Polo Players Edition

OCT 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 47 the second half, enabling Flexjet to outscore The Polo School 6-3 in the third chukker and 11-4 for the second half. Earlier in the day in the semifinal round, Flexjet broke open a close game in the fourth and final chukker to defeat Mountain Chevrolet (Michael Payne, Lucas Lalor, Kris Kampsen), 18-13, to advance into the championship final. Flexjet outscored Mountain Chevrolet, 6-3, in the final chukker. In the other semifinal game, The Polo School edged Casablanca (Nacho Novillo Astrada, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini), 12-11, on Roldan's 15-yard penalty conversion in the final 25 seconds. The previous day, the club hosted three arena events. The triple-header was kicked off with a ChukkerTV Kidz Arena Challenge Cup. In the ChukkerTV Challenge Cup I held in the indoor arena, Sopris Mountain Ranch (Melissa Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Alejandro Novillo Astrada) defeated Audi (Alan Meeker/Aiden Meeker, Kris Kampsen, Nic Roldan), 14- 10, with Melissa Ganzi scoring a club record 12 goals. Audi opened with a 3-2 advantage with two goals from Roldan and one from Meeker. The momentum quickly shifted with Sopris Mountain Ranch shutting out Audi, 3-0, with all three goals from Ganzi. Ganzi continued her scoring barrage with three goals in the third and five more in the fourth and final chukker. Alejandro Novillo Astrada, making his summer debut, added two goals. For Audi, Roldan led scoring with five goals, Meeker had four and Kampsen added one. The trio of Ganzi, Bollini and Novillo Astrada are defending United States Arena Handicap champions. In last year's final at Aspen Valley Polo Club, the Flexjet trio defeated Audi (Marc Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Stewart Armstrong), 12-9. Bollini was MVP. In the ChukkerTV Arena Challenge Cup II, held in the outdoors arena, ChukkerTV (Lucas Lalor, Carlitos Gracida, Pablo Dorignac) defeated Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Jason Crowder), 9-4. After a 1-1 first chukker, ChukkerTV took control of the game for the next three chukkers. ChukkerTV went on to outscore Casablanca, 8-3, in the final three chukkers. Gracida led the winners with a game-high five goals. Action was just as intense on the grass when Los Amigos Red won the High Alpine Cup on Aug. 5. It took only one chukker for Los Amigos Red to get the chemistry going. After falling behind 3-1 in the opening chukker, Los Amigos Red (Alejandra de la Vega, Kris Kampsen, Nic Roldan, Paul Foster) shut out Casablanca (Alex Gooding, Grant Ganzi, Lucas Lalor, Juancito Bollini) in the next two chukkers and controlled most of the game for an impressive 9-7 victory. Paul Foster, who scored three goals playing the back position, was named MVP. Matsu, a 6-year-old bay mare, bred and owned by Santa Rita Polo Farm, and ridden by Lalor in the sixth chukker, was selected Best Playing Pony. It was all Casablanca in the first chukker with Ganzi picking up a loose ball and scoring with Roldan defending; Lalor finding Gooding open on a pass with 3:40 left for a 2-0 lead; and Lalor scoring on a 100-yarder through the air for a 3-1 advantage. Roldan scored his team's only goal late in the chukker. The momentum quickly shifted in the second chukker with Foster scooping up Roldan's missed shot and scoring a quick goal early to cut the lead to one. De La Vega converted a 30-yard penalty to tie the game at 3-3. Los Amigos Red went on to shut out Casablanca in back-to-back chukkers to take a 4-3 halftime lead. Los Amigos Red continued to play with confidence in the second half while Casablanca struggled to find its passing game and offensive attack. Casablanca showed life early in the fifth chukker with a long goal from Bollini and coast-to-coast goal run by Lalor to tie the game at 6-6. However, Los Amigos Red never lost its composure with Roldan scoring back-to-back goals to regain the lead, 8-6. Kampsen's goal with 3:44 left in the sixth chukker gave Los Amigos Red a 9- 6 advantage and Casablanca, which had its share of scoring opportunities from P O L O R E P O R T FlexJet's Juan Bollini, Alejandro N. Astrada and Melissa Ganzi defeated The Polo School's Aiden Meeker, Carlitos Gracida and Nic Roldan in the final of the U.S. Arena Handicap. Olexa Celine presents the MVP trophy to Aiden Meeker. CHIARO FOTO CHIARO FOTO

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