Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

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 FROSS & FROSS ACES WOMENS TOURNAMENT Fross & Fross defeated Arden's Fine Jewelers, 10-7, to win A Flight in the Arden's Fine Jewelers Women's Tournament held at The Villages Polo Club in early November. The teams played off over two days. Earning a one-goal advantage due to handicap, Fross & Fross (Hope Arellano, Malia Bryan, Gillian Johnston, Meghan Okerlund) faced Arden's (Anja Jacobs, Paige McCabe, Courtney Asdourian, Claire Brougham) for the first four- chukker round on Nov. 2, neither team finding the mark between the goal posts in the first chukker. Working as a solid and cohesive unit, Fross & Fross came alive in the second, creating the opportunity for Arellano to make back- to-back field goals. "Hope is probably one of my favorite people to play with," Johnston said. "She is absolutely amazing and makes my job easy. I know if I can get her the ball, she is capable of doing all the hard work." Striking once in the third, Arellano added a third goal to her tally. Asdourian answered back to put Arden's on the board. Shutting out Arden's yet again in the fourth, Arellano sealed the first day's win with a final powerful swing of her mallet, scoring all of her team's goals to end the game, 5-1. Returning to the field the next day with renewed vigor, Arden's was determined to capture the second game. Starting off the scoring for Fross & Fross, Johnston's opening goal was countered by two from Arden's Fine Jewelers. Mirroring the scoring in the second, Asdourian's goal was challenged by two more from Arellano. "An advantage for our team was that Malia, Gillian and I have played together many times and we have played against Meghan Okerlund many times as well. This familiarity allows us to work really well together as a team," said Arellano. I felt that in the second game the other team was more prepared for our game plan." As the battle continued into the third, each side earned a penalty conversion with Asdourian picking up her second from the field. Moving into the final chukker trailing by one, Fross & Fross was still in a comfortable spot leading overall by three net goals. Fross & Fross blocked all attempts from the field, but a penalty allowed Brougham to claim an easy shot. Arellano's rapid shots on goal throughout the tournament allowed Fross & Fross to win in overall goals despite losing the second game. Hope Arellano was MVP and Frank, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Paige McCabe, was Best Playing Pony. The following week, Galaxy Home Solutions (Alan Martinez, Toto Obregon, Facundo Iglesias, Trevor Baldwin) defeated Citizens First (Miguel Lis Planells, Winship Rees, Charly Quincoces, Stuart Campbell), 11-7, in the Lake Advisory Group 8-goal Tournament. Martinez, a fan favorite, dazzled in his season return to the club, finding the sweet spot between the posts five times in the first half before putting the victory away with three pivotal tallies in the second half. "Playing here is just amazing," said Martinez after the win. "The Villages is like my second home. I love coming back here, I've got a lot of friends around here and I feel like the crowd really knows my name ..." Citizens began with a one-goal handicap but it only took Galaxy 34 seconds to overcome the handicap when Baldwin found the mark. Martinez wrapped goals around one from Quincoces to end the first with Galaxy ahead, 3-2. Martinez added three more over the next 14 minutes while Citizens was shut out. Martinez traded goals with Quincoces in the fourth and fifth to start the sixth with Galaxy ahead, 9-4. Citizens rallied in the sixth, scoring three goals including a pair of penalties but the deficit was too big to overcome. Iglesias and Obregon added one each to Fross & Fross' Malia Bryan, Hope Arellano, Gillian Johnston and Meghan Okerlund (not shown) won The Village's women's tourney. Galaxy Home's Trevor Baldwin, Facundo Iglesias, Toto Obregon and Alan Martinez won the Lake Advisory Group 8 Goal.

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