Cotterel Farms Earns Bronzes in February 12 Goal Final0

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in News

12 Goal Feb League_blog

The February 12 Goal Tournament final, played on a rather windy and coolish Sunday afternoon, featured Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni’s Cotterel Farms (Jenny Luttrell-Benardoni, Ruben Coscia 5, Juan Curbelo 5, Charlie Petersen 2) and Carole Lesine’s Edelweiss ( Carole Lessine, Martin Donovan 5, Ulysses Escapite 4, Enrique Zavaleta 3). For Cotterel, it was their second final of 2015 and for Edelweiss, it was their first ever Eldorado final – a well earned berth by virtue of a perfect 3 – 0 record with three overtimes needed to get there.

The first period started rather slowly as both teams seemed hesitant to make any bold moves. In spite of that, Curbelo did break free with a nice run to score the first goal of the contest and Donovan replied with an equally impressive tally to the same goal to tie the count at one apiece.  Curbelo was able to count another toward the end and the otherwise very quiet opener ended with the farmers leading by one.

The pace was slow in the second as well and Edelweiss was able to take advantage to score a pair – Donovan with a penalty three conversion and a field goal – and at the same time keep the farmers off the scoreboard. The result was a one goal Swiss lead going to the third.

Whatever the reason, that third chukker was rather subdued as well. The only goal came off the mallet of Peterson from the field and the first half was over with the board showing a tie at three each.

The mountaineers came out in the fourth and scored quickly to grab a lead of one on an alert effort in front of the goal by Zavaleta. The farmers were fast to reply however and strong and sustained pressure led to three penalty conversions by Coscia – two number three’s and a safety – and a faster fourth was over with Cotterel up by a pair at 6 – 4.

Donovan brought Edelweiss to within one on a counter from the field midway through the fifth, but the farmers responded with a strong effort once again and Coscia, from the field, was able to get that back and then counted another number three to end the frame. The count was now 8 – 5 in favor of Cotterel and they were in comfortable control.

Curbelo finished another nice run early in the final and it was apparent at this point that the farmers were going to carry home the first place Richard Roenisch Bronzes. A little later, Escapite completed the scoring and the final count was 9 – 6 in favor of Cotterel.

Curbelo was selected as the Most Valuable Player and Pretty, Zavaleta’s sixth period mare, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony.

Tony Gregg