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USPA Rossmore Cup/Skins Final Set

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COTTEREL FARMS (11) – Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Cosia 5, Juan Curbelo 5.
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK/RH POLO (12) – Danny Walker 2, Ben Soleimani, Mariano Fassetta 5, Santiago Von Wernich 5.
HIGHWOOD (12) – Ron Mathison, Marcelo Rodriguez-Abbiati 4, Mariano Gutierrez 4, Geronimo Obregon 4.
TWIN PALMS (12) – Chris Maloney 1, Graham Bray 5, Mason Wroe 4, Patrick Uretz 4.

STANDINGS
Twin Palms 3 0 def Cotterel, Farmers & Merchants/RH Polo, Highwood
Farmers & Merchants/RH Polo 2 1 def Highwood, Cotterel lost Twin Palms
Highwood 1 2 def Cotterel lost Farmers & Merchants/RH, Twin Palms
Cotterel Farms 0 3 lost Twin Palms, Highwood, Farmers & Merchants/RH Polo

Fri Mar 16 – Highwood vs Farmers & Merchants/RH, Cotterel vs Twin Palms
Sun Mar 18- Twin Palms vs Farmers & Merchants/RH, Cotterel vs Highwood
Fri Mar 23 – Farmers & Merchahts/RH vs Cotterel, Highwood vs Twin Palms
Sun Mar 11 – Final – Farmers & Merchants Bank/RH Polo vs Twin Palms

Two best records will play final
‘Who beat who’ and ‘shootout’ rules in effect

Governor’s Cup Final – Familiar Face vs Newcomers

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BRACKET 1
BLAZERS (6) – Pat Powell, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Cossio 2, Malia McCoy 1.
BOSS POLO (6) – Lesley Tims -1, Bayne Bossom, Jared Sheldon 4, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3.
BEARSDEN (5.5) – Carol Farnsworth -.5, Cody Woodfin 2, Peter Blake 3, Jessica Baily 1.
HANALEI BAY (6) – Krista Bonaguidi -1, Ashton Wolf 3, Taylor Freeman 2, Matthew Fonseca 2.

BRACKET 2
BUSH LEAGUE (6) – Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson .5, Ulysses Escapite 4, Jose Rodriguez 1.5.
THERMAL (6) – Reg Whyte, Mia Bray, Patrick Uretz 4, Felipe Sordelli 2.
LUNA NUEVA (6) – Jennifer Alexy .5, Cheryl Schindel -.5, Diego Larregli 3, Luis Saracco 3.

Boss Polo 2 0 1 def Hanalei Bay, Blazers tied Bearsden (first)
Blazers 2 1 def Bearsden, Hanalei Bay lost Boss Polo (second)
Hanalei Bay 1 2 def Bearsden lost Boss Polo, Blazers
Bearsden 0 2 1 lost Blazers, Hanalei Bay tied Boss Polo

Thermal 1 1 def Luna Nueva lost Bush League (won shootout)
Bush League 1 1 def Thermal lost Luna Nueva (second in shootout)
Luna Nueva 1 1 def Bush League lost Thermal (eliminated in shootout)

Sat Mar 17 – Blazers vs Bearsden, Boss Polo vs Hanalei Bay
Sat Mar 17 – Bush League vs Luna Nueva
Sun Mar 18 – Boss Polo vs Blazers, Bearsden vs Hanalei Bay
Sun Mar 18 – Thermal vs Bush League
Thur Mar 22 – Hanalei Bay vs Blazers, Bearsden vs Boss Polo
Thur Mar 22 – Luna Nueva vs Thermal
Sat Mar 24 – Semi Finals; Boss Polo vs Bush League, Blazers vs Thermal
Sun Mar 25 – Final; Thermal vs Boss Polo

Play is inside the bracket
Two teams with best record in their bracket will play in cross bracket semi-final – first in one bracket plays second in the other bracket
Winners will advance to final
Three teams that that don’t advance to semi-finals will play Round-Robin for the Lt. Governor’s Cup
Shootout rules in effect

Boss Polo Wins Prelude to the Governor’s Cup

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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

Cotterel Takes Long Route to March 12 Goal Victory

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It really doesn’t matter how you get to the final game of any tournament – it’s what you do when you get there. For Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni and her Cotterel Farms aggregation (Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni, Francisco Benardoni 1, Ruben Coscia 5, Juan Curbelo 5) the route to the final was not ideal. A pair of losses to start with and it didn’t look promising. But a third game victory combined with some help, allowed the Idaho group into a shootout to determine an opponent for undefeated Highwood (Ron Mathison, Marcello Rodrigues-Abbiati 4, Geronimo Obregon 4, Mariano Gutierrez 4) – a shootout that they won.
The final then, was a rematch between the tournament’s first game combatants but the result would be much different – this time Cotterel prevailed. In fact, the Idaho farmers would never trail as they literally outran the Canadian outfit by a final score of 6 – 5.
With a handicap award of one to start with, first period counters by Curbelo and Coscia gave Cotterel a lead of three going to the second.
Gutierrez and Rodriguez-Abbiati scored for Highwood in that second to trail by just one (3 – 2).
Benardoni notched his first of the day in the third chukker to give Cotterel a lead of two but Highwood got back to within one as Gutierrez converted a penalty four strike to go to halftime (4 – 3).
Curbelo scored his second – the only goal of the fourth frame – and Idaho now led by two with two to go in regulation (5 – 3).
The penultimate stanza – like chukker number four – featured just one goal. That counter was an open goal conversion by Gutierrez from 30 yards and Mathison and Co., once again, trailed by only one going to the final frame (5 – 4).
In the sixth, Gutierrez grabbed his second goal from the field and the count was now tied at five with less than three minutes to go. An alert play from the right of the Highwood goal rewarded Benardoni with his second goal of the contest that turned out to be the winner as Cotterel prevailed by one goal at 6 – 5 and had won the March 12 Goal Tournament – the prelude to the Skins Tournament.
Benardoni, with creative and aggressive play, was selected as the Most Valuable Player to his team and Euro, owned by Mathison and played by Rodriguez-Abbiati, was rewarded with the Best Playing Pony blanket.

Tony Gregg

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

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