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 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N seal the victory. In Sunday's championship match, a scoreless opening chukker gave way to a goal from Miguel Lis-Planells to open the second period of action—a three- goal chukker for Galaxy en route to the victory—which concluded with a goal from Miguel's daughter, Monica. "I was commenting with her and my wife this morning about getting a chance to play with her again today," Miguel Lis-Planells said of his daughter, Monica. "Whether we won or lost, it didn't matter … I was already a winner. Just getting to share the field with her was a great experience. But we both scored and had fun, so what else can I ask for?" Miguel Lis-Planells slipped on a The Villages Insurance jersey for the Properties of The Villages 6 goal on Oct. 21. The Villages Insurance squad (Lis- Planells, Jimmy Wetter, Luis Saracco, Francisco Llosa) delivered a masterful comeback performance, erasing virtually a four-goal deficit and withstanding a stellar individual effort from the opposition in the process, during its 10-9½ victory over Galaxy Home Solutions (Sue Doyle, Casey Hoskins, Nick Johnson, Tony Vita). No. 4 Francisco Llosa led the way for Insurance, tallying five goals on the day after scoring twice in Friday's preliminary action. "We all played good and we all put a little bit of extra work in it today," Llosa said. "You never know how it's going to go with that half of a goal in play—you can be up or you can be down very quickly." After allowing the day's first three goals to compound the half-goal deficit they opened with (due to player handicap), Insurance rattled off three unanswered tallies in the third chukker to get back into the weekend finale before scoring three more in the sixth to steal away the tournament crown. The comeback for Insurance also included improved defensive marking on Galaxy No. 4, Tony Vita, who was named Most Valuable Player after an impressive six-goal performance. "We just needed to do a better job of marking Tony Vita," Llosa said. "We didn't really do that the first four minutes or so. Sometimes when you get behind early, you get a little nervous and you don't start to do the right things but it turned out good for us in the end." Galaxy built a 3½-0 advantage through the early part of the second chukker, behind two first-period tallies from Vita and a rebound goal from Hoskins. Insurance rallied on the strength of the three consecutive Llosa goals in the third chukker to seize a 5-4½ lead at the divot-stomping intermission. Galaxy fired back by recording four of the first five goals in the second half, putting Insurance back down 8½-6 early in the fifth chukker. But from there Insurance played its best polo of the afternoon, outscoring Galaxy 3-1 over the final chukker of play. Saracco broke away from the pack for the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play, receiving a nice feed from teammate Wetter just out in front of his pony Cowchita, who was named Best Playing Pony. "Jimmy (Wetter) made a beautiful play, and I trusted him 100 percent that the pass was going to come," Saracco said. "He hit a beautiful neckshot exactly in front of my horse for me to just hit the last two taps and put it in and that was it. We're really happy with how we played and how we got the win." In Sunday's earlier consolation match, Arden's Jewelers and UnitedHealthcare dueled to a 7-7 draw. The month's action finished with the Fross & Fross team (Kelly Beck, Paul Wadsworth, Luis Saracco, Stuart Campbell) capturing the Fross & Fross 6-goal over Arden's Jewelers (Ken Williams, Midge Ellison, Alfredo Guerreno, Charly Quincoces). Campbell recorded a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal with less than two minutes to play, to lead Fross & Fross. The team benefited from Arden's struggles as it went 4 for 17 when shooting at the goal. Galaxy Home Solutions' Francisco Bilbao, Paige McCabe, Miguel Lis-Planells, Jennifer Pascarella and Monica Lis-Planells Miguel Lis-Planells, Jimmy Wetter, Luis Saracco and Francisco Llosa won the Properties of The Villages 6 goal at The Villages.

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