Polo Players Edition

JUL 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 54 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N camaraderie prevailed as we retired to the Pepper Tree Cantina for celebratory beverages and a barbecue. Many thanks go to umpire Frankie Questel Sr. who kept the play moving fair, fast and safe; to announcer Kimberly Hobscheid who encouraged the players and kept the spectators entertained and engaged in the action; to photographer Jim Bremner who recorded the action; and the Bankhead family and their River Valley Equestrian Center for keeping this friendly Lakeside Polo tradition alive and flourishing. We'll see you again next year! –Kip Hering MCLIN BURNSED TAKES 6-GOAL PRO POOL EVENT McLin Burnsed edged Citizens First in the McLin Burnsed 6-goal Pro Pool Tournament at The Villages Polo Club in The Villages, Florida on May 6. Citizens First (Sue Doyle, Miguel Lis Planells, Mike Harris, Francisco Bilbao) struck first with a goal by Lis Planells five minutes into the opening chukker, countering a one-goal handicap given to McLin Burnsed (Holly Chamberlain, Stan Sandefur, Oliver Butterworth, Francisco Llosa). Sandefur shot through McLin Burnsed's first field goal a minute later to take back the lead, 2-1. Sandefur and Lis Planells traded goals again in the second to maintain the one-goal spread. Lis Planells tied the score two minutes into the third but Sandefur answered back. Mike Harris split the uprights to knot the score at 4- 4 at the end of the first half. McLin Burnsed took back the lead thanks to goals from Holly Chamberlain and Francisco Llosa. Francisco Bilbao answered with a goal to keep it close, 6- 5 in favor of McLin Burnsed. Sandefur traded goals with Sue Doyle in the fifth. Bilbao knotted the score but Llosa answered with two. Lis Planells added his fourth goal with just over a minute left, cutting the deficit to one. Citizen's won the ensuing throw-in and Bilbao sent the ball through the uprights to even the score with 35 seconds left. Time ran out with the teams locked in a tie. To determine a winner, a shootout was held. Sue Doyle and Holly Chamberlain found the uprights before Lis Planells' shot went wide. Sandefur put the ball through the posts, giving McLin Burnsed the win. The next week, Galaxy Home Solutions edged City Fire in The Sharon/The Studio Theatre 6-goal. City Fire (Sue Doyle, Kim Von Stade, Paige McCabe, Francisco Bilbao) got on the board with a pair of goals by Bilbao while Galaxy (Miguel Lis Planells, Jason Cashin, Diego Ferreira, Luis Saracco) was held scoreless. Luis Saracco put Galaxy on the board early in the second with a penalty conversion while City Fire was unable to reach the goal. Bilbao started off the third chukker with a penalty conversion of his own but Galaxy shot back with goals by Saracco and Jason Cashin to knot the score. Sue Doyle put City Fire briefly ahead before Lis Planells leveled the score at 4-all to end the first half. Galaxy got the jump in the fourth, with a pair of goals by Diego Ferreira in the first two minutes. Paige McCabe scored for City Fire to keep the team in the game. Lis Planells started off the fifth with a goal to put Galaxy back up by two. A penalty conversion by Bilbao put City Fire closer but Saracco scored again, taking the ball coast to coast for a two-goal lead, 8-6. Kim von Stade scored a lone goal in the final chukker, but City Fire could not get any closer and Galaxy held on for the win. On May 23, Ardens Jewelers (Winship Rees, Paige McCabe, Lord Lyall, Francisco Llosa) defeated United Healthcare (Monica Lis Planells/ Jennifer Pascarella, Miguel Lis Planells, Luis Saracco, Charly Quincoces), 11-9, in The Villages 6-goal Cup. Less than a minute into the first chukker, Rees overcame the one-goal handicap given to United Healthcare. The teams battled back and forth for he rest of the chukker until McCabe found the uprights with 27 seconds left. Quincoces tied the score halfway through the second, but McCabe struck F L O R I D A Galaxy Home Solutions Luis Saracco, Diego Ferreira, Jason Cashin and Miguel Lis Planells won the Sharon/The Studio Theatre 6-goal. McLin Burnsed's Francisco Llosa, Oliver Butterworth, Holly Chamberlain and Stan Sandefur won the 6-goal Pro Pool.

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