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 56 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N tournament with Matias Magrini, Carlitos and Mariano Gracida and Timmy Dutta. For the Grand Champions Cup, Beaverton, Oregon-based Hidden Creek won its Grand Champions debut in the subsidiary round robin. Hidden Creek defeated Deeridge, 5-2, led by Pablo Dorignac's game-high three goals, and tied Altair Polo, 4-4. In the other game, Deeridge edged Altair Polo, 6-5, on Ezequiel Ferrario's game-winner. Sean Keys of Hidden Creek Polo Club was named MVP. The excitement continued with the USPA Eastern Challenge the following week. Sebucan (Timmy Dutta, Pablo Pulido, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Juan Martin Obregon) dominated ChukkerTV (Josh DuBarry, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Pablo Dorignac, Julio Gracida) from start to finish, winning 16-10. Pulido, playing well above his 2-goal rating, was named MVP. The former collegiate player at Cornell scored four goals and was one of the most dominant players on the field. Cupid, a 5-year-old owned and played by Julio Gracida in the third chukker, was selected Best Playing Pony. At 13-goals, Sebucan entered the final as the underdog after two close one-goal victories over Newport and Chateau D'esclans in the round robin qualifier. Sebucan started with a 3-goal handicap and quickly built 6-1 and 7-2 cushions after two chukkers. Chukker TV cut Sebucan's lead to two behind Gracida's clutch penalty conversions to trail 8-6 at the half but could get no closer. Sebucan regained its momentum and offensive running attack in the second half to extend its lead to 13-7 after the fifth chukker. Timmy Dutta, 16, the second youngest player in the final, scored a game-high five goals. At 12, DuBarry was the youngest player on the field and in the six-team tournament. Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta) captured its second three-peat of the season, May 6, in a rain-soaked Sun Cup final. The father-and-son combinations defeated Newport (Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Marc Ganzi) for the second time in two years with an impressive 10-6 victory. In a rematch of the 2016 final when Dutta Corp knocked off Newport 8-6, Dutta Corp was even more impressive the second time around, shutting out Newport in the second, third, fourth and sixth chukkers. Former 10-goaler Piki Diaz Alberdi, the team's field general, was named MVP. Tambor, a 6-year-old gelding played by Lucas Diaz Alberdi in the second and fifth chukkers, was Best Playing Pony. It was a physical battle from the opening chukker. Dutta Corp took a quick 2-0 lead before back-to-back penalty conversions by Grant Ganzi tied the game at 2-2. Piki Diaz Alberdi came back with a goal at 1:10 for a 3-2 advantage. Astrada scored in the closing seconds for a 3-3 tie. While both teams had their share of scoring opportunities, only Timmy Dutta scored off a broken play to regain the lead, 4-3, the only goal in the second chukker. Dutta Corp never relinquished the lead after that. Dutta Corp outscored Newport, 2-0, in the third and 1-0 in the fourth before Newport started to rally in the rain-filled fifth, outscoring Dutta Corp, 3-1, behind back-to-back goals by Goldstein and another by Astrada to trail by two, 8-6. Lucas Diaz Alberdi scored a quick goal to open the final chukker for a 9-6 advantage. After a brief rain delay, Dutta Corp maintained its offensive attack while holding Newport scoreless. "This is our fourth year together with Piki, and now we have Lucas coming in to play," Dutta said. "It's always fun to play with family and your son, for me it's a joy to play with my son. We don't need to talk to each other, we have great chemistry. Piki is the ultimate general, he commands the ship." For Week 4, the Spring Challenge Cup final was truly a family affair with three sets of fathers-and-sons and wife and mother of two players all competing, USPA CEO Bob Puetz presents trophies to Sebucan's Pablo Polido, Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Juan Martin Obregon. Dutta Corps' Alex Webb, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Timmy Dutta won the season-opening Santa Rita Abierto. CHAIRO FOTO CHAIRO FOTO

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