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Fish Creek Constitution Cup 12 Goal – Standings Feb 24

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A – ANTELOPE (12) – Geoff Palmer, Santiago Trotz 5, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3, Jared Sheldon 4.
B – FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK/RH POLO (12) – Danny Walker 2, Ben Soleimani, Mariano Fassetta 5, Santiago Von Wernich 5.
C – HIGHWOOD (12) – Ron Mathison, Marcelo Rodriguez-Abbiati 4, Mariano Gutierrez 4, Geronimo Obregon 4.
D – LA HERRADURA (12) – Alvaro Fernandez, Rodrigo Fernandez 2, Guillermo Gracida 6, Julio Gracida 4

STANDINGS
Highwood 3 0 def La Herradura, Antelope, Farmers & Merchants/RH
Antelope 2 1 def Farmers & Merchants/RH, La Herradura lost Highwood
Farm & Mchnts/RH 1 2 def La Herradura lost Antelope, Highwood
La Herradura 0 3 lost Highwood, Farmers & Merchants/RH, Antelope

Fri Feb 16 – Antelope vs Farmers & Merchants Bank/RH Polo
Sat Feb 17 – Highwood vs La Herradura
Sun Feb 18 – Antelope vs Highwood
Wed Feb 21 – La Herradura vs Farmers & Merchants Bank/RH Polo
Fri Feb 23 – La Herradura vs Antelope
Sat Feb 24 – Farmers & Merchants Bank/RH Polo vs Highwood
Sun Feb 25 – Final; Antelope vs Highwood

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

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

Antelope Jr. Continues to Dominate With Beal Win

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After an almost perfect January with the Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup victory, Grant Palmer and his Antelope Junior team (Grant Palmer, Carolyn Anier 1, Patrick Uretz 4, Jimmy Wright 3) continued that January run as they won the 2018 Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup 8 Goal Division. The win – once again – came at the expense of Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson’s Bush League foursome (Virgil Kyle, Ryan Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4).
The young pronghorns started very quickly in the first and jumped out to a two goal lead that the country boys were able to cover with a quick pair of their own. One more for Antelope Junior gave them a lead going to the second at 3 – 2.
Palmer and Co. led by a pair in the early second but Bush League came back with two goals and the game was tied after two (4 – 4.
The third frame belonged to the youngsters as they counted twice to lead at halftime by a count of 6 – 4.
The Orange and Black were much the stronger team in the fourth as they scored twice to just one for Antelope Junior and they trailed by just one at 7 – 6.
The fifth was even with both scoring two times and the young pronghorns led by one at 9 – 8.
Robertson with one goal and Kyle with another gave the country boys their first lead of the game halfway through the sixth period. However, Wright and Uretz replied quickly for Antelope Junior and the Bush League rally was quelled and Palmer had his second season title by a final tally of 11 – 10.
For the winners, Uretz scored eight times (4 fouls) and Wright had three.
The reply from Bush League came from Escapite with five, Rice had three (1 foul), and Robertson and Kyle counted once each.
Because of his ability to read situations and act accordingly, Wright was named as the MVP and Benny, owned and played by Escapite in the fourth was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Pheasant Hollow Reorganizes and Wins Beal 4 Goal

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The 2018 Carlton and Keleen Beal Cup 4 Goal division final featured teams that were much different than their January lineups. While both had made somewhat extensive adjustments, they were carried out for different reasons.
To put it mildly, Debra Vermoch’s Pheasant Hollow 4 Goal team did not have a good January. Wins were hard to come by – if at all -and if things were to improve a change would be necessary. As it turned out, January World Gym winners – under the Thermal banner – Reg Whyte and Fellipe Sordelli were available and Tim Rudy jumped at the opportunity to add them to the roster. The change did wonders as Pheasant Hollow went through bracket play without a loss to qualify for the final.
Their opponent in the Beal ‘winner take all’ also went through some changes, although not because of a losing record. With Anne Evamy and her Identity Polo moniker stepping out of 4 goal play for February, Pat Powell – with his Blazers label – jumped in with Kyle Fargey and Diego Cossio. The addition of Shannon Smull-Mendez completed the adjustment and the Blazers qualified with a perfect record as well.
The final started quickly as the Blazers and their open style of play put immediate pressure on the Pheasant Hollow goal. The result was a pair of penalty number 2 conversions for Fargey to lead quickly. Pheasant Hollow responded quickly however, and Rudy was rewarded with a penalty 2 and a penalty 3 opportunity which he too made and the first was over and tied at two apiece.
The second period saw Pheasant Hollow continue the pressure they showed in the first as Sordelli counted a penalty 3 and scored one from the field as well and they led by two at 4 – 2 at the half.
The Blazers found footing in the early third chukker as Fargey scored a field goal to come within one. Sordelli got that back quickly though and the Pheasant Hollow lead was once again two goals. The Blazers jumped back as Fargey scored his second of the period to once again trail by just one going to the fourth at 5 – 4 in favor of Pheasant Hollow.
Rudy counted a field goal early in that fourth to again lead by a pair. Cossio responded for the Blazers to narrow the gap to one. Another goal by Cossio brought the Blazers even and it appeared that an extra frame might be necessary. Wasn’t to be however as Pheasant Hollow recovered and was awarded another 40 yard free-throw that Sordelli made no mistake on and it was over as the ‘new’ Pheasant Hollow had won the 4 goal Beal Cup by a final tally of 7 – 6.
Sordelli, with his ability to step in and renew the Pheasant Hollow offence was selected as the Most Valuable Player to his team and Mirage, owned by Powell and played by Cossio, earned the title of Best Playing Pony.
PHEASANT HOLLOW (4) – Debra Vermoch -1, Reg Whyte, Tim Rudy 3, Fellipe Sordelli 2.
BLAZERS (4) – Pat Powell, Shannon Smull-Mendez -1, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Cossio 2.

Tony Gregg

Identity Polo Stays Perfect to Win Officers Cup 4 Goal

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The final of the Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup 4 Goal turned out to be a very fast and open polo game. Identity Polo (Anne Evamy, Alex Green -1, Kyle Fargey 3, Diego Coscio 2) arrived with a perfect record and Palm Desert/Film Finance (Dan Horn, Leigh Brecheen, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3, Antonio Juarez 1) came with just one loss.
From the start it was obvious that both teams were prepared to hit and run and as a result, the large crowd was well entertained throughout.
The first period featured many chances for both contenders with neither able to score.
The fast and open play continued in the second as Fargey counted two field goals and Identity led by that pair at halftime (2 – 0).
Palm Desert/Film Finance counted the first goal of the third frame as Du Celliee Muller ran to score and narrowed the gap to just one. Fargey replied for Identity with a magnificent run and cut shot from 90 yards and ‘way’ left – the announcer’s shot of the day – grabbed the two goal lead back for Identity and it was on to the final chukker with the count still favoring Identity at 3 – 1.
Fargey struck again in the early fourth with another bomb but Du Celliee Muller replied with a missile of his own to again trail by two with ample time left on the clock for a comeback. However, Fargey was the one to take advantage of that time and ran to score his fifth of the day to create a final score of 5 – 2 to favor Identity.
While everyone on both teams played well and displayed the teamwork that got them to the final, the difference was Fargey and as a result, he was appointed as the MVP.
To cap off an extraordinary afternoon for Fargey, his fourth chukker mare Milly was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Antelope Junior Wins Officer’s Cup 8 Goal

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The January 8 goal Coachella Valley Officer’s Cup Tournament featured an entry of eight teams in a format that would see every team play every other team once with the top two advancing to the final. Over the course of the one month event, Grant Palmer and his Antelope Junior group (Palmer, Patrick Uretz 4, Carolyn Anier 1, Jimmy Wright 3) and Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson’s Bush League foursome (Kyle, Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4) finished one and two respectively and would therefore meet in the Sunday January 28th final. Palmer and Co. defeated Bush League in their January 6th game by a final count of 12 – 7 and as such were considered the favorites to win again and grab the championship trophy.
The contest was played on an unbelievably perfect desert afternoon presented by Bulleit Bourbon – in front of a huge crowd – with an above average high temperature of 85 degrees and nothing but sunshine. While the weather was flawless, the game, although entertaining at times, was restrained often by penalties.
From the start, the younger Antelope group controlled most of the play and led after the first by a score of 3 – 2.
In what would be the situation almost throughout, the – for the most part – younger Palmer group continued to hold the upper hand in the second period as well and led by three going to the third at 7 – 4.
The country boys came back somewhat in the third to outscore the Juniors by one at 2 – 1 and the half was over with the Palmer group leading by two at 8 – 6.
The fourth was Antelope Junior’s as they outscored Bush League 3 – 1 and their lead was now four at 11 – 7 with two to go in regulation.
The penultimate frame was a copy of the third chukker as the orange men grabbed a pair to just one for the young pronghorns and the count was now 12 – 9 with one period left.
Bush League was able to stay with the Palmer group in the final stanza but it wouldn’t be nearly enough and the final count would see Antelope Junior prevail by a final score of 13 – 10.
Scoring for the winners was led by Uretz with eight (six fouls – two penalty fours), Wright with four, and Anier with one.
The reply from Bush League was led by Rice grabbing eight goals (seven fouls – one penalty four) and Escapite with a pair (one foul).
Because of his dominant and controlling style of play Uretz was chosen as the Most Valuable Player to his team.
Black, owned and played by the veteran Anier in the fourth, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

Lakeside Wins Weekend NYTS Tournament

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With two wins over the two days of the USPA National Youth Tournament Series, Lakeside (Riley Jordan, Garrett Bankhead, Thomas Phelps, Cory Williams) grabbed the winner’s spoils.
Victory number one came at the expense of Alegria (Alonso Cruz, Piers Bossum, Hope Kerley, Cassidy Wood) by a score of 10 -2 and the second triumph consumed Antelope (Grant Palmer, Charlie Walker, Zack Coleman, Maya Tantuwaya) by a final count of 4 – 3.
Second spot in the weekend event went to Antelope with a 5 – 1 win over Alegria.
The all-star awards were presented to Palmer, Cruz, Jordan, Bankhead, and Williams.

Tony Gregg

Bush League Hangs On to Win Jason Memorial

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On another absolutely perfect day in ‘sunny Southern California’, the 2018 Mac & Madelyn Jason Memorial was contested between Chris Maloney’s Twin Palms aggregation (Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Mason Wroe 4, Mia Bray -1) and Virgil Kyle and Ryan Robertson’s Bush League group (Kyle, Robertson, Ulysses Escapite 4, Shane Rice 4).
A close game was expected by most and it most certainly was at the end. What was not expected perhaps, were the rather large ‘swings’ that favored both teams.
With a handicap award of one at the outset to favor Twin Palms the anticipated closeness was certainly played out in the first as both foursomes counted a goal and the first ended with the Maloney Group ahead by one at 2 – 1.
Bush League opened it up in the second and the first so-called ‘swing’ occurred as the orange & black scored three times – to none for Twin Palms – to take a lead of two to the third chukker at 4 – 2.
The scoring advantage continued to favor the rural group with a pair of goals to one for Twin Palms and it was 6 – 3 Bush League at halftime.
Maloney and Co. created their first ‘swing’ of the game in the fourth period as they counted two goals to none for Bush League and the country lead was now just one at 6 – 5 going to the fifth.
The momentum changed again in that fifth as Bush League scored four goals and the Maloney crew were only able to grab one. The result was a four goal advantage for the orange men with one chukker left in regulation at 10 – 6.
Twin Palms needed goals in the sixth and they got three of them (one a penalty number 1) as the pendulum swung once again and counting down to the thirty second warning horn they were within one and just several yards away with an opportunity to force an extra stanza. It wasn’t to be however as the horn ended play and Bush League had barely hung on to win the Jason Memorial by a final tally of 10 – 9.
For the winners, Escapite and Rice (one foul) scored four times each and Robertson had a pair.
Twin Palms scoring saw Wroe count five (one foul) and Malony grabbed a pair (one foul). The penalty one and the handicap award completed their total.
With an aggressive effort and two very timely goals in the fifth, Robertson was accorded the honor of Most Valuable Player and Kenny, owned and played by Rice in the second chukker, was selected as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg

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