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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32 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 4. The penalty conversion put Iconica back in the game. Early in the third, Magrini passed to Mariano Gonzalez who split the uprights to tie the match, 3-3. Then, Peke Gonzalez got around Aguerre on his black horse Melody and headed to goal. Mariano Gonzalez took over and carried the ball but it took a bad hop and went just wide. With just over two minutes left, Panelo broke the tie with a Penalty 4 high over his opponents' heads. A minute later Ruiz, with Peke Gonzalez hot on his heels, finessed the ball through the goal. With time running down, Peke turned on a Magrini backshot, knocking the ball out of the air and escorting it through the goal. The first half ended with Audi ahead 5-4. The rainy summer had taken its toll on the field, leaving the usual level, green surface scarred and lumpy. The halftime divot stomp helped, but it proved to be only a temporary fix. Ruiz jumped on the ball out of the opening throw-in to blow by Peke Gonzalez and increase the Audi lead early in the fourth, but Magrini quickly answered, finding the bullseye. After several miss-hits by Audi, Mariano Gonzalez hit the target with a nearside in traffic to tie the score, 6-6. Brant had two goal attempts but couldn't connect. Panelo put Audi on top with a Penalty 4 through the posts. With seconds on the clock, Aguerre threaded the needle from a difficult angle a few foot off the backline, a shot umpires confirmed to begin the fifth, for an 8-6 Audi lead. Aguerre shot through another seconds into the fifth. Brant, who couldn't seem to buy a goal, missed yet another, but Peter Orthwein, far left, presents Joaquin Panelo's Penelope with the Best Playing Pony blanket. With them is Benjamin Panelo, second from left and Horacio Arrua, far right. Joaquin Panelo also took home MVP honors. Audi's Chris Brant comes in to hook Iconica's Maureen Brennan.

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