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 53 overtime after being deadlocked in the last two chukkers. Menini got the ball rolling and went on to score three goals in the first 14 minutes, setting the tone for the remainder of the match. A combination of long passes, fast horses and relatively few fouls called kept the game moving at a fast pace. Kissling scored three times added to a 40-yard penalty conversion from Walker in the first half for Lucchese. Goals by Guinazu and Ziegler in the third chukker gave Barrossa the narrow edge, 5-4, at the half. Guinazu and Kissling traded goals in the fourth, allowing Barrossa to maintain the edge. Molinas ramped up his offensive efforts with back-to-back goals, giving UCLA/Lucchese a first- time advantage. Menini ended that by easing one through the uprights to tie the score at 7-all. The teams worked hard to gain the advantage in the sixth period. Guinazu sunk a 30-yard penalty to give Barrossa the lead, but Walker responded in-kind, ending regulation play knotted at 8-8. The high energy of the players was evident as the ball was bowled in for the overtime chukker. UCLA/Lucchese secured the ball but a miscue left its fate up in the air. Not long after, 18-year-old Kissling rocketed a shot down field, finding Molinas who ran the ball through for the golden goal. Kissling admitted he felt the adrenaline pumping as he passed to Molinas. "It was an incredibly hard- fought match that lasted until the very end. Barrossa gave us an incredibly hard time throughout all seven chukkers, but we focused and tried to stay very disciplined at the end. Fortunately, we were able to come out with the win," he said. Molinas was named MVP and Menini's mare, Chocolata, was awarded Best Playing Pony honors. In addition to the finalists, the tournament included two additional teams in Farmers & Merchants Bank (Henry/Dan Walker, Warwick Prendiville, Santi Wulff, Mateo de Paolis) and Klentner Ranch/Hidden Creek (Bayne Bossom, Luke Klentner, Jesse Bray, Sean Keys). Another four teams competed in the Travel Associates Harry East Memorial, with the final played on Oct. 1. Newcomer Cancha de las Estrellas (Sarah Siegel-Magness, Joe Henderson, Leigh Brecheen, Mariano Fassetta/Juan Curbelo) took UCLA/Lucchese's place, while Klentner Ranch had a slight change with Piers Bossom taking over for Sean Keys, and Omar Mangaji replacing Mateo de Paolis on Farmers & Merchants Bank. In the semi-final round Klentner Ranch fell to Barrossa in overtime. With Bossom on the team, the average age of Klentner Ranch players fell to just 17½ years! On the other side, Farmers & Merchants Bank advanced to the final by defeating Cancha de las Estrellas. In the final, Farmers & Merchants Bank established an early lead over Barrossa. Wulff drew first blood, scoring from the field to start the match, quickly followed by a goal from the penalty line by Walker. A goal each by Menini and Guinazu tied the score at two goals each. Wulff struck again, scoring his second goal in the chukker to put FMB up 3-2. Guinazu answered back, tying the score at 3-3. A whistle halted the game's momentum, giving Wulff a 60-yard penalty shot and another mark on the board. Guinazu and Walker each scored once more before the chukker closed, giving FMB a one-goal lead. Barrossa took advantage of its speed in the third chukker and overcame FMB's lead, tying the score at six goals each before halftime. Spectators were treated to a fantastic second half of play with minimal fouls and fast, open polo. Barrossa and FMB each scored three goals from the field in the fourth chukker. Guinazu and Wulff each had six goals credited to their name in the match before the start of the fifth chukker. Menini took control of the ball at the onset of the fifth chukker and scored three consecutive points for Barrossa. A valiant defensive effort held FMB scoreless, 12-9. FMB rode into the final chukker ready to fight back against a strong Barrossa/STG's Jef Graham, Francisco Guinazu, Max Menini and John Ziegler won the Travel Associates Harry East Memorial. UCLA/Lucchese's Matt Walker, Agustin Molinas, John Muse and Conrad Kissling won the regional 8-goal Presidents Cup. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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