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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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 51 my mom." The four players of the World Gym team unanimously agreed that part of the fun was playing four-man polo. Luke Klentner was recognized at the trophy presentation for playing in all levels of polo from 16 goal to the Last Chance Tournament this season. LIS-PLANELLS TAKES FIRST THREE TOURNEYS Miguel Lis-Planells made it to the trophy stand in the first three tournaments of central Florida's The Villages Polo Club's fall season, including one with his daughter. The season opener on Oct. 7 saw United Healthcare (Paul Wadsworth, Miguel Lis-Planells, Charly Quincoces, Francisco Llosa) edge Fross & Fross (Belden Hoskins, Casey Hoskins, Doug Hoskins, Nick Johnson) in the last three minutes to win The Villages Health 6 goal. Llosa overcame the half-goal deficit given to Fross & Fross in just three minutes but a defensive battle ensued with neither team able to reach the goal until almost six minutes into the third period when Johnson scored for Fross & Fross. The half ended with Fross & Fross holding on to its half-goal handicap, 1½-1. Johnston scored another just 30 seconds into the fourth. Quincoces responded for UnitedHealthcare but Johnson and Doug Hoskins gave UnitedHealthcare the one-two punch in the closing minutes of the chukker to take a 4½-2 advantage. Goals by Wadsworth and Quincoces early in the fifth brought UnitedHealthcare within a half goal. Johnson increased the spread with a penalty conversion but Llosa shot back to bring the teams within a half goal, 5½-5. The last chukker was an all out battle with both teams fighting for control. A costly mistake by Fross & Fross gave Llosa an opportunity with an undefended Penalty 2, which he seized upon to take the narrow lead with 2:51 left. That would be the end of the scoring, leaving UnitedHealthcare ahead 6-5½. Charly Quincoces, who scored three goals, was named MVP. "It feels amazing to win today and it's always nice to come back here to The Villages. The wind made it a little difficult before you got used to it, but we had a nice team and it feels good to be able to pull it out at the end," he said. The following weekend, Galaxy Home Solutions (Monica Lis- Planells/Jenny Pascarella, Miguel Lis- Planells, Paige McCabe, Francisco Bilbao) stole the show in the UnitedHealthcare 6-goal, sweeping a three-team round robin. With scores carried over from Friday's preliminary action, Galaxy Home Solutions claimed a 7-5 decision over Citizens First (Sue Doyle, Paul Wadsworth, Nick Johnson, Francisco Llosa), before taking down UnitedHealthcare (Sheri McQuown, Casey Hoskins, Charly Quincoces, Luis Saracco), 9-5, to seal the tournament championship late on Sunday afternoon. "I think we had an outstanding team on the field and that really opened up the game for us," said Miguel Lis-Planells, who tallied three goals over the weekend. "Paige (McCabe) and Frankie (Bilbao) make a great team, and really it was just about running behind them and picking up the loose balls to score. When we were able to do that, things really worked out for us." Galaxy defeated UnitedHealthcare, 5-4, to open its weekend sweep, before toppling Citizens First, 3-2—with both victories on Friday setting the squad up in good position for Sunday's action. Galaxy started the final day of play with three opening-chukker tallies against Citizens First, featuring back-to- back goals from Bilbao registered within 30 seconds of each other. After Citizens clawed back within two, 6-4, entering the final chukker, a McCabe one-timer from a Bilbao feed found its way through the pipes to Paige Beard and Joel Baker present trophies to World Gym's Tom Shurman, Claudia Uretz, Tony Uretz and Melanja Jones. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS UnitedHealthCare's Paul Wadsworth, Miguel Lis-Planells, Charly Quincoces and Francisco Llosa won The Villages Health 6 Goal.

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