Polo Players Edition

DEC 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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28 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Abbie said. "Since Maddie went off to school, it's just Sophie and I at home now, so to have all three of us play together again is a really great experience." Drumcliffe was defending champion as Sophie and Maddie, along with Julia Smith, toppled UVA, 15-3, in last year's final. Aside from Drumcliffe, three teams filled the roster including University of Virginia, Texas A&M and Guardian Horse Bedding. In the semifinal, University of Virginia defeated Texas A&M, 14-9, while Drumcliffe got the best of Guardian Horse Bedding, 17-12. This set up a rematch of last year's final. Drumcliffe gave up a three-goal handicap to start the match but it didn't take long for the team to overcome the deficit. Sophie managed to find the goal in the opening minutes. After several minutes of back and forth, with runs from both teams, Demitra managed to slip the ball into the goal in traffic to end the first with UVA holding onto the three-goal handicap, 4-1. In the second chukker, Drumcliffe was finding its rhythm and soon had not only tied the score, but took the lead. Maddie led the way on her grey horse Paz, scoring a total of five goals. Sophie added two more while holding UVA to one from Sadie Bryant. The half ended with Drumcliffe holding an 8-5 advantage. Drumcliffe only got stronger as the game went on. UVA put up a valiant effort, but the Grant girls were working like a finely-tuned machine. While Maddie was being marked more closely, Abbie, on a pretty Palomino named Bella, hammered in four goals. Maddie also managed to get two more, including a two-pointer. Bryant again scored UVA's only goal, ending the chukker with Drumcliffe ahead 15-6. Bryant came out hot in the final period, shooting in three goals in a row. It briefly caught the Grant girls off guard, but they shot back with Sophie finishing off a drive by Maddie. A Penalty 2 late in the chukker gave Maddie another opportunity. With a half shot, she put the ball right into the goal for her eighth tally, and thanks to her Women's Arena Open Ace Sportswear: 17 Demitra Hajimihalis 4 Maddie Grant 4 Julia Smith 9 Marlan Farm: 15 Sophie Grant 5 Marissa Wells 5 Kelly Wells 5 Women's Arena Handicap Guardian Horse Bedding: 14 Sheila Everett 3 Grace Burgert 2 Julia Smith 9 Drumcliffe: 13 Maddie Grant 4 Sophie Grant 5 Abbie Grant 4 Texas A&M: 12 Alexandra Vaughn 2 Hannah Reynolds 5 Marissa Wells 5 University of Virginia: 13 Demitra Hajimihalis 4 Sadie Bryant 4 Meghan Milligan 5 Jessica Riemann 5 Sisters Maddie, Sophie and Abbie Grant defeated University of Virginia in the U.S. Women's Arena Handicap final.

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