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 49 second goal and Colombres following up with a pair of Penalty 2s. Huntsman was unable to reach the goalmouth until the end of the chukker when Merlos tallied. Hawk Hill had closed the gap to 13-8 but it still had an uphill battle in the sixth chukker. In a desperate attempt to make up ground, Diaz Alberdi was whistled on a play and Del Rio easily shot through the Penalty 2 Huntsman was awarded. Bacon added another to put the game further out of reach. MacTaggart tallied his third goal for the afternoon but it wasn't enough and Huntsman took the title with a final score of 15-9. Toro Ruiz was named MVP and Gringo Colombres' Coquito took the Best Playing Pony blanket. On the way to the final, Huntsman also defeated White Birch 11-8 and Roller Rabbit 9-6. Hawk Hill edged Roller Rabbit 11-10 and White Birch 11- 9. White Birch took its only win when it defeated Roller Rabbit 8-6. In the subsidiary, White Birch defeated Roller Rabbit 15-12. Hawk Hill—Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Dylan Rossiter, Gringo Colombres, Ian MacTaggart; Huntsman—Dillon Bacon, Toro Ruiz, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Segundo Merlos; White Birch—Chris Brant, Tomas Schwencke, Mariano Aguerre, Joaquin Panelo; Roller Rabbit—Andrew Seibert/Mike Davis/Glenn Miller, Nick Manifold, Kris Kampsen, Matias Magrini. HUNTSMAN WINS NORTH EAST CUP Huntsman crushed White Birch in the final of the North East Cup, the opening tournament of the 12-goal New York Polo Series, at Bethpage State Park in Old Bethpage, New York on June 3. Huntsman included Mackenzie Weiss, Dillon Bacon, Marcos Garcia del Rio and Gusi Garcia del Rio. White Birch included Jamal Nusseibeh, Santino Magrini, Joaquin Panelo and Nick Manifold. Huntsman dominated the first half of the game, outscoring White Birch 5- 1. Huntsman started off the scoring with a goal by Marcos Garcia del Rio and a Penalty 4 conversion from Gusi Garcia del Rio before Panelo put one in for White Birch. The Garcia del Rios combined for three goals in the second and third, while White Birch was silenced. There was no stopping Huntsman in the second half as it racked up another six goals while holding White Birch to four. Weiss started the fourth with a run to goal. Manifold responded with Penalty 2 and 4 conversions but Gusi Garcia del Rio reacted by sending the ball through the uprights. With Huntsman ahead 7-4, Weiss and Gusi Garcia del Rio each hit the mark, but this time Panelo replied with a goal and Manifold sunk another Penalty 4. Ahead 9-5 going into the sixth, Gusi P O L O R E P O R T Huntsman's Toro Ruiz, Dillon Bacon, Thomas Garcia del Rio and Segundo Merlos celebrate with friends and family. Huntsman's Dillon Bacon races up front to connect with a pass in the North East Cup. Huntsman's Mackenzie Weiss, Dillon Bacon, Marcos Garcia del Rio and Gusi Garcia del Rio won the North East Cup. KATERINA MORGAN DEBRA NAPP DEBRA NAPP

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