Gypsy take out the 6 goal Wendell Kerley Memorial0

Posted on February 6th, 2013 in Uncategorized

With the much sought-after Chris Kerley Spurs as the reward, the final games of the Wendell Kerley Memorial Tournament – delayed because of rain – were played on Saturday and Sunday, with Ron Bonaguidi’s Hanalei Bay winning the 12 Goal tournament, and Suzanne Figi’s Gypsy capturing the 6 goal test.

In the 6 Goal, played Saturday in front of a large Cantina lunch crowd, Gypsy went up against Rick Paicius and his Trinity organization and came away with a 10 – 8 victory.

At the start, it looked as if Paicius and Co. were going to walk all over the wanderers as they jumped out to a very quick two goal lead with counters from Tim Rudy and Miguel Gutierrez. However, the young Gypsy quarterback, Jesse Bray grabbed two of his own late in the period and it was tied a two going to the second.

The second was rather uneventful, but it became apparent that Gypsy had a defensive plan as Bray, along with Mike Kerley, Jessica Bailey, and Gustavo Patino (substituting for Figi) kept the Paicius Group off the scoresheet while grabbing a goal coutesy of a penalty three conversion by Kerley that gave the wanderers a lead of one at 3 – 2.

The Gypsy defensive plan was in full operation in the third as Trinity was able to do nothing offensively and that strong effort was rewarded with a series of turnovers that led to three goals including a field goal by Kerley and a pair of free throws by Bray – a number three and a spectacular number six from about 70 yards away from goal. The ‘half’ ended with Gypsy leading by four at 6 – 2.

The ten minutes of ‘halftime’ gave the Trinity Group time to formulate a plan to stop the pain – something Paicius is very good at – and it was time well spent. Despite allowing a goal early in the fourth, Rudy and Gutierrez applied pressure and it worked as the teams traded goals throughout the fourth. For Gypsy, it was Kerley with a pair of field goals and Bray with a penalty three counter. The reply for Trinity was Rudy from the field and Gutierrez with two open goal efforts. The final chukker would start with Gypsy still up by four, this time at 9 – 5, but Trinity was scoring.

Paicius and Co. opened up the fifth with a pair of super runs by Rudy, set up by Gutierrez, and it appeared that it was going to be close after all. However, Kerley exploded from a throw-in at center and with help from Bailey, got one back to grab a lead of three with little time left. Rudy converted a penalty four at the end, but the victory, and the spurs, belonged to Gypsy.

For his aggressive and solid play, Kerley was selected as the MVP, and his mare, Peppermint, owned by Triangle Bar Farms, was chosen as the Best Playing Pony. For Kerley, it was a wonderful day as he won the tournament named for his father and received the awards (created by his brother) from his children, Hope and Ryan – grandchildren of Wendy Kerley.

Wendell Kerley Memorial 6 Goal

Gypsy (6) – Suzanne Figi -1, Jesse Bray 4, Mike Kerley 2, Jessica Baily 1, Gustavo Patino -1 (sub for Figi).

Trinity (6) – Rick Paicius, Tim Rudy 3, Miguel Gutierrez 3, Kim Garsed and David Flowers -1 alternating.