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 58 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N gave up, Piers Bossom again making his move into the goal mouth and getting a Penalty 1 in his favor to tie the game and put it into overtime. Short and sweet, an overtime goal was scored by Facundo Obregon to give Whitehall the win. Bossom was named MVP for his last period heroics. In the consolation matches, WIPN defeated Klentner Ranch and FMB defeated STG. Following the final, the Rincon League participants voted on recipients for several awards. Hana Grill took Most Valuable Player of the Season; Santi Trotz took Best String; and Bill Lane was Best Sportsman. It was a great league with no team winning more than one title, although Why Not and Whitehall came close. In 16-goal action, Restoration Hardware maintained a perfect record to win the Maserati of Santa Barbara USPA America Cup over Lucchese, fresh off its Skene Cup victory. Iñaki Laprida weaved his way through a scramble of players atop Best Playing Pony, Rama, in the final period, threading the ball through the posts for RH's ninth goal of the match. Laprida's quick ball work and forceful push forward throughout the game made the difference for RH, defeating Lucchese, 10-9, in a final that had players racing until the final bell sounded. Restoration Hardware solidified its place in the final earlier in the week and avoided playing a semi-final on Friday. Lucchese edged past Klentner Ranch in the last 10 seconds of its semi-final match on Friday to face Restoration Hardware. Though the score did not take off until the third and fourth chukkers, play was fast and furious. A penalty goal from the 30-yard line by Facundo Obregon and a second by Iñaki Laprida left the score even after the first seven and a half minutes of play. Ben Soleimani scored the first goal from the field in the second chukker, jumping on the line of a perfect pass towards goal and escorting it through, 2- 1. A final penalty goal in the chukker by Laprida gave RH a two-goal advantage over Lucchese, 3-1. The third chukker began with two penalty shots by Laprida for RH and a third by Facundo Obregon for Lucchese. Geronimo Obregon opened the play, picking the ball up at midfield and expertly steering away from his defender to the left of the goal mouth, picking his head up and slicing it through the uprights to put RH's sixth goal on the board. Carlos "Toly" Ulloa answered back for Lucchese, streaking down the side of field before veering off and running straight through the goal. RH led 6-3 at the halfway mark. Three penalty goals made by Facundo Obregon in the fourth and fifth chukkers kept Lucchese fighting in the final match of the tournament, but they were met by three goals by Laprida and a fourth by Von Wernich. RH held on to the advantage created before the halftime period, leading 8-5 after the fourth and 10-6 after the fifth. After dominating the middle of the game, RH was held scoreless in the final chukker of play, leaving the door open for Lucchese. A goal from the field by Hall and a penalty goal by Facundo Obregon put Lucchese within two goals with a little over a minute and a half remaining. Ulloa pounced on a loose ball and took off towards the Lucchese goal, walking it through with only 37 seconds remaining in the chukker to bring Lucchese within one goal, 10-9, as the final bell rang. MVP Iñaki Laprida led his team with furor throughout all six chukkers, scoring seven of the team's 10 goals. Laprida's stunning grey mare was named Best Playing Pony. "Llama played amazing for me today in the first and fifth chukker. She is a 10- year old mare that my father bred. My guys Ivan "El Ruso" Fredes and Manual Vidal do a great job with all of the horses here," Laprida said. Santi Trotz, a mainstay at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, helped coach the RH team and credits the victory to the players following through with their game strategy of opening up the play and stretching the field. RINCON LEAGUE Cancha de las Estrellas—Sarah Magness, Joe Henderson, Mariano Fasetta, Mia Bray; Women's International Polo Network— Cory Williams, Juan Monteverde, Dawn Jones, Luis Echazaretta; Klentner Ranch/ CPC—Jemma Contreras/Elizabeth Humphreys, Luke Klentner, Jake Klentner, Jesse Bray; Whitehall Ranch— Piers Bossom, Francisco Lascombres, Facundo Obregon, Bill Lane; Barrossa— Jef Graham, John Ziegler, Max Menini, Francisco Guinazu; Antelope/Why Not—Hana Grill, Jim Wright, Santiago Trotz, Grant Palmer; FMB—Joaquin Avendano, Henry Walker, Santi Wulff, Leigh Brecheen. AMERICA CUP Klentner Ranch--Jesse Bray, Mariano Obregon, Remy Muller, Justin Klentner; Farmers and Merchant Bank--Danny Walker, Lucas Criado, Tomas Alberdi, Matt Walker:Lucchese--Carlos Ulloa, Facundo Obregon, Jeff Hall, John Muse; Restoration Hardware--Ben Soleimani, Santi Von Wernich, Iñaki Laprida, Geronimo Obregon; Sol de Agosto-- Francisco de Narvaez, Paco de Narvaez, Adam Snow, Nico Escobar. u Restoration Hardware's Geronimo Obregon, Santi Von Wernich, Ben Soleimani and Iñaki Laprida DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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