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 52 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N take the win. In mid-November, Citizens First (Midge Ellison, Facundo Iglesias, Alfredo Guerreno, Alan Martinez) defeated The Villages Insurance (Paul Wodsworth, Paige McCabe, Nick Johnson, Francisco Bilboa), 9-8, in overtime. After leading 5-1 through two chukkers of play, Citizens could only watch as Insurance fought its way back to force overtime, on the strength of six goals over the final four periods of play by Insurance's Bilboa. Paige McCabe tied the match at 7-7 after carrying the ball more than half the length of the field early in the sixth and final chukker of play, before Guerreno tapped home a long feed from Martinez to put Insurance back up 8-7 with 1:57 to play. Bilbao earned a turning foul with just 20 seconds remaining, before sending his fifth penalty-shot conversion high through the pipes to send the match into overtime. A mad scramble off the opening throw-in of the extra period saw all four Citizens team members touch the ball, before Guerreno came away with possession and passed ahead for the game-winning tally to Martinez, who recorded his seventh goal of the day. The fall season came to a conclusion with the City Fire/Lefty Lyall Family Feud tournament, as the campaign closed with the annual event featuring teams comprised of familial ties. With developing talent taking priority over deciding scorebook tallies, bragging rights were on the line as the season finale pitted husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and other family connections against one another in the lighthearted event. This year's family-themed tournament featured five teams playing across two flights with levels of play organized by individual player handicap total. City Fire (Pippa Campbell, Ian Campbell, Winship Rees, Stuart Campbell) defeated Arden's Fine Jewelers (Jenny Pascarella, Janis Pascarella, Senter Johnson, Nick Johnson, Jason Pascarella), 13½-10, in the top pool of competition, played over two days. City Fire narrowly led Arden's Fine Jewelers, 5½-5, after day one. Stuart Campbell got right to work on day two, hammering in two in a row in the opening chukker. Senter Johnson scored for Arden's with 35 seconds left in the chukker. Stuart Campbell and his son, Ian, scored in the second. Nick Johnson tallied to end the chukker. Arden's was shut out in the third while Stuart Campbell and his daughter, Pippa, added goals. Ian Campbell and Jason Pascarella traded goals in the fourth to end the match with City Fire on top. In the secondary pool, Fross & Fross claimed victory on goal aggregate (8-6) over Galaxy Home Solutions to round out the Thanksgiving weekend event. Ava Hinkson (Galaxy Home Solutions) led all scorers on the day with three goals, while Kimberly Von Stade (Fross & Fross), Fernando Torres (Fross & Fross) and Mateo Bilbao (Citizens First) each tallied twice for their respective teams. TONKAWA CAPTURES USPA BEAL CUP IN TX Four tough teams lined up for the 14- goal USPA Keleen & Carlton Beal Cup at the Houston Polo Club in Houston, Texas, Sept. 28-Oct. 7. Unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn't cooperating and the first round of games had to be postponed. When the fields dried out, Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, Matt Coppola, Mason Wroe, Joaquin Panelo) took on Eureka (Rene Campos, Jorge Cernadas, Alvaro Ara, Jason Crowder). Tonkawa got the upper hand, crushing Eureka, 15-4. Later that day, BTA (Kelly Beal, Toly Ulloa, Steve Krueger, Jeff Hall) faced Whitehall Ranch (Bill Lane, Trevor Niznik, Sugar Erskine, Santi Torres). It was a closer match, but in the end, BTA defeated Whitehall Ranch, 14-10. S O U T H W E S T E R N City Fire's Stuart Campbell, Winship Rees, Ian Campbell and Pippa Campbell won the Family Feud Tournament. Citizens First's Alan Martinez, Alfredo Guerreno, Facundo Iglesias and Midge Ellison won The Villages Insurance 8 goal.

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