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 61 Lacey, who was born a Canadian, served with the British in World War I, so was able to represent the British polo team in prior international competitions. However, because Lacey's father moved to Argentina when Lacey was 3 years old, that established Argentina as the Lacy home of record, therefore he was eligible to play for his home team, Argentina. According to Reed, "Lacey himself, the field general of the four will not weigh more than 145 pounds, [compared to the U.S. Back Winston Guest at 6'4" and a trim 185 pounds] and where he stores away the power with which he makes his strokes is a puzzle. The Argentines are giv- en to what is known as the 'hanging' mal- let. That is, instead of carrying the weapon upright when coming on the ball, they swing it to the thrumming of the horses' hoofs. Whether it helps much in the timing the Argentines themselves say they do not know. It is an unconscious habit with them. However that may be, it adds to the grace of their stroke. For that matter, every move they make is graceful to the last degree." The first match, originally scheduled for Labor Day, had to be postponed until Sept. 29 because of a series of minor injuries to the players selected for the American team, a sickness that ran through the Argentine stables, as well as poor weather that limited both teams from practicing and getting the horses fit for that level of competition. Once the game was played, the Argen- tines led 5-2 after the first three periods in the eight-period game, however the Amer- ican team held the Argentines scoreless for the next three periods, while scoring four goals to take a 6-5 lead. A score by the Argentines in the seventh tied the score at 6. The Americans scored the lone goal of the eighth to secure the first game of the three-game series. On October 3, the Argentines surprised the Americans with a 10-7 win in the sec- ond game that was tied 4-4 at the half. It was Kenny leading the way from his No. 1 position, scoring six goals for high-scoring honors. For the U.S. team, Stevenson was swapped out for E.A.S. Hopping, who took over Hitchcock's customary No. 2 posi- tion, while Hitchcock played the No. 3 position for the rubber game of the series. The lineup change seemed to be what the Americans needed as they galloped to a 9- 2 lead at the half, then 13-7 by the end of the game. Harriman was the star, scoring five, while Hitchcock added four. The United States would go on to win the rematch series in 1932, with only Win- ston Guest returning to anchor the Amer- ican team, which took a 12-10 win in the third and final game of that series. The Argentines lost the first game 9-6, but rallied 8-7 to set up a thrilling series clincher with the Americans. It would be the final time the American team would win a Copa de las Americas series. The Argentines went on to win in 1936, 1950, 1966, 1969, 1979 and 1980. A large crowd gathered at the Meadowbrook Polo Club to witness the Americans take on the Argentine team in the Cup of the Americas in 1928. Argentine Arturo Kenny scored six goals in the second game, which his team won.

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