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 47 International Cup. We have put together a competitive team to provide a challenge in this year's match-up," said Cooper prior to the match. The first chukker got underway with the traditional ball roll in. Matias Obregon (substituting for Tomas Obregon) was the first to score for Oak Brook followed by Onetto. Webb scored one for Wales to close out the first chukker 2-1 in favor of Oak Brook. In the second, Onetto was the first to score with Donnelly from Wales answering to end the first half with Oak Brook maintaining the one-goal lead, 3-2. After an entertaining and festive divot stomp, the second half of the match got off to a quick start. Wales's Cooper scored first followed by Webb to take the 4-3 lead over Oak Brook. Oak Brook's Gutierrez and Obregon answered back with their own goals to reclaim the lead and end the third chukker 5-4. In the fourth and final chukker, Obregon expanded Oak Brook's lead to two before Webb answered back to bring Oak Brook's lead back to one. Gutierrez scored an ensurance goal for Oak Brook to end the match. Nicholas Vangel presented The Butler International & Prince of Wales Cup to the victorious Oak Brook Polo Team. The Best Playing Pony blanket was awarded to Gin, owned and trained by Derek Berg of Black Berg Ranch, and presented by Monica Gully of Barrington Saddlery. Wales' Peter Webb was named MVP. Illinois State Representative Deanne Mozzachi welcomed the Wales players on behalf of the state of Illinois while gifts were presented to both teams from Ogilvy Saddle Pads, Ted Baker London and Newcastle & Strongbow beers. A special presentation, featuring an autographed jersey, was given to Karl Muarer and his son Dominic for their friendship, support and dedication to the Oak Brook Polo Club and team. Drury said," We are thrilled to have the Wales team return to Oak Brook for a second straight year. The old days of Oak Brook Polo have reemerged and reestablished the club as a place for international polo competition." Immediately following the match, there was a party and meet & greet with the teams at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse. The international series also featured matches from Jamaica, India and Mexico. The club, 17 miles from downtown Chicago, celebrated its 96th season this year. ISLAND HOUSE TAKES JERRY NAPP MEMORIAL Island House bested Meadowbrook 9-7 to take the title in the Jerry Napp Memorial 8-goal Cup at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, New York, Sept. 1. Island House included Emma Joinnides, Segundo Merlos, Toro Ruiz and Peter Holowesko, while Meadowbrook had Glen Lostritto, N O R T H E A S T E R N P O L O R E P O R T Oak Brook's Mariano Gutierrez, Matias Obregon, Horacio Onetto nd Jim Drury won the international match in Chicago. Debra Napp, far right, presents trophies to Island House's Segundo Merlos, MVP Peter Holowesko, Toro Ruiz and Emma Joinnides. JAN SALAZAR MVP Peter Holowesko holds off Juan Redlich, allowing Emma Joinnides to get to the ball. Juan Martin Zubia, far left, waits for a chance to pounce.

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