Polo Players Edition

NOV 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 31 exploded in the third chukker with four goals to take a 7-4 halftime lead. Audi kept up the pressure through the second half to win, 12-8. The second round was played on Aug. 30 with Postage Stamp enjoying its first victory, 13-7, over WTR. Iconica trailed Audi for most of its game, but came alive in the sixth with four tallies to narrowly win, 12-11. Round 3 was played a few days later on Sept. 2 when Audi amassed a five-goal lead at the half, 9-4. Postage Stamp chipped away at the deficit, coming within one, 9-8, at the end of the fifth, but Audi increased its lead to win, 11-8. Iconica took its third victory with a 13- 10 defeat of WTR. Iconica trailed at the half, 7-6, but a strong fourth chukker gave it a three-goal advantage, which it carried through to the end. Iconica met WTR again in the semi- final round. Iconica again trailed at the half, 7-5, but it tied the score in the fourth, 7-7. WTR gave a valiant effort, keeping the game level until the final period, when Iconica slammed in three goals in a row. Colombres scored one more for WTR but it wasn't enough and Iconica advanced to the final, 11-9. In the other semi-final, Postage Stamp held a narrow 8-7 advantage over Audi at the half. Audi edged ahead in the fifth, 10-9, after holding Postage Stamp scoreless. Postage Stamp briefly tied the score, 10-10, early in the sixth, but Audi answered with a pair of goals to take the win and the other spot in the final. The final was set for Sept. 9, setting up a rematch of the second-round game between the two teams. Forecasters were calling for heavy rain in the area for the afternoon. To avoid a possible cancellation, the final was moved up by two hours. Despite the cloudy skies, hundreds of spectators kept the mood bright, as they enjoyed the action from the Players' Lounge and field-side tents. Audi wasted no time as Ruiz, aboard his quick bay mare Eleanor, outran Magrini for the first goal. Ruiz switched horses before slamming in his second goal in a row, all within the first three minutes. Panelo followed with a Penalty 3 after Magrini got caught in a melee late in the chukker. Peke Gonzalez nearly stopped the ball in the goal mouth, but the ball hopped over his mallet. Iconica was having some trouble completing plays and failed to tally in the first. Panelo jumped out of the opening bowl-in to start the second on his quick gray mare, Stella, but the ball went just wide. Iconica was doing a better job breaking up Audi's momentum, with Brennan on her gray gelding, Cinco, helping with defense and Magrini and Mariano Gonzalez working well together. Panelo and Stella had another great run later in the chukker, but Panelo broke his mallet. Aguerre, riding his red roan Pistolera, carried the ball to goal but it was kicked wide. With just a minute and a half left in the second, Gonzalez put Iconica on the board with a Penalty 2 just inside the post. With 40 seconds left, Aguerre turned in front of Magrini, setting up Mariano Gonzalez for a Penalty Audi's Mariano Aguerre, riding Melody, gets off a shot on the bumpy field in the third chukker when the teams were knotted 3-3. He is flanked by Iconica's Peke Gonzalez, left, and Mariano Gonzalez, right. Audi's Chris Brant and Joaquin Panelo follow close behind.

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