Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 43 I N T E R N A T I O N A L S P O T L I G H T La Indiana's Michael Bickford takes one last swing before sending the ball through the goal. following a collision with La Indiana's Alec White. Fortunately Ulloa got back in the saddle after a short delay and play resumed with White spending the next two minutes in the sin bin. Meanwhile, Juan Britos, the Cartier Q ueen's Cup top goal scorer—35 goals under his name coming into this final—converted the penalty awarded for dangerous play only for Pieres to respond with a penalty conversion before the end of the chukker. Things did not improve in the second chukker with Andrey Borodin taken off the field in an ambulance after a collision with La Indiana's Nic Roldan. The young Charlie Tighe, who has been playing for the Park Place team in some of their 15-goal Out-Sourcing Royal Windsor Cup games this season, filled in for Borodin. This change in personnel did not seem to disrupt the Park Place team too much, although they could not take advantage of a three-man La Indiana side while Roldan sat out his two-minute penalty. Another penalty conversion by Pieres and a quick goal by Ulloa after the first bell s aw the teams all tied 2-2 going into the third. This chukker was dominated by Park Place after finding some of that previous form that had earned it a place in this final. Britos converted a penalty and then produced a lovely run to goal for the subsequent throw in. With goals from teammates Ulloa and Tommy Beresford to only two in reply from La Indiana (one was off the stick of Bickford who received a lovely pass from Roldan) made it 6-4 at half-time. "We didn't follow our game plan for the first half. We started out too loose," explained Roldan. "It was a very odd game, to be honest, and it wasn't until our coach, Hector Guerrero, livened us up at halftime and helped us a lot by encouraging us to stick tighter to our men that it started to go in our favor." It all changed in the fourth with P ieres and Roldan firing through a couple of goals to none in reply from Park Place. With the scores back level once again, this was still anyone's game. A goal apiece in the fifth failed to produce a clearer picture, although it should be noted that the Park Place goal came off the stick of young Charlie Tighe. So with the score all square at the start of the sixth, the many spectators wondered if this final would be the first match of the 2018 Cartier Queen's Cup tournament to go into overtime. Man of the match Pieres had other ideas and he not only saved a Britos penalty, but

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