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 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 55 again, followed by a tally from Lyall for a 4-2 Ardens lead. Llosa shot through two in a row to increase the lead and McCabe and Lyall countered a pair of goals from Saracco, leaving Ardens on top, 8-4, at the half. McCabe and Quincoces traded goals in the fourth. United rallied in the fifth with Quincoces and Saracco combining for three goals, bringing United within a goal of Ardens. Llosa struck again, increasing the lead to two. Rees increased the spread to three before Pascarella cut it back to two with two minutes left. That was it for the scoring and Ardens held on for the win. A redesigned Galaxy Home Solutions (Scott Doyle, Winship Rees, Charly Quincoces, Stuart Campbell) edged Villages Insurance (Monica Lis Planells/Ian Campbell, Miguel Lis Planells, Marcelo Torres, Paige McCabe, Francisco Bilbao) 10-7½ in the final of the Villages Polo Club Tournament on May 26. The season-ending final was played on Saturday instead of Sunday in anticipation of heavy rains forecasted for the area. Just two minutes into the first chukker Scott Doyle went on a scoring rampage, slamming in three in a row before a goal by Marcelo Torres interrupted his momentum. But he wasn't done yet. He added one more before the chukker ended. Monica Lis Planells scored early in the second, but Doyle responded and with less than a minute left, Stuart Campbell added another for a 6-2½ Galaxy lead. Villages Insurance stopped the bleeding in the third with Monica and Miguel Lis Planells each scoring while Galaxy was shut down, cutting the deficit to 6-4½. The Villages was able to match Galaxy goal for goal in the next 14 minutes, keeping the difference to one and a half goals, 8-6½. In the final chukker, Torres scored his third goal to bring Villages within a half goal, but Winship Rees found the uprights and Doyle added his sixth goal to secure the win. DUTTA CORP SHINES IN SPRING TOURNEYS Dutta Corp shined in an unusually rainy spring season at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida with wins in three of the five tournaments played. The team began its season with a three-peat in a four-chukker, lightening abbreviated championship final of the Santa Rita Abierto on April 22. Dutta Corp defeated Sebucan, 7-4. Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Alex Webb) defeated Sebucan, 7-4. The team qualified for the final with wins over Altair Polo (Ashley Busch, Moritz Gaedeke, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen) and Deeridge (Will Jacobs, Grant Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Ezequiel Ferrario) in the opening nine-chukker round robin on Friday. Sebucan (Josh Dubarry, Pablo Pulido, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Julio Gracida) advanced into the final with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over Hidden Creek (Marc Ganzi, Sean Keys, Pablo Dorignac, Jesse Bray). Dutta, 16, coming off a successful 20- goal season, was named MVP. Under foreboding skies, the well- matched teams played evenly in the first two chukkers. In the opening chukker, the teams tied 1-1 on Piki Diaz Alberdi's 60-yard penalty conversion and Novillo Astrada's shot from the field. In the second chukker, goals from Piki Diaz Alberdi and Webb were matched with a 30-yard penalty conversion from Novillo Astrada and a goal from Gracida. Dutta Corp pulled away with a 5-4 advantage in the third with back-to-back goals from Lucas Diaz Alberdi. Dutta Corp never trailed after that. With rain falling and thunder in the background, the teams got in one final chukker before lightning forced the game to be abbreviated after four chukkers. Timmy Dutta and Webb scored the final two goals for a 2-0 advantage in the fourth and final chukker. Dutta Corp came in as two-time defending champion. In 2016, as a 15- goal team, Dutta Corp won the 16-goal Arden's Jewelers' Winship Rees, Paige McCabe, Lord Lyall and Francisco Llosa won The Villages 6-goal Cup. Galaxy's Winship Rees, Scott Doyle, Charly Quincoces and Stuart Campbell were No. 1 in The Villages Polo Club Tournament.

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