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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P O L O R E P O R T 56 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N HUNTSMAN PREVAILS IN MONTY WATERBURY Huntsman finished out its season with its third 16-goal victory, taking the title in the Monty Waterbury Cup at Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Originally scheduled for July 5, the tournament was postponed until July 6, due to rain. Just three chukkers were played before rain postponed the remainder of the game until it resumed on Aug. 22. The first half of the match had White Birch (Chris Brant, Tomas Schwencke, Mariano Aguerre, Joaquin Panelo) taking an early 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes, with all the goals scored from the penalty line. Panelo scored a pair of Penalty 2s to get White Birch on the board, and Aguerre shot through a Penalty 4. Huntsman (Dillon Bacon, Toro Ruiz, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Segundo Merlos) got on the board in the second with a field goal by Bacon before Garcia del Rio split the uprights with a Penalty 4 to cut the gap to one, 3-2. Panelo and Aguerre retaliated, each scoring to put White Birch ahead, 5-2. Garcia del Rio scored the only goal of the third to cut the deficit to two, 5-3. Over six weeks later, the teams resumed the match beginning in the second half. Felipe Tro substituted for Brant on White Birch. Ruiz wasted no time getting Huntsman in the game as he sandwiched goals around one from Panelo to bring Huntsman within one, 6-5. Aguerre sunk a Penalty 2 in the fifth but Ruiz answered. Panelo added another to put White Birch ahead, 8-6. The last period was a battle to the end with White Birch hoping to hold on to the lead, while Huntsman fought hard to get out front for the first time. Back-to-back goals by Ruiz leveled the score. White Birch couldn't reach the goal and with time winding down, Garcia del Rio found the target to give Huntsman the 9-8 advantage. Dillon Bacon was named MVP and Mariano Aguerre's Machitos Yoko, who he played in the fifth period, was Best Playing Pony. Ruiz led the scoring for Huntsman with five goals in the second half. Panelo had five goals for White Birch, three in the first half and two in the second half. In preliminary matches, Huntsman lost only one game, falling to White Birch, which went undefeated. Huntsman got the best of Island House (Peter Holowesko, Santino Magrini, Matias Magrini, Lucas Diaz Alberdi), 9- 6, and Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Brandon Phillips, Mariano Gonzalez, Marcos Garcia del Rio), 10-8. Aside from Huntsman, White Birch also defeated Postage Stamp Farm, 13- 7, and Island House, 9-7. Postage Stamp had a 11-9 defeat of Island House. White Birch's Tomas Schwencke and Huntsman's Toro Ruiz get their mallets in a twist. JOELLE WIGGINS Huntsman's Toro Ruiz, Dillon Bacon, Tomas Garcia del Rio and Segundo Merlos won the Monty Waterbury trophy. JOELLE WIGGINS Gardenvale's Agucho Zavaleta, Jaime Bourdieu, Juanse Olivera and Connor Finemore won the Constitution Cup. MILI MARTINEZ

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