Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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 Chukka Lukka—Gillian Young, Sean Cochran, Andy Schnoebelen; Polotariat—Bryan Treusch, Brenda Phillips, Laura Kingsley; HERING CUP The Young Guns—Molly Agee, Garrett Bankhead, Ian Schnoebelen; Los Tres Amigos—Frankie Questel Sr., Miguel Questel, Shaun Cornell. DUTTA CORP TOPS FIRST 20-GOAL CUPS Dutta Corp edged Patagones, 11-10, in an action-packed 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup to open the polo season at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, on Dec. 30. Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gringo Colombres, Kris Kampsen) and Patagones (Joaquin Avendano, Benjamin Avendano, Santi Toccalino, Thomas Garcia del Rio) were making their debut in this cup. Played prior to the New Year, they were the only teams in the tournament. Gringo Colombres got the scoring started with two quick goals in the first period. Alberdi followed with one of his own to give Dutta a 3-0 lead. Garcia del Rio easily sunk a Penalty 2 to put Patagones on the board. Dutta kept up the pressure in the second, with Alberdi and Colombres adding field goals and K a m p s e n converting a Penalty 2. Garcia del Rio converted a pair of open-goal penalties to keep Patagones on the board, 6-3. Toccalino shot a Penalty 3 and Garcia del Rio scored from the field while Dutta was scoreless to bring Patagones within one, 6-5, at the half. Alberdi traded goals with Garcia del Rio in the fourth, and Toccalino traded penalty shots with Colombres to end the chukker, 8-7. Toccalino sunk a Penalty 4 to knot the score and Dutta swapped goals with Joaquin Avendano to keep it level, 9-9. In the last period, Alberdi scored to break the tie but a Penalty 3 from Toccalino leveled it yet again. With time winding down, Colombres found the mark to give Dutta the advantage. Colombres was honored as MVP and Benjamin Avendano's chestnut gelding, Fino Conejo, was named Best Playing Pony. The following week, two more teams, Santa Clara (Nico Escobar, Steve Krueger, Pelon Escapite, Luis Escobar) and SD Farms (Sayyu Dantata, Peco Polledo, Jesse Bray, Juan Martin Obregon), joined Patagones and Dutta Corp for the Joe Barry Cup. Dutta Corp seemed to be getting stronger and crushed Santa Clara 21- 10 in its first match. Patagones also took a first-round win over SD Farms, 11-7. In round two, Patagones edged Santa Clara, 14-9, while Dutta Corp edged SD Farms, 13-12. Dutta Corp met Patagones in round three, with Dutta Corp taking the 10-8 win. The teams would meet again in the final on Jan. 13. Patagones knew it had an up-hill battle to beat Dutta Corp. Colombres put Dutta Corp on the board, but Toccalino answered. Dutta scored but Toccalino responded. A Penalty 1 in favor of Patagones put the team on top, 3-2. Dutta knotted the score early in the second and Toccalino traded goals with Kampsen to keep it level. F L O R I D A Dutta Corp's Gringo Colombres, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Timmy Dutta and Kris Kampsen won the 20-goal Pennell and Barry Cups. Patagones' Santi Toccalino keeps the ball out of the reach of Dutta Corps' Kris Kampsen. The teams met in the first two 20-goal finals, with Dutta Corp winning both. DAVID LOMINSKA/POLO GRAPHICS DAVID LOMINSKA/POLOGRAPHICS

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