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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P O L O R E P O R T 48 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Mrinal Dansignhani, Juan Redlich and Juan Martin Zubia. Island House got off to a strong start after Joinnides and Ruiz tallied two goals each and Merlos tapped in another. Meadowbrook's Zubia put two in and Dansingani notched another to stay in the game. Island House held the 5-3 lead at the half. Redlich traded goals with Merlos in the fourth. Redlich brought Meadowbrook within one in the fifth when he notched a goal then scored a Penalty 2. One by Ruiz kept Island House on top, 7-6. With Meadowbrook on its tail going into the sixth, Island House pulled out all the stops. Merlos scored, then Joinnides to pull ahead by three, 9-6. Meadowbrook fought back, with Redlich finding the mark but the team ran out of time and Island House held on to the win. Peter Holowesko was named MVP and Cordobesita, owned and played by Emma Joinnides, was Best Playing Pony. Joinnides also went home with a gift certificate for scoring three goals, the most scored by an amateur. She matched goals with Merlos and Ruiz, while Redlich led his team with four. The awards, donated by Bob Ceparano, were presented by Napp's widow, Debra. After the match, Redlich and Pedro Gutierrez traded in their polo mallets for barbecuing tools as they prepared an amazing asado. GARDENVALE BEST IN MACTAGGART CHALLENGE Gardenvale got the 10-7 edge over Hawk Hill in the 8-goal Tracey Mactaggart Challenge Cup, Sept. 9. Hawk Hill (Keko Magrini, Agustin Bottaro, Dylan Rossiter, Phillip Mactaggart) charged ahead in the first chukker with two unanswered goals by Rossiter. Gardenvale (Shane Finemore, Juanse Olivera, Matt Coppola, Agucho Zavaleta) got on the board with goal by Coppola in the second. Both teams missed Penalty 4s but Coppola nailed one in the third. Olivera also hit the mark on a run downfield, but a Penalty 1 for Hawk Hill, followed by a field goal and Penalty 2 conversion by Rossiter kept Hawk Hill out front 5-3 at the half. Zavaleta opened the scoring in the fourth, but Rossiter answered back to maintain the two-goal lead. Gardenvale leveled the score in the fifth when Coppola wrapped goals around one from Magrini and Olivera tallied another. Hawk Hill was out of bullets in the sixth chukker while Finemore put Gardenvale on top. Coppola split the uprights and a pony goal ensured the Gardenvale victory. Keko Magrini's bay Cara Pálida was Best Playing Pony and Agucho Zavaleta was MVP. Six teams were divided into two brackets, playing off over two weeks. NEWPORT WRAPS UP INTERNATIONAL SERIES Newport Polo in Newport, Rhode Island celebrated the 27th season of its International Polo Series. The series included eight international teams, including Poland, which made its debut on opening day, June 2. Poland (Mariana Olbrych, Jakub Czekaj, Maciej Olbrych, Pawel Olbrych) outlasted USA (Minnie Keating, Sam Clemens, Rory Torrey, Peter Friedman), 7-6, in a close match. Each week, pre-game ceremonies included the raising of the visiting team's flag and singing of both team's national anthems followed the introduction of players. In the Poland vs. USA match, Torrey opened the scoring but Czekaj quickly responded, ending with the first chukker knotted 1-1. In the second, Clemen found the mark only to be answered by Mariana Olbrych. Maciej Olbrych's first goal put Poland ahead 3-2. Torrey and Maciej Olbrych traded goals in the third, ending the half with Poland leading, 4-3. USA regrouped at the half and Torrey came back into the game fired up. He scored a hat trick to put USA ahead 6-4. Czekaj knocked one in for Poland to cut the gap to 6-5 at the end of the fourth. The fifth proved to be a defensive battle with Poland trying to Agucho Zavaleta, Matt Coppola, Shane Finemore and Juanse Olivera won the 8-goal Tracey Mactaggart Challenge Cup. Poland's Maciej, Pawel and Mariana Olbrych and Jakub Czekaj slipped past USA, 7-6, in Newport's International Series. MILAGROS MARTINEZ ERIC SCHNEIDER

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