Antelope Wins Rematch in February 12 Goal Final0

Posted on February 24th, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

The final game of the February Tournament, played in front of another huge crowd, was a rematch of the Beal Cup final – Geoff Palmer’s Antelope and John Rooney’s Northern Blizzard. While the final two weeks ago was a close game with several lead changes and Rooney’s group coming away with a 9 – 7 victory, this one was not as Antelope overpowered Northern Blizzard throughout to come away with a rather lopsided 12 – 8 win.

It was apparent from the start that Antelope’s quarterback, Santiago Trotz, had prepared well as he sent Palmer – from the back – running at the start and set him up with a perfect pass that the Pronghorn patron took 130 yards to score and lead very early. Trotz then converted a penalty four opportunity and the first was over with Antelope up by a pair – a lead they would not relinquish.

The second didn’t start any better for the Canadian contingent as Antelope pressure was rewarded with a penalty two counter by Palmer and the lead was now three. Rooney, with a very heads up and aggressive play in the Pronghorn goal mouth got the first goal for Northern Blizzard and Juan Curbelo made it two with a field goal to end the second and the Northerners appeared to be back in it – trailing by just one at 3 – 2.

However, any thought that Rooney and Co. were actually in it was quickly dispelled in the third as Antelope exploded and scored five in a row – Jared Sheldon with a pair of open goal conversions, Jesse Bray with two from the field, and Trotz with one –  before Joe Henderson was able to count one for Northern Blizzard. The half was over and Antelope lead 8 – 3.

Antelope held the five goal advantage in the fourth as Bray and Trotz scored one each with a reply of two from the North as Curbelo and Tim Rudy counted one apiece. Going to the fifth it was 10 – 5 in favor of the Pronghorns.

The penultimate chukker was pretty much a copy of the fourth with Antelope holding their advantage as each team, once again, scored twice. Trotz from the field and a Palmer free throw for the leaders while Rudy grabbed a penalty three and a strike from the field in reply. With one to go, it was 12 – 7 Antelope.

Rooney grabbed his second of the day early in the final to narrow the gap to four and that would be it as Antelope completely dominated and came away with the Rich Roenisch Bronzes – most certainly a much different result than their first meeting.

Because of his alert and simply overpowering play, Bray was chosen as the MVP and Trotz’s fifth period horse, Hector, was awared the cooler as the Best Playing Pony.

Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni from Cotterel Farms was selected as the Most Valuable Sponsor for the tournament.

February 12 Goal Tournament 2014

Antelope 12 – Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Jesse Bray 4, Jared Sheldon 3.

Northern Blizzard – John Rooney 1, Joe Henderson 4, Juan Curbelo 4, Tim Rudy 3.

Tony Gregg