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Bush League Wins Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup

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BUSH LEAGUE – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Jose Rodriguez, Ulysses Escapite

The final game of the 2019 USPA Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup – with $7,500 for the winners and $2500 to the runners-up) featured two team names that had been there before. Bush League’s Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson saddled up for their third finals appearance in four years and Cheryl Schindel had played in the 2015 decider.

The start was fast for the Centurions (Cheryl Schindel -.5, Luis Saracco 3, Ignacio Saracco 2, Santiago Mendez 1.5) as Ignacio Saracco scored in the first 90 seconds to give the Grand Prairie, Alberta group a lead of one. However, that would be their only lead of the afternoon as Bush League (Virgil Kyle .5, Ryan Robertson .5, Ulysses Escapite 4, Jose Rodriguez 1) came back quickly to apply pressure that resulted in a Robertson penalty three conversion followed by a field goal from Escapite. The first was over and the country boys led 2 – 1.
The Romans got even in the second frame as Luis Saracco scored on a penalty two award but Bush League’s Escapite nailed a penalty four strike to again lead by one at the half (3 – 2).
Ignacio Saracco scored his second field goal in the early third period to again tie the count. Rodriguez then counted a pair of well earned field goals and Robertson scored his second open goal opportunity – a spot penalty two – and the third was over with country boys up by three (6 – 3).
In the fourth, Rodriguez scored his third of the contest and the Bush League lead was now four goals at 7 – 3. With the Centurions needing to score five unanswered goals to win, time – not to mention a strong Bush league defence – was a big factor. Luis Saracco was able to count a pair of field goals but it wasn’t nearly enough and Bush league won their second Governor’s Cup title in three years – with the identical lineup.
With his “nose in every play”, Rodriguez was the obvious choice as the MVP and Ygritte, owned by Kyle and played by Rodriguez in the third was selected as the Best Playing Pony.
On an afternoon that was presented by Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Ed Adams, Master of Whisky, and representing Oban & Lagavulin presnted the victors with bottles of Oban.
The Governor of the Pacific Coast Circuit, Danny Walker, presented the trophies and checks to both teams.
Tony Gregg

CENTURIONS – Cheryl Schindel, Ignacio Saracco, Luis Saracco, Topo Mendez
BEST PLAYING PONY – YGRITTE Played by Jose Rodriguez owned by Virgil Kyle

Skins Money Split – Highwood Wins Rossmore Decisively

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HIGHWOOD – Ron Mathison, Francisco Rodriguez-Mera, Marcos Llambias, Marcelo Abbiati

The format of the Polo Skins Game, played in conjuction with the USPA Rossmore Cup, allows that on occasion, the number of chukkers won can be even and, at the same time, one team can win the overall count by many goals.
Such was the case on Sunday afternoon, March 24th – presented by Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky – as Ben Soleimani’s Bensoleimani.com (Ben Soleimani, Santiago Von Wernich 5, Remi Du Celliee Muller 3, Tomi Alberdi 4) and Canadian Ron Matherson’s Highwood (Ron Matherson, Marcelo Rodriguez-Abbiati 4, Marcos Llambias 4, Francisco Rodriguez-Mera 4) met in the 25th annual Skins contest with each team winning three chukkers – to split the $30,000 available – and Highwood winning the Rossmore Cup by a final count of 13 – 8.
In front of a typical Skins crowd – huge with a party atmosphere – and on a perfect afternoon, the first period saw the early money going to Highwood as Rodriguez-Abbiati and Llambias scored field goals with an open goal reply from Bensoleimani.com’s Alberdi with a spot hit from inside thirty yards. Highwood $5000 and a Rossmore lead at 2- 1.
The second frame featured extremely tight play with three penalty three coversions – a pair from the Soleimani group’s Alberdi and a single from Highwood’s Rodriguez-Mera. Bensoleimani.com $5000 and the Rossmore tied at 3 – 3.
The designers continued the second period pressure into the third as Alberdi counted another penalty three award along with a field goal. The lone Highwood goal came from Rodriguez-Mera with another 40 yard free-throw conversion and Bensoleimani.com won their second skin and now had banked $10,000 and led the Rossmore at 5 – 4.
Following the Sophia halftime divot stomp, play in the fourth chukker opened up considerably and was all Highwood as Rodriguez-Mera scored three field goals with nary a reply from the rug merchants. The addition of the $5000 gave the Canadian crew $10,000 and a Rossmore lead of two at 7 – 5.
The Soleimani group recovered in the fifth period as Alberdi counted another penalty three award along with a field goal and Von Wernich counted one from the field. Highwood kept it close with a pair of 40 yard open goal counters from Rodriguez-Mera but the skin was Bensoleimani.com’s and gave them a total of $15,000. However, Highwood continued to lead the Rossmore at 9 – 8.
With many on hand thinking that the designers would come out strong in the sixth – they didn’t. Instead the strength was with the Canadians as they took absolute control and ran over the Soleimani group to score four unanswered goals – Rodriguez-Mera with three more open goal counters – a two from the spot, a two, and a three – and another field goal from Llambias. Bensoleimani.com was powerless as Highwood grabbed the final $5,000 to even the count at $15,000 each. With the deluge, Highwood won the Rossmore Cup by a large margin at 13 – 8.
With each team winning three chukkers to split the money, the difference in the Rossmore Cup was two strong chukkers from Highwood in which they scored seven unananswered goals. As mentioned earlier, in the Skins, an even game by the money count can be – and was – much different in the overall score.
With his strong effort inside the game to move the ball to advantageous spots along with his strong defensive play, Llambias was selected as the MVP and as such, he was the recipient of a check for $2,500.
Argentina, owned and played by Rodriguez-Abbiati in the fouth was chosen as the Best Playing Pony. Along with the BPP Blanket, Argentina garnered a $2,500 award.
Ed Adams, Master of Whisky and representing Oban & Lagavulin, presented bottles of Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky to the winners.
Mike Ward, the President of the Eldorado Polo Club, was on hand to award the $5,000 Skins checks as well as the USPA Rossmore Cup to Highwood.
Tony Gregg

BENSOLEIMANI.COM – Tomy Alberdi, Santiago Von Wernich, Remy Du Celliee Muller, Ben Soleimani
BEST PLAYING PONY – ARGENTINA – Marcelo Abbiati
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – MARCOS LLAMBIAS

Practice Chukkers Sunday March 24th

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Practice Chukkers

SUNDAY March 24th, 2019

Round
Robin 10:00 AM Field #6

Red
(1-4)
Blue
(1,2,5,6)
White
(3,4,5,6)
Mother
Chukkers
Carol Lars
  Antonio Armando
  Sy Dill
  Dill Simone
(1,2)
  Jenny
(3,4)

Governors & Skins Cup Finals

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Governor’s &
Skins Cup

6 & 12 Goal

SUNDAY March
24th, 2019

FINAL

12:00
PM Field- #1

BUSH
LEAGUE
vs CENTURIONS

UMP:
TBA

REF:
Ruben Coscia

*Each
team brings 1 umpire horse

FINAL

2:00
PM Field- #1

BENSOLEIMANI.COM
vs HIGHWOOD

UMP:
TBA

REF:
Graham Bray & Steve Lane

*Each
team brings 2 umpire horses

Pro Pool Sunday March 24th

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PRO- POOL

SUNDAY Mar. 24th,
2019

Final

10:00
AM

#4

Ocean Air Zephyr
Danny Juarez Rodrigo Salinas
David Carlson Lamar Rutherford
Zeljka Bosner Jemma Contreras
Shannon Mendez Elizabeth/Hannah

UMP: Ernie & Lindor

REF:   Tony Gregg

10:00
AM

#3

Sotheby’s Breva Farms
Tomas Reinoso Ruben Coscia
Ronda Kanitz Lesa Slaughter
Lee Robinson Stephen Cobb
Norah Harvey Adrian DeMontfalcon

UMP: Jimmy Wright

REF:   Bob Rambo

11:00
AM

#4

HYT Polo Sayulita
Ernie Ezcurra Lindor Novillo
Jayme Stone Julie Fernandez
Suzette Yamani Nick Fernandez
Elise Markell/Sebastian Keck Katie Roos

UMP: Tomas Reinoso

REF:   Claudia
Uretz

USPA Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup – March 24

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THERMAL 6
Reg Whyte 0
Bayne Bossom 2
Earnie Ezcurra 2
Felipe Sordelli 2

CENTURIONS 6
Cheryl Schindel -.5
Luis Saracco 3
Ignacio Saracco 2
Santiago Mendez 1.5

MOTHER CHUKKERS 5.5
Suzannah Forbes -1
Ignacio Deltour 4
Dayelle Fargey 2
Catlin Dix .5

BUSH LEAGUE 6
Virgil Kyle .5
Ryan Robertson .5
Ulysses Escapite 4
Jose Rodriguez 1

Sat Mar 16;Centurions vs Thermal, Bush League vs Mother Chukkers
Sun Mar 17; Thermal vs Bush League, Mother Chukkers vs Centurions
Sat Mar 23; Bush League vs Centurions, Thermal vs Mother Chukkers
Sat Mar 23; Thermal eliminated in shootout
Sun Mar 24; Governor’s Cup Final – Centurions vs Bush League

Centurions               2   1  d Mother Chukkers, Bush League l Thermal
Bush League           2    1  d Mother Chukkers, Thermal l Centurions
Thermal                    2   1   d Centurions, Mother Chukkers   l Bush League
Mother Chukkers      0   3   l Bush League, Centurions, Thermal

Rossmore Skins Cup -Standings March 24

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FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK 12
Danny Walker 2
Matthew Walker 2
Santiago Trotz 5
Jimmy Wright 3

HIGHWOOD 12
Ron Mathison 0
Francisco Mera-Rodriguez 4
Marcos Llambias 4
Mariano Gutierrez 4

Bensoleimani.com 12
Ben Soleimani 0
Santiago Von Wernich 5
Tomy Alberdi 4
Remy Du Celiee Muller 3

TWIN PALMS 12
Chris Maloney 1
Graham Bray 3
Ruben Coscia 4
Ulysses Escapite 4

Fri Mar 15; Farmers & Merchants vs Twin Palms, Bensoleimani.com vs Highwood
Sun Mar 17; FMB vs Bensoleimani.com, Twin Palms vs Highwood
Fri Mar 22; Twin Palms vs Bensoleimani.com, Highwood vs FMB
Sun Mar 24; Polo Skins Game – Bensoleimani.com vs Highwood

Bensoleimani.com   3  0  d Highwood, FMB, Twin Palms
Highwood                 2  1 d Twin Palms, FMB l Bensoleimani.com
FMB                         1  2  d Twin Palms   l Bensoeimani.com, Highwood
Twin Palms               0  3  l FMB, Highwood, Bensoleimani.com

Perfect Sunday Presented by Ketel One Botanicals

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Saint Patrick’s Day Sunday Polo – presented by Ketel One Botanicals – in front of a huge crowd, featured, first of all, a USPA 6 Goal Governor’s Cup tournament game followed by a USPA 12 Goal Rossmore Cup Skins qualifier.

The Governor’s Cup action featured Thermal (Reg Whyte, Bayne Bossom 2, Earnie Ezcurra 2 Felipe Sordelli 2) going up against Bush League (Virgil Kyle .5, Ryan Robertson .5, Ulysses Escapite 4, Jose Rodriquez 1).

With Thermal leading after the first three chukkers (3 – 0, 3 – 2, 4 – 3), Bush League came back in the fourth period to force an overtime frame with the count tied at six. With the throw-in to start the decider inside 40 yards and right of the Thermal goal, Escapite needed only 18 seconds to score the winner. With the 7 – 6  win, Bush league remained undefeated in qualifying play.

The second game, on this perfect afternoon for polo, saw Highwood (Ron Matheson, Marcello Rodriquez-Abbiati 4, Marcos Llambias 4, Francisco Rodriquez-Mera 4) mount up against Twin Palms (Chris Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Ruben Coscia 4, Ulysses Escapite 4).

After three periods, Highwood led by a count of 7 – 3. Twin Palms came back in the fourth and early fifth and tied the score at seven. However, Highwood regrouped and rode to a 12 – 7 victory.

With the Ketel One Botanical ladies present, players were presented with Ketel One Botanicals after both games.

Tony Gregg

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