Northern Blizzard Blows Over M3 to Win Eldorado Cup0

Posted on February 18th, 2016 in News, Uncategorized

Eldorado Cup 7 Goal

Sunday February 14th – Valentine’s Day – was the warmest day of the year so far, but that mattered little to Canadian John Rooney as his Northern Blizzard polo team (Rooney 1, Joe Henderson 4, Dayelle Fargey 1, Jimmy Wright 1) never trailed while defeating Madelyn Cobb and her M3 aggregation (Cobb, Jared Sheldon 4, Peter Blake 3, Alonzo Cruz) to win the Eldorado Cup tournament.

With the game time temperature a crisp 91 – 20 degrees above normal – things started somewhat slowly. Wright scored the game’s first goal as he converted a penalty number two to put the Northerners in the lead, but Sheldon tied the very early count as he did the same from exactly the same spot. From the ensuing throw in, play again went to the south end and Wright converted his second open goal award to lead once again. From the next bowl in, play went to the north end for the first time as Fargey counted her first of the afternoon and Northern Blizzard now led by a pair. Sheldon – never far from the action – then scored his first from the field and chukker number one ended with the Rooney oilmen leading at 3 – 2.

The first period lead increased to two in the early second as Henderson nailed a penalty four. M3 came back and Sheldon grabbed another and Cobb scored her first on an outstanding run from just across center and the second ended tied at four.

With the game play now opening up, Rooney counted his first but Sheldon returned the favor and it was again a tie game. Fargey put Northern Blizzard in the lead for good as she finished a strong 140 yard gallop and the half was over with the oilmen leading 6 – 5.

Northern Blizzard continued to hold the edge in the fourth period as Rooney, Wright, and Henderson all scored from the field with the only reply from M3 being another great run by Cobb. The result was a lead of three in favor of the northerners at 9 – 6.

Play in the fifth chukker was pretty much even, but the Northern Blizzard lead increased to five goals on a pair of counters from Wright – one from the field and a penalty three conversion. A goal by Cruz and a penalty three counter for Sheldon brought M3 back to within three at 11 – 8 going to the sixth.

Blake brought M3 within a pair with his only goal of the game in the early sixth but Wright converted another open goal opportunity shortly after and it was over a final tally of 12 – 8 to favor Northern Blizzard. As a result, Rooney and his northern invaders held the Eldorado Cup.

Tony Gregg