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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 49 regain the lead. Neither team was able to reach the goal, leaving USA ahead by one going into the final chukker. It didn't take long for Mariana Olbrych to even the score, 6-6, in the sixth. With the teams continuing to battle for control as time was winding down, Czekaj split the uprights to secure the win for Poland. After each international match, teams celebrated with traditional savory foods native to the visiting team's country. On June 19, USA bested Scotland, 7-4. Despite galloping attacks by both squads, USA (Minnie Keating, Heather Souto, Dan Keating, Jim DeAngelis) and Scotland (Mike Christopherson, Jamie Douglas, Hiro Suzuki, James Douglas) were unable to reach the goal in the first 14 minutes. Minnie Keating and DeAngelis finally broke the stalemate in the third to end the first half with USA ahead, 2- 0. Suzuki put Scotland on the board early in the fourth, but Dan Keating answered. Suzuki and Dan Keating exchanged goals in the fifth, bringing Scotland within one, 4-3. Dan Keating extended USA's lead to two early in the sixth, but Suzuki brought Scotland back within a goal, 5-4. Minnie Keating and Souto slipped the Scottish defense to hit the target and secure the USA victory, 7-4. The action continued into July when Italy (Raimondo Visconti di Modrone, Curzio Recchi, Matteo de Paolis, Paolo di Campello) got the best of USA (Roger Souto, Michel Nseir, Sam Clemens, Peter Friedman) in a tight 8-7 win, hoisting the trophy for the first time in seven appearances. Friedman got the scoring started but di Campello had the answer to end the first seven minutes in a 1-1 tie. Di Campello scored a lone goal in the second to put Italy in the lead, but USA was just warming up and Clemens hammered in three goals in the third, added to one from Nseir to put USA comfortably ahead, 5-2, at the half. The halftime break stopped USA's momentum, allowing de Paolis to pull Italy within one at the end of the fourth, 5-4. Recchi leveled the score, 5- 5, early in the fifth, but Clemens immediately reacted to put USA back on top. Di Campello split the uprights to even the score at the end of the fifth. De Paolis put Italy ahead for the first time since the second chukker. As time was winding down, it seemed as USA's Michel Nseir, Minnie Keating, Dan Keating and Peter Friedman soundly defeated a Moroccan team. USA's Dan and Minnie Keating, Michel Nseir and Heather Souto and Ireland's Paul Ronan, Siobhan Herbst, Mark Stone and Colm Kelleher RODRIGO FERNANDEZ RODRIGO FERNANDEZ TWO EVENTS AT SOUTHAMPTON POLO CLUB IN NEW YORK La Magnolia's Anne Byers, Alex Natella, Lucy Millard and Ali Bailey (not shown); VanLith Ranch's Jessica Sailer, Catie Stueck, Carolina Falcone, Lilliana Falcone; and the winners, Genghis Khan's Tiamo Hudspeth, Summer Beinhorn, Camille Beinhorn, Catalina Hayata, of Southampton Polo Club's Ladies Tournament on Sept. 9. La California's Kevin Hamilton, MacKenzie Weisz, Segundo Merlos and Marcos Garcia del Rio won the 8-goal New York Cup, 11-8, over Aliano Palmers.

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