Boss Polo Wins Prelude to the Governor’s Cup0

Posted on March 12th, 2018 in News, Uncategorized

It has been said, that if you win most of the throw-ins in a polo game you will have a strong chance of winning the game. This proved to be true for Boss Polo (Bayne Bossom, Lesley Tims -1, Jared Sheldon 4, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3) as they – in overtime – defeated Hanalei Bay (Krista Bonaguidi -1, Ashton Wolf 3, Taylor Freeman 2, Matthew Fonseca 2) in an extremely entertaining March 6 Goal final on an ‘absolutely perfect afternoon in sunny Southern California’ by a final tally of 8 – 7.
From the outset it became obvious that this was going to be a running game – out of the throw-ins quickly and go.
To that point Wolf grabbed the ball from the initial toss and scored on a superb run to gain the early lead for the Hawaiians. That one goal advantage became two as Bonaguidi caught a perfect pass and carried the ball 120 yards to rack up another counter. Not to be outdone, Sheldon then showed his ability to hit and run out of the scrums as he grabbed three in a row – the ‘natural hat trick’ – to give Boss Polo a lead of one after one at 3 – 2.
The wide open style for both sides continued in the second chukker as Sheldon scored two more for Boss Polo and Wolf and Fonseca replied for Hanalei Bay and it was 5 – 4 Boss Polo at the half.
The speed continued in the third period but defensive work was stronger as only two goals were scored. By grabbing both of those – from Freeman and Fonseca – the surfers held the lead going to the final of regulation by a count of 6- 5.
The fourth stanza saw much of the same open style of play, but a Hanalei Bay defensive error allowed Sheldon a free-throw opportunity from 30 yards which he easily converted to tie the score at six. Freeman then grabbed his second of the game and the lead was back in the hands of Bonaguidi and crew. That lead was rather short lived however as Tims alertly jumped on a loose ball in front of the Hawaiian goal and it was again tied – this time at seven and it was on to an extremely short overtime.
With the throw in toward the boards and about 120 yards out from the Hanalei Bay goal, and near the left side line, a cool and very quick Bossom grabbed the ball and ran and scored. It was over just like that – the shortest extra frame many had ever seen at no more than 10 seconds elapsed – and again showed the strengh of winning the scrums and running as Boss Polo won the March 6 Goal. Many in the very large and exuberant crowd remarked that this was, most certainly, one of the best games they had witnessed in a very long time.
With six goals, Sheldon was the obvious choice for MVP and Shock Top, owned and played by Sheldon in the second was honored as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg