Polo Players Edition

NOV 2011

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 OL O R E P OR T Tritech's Chris Maloney, Gaston VonWernich, Ashton Wolf, and Ramon Richard won the Willis Allen Cup. goals from VonWernich which tied the score. Jesse Bray scored again at the end of the chukker to take back the lead. Graham Bray added another goal early in the third, but Ramon Richard and Chris Maloney answered to knot the score at 5- 5 at the half. Jesse Bray started the second half with back-to-back goals, but VonWernich followed with a pair of goals to keep it even. Tritech jumped ahead in the fifth with a goal by Richard, and two more from VonWernich. Jesse Bray found the mark again, followed by teammate Jessica Bailey to get back within one goal. The match was a nail-biter right down to the last bell. Wolf had two falls, bruising his ribs, and VonWernich and Best Playing Pony Fleur fell. When Fleur didn't jump right up, there was quite a bit of concern but she had just gotten the wind knocked out of her. After giving her some time to catch her breath, she stood up and walked off the field to the delight of the crowd. The sixth period was neck and neck with Jesse Bray and VonWernich scoring a goal. Later Jesse Bray shot a penalty but missed by inches. His second penalty was deflected off the mallet of Wolf, and the third went just wide. Starmeadow had its chances but time ran out leaving Tritech on top for the win. Jesse Bray shared high-scoring honors with VonWernich as each led his respective team with seven Hawks' Daniel Roenisch, Julian Mannix, Canelo Silvestre and Patrick Uretz won the Canadian Open. With them is Julian's mother Li-Anne Mannix. tallies, but Bray took MVP honors. Richard started taking lessons in the arena and graduated to grass polo in just the last year. He stepped in when Alisha Wray was injured in a fall a few weeks ago. Wray is doing well and cheered on the team but needs more time to heal. In the consolation, Southwind/ Adeptus edged Trinity 11-10 thanks to a breakaway by Colleen Wilson with just seconds left. Between matches guests bid on silent auction items and drank Mai Tais in the Citibank Lounge. The San Diego Symphony played a live parade march to welcome the teams in the final and a member of the San Diego Opera blew away the audience by singing the National Anthem. PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAWKS BEST BLIZZARD IN CANADIAN OPEN Julian Mannix's Hawks team overcame Northern Blizzard in the final of the season-ending Calgary Open held at the Calgary Polo Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the end of August. The final was a recreation of the Calgary Cup final, won by Northern Blizzard. This time, it was a 4-4 game going into halftime, with each team scoring two goals in the first and third chukkers. The turning point came in the fifth chukker, with Julian Mannix and Patrick Uretz scoring two goals apiece, to take a three-goal lead going into the final chukker. Northern Blizzard continued to fight for the win, with a goal from Scotty M. Cunningham, but Hawks secured the win. Patrick Uretz was awarded MVP, Julian Mannix was the High Scorer, and Bryan Middleton's Karma was Best Playing Pony. The day following the Canadian Open is something the grooms look forward to all season—the Kimo Cup. Grooms put together teams and were joined on the field by several A- and B-rated players. In the A flight, Sara's Secret prevailed overs Pat's Peaches, and the all-girl Blizzard Babes came in a close third. The B flight was won by the Eddie's Angels team of Susan, Sofia, and Delfina Abbiati and friends, with the Polo Bears team as runners-up. A final summer wind-up barbecue was graciously hosted by Gordon Ross and Richard Cote in the club's cantina. The month kicked off with the Barbados Challenge Trophy. Bajans Adam Deane and Marc Atwell were joined by Kyle Fargey and Pat Powell on Barbados. The team faced off against Julian Mannix, Dayelle Fargey, Gordon Ross and Rob Foster for Canada. The —continued on page 61 POLO PLAYERS EDITION 59

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