Polo Players Edition

SEP 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 35 times before next year's Westchester Cup match in Florida. England's celebration continued as the Flannels England Ladies dominated an international match, also by six goals, for the Diamond Jubilee trophy against a Rest of the World team following the Westchester Cup. Flannels England's Nina Clarkin notched the first goal, setting the tone. England kept pressing and led 4-1 at the half. The team kept up the pressure and equaled its first half score in the second half to end with a convincing 8-2 victory. U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the USPA, partnered with Eurosport to broadcast the Westchester Cup, targeting over 200 million households in over 70 countries across Europe, Asia and India. The coverage was aired on Aug. 13. U.S. Polo Assn. CEO J. Michael Prince explained, "Partnering with Eurosport was a strategic decision to increase global visibility of the Westchester Cup, the sport of polo and U.S. Polo Assn." Prince said the brand continues to focus on high-profile venues that provide amazing experiences for consumers and sports fans around the world. ahead by two-and-a-half goals with three minutes left and lost by a half goal. Baker said, "That was a good [rude] awakening of how to finish a game. ... [The other team] all went up by a goal but we played them as a 0-goal team." Despite unusual drought conditions in Britain, the teams experienced the more traditional rainy English weather for its main game and the title. USA faced a whole new English team. "The field was in great shape, it was well organized and people were very generous in making sure everybody was safely and well mounted," said Baker. An electrifying and defensive first chukker left the teams scoreless. England snatched the upper hand in the second with a first goal from Luke Wiles. However, a goal from USA's Escobar at the tail end of the chukker, a steal with a beautiful run downfield, equalized the score 1-1 at halftime. A scoreless third chukker paved the way for a suspenseful final period of play. England's Wiles finally broke the stalemate, but America's fighting spirit prevailed—Bossom hammering a powerful 80-yard shot to goal to tie the score once again, 2-all. "We had great chemistry, it took a few practices to get in sync but once we were there we were unstoppable," Bossom shared after the game. Shutting the back door, excellent defense from Tognini and Arellano kept England's score to two. Down to the wire and only seconds before the 30-second warning horn, USA received a pivotal Penalty 4 off a turning call. Escobar converted the shot for USA, sending the ball through the uprights to secure the Junior Westchester Cup title and the John Cowdray Trophy with a final score of 3-2. When asked about his final goal to cement the win Escobar replied, "Honestly, going to hit it I was angry because I missed my first three penalties and I knew I had to make it to win the game and to redeem those for sure." The team had tremendous support from Baker, USA junior team alternate Johnny Kirton, USPA leadership and their families from the sidelines. Baker was proud of the young team after the hard-fought win. "They were together for over two weeks, living together, eating together, practicing—and really became a unit of brothers and sisters over that two-week period. So today, when it really got tight, they never gave up on each other. The other team was a fantastic team, superbly mounted, but our team kept working together and I think that's what got them through. I know that's what got them through, they had all the confidence that they were going to win it—they were prepared," Baker said. "I was really proud of how they represented the United States. Both teams' sportsmanship was great and [USA] worked as a team, never got down on themselves, never got down on each other and they kept working and working." USA's Lucas Escobar carries the ball despite pressure from Milly Hine. USA's Hope Arellano gets past England's Milly Hine in the Junior Westchester Cup. MARK BEAUMONT MARK BEAUMONT

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