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 50 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N though Italy had the win, but with less than 30 seconds left, Clemens knotted the score at 7-7, forcing a penalty shootout. The teams chose a representative for the shootout, Friedman for USA and de Paolis for Italy. It took two rounds before de Paolis scored to put Italy on top. On July 21, USA (Minnie Keating, Michel Nseir, Heather Souto, Dan Keating) took on Ireland (Paul Ronan, Siobhan Herbst, Mark Stone, Colm Kelleher). Ronan put Ireland on the board but Minnie Keating responded to keep the score level. Herbst began the second with a goal for Ireland but Nseir and Dan Keating responded to give USA a narrow lead, 3-2. Souto extended the lead in the third with a lone goal, ending the first half with USA ahead, 4-2. Souto continued to pressure Ireland, scoring early in the fourth before Ronan answered for Ireland. Dan Keating added one more to double up Ireland's score, 6-3. Herbst found the mark to end the fourth, 6-4. Stone tied the score in the fifth, but the father/daughter duo of Dan and Minnie Keating gave Ireland the one- two punch to put USA ahead 8-6. In the sixth, Stone brought Ireland within one, but could get no closer. USA held on for the 8-7 victory. In early August, USA, with Peter Friedman taking over for Heather Souto, crushed Morocco (Imad Ounnisi, Karim Drif, Taissir Kadiri, Nour-Dean Anakar), 9-4. Dan Keating was the only one to find the goal in the first seven minutes. Friedman took over in the second with back-to-back goals. Kadiri finally put Morocco on the board, ending the second trailing 3-1. But Morocco was starting to find its rhythm and unanswered goals by Drif and Ounnisi knotted the score at 3-all at the half. USA benefited from the halftime break and came out firing. Nseir scored a pair of goals and Dan and Minnie Keating each scored to put the team up 7-3. Friedman stretched the lead to five before Kadiri found the mark for Morocco. Nseir scored the only goal of the sixth to give USA the victory. A few weeks later, USA had a tougher time against a talented Jamaican team. Jamaica (Conrad Chin, Brandon Richards, Shane Chin, Hamish Wates) gained an early lead on USA (Michel Nseir, Minnie Keating, Dan Keating, Jim DeAngelis) but held on for the win. Unfamiliar horses loaned to the Jamaican's didn't slow them down one bit as Conrad Chin, the youngest player, struck first followed by his uncle Shane Chin, who converted a penalty. Wates added his two cents with a pair of goals to go up 4-0. Dan Keating and DeAngelis cut the deficit in half before DeAngelis swapped goals with Richards for a 5-3 Jamaican lead. Wates added another early in the final chukker. Minnie Keating shot back with a pair of goals to bring USA within one. Conrad Chin claimed the last goal to ensure the 7-5 win. England embarked on its 26th campaign against USA over Labor Day weekend. Jet-lag, followed by an all- night tour of the Newport social scene left the English players (Matt Jones, Garrie Renucci, Stephen O'Kane, Jimmy Wood) with 'thick' heads that even a 'builder's team' couldn't clear! This left the team still shaking off the previous night's follies when the umpires threw in the first ball. USA (Minnie Keating, Michel Nseir, Heather Souto, Rory Torrey) took advantage with Torrey scoring the first goal. Souto followed to close the first chukker 2-0. A penalty conversion by Torrey and back-to-back goals by Souto in the second increased the lead to 5-0. As halftime closed in, Wood finally got England in the game with a pair of penalty conversions, but Torrey answered with one of his own for a 6-2 score. Souto increased the lead to five early in the second half. Soon after, Wood found an opening and raced to goal but Keating responded to close the chukker 8-3. England came alive in the Jamaica's Conrad Chin, Brandon Richards, Shane Chin and Hamish Wates defeated the USA team. England's Matt Jones, Garrie Renucci, Stephen O'Kane and Jimmy Wood narrowly fell to USA in England's 26th appearance. RODRIGO FERNANDEZ RODRIGO FERNANDEZ

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