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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

USPA Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup – March 17

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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
Sun Mar 24; Governor’s Cup Final

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

Rossmore Skins Cup -Standings March 17

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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; Skins Game

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

Bush League Victorious in March 6 Goal

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

The final game of the March 6 Goal League featured Palm Desert (Dan Horn, Malia McCoy 1, Joseph Stuart 3, Alonso Andrade 1) lining up against Bush League (Virgil Kyle .5, Ryan Robertson .5, Ulysses Escapite 4, Jose Rodriguez 1). For Bush League it was to be a warm-up event for the USPA 2019 Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup – a tournament they won in 2017 with the same roster.

With a handicap award of one-half goal, Palm Desert started quickly as Stuart scored early. Rodriguez and Kyle replied for Bush League and the first ended with the minor leaguers leading by the handicap difference at 2 – 1.5.

The Bush League lead increased in the second via a penalty one call against Palm Desert but was short lived as Stuart scored his second and Andrade counted one as well. At the half, it was Palm Desert up at 3.5 – 3.

The third was a back and forth as Bush League counted three times – Escapite twice (one penalty 4) and Robertson – and Palm Desert two times – Stuart and Andrade (a penalty 3). Going to the final frame Bush League led again at 6 – 5.5.

Kyle scored the only goal of the fourth period and that would be enough as Escapite did a masterful job of running down the clock that prevented any kind of comeback by Palm Desert. The result was a 7 – 5.5 win for Bush League.

Escapite, always organized and influential, was selected as the MVP.

Blackjack, owned by Dayelle Fargey and Abby Riggs and played by Escapite in the fourth, earned the title of Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Ulysses Escapite – MVP
Best Playing Pony – BLACK JACK Played by Ulysses Escapite, Owned by Abby Riggs & Dayelle Fargey

Bensoleimani.com Takes Beal 12 Over Chateau d’Esclans

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BENSOLEIMANI.COM – Tomy Alberdi, Remy Mueller, Ben Sloeimani, Santi Von Wernich

The USPA Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup 12 Goal final turned out to be a game of split momentum for five chukkers and then then a battle to the finish the sixth.

From the start, Bensoleimani.com (Ben Soleimani, Santiago Von Wernich 5, Tomy Alberdi 4, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3) took control over Chateau d’Escalns (Ron Mathison, Marcos Llambias 4, Francisco Rodriguez-Mera 4, Patrick Uretz 4 – sub for inj Marcello Rodriguez-Abbiati 4) with immediate and sustained pressure. The result was two goals from Alberdi – one from the field and a penalty three conversion to lead after one at 2 – 0.

The early second saw the momentum stay with the designers as Du Celiee Muller and Von Wernich each scored singles to lead by four. However, the late second saw a switch in momentum as Chateau d’Esclans recovered to find pressure of their own that was rewarded with a spot penalty two opportunity that was easily converted by Rodriguez-Mera and the second was over with Soleimani.com up by three at 4 – 1.

The switch in strength to favor the vintners continued into the third frame as Rodriguez-Mera counted two goals – another free hit from 10 yards and a field goal to narrow the deficit to just a goal at 4 – 3 going into the Sophia Halftime Divot Stomp.

The fourth period featured continued momentum for Chateau d’Esclans as Rodriguez-Mera counted a pair of open goal strikes and a spectacular neck shot from 65 yards and well to the right – the announcer’s shot of the day – to now lead for the first time in the game. At this point, it appeared that the vintners were on their way. Not quite as Bensoleimani.com was able to stop the six goal run as Alberdi scored on a massive penalty four effort. Notwithstanding, Chateau d’Esclans led after the frame by a count of 6 – 5. This was the vintners first lead at the end of a chukker.

With the penalty strike in the fourth, the momentum was now firmly back in the camp of Bensoleimani.com in the penultimate stanza as Alberti made three more goals  – two open goal awards and one from the field. Chateau d’Esclans were able to stop the four goal run with Rodriguez-Mera launching a 60 yard penalty conversion of his own. However, the designers led again at 8 – 7 going to the final.

With scoring runs of four, six, and four again, momentum had indeed been a factor for both teams coming into the sixth period. The final frame, however, saw back and fourth scoring  – all field goals – as Alberdi counted his seventh of the game to lead by two. Rodriguez-Mera brought Chateau d’Esclans back to within one but Von Wernich gave the Soleimani group another lead of two. Uretz then scored, to once again bring the winery to within one. But that would be it for the vintners and Alberdi counted another to give Bensoleimani.com the 2019 Beal Cup by a final count of 11 – 9.

With his strong play and superb foul shooting abilities, Alberdi was chosen as the MVP and Felina, played by Rodriguez-Mera in the sixth wore the Best Playing Pony cooler back to the barn.

Recent Polo Hall of Fame inductee Karlene Beal Garber, along with her husband Dick, was on hand to present the awards.

Tony Gregg

MVP – Tomy Alberdi
Best Playing Pony – FELINA Francisco Rodriguez Mera

March League 6 Goal – Teams/Standings Mar 10

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

PALM DESERT 6
Dan Horn 0
Joseph Stuart 3
Malia McCoy 1
Luciano Vazquez 2

MOTHER CHUKKERS/TIMING 6
Suzannah Forbes -1
Nicole Ball 0
Ignacio Deltour 4
Rodrigo Salinas 3

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

Sat Mar 2; Thermal vs Palm Desert, Bush League vs Mother Chukkers/Timing
Sun Mar 3; Palm Desert vs Bush League, Mother Chukkers/Timing vs Thermal
Sat Mar 9; Bush League vs Thermal, Palm Desert vs Mother Chukkers/Timing
Sun Mar 10; Palm Desert vs Bush League

Bush League             3   0   d Mother Chukkers/Timing, Palm Desert, Thermal
Palm Desert              2   1   d Thermal, Mother Chukkers/Timing l Bush League
Thermal                     1   2   d Mother Chukkers/Timing l Palm Desert, Bush League
Mthr Chkrs/Tmng      0   3   l Bush League, Thermal, Palm Desert

Carlton & Keleen Beal Cup 12 Goal – Standings Mar 10

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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
Marcello Rodriguez-Abbiati 4
Francisco Mera-Rodriguez 4
Marcos Llambias 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 1; FMB vs Highwood, Bensoleimani.com vs Twin Palms
Sun Mar 3; Highwood vs Bensoleimani.com, Twin Palms vs FMB
Fri Mar 8; Twin Palms vs Highwood, FMB vs Bensoleimani.com
Sun  Mar 10;Bensoleimani.com vs Highwood

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

Centurions Narrowly Win 4 Goal Constitution Cup

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With the USPA Fish Creek 4 Goal Constitution Cup final – played at southern California’s Eldorado Polo Club – set as a match-up between the Centurions (Cheryl Schindel -.5, Lesley Tims -.5, Luis Saracco 3, Ignacio Saracco 2) and CedarCreek (Nicholas Wilhem -1, Alex Green -.5, Ashton Wolf 3, Diego Cossio 2), it was determined by a great many that the Romans would easily emerge as the victors. As everyone now knows, that most certainly was not the case as CedarCreek were more than prepared to play hard nosed polo from the outset.

The prognosticators were comfortable after the first period as the Centurions – having to give up a half goal on handicap – led at the end by a count of 2 – .5.

However, the second was much different as the management group sharpened their pencils and went to work. With constant pressure, the result was CedarCreek outscoring the Centurions by a pair and led at the half with a count of 3.5 – 3.

Continued and genuine force by CedarCreek in the third period saw their lead increase with a score now of 5.5 – 3.

Needing to step up in order to win, the Centurions did in the final frame as they outscored CedarCreek by three goals to barely squeeze out a victory with a final count in their favor of 7 – 6.5 to become the USPA Fish Creek 4 Goal Constitution Cup champions for 2019.

Ignacio Saracco led the scoring for the victors with four goals, Luis Saracco had two (one foul) and Tims, with a great move, attained the game winner with little time left to go.

CedarCreek counters – besides the handicap award – came from Wolf with four open goal conversions and Cossio provided two from the field.

In a great return to Eldorado, Ignacio Saracco earned the title of MVP and Maga, played by Saracco and owned along with his brother Luis, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Maga – Igancio & Luis Saracco

Antelope Jr. Wins 12 Goal Constitution Cup

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During the qualifying games of the Fish Creek Constitution Cup, Grant Palmer’s Antelope Jr. foursome (Grant Palmer 0, Felipe Vercellino 6, Jose Ignacio Martinez 3T, Peter Blake 3) started out very strong with four wins but then lost their next two games. The losses notwithstanding, the young Palmer group finished at the top and won a semi-final game to earn a spot in the final.
The opposition in the decider would come from Bensoleimani.com (Ben Soleimani 0, Santiago Von Wernich 5, Tommy Alberdi 4, Joseph Stuart 3), who started the competition slowly and improved as the tournament continued and arrived as a worthy foe. In fact, they defeated the young pronghorns in qualifying play.

On a superb afternoon – presented by Ketel One Botanicals – the early play, while fast, featured little scoring. The first goal came from Soleimani on a run from center on a perfect setup. Vercellino replied for Antelope Jr. to tie the count but Alberdi crushed a 60 yard award and the first ended with Soleimani.com leading at 2 – 1.

Von Wernich scored the only goal in a rather choppy second period to now lead by a pair at 3 – 1.

If the play didn’t open up in the third period, the scoring certainly did as the designers extended their lead. Soleimani counted his second on another nice run and Alberdi grabbed one from the field and another perfectly executed penalty four. The reply from the Palmer group saw Martinez and Vercellino convert open goal opportunities and Soleimani.com led by three at 6 – 3.

The fourth allowed the junior pronghorns to come within one as Vercellino scored twice – a penalty four and a number two. However, Stuart converted a 30 yard free-throw to lead again by two at 7 – 5.

Antelope Jr. opened up the fifth and took the lead for the first time. Martinez scored twice from the field and Vercellino scored his fourth penalty counter and added a field goal to lead by two. Alberti narrowed the gap to one with his second field goal and Antelope Jr. led 9 – 8 going to the final chukker.

In a tension filled closing stanza, the designers were not able to get even as Vercellino converted another open goal offering to now give the junior squad a two goal advantage. Alberti then scored on a penalty two from the spot to narrow the gap to just one at 10 – 9. Notwithstanding, continued pressure from the young pronghorns lead to Vercellino’s second penalty four conversion of the afternoon which ensured the win and Antelope Jr – this time defeating Bensoleimani.com – had won the 2019 USPA Fish Creek Constitution Cup by a final count of 11 – 9.

Martinez, with his strong supporting play in the middle, was selected as the MVP and Vienna, owned by Soleimani and played by Von Wernich in the second, was awarded the Best Playing Pony blanket.

Tony Gregg

Fish Creek Constitution Cup 12 Goal – Standings Feb 22

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A – ANTELOPE JR
Grant Palmer 0
Felipe Vercellino 6
Peter Blake 3
Jose Martinez 3

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

C – FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK
Danny Walker 2
Julian Mannix 5
Mariano Gutierrez 4
Alonzo Cruz 1

D – BENSOLEIMANI.COM
Ben Soleimani 0
Santiago Von Wernich 5
Tommy Alberdi 4
Joseph Stuart 3

E – ANTELOPE
Geoff Palmer 0
Santiago Trotz 5
Marco Llambias 4
Jimmy Wright 3

F – HIGHWOOD
Ron Mathison 0
Marcello Rodriguez-Abbiati 4
Francisco Mera-Rodriguez 4
Jared Sheldon 4 injured

SCHEDULE
Fri Feb 22; Semi-finals – Antelope vs Bensoleimani.com, Antelope Jr vs Highwood
Sat Feb 23; Twin Palms vs FMB
Sun Feb 24 Finals; Bensoleimani.com vs Antelope Jr

STANDINGS – Feb 20
Antelope Jr      4   1 d FMB, Hghwd, Ant, Twn Plms   l Bensol.cm
Antelope          3   2   d Twn Plms, Bensol.cm, FMB   l Ant Jr, Hghwd
Bensoleimani   3   2 d FMB, Ant Jr, Hghwd l Ant, Twin Palms
Highwood        2   3  d Ant, Twn Plms   l Ant Jr, FMB, Bensol.com
Twin Palms       2   3   d FMB, Bensol.cm l Ant, Ant Jr, Hghwd
FMB                  1   4   d Hghwd   l Ant Jr, Twn Plms, Bensol.cm, Ant

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