Empire Polo Club’s 8-goal USPA President’s Cup got started on Friday, February 1st
Lockton,(Jenny Bernardoni 0, Tommy Costello 1, Nicolas Maciel 3, Shane Rice 4) met STG, (John Ziegler 0, John Bickford 1, Leandro Flocarri 2, Martin Jauregui 5t). John Bickford began the scoring putting one on the board for STG, to be answered by Shane’s two goals ending chukker one 2-1. Lockton’s Jauregui added three, and Bickford made a goal in the second chukker for STG. Rice put a penalty three through the posts, switching the lead to STG, 5 to 3. After Lockton added three points and STG added two in the third time period, the half-time score was 7 to 6, STG. Shane Rice racked up four more points, (a total of nine), for Lockton. STG did add two more points which ended the game 10 to 9, Lockton.
Ridgeway Hemp, (Meghan Gracida 0, Beau Stanley -1, Carlitos Hernandez 4, Memo Gracida 5) were challenged by Club Polo Cabo/Chapel Hill, (Tony Yahayai 0, Bayne Bossom 2, Robert Payne 3, Juan Jo Gonzalez 3). Ridgeway Hemp came out firing and put five points on the scoreboard in chukker one. Juan Jo scored one, ending chukker one, 5 to1, Ridgeway Hemp. Club Polo Cabo/Chapel Hill out-scored their opponent in the second time period closing Ridgeway Hemp’s lead to 6 to 3. Ridgeway Hemp added eight more goals in the game, continuing to out-score PCP/CH, who added seven goals, ending the match 14 to 10.
Sunday’s 8-goal President’s Day 12:00 match was between STG and Club Polo Cabo. The teams each scored a goal in chukker one. STG added three penalty shots in chukker two, answered by two goals by Club Polo Cabo. Four goals by STG put them ahead at half time 8 to 4, adding one point scored by Payne in the third chukker. It was a crowd-pleasing game as the second half was wide open. STG added five more goals and out-scored Club Polo Cabo’s four goals in the second half of the game. STG ended up winning the match 13 to 8.
Ridgeway Hemp lined up against Lockton for Sunday’s 2:00, 8-goal game. Hernandez put Ridgeway Hemp on the board with a successful penalty two in chukker one. Lockton scored three in the second period, while Ridgeway Hemp scored twice, ending the second chukker 3 to 3. Ridgeway Hemp added two unanswered goals in the third chukker, creating a 5 to 3 lead. Although Lockton rallied with three scored goals in the sixth chukker, the game ended with Ridgeway hemp winning, 11 to 7.
The 4-goal USPA Amateur Cup also involved four polo teams this weekend
Buffalos, (Ross Adam 0, Piers Bossom -1, Felipe Sordelli 2, Tim Rudy 3) went to battle against Evergreen, (Tom Sprung -1, Quinn Evans 0, Taylor Freeman 2, Carlitos Galindo 3) on Friday, February 1. Carlitos wasted no time, and racked six goals up in the first two chukkers. The Buffalos fought back with five goals, ending chukker two, 6 to 5, Evergreen. It was a formidable battle! Half time was a 7 to 7 tie. Evergreen scored three more goals, but Buffalos scored four more goals. Buffalos came out on top 11 to 10, after a four minute over-time!
Empire, (Rob Scapa 0, Eric Hammon 0, Jessica Bailey 1, Kyle Fargy 3) took on Hanalei Bay (Krista Bonaguidi -1, Joe Coors 0, Ignacio Saracco 2, Luis Saracco 3). Hanalei Bay scored the first two points, answered by Empire’s Fargyone goal, ending chukker one, 2 to 1. Each team added four goals to their scores, ending the half, 6 to 5, Hanalei Bay. Hanalei Bay added four more in the fourth chukker. Empire put two more through the posts in the fifth chukker. Hanalei Bay was victorious, with a 10 to 7 final score.
Monday’s make-up 4-goal games started with Evergreen against Empire. Evergreen scored six goals in the first half, to Empire’s one, ending the half with an Evergreen lead of 6 to 1. Although Empire out-scored Evergreen five to four in the second half, Evergreen won the game, 10 to 6.
Hanalei Bay took on the Buffalos. The first two chukkers were fairly evenly matched, ending chukker two with a Buffalo lead, 3 to 2. Then Hanalei Bay added three unanswered points in the third time period, putting them in the lead, 5 to 3. Each team scored five more times, making the final score 10 to 8, Hanalei Bay.