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 57 Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta) captured its third tournament of the spring season with an impressive 11-7 victory over Aspen Valley (Melissa Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Marc Ganzi). "Family truly is what polo is all about and this is what Grand Champions is all about," Tim Dutta said. "The Ganzi family is amazing. They love kids, they love family and everybody that plays here is family. "For us, the Dutta and Alberdi family, we enjoy playing with our sons," Dutta said. "Piki and I are very lucky to do this. We have a deep friendship and the friendship and chemistry shows on the field in how we fight for each other, we cover each other's mistakes and at the end as long as we are learning, Piki is happy. He is the ultimate coach, the ultimate mentor and the boys are having a lot of fun." Timmy Dutta, with a game-high 10 goals, was named MVP. Dutta dedicated the victory to his mom, Susie, an accomplished international dressage athlete and outstanding trainer for more than two decades, for Mother's Day. Diamante, an 8-year-old chestnut mare, owned and played by Timmy Dutta in the fifth chukker, was selected the club's Best Playing Pony after a remarkable injury comeback. Diamante was purchased as a 7-year- old from Carlitos Gracida in Mexico. While the horse was preparing for the beginning of the 2018 season with Curtis Pilot's team she cracked her hip wing bone on a bump. Diamante missed the 20-, 12-, 8- and 6-goal tournament season. "That horse has done really well," Timmy Dutta said. "That was very hard for me when she got hurt. She had been improving and I knew she was going to be great for the season. She came back nicely. We gave her the time to rehab and she came back well." Piki Diaz Alberdi scored Dutta Corp's first goal on a 30-yard penalty conversion to tie the game at 1-1 after Aspen Valley started with a 1-goal handicap before Dutta went on his scoring spree. The game was tied one last time, 2-2, before Dutta Corp mounted an offensive attack centered around Dutta scoring five consecutive goals for a 7-2 halftime lead. In the second half, Dutta Corp led by as many as six goals (9-3, 10-4, 11-5) before Aspen Valley closed the gap to four in the final two minutes. Melissa Ganzi led Aspen Valley with three goals and finished with nine goals in the tournament. It was a special pre-Mother's Day for Grand Champions president and USPA Florida Circuit Governor Melissa Ganzi, the only woman in the tournament. For the first time in tournament and club history, Ganzi teamed up with her husband and son. The Mother's Day Cup subsidiary round robin game had ChukkerTV (Josh DuBarry, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Pablo Dorignac, Julio Gracida), Grand Champions (Jeff Desich, Juan Bollini, Carlitos Gracida, Lucas Lalor) and Newport (Gene Goldstein, Juancito Bollini, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen) battling it out. Aside from the polo action, families, friends and fans were treated to food and refreshments and custom-made Mother's Day cake. Mother Nature dampened the season with heavy rains the last two weekends on the schedule. The last weekend, just one game of the 14-goal The Memorial was played before the skies opened up thanks to bands from subtropical storm Alberto. The opening game pitted Aspen Valley (Jeff Desich, Carlitos Gracida, Juan Bollini, Lucas Lalor) against Intercontinental Hotel (Alejandro Pomo, JJ. Celis, Kris Kampsen, Juancito Bollini). Intercontinental Hotel secured the victory just before the skies opened up. Unrelenting rain prevented The match between Sebucan (Pablo Pulido, Grant Ganzi, Pablo Dorignac, Brandon Phillips) and Grand Champions (Josh Dubarry, Marc Ganzi, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Julio Gracida) from being played, as well as the final. Intercontinental Hotel, with the only win, took the title. --Sharon Robb u MVP Timmy Dutta scored a game-high 10 goals in the Spring Challenge Cup over Aspen Valley. He is trailed by Piki Alberdi. Dutta Corp's Tim Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Timmy Dutta won the Spring Challenge Cup. CHAIRO FOTO CHAIRO FOTO

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