0 def Blazers, Palm Desert/Film Finance, CPC/Urban Dog
VANCOUVER POLO/MEDEXPERT 3 0 def Palm Desert/Film Finance, CPC/Urban Dog, Blazers
HANALEI BAY 2 1 def CPC/Urban Dog, Palm Desert/Film Finance lost Blazers
BLAZERS 1 2 def Hanalei Bay lost Thermal, Vancouver/MedExpert
CPC/URBAN DOG 0 3 lost Hanalei Bay, Vancouver/MedExpert, Thermal
PALM DESERT/FILM FINANCE 0 3 lost Vancouver/MedExpert, Thermal, Hanalei Bay

Sat Feb 17 – Thermal vs Blazers, Vancouver/Medexpert vs Palm Desert/Film Finance, Hanalei Bay vs CPC/Urban Dog
Sun Feb 18 – Palm Desert/Film Finance vs Thermal, CPC/Urban Dog vs Vancouver/Medexpert, Blazers vs Hanalei Bay
Sat Feb 24 – CPC/Urban Dog vs Thermal, Vancouver/Medexpert vs Blazers, Hanalei Bay vs Palm Deset/Film Finance
Sun Feb 25 – Final; Thermal vs Vancouver/MedExpert

Two best records will play in final.
USPA shootout rules in effect.

Antelope Easily Wins Beal 12 Goal Championship

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The 2018 Carlton and Keleen Beal 12 Goal Tournament Final turned out to be a rather one sided contest as Geoff Palmer and his Antelope polo team (Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Jared Sheldon 4, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3) outscored Danny Walker and Ben Soleimani’s Famers and Merchants Bank/RH Polo group (Ben Soleimani, Mariano Fassetta 5, Santiago Von Wernich 5, Alonso Cruz 1 – sub for injured Walker 2) by an average of one goal per chukker and cruised to a 14 – 9 victory.
Having to give up one goal at the start – based on handicap difference – Antelope won the opening throw-in and scored in the first 25 seconds. Famers & Merchants/RH got that back and actually led after the first period with the score in their favor at 2 – 1.
That was pretty much it for the Walker/ Soleimani team however as Antelope exploded with five goals in the second and led by three at 6 – 3.
The scoring – if not the play – was even in the third with two apiece and the half ended with the pronghorns three goal lead intact at 8 – 5.
Antelope counted three more in the fourth to only two for Farmers & Merchants/RH and the lead increased to four goals at 11 – 7.
The fifth chukker was much of the same as Antelope continued to play a running game to score twice more and Farmers & Merchants/RH were not able to keep up and counted just one (13 – 8).
Scoring was even in the last frame to give the final count of 14 – 9.
Antelope scoring was led by Trotz with eight goals (1 75 yard safety), Sheldon had five, and Palmer converted a penalty two.
The reply from Farmers & Merchants/RH was from Fassetta with four (1 penalty 4), Von Wernich with three, and Cruz scored once.
Based on his dominating open and influential play, Trotz was the unanimous choice as the MVP and his mare Pepper (4th Chukker) was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Antelope Jr. Continues to Dominate With Beal Win

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After an almost perfect January with the Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup victory, Grant Palmer and his Antelope Junior team (Grant Palmer, Carolyn Anier 1, Patrick Uretz 4, Jimmy Wright 3) continued that January run as they won the 2018 Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup 8 Goal Division. The win – once again – came at the expense of Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson’s Bush League foursome (Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4).
The young pronghorns started very quickly in the first and jumped out to a two goal lead that the country boys were able to cover with a quick pair of their own. One more for Antelope Junior gave them a lead going to the second at 3 – 2.
Palmer and Co. led by a pair in the early second but Bush League came back with two goals and the game was tied after two (4 – 4.
The third frame belonged to the youngsters as they counted twice to lead at halftime by a count of 6 – 4.
The Orange and Black were much the stronger team in the fourth as they scored twice to just one for Antelope Junior and they trailed by just one at 7 – 6.
The fifth was even with both scoring two times and the young pronghorns led by one at 9 – 8.
Robertson with one goal and Kyle with another gave the country boys their first lead of the game halfway through the sixth period. However, Wright and Uretz replied quickly for Antelope Junior and the Bush League rally was quelled and Palmer had his second season title by a final tally of 11 – 10.
For the winners, Uretz scored eight times (4 fouls) and Wright had three.
The reply from Bush League came from Escapite with five, Rice had three (1 foul), and Robertson and Kyle counted once each.
Because of his ability to read situations and act accordingly, Wright was named as the MVP and Benny, owned and played by Escapite in the fourth was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Pheasant Hollow Reorganizes and Wins Beal 4 Goal

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The 2018 Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup 4 Goal division final featured teams that were much different than their January lineups. While both had made somewhat extensive adjustments, they were carried out for different reasons.
To put it mildly, Debra Vermoch’s Pheasant Hollow 4 Goal team did not have a good January. Wins were hard to come by – if at all -and if things were to improve a change would be necessary. As it turned out, January World Gym winners – under the Thermal banner – Reg Whyte and Fellipe Sordelli were available and Tim Rudy jumped at the opportunity to add them to the roster. The change did wonders as Pheasant Hollow went through bracket play without a loss to qualify for the final.
Their opponent in the Beal ‘winner take all’ also went through some changes, although not because of a losing record. With Anne Evamy and her Identity Polo moniker stepping out of 4 goal play for February, Pat Powell – with his Blazers label – jumped in with Kyle Fargey and Diego Cossio. The addition of Shannon Smull-Mendez completed the adjustment and the Blazers qualified with a perfect record as well.
The final started quickly as the Blazers and their open style of play put immediate pressure on the Pheasant Hollow goal. The result was a pair of penalty number 2 conversions for Fargey to lead quickly. Pheasant Hollow responded quickly however, and Rudy was rewarded with a penalty 2 and a penalty 3 opportunity which he too made and the first was over and tied at two apiece.
The second period saw Pheasant Hollow continue the pressure they showed in the first as Sordelli counted a penalty 3 and scored one from the field as well and they led by two at 4 – 2 at the half.
The Blazers found footing in the early third chukker as Fargey scored a field goal to come within one. Sordelli got that back quickly though and the Pheasant Hollow lead was once again two goals. The Blazers jumped back as Fargey scored his second of the period to once again trail by just one going to the fourth at 5 – 4 in favor of Pheasant Hollow.
Rudy counted a field goal early in that fourth to again lead by a pair. Cossio responded for the Blazers to narrow the gap to one. Another goal by Cossio brought the Blazers even and it appeared that an extra frame might be necessary. Wasn’t to be however as Pheasant Hollow recovered and was awarded another 40 yard free-throw that Sordelli made no mistake on and it was over as the ‘new’ Pheasant Hollow had won the 4 goal Beal Cup by a final tally of 7 – 6.
Sordelli, with his ability to step in and renew the Pheasant Hollow offence was selected as the Most Valuable Player to his team and Mirage, owned by Powell and played by Cossio, earned the title of Best Playing Pony.
PHEASANT HOLLOW (4) – Debra Vermoch -1, Reg Whyte, Tim Rudy 3, Fellipe Sordelli 2.
BLAZERS (4) – Pat Powell, Shannon Smull-Mendez -1, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Cossio 2.

Tony Gregg