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Championship Polo Match-April 24th
Facundo Peres powers Orchard Holl to US Open Title

Orchard Hill 13, Dubai 12

Steve Van Andel's Orchard Hill team (Facundo Pieres, Julian de Lusarreta, Juan Martin Nero and Steve Van Andel) scored a 13-12 win over Dubai (Rashid Albwardy, Alejo Taranco, Facundo Sola and Adolfo Cambiaso) Sunday afternoon in the final of the 2016 United States Open Championship at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, but it took an overtime goal to do it.

With three of the world's top rated layers on the field (Dubai's Adolfo Cambiaso rated at Number 1 and Orchard Hill's Facundo Pieres and Juan Martin Nero rated at Numbers 2 and 3 respectively) fast exciting play was anticipated and no one was disappointed. Facundo Pieres scored the first goal of the game in the opening 30 seconds of play for the early 1-0 lead.

Facundo Sola countered with a goal from the field at the 5:57 mark, 1-1, and added a 40-yard penalty conversion with 4:32 left in the chukker that gave Dubai the lead, 2-1. Adolfo Cambiaso surgically drove the ball through a number of horses legs from 30-yard line that ended the period with Dubai on top, 3-1.

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Polo Match-April 17th
Wins by White Birch and Audi set Wednesday's US Open semifinals

Audi 13, Valiente 6

In the feature match of the day an eager Audi polo team took control of the game with Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Santi Torres, Alfredo Capella and Tomas Garcia del Rio) from the opening throw-in and scored the first three goals of the game. Goals from the field from Gonzalito Pieres, Rodrigo Andrade and Marc Ganzi went unanswered, as they took the first lead of the game, 3-0.

Two more goals from Andrade and a pair of penalty conversions for goals from Pieres had Audi in front by six goals, 7-1, at the end of the chukker, with Alfredo Capella scoring Valiente's only goal of the chukker and first goal of the game. The Valiente attack was waking up in the third period with goals from Tomas Garcia del Rio and Capella. Their efforts were supported by shutout defense that cut the Audi lead to four goals, 7-3, to end the first half of play.

A refocused Audi team took back control of the game in the fourth period, and it was Andrade with the lucky mallet. The 9-goal Brazilian scored twice from the field. A disciplined Audi defense held Valiente scoreless
and moved in front by six goals, 9-3.

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Polo Match-April 10th
Orchard Hill remains undefeated at 2-0

Orchard Hill 11, Lucchese 9

Play continues in the 2016 United States Open Championship on Sunday, April 10th at the International Polo Club with a 10am contest between Audi (Marc Ganzi, Rodrigo Andrade, Gonzalito Pieres and Freddie Mannix) came out on top of a morning contest with Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Agustin Merlos, Sebastian Merlos and Nic Roldan), 11-7, in a game was tightly played in the opening three chukkers.

Audi took control of the opening chukker with team captain Marc Ganzi putting the first goal on the scoreboard in the opening 20 seconds of play, 1-0. Gonzalito Pieres extended the Audi lead to two goals, 2-0, on a 40-yard penalty conversion at the 5:50 mark. Flexjet fought back but the pace and teamwork of the Audi team was too much for them in the opening period. Pieres added a final goal to the Audi total to end the chukker in front, 3-0.

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Polo Match-April 3rd
US Open wins by Orchard Hill and White Birch finish first round play

White Burch 11, Valiente 7

Wins by Orchard Hill and White Birch Sunday afternoon signaled the end of the first round of play in the 2016 United States Open championship at the International Polo Club.

In the opening match of the day Orchard Hill (Facundo Pieres, Julian de Lusarreta and Juan Martin Nero) took the field against Audi (Marc Ganzi, Rodrigo Andrade, Gonzalito Pieres and Freddie Mannix) with 10-goaler Nero filling in for 10-goaler Polito Pieres who suffered a shoulder separation in the team's USPA Gold Cup quarterfinal win against
Flexjet.

Neither team was able to zero in on the opponent's goal in the opening minutes of play despite runs up and down the field. With just 2:43 left in the opening chukker Julian de Lusarreta put the first goal on the scoreboard for the 1-0 Orchard Hill lead. Juan Martin Nero made it 2-0 with a goal from the field with 17 seconds showing on the clock.

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Polo Match-March 27th
Dubai wins 2016 USPA Gold Cup

Dubai 12, Audi 11

In a game that wasn't decided until the last seconds of play, Dubai (Rashid Albwardy, Alejo Taranco, Facundo Sola and Adolfo Cambiaso) scored the final goal of the game to salvage a 12-11 win over the defending championship Audi polo team (Marc Ganzi, Rodrigo Andrade, Gonzalito Pieres and Freddie Mannix) Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club.

Facundo Sola scored the first goal of the game in the opening fifteen seconds of play for the 1-0 Dubai lead. Adolfo Cambiaso made it 2-0 at the 4:10 mark when the Audi team rallied. Gonzalito Pieres converted a 30-yard penalty shot for Audi's first goal of the game, 2-1, with 3:25 left in the chukker, and added a tying goal, 2-2, from the field less than a minute later. A 60-yard penalty conversion from Pieres ended the scoring in the chukker and had Audi in front, 3-2.

The pace of the game was quick and the stickwork skilled as some of the game's top ponies raced up and down the field. Cambiaso tied the game at 3-3 with a goal from the field a minute-and-a-half into the second period. Sola converted a 30-yard penalty shot a minute later that had Dubai on top of a 4-3 score. Cambiaso's third goal of the game stretched the Dubai lead to two goals, 5-3. Audi scored the final goal of the chukker on a penalty shot from Pieres that had Dubai holding on to a one goal lead, 5-4.
 



Polo Match-March 20th
Coca-Cola defeats Lucchese

Coca-Cola 11, Lucchese 8

In the second USPA 26-goal USPA Gold Cup quarterfinal game of the day it was CocaCola over Lucchese in a close-cut match that Coca-Cola blew open in the fifth chukker on their way to 11-8 win.

Coca-Cola's Julio Arellano scored the first goal of the day followed by a pair of goals from Nico Pieres, 2-1. Sapo Caset added two more goals to the Lucchese total (one on a penalty conversion), 4-1. Team captain Gillian Johnston scored on a pass from Arellano that cut the Lucchese lead down to two goals, 4-2.

A defensively-oriented second period was scoreless for the first six minutes before
Miguel Astrada scored from the field for the only goal of the chukker. After two periods of play, Lucchese was defending a 4-3, one goal lead.


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Polo Match-March 13th
Orchard Hill and Valiente 0-2 after second round of USPA Gold Cup play; Audi, Dubai and Lucchese, 2-0

Coca- Cola 11, Flexjet 9


Flexjet scored first on a goal from Agustin "Tincho" Merlos but Coca-Cola roared back with four consecutive goals from Julio Arellano for a 4-1 lead after the opening chukker.

Tincho Merlos scored the only goal of the second chukker as both teams settled down and attempted to establish a rhythm on the field. After two periods of play, the lead belonged to Coca-Cola, 4-2.

Flexjet exploded with three goals in the third chukker while holding Coca-Cola to a pair of penalty conversions. Tincho Merlos scored once from the field and once on a 30- yard penalty conversion. Arellano countered with two penalty goals that kept them in the lead, 6-5.

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Polo Match-March 6th
Orchard Hill scores a come-from-behind win in C.V. Whitney Cup final

Audi (Marc Ganzi, Gonzalo Pieres, Rodrigo Andrade and Fred Mannix) appeared to be doing everything right through the first five chukkers of Sunday afternoon's final of the 2016 C. V. Whitney Cup at the International Polo Club.  It wasn't Argentine 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, who led all scoring in last year's high goal tournaments, or his talented 10-goal cousin (also rated at the maximum 10-goals) who made the difference.

 The scoring punch came from 6-goaler Julian de Lussareta in the final minutes of the game,hijacking the certain victory from the high-flying Audi lineup as Orchard Hill (Polito Pieres, Julian De Lussareta, Facundo Pieres and Steve Van Andel) successfully defended their 2015 title with a last chukker, come-from-behind 11-9 win.Brazilian 9-goaler Rodrigo Andrade scored the first goal of the game from the field as both teams struggled to get an offensive rhythm going. Orchard Hill was unable to score and trailed 1-0 at the end of the first period of play.

Facundo Obregon converted a 30-yard penalty shot for a goal  in the second period followed by a goal from the field from Julian de Lussareta at the 5:08 mark that leveled the score at 2-2. Withdefense being the byword of the chukker, no more goals were scored
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Polo Match-February 28th
Wins by Orchard Hill and Valiente set Ylvisaker Cup Final
Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Facundo Pieres, Peke Gonzalez and Lucas Criado) got another step closer to winning the 2016 Ylvisaker Cup by defeating Dubai (Rashid Albwardy, Carlos Gracida, Diego Cavanagh and Alejo Taranco) in Sunday's tournament semifinal game at the International Polo Club. The victory came in overtime by the
surprising score of 4-3.

To say it was a defensive battle would be an understatement as the teams played
through a scoreless opening chukker. Shots on goal by both sides went wide or were blocked as neither could coordinate an effective offensive punch in the opening minutes of play. At the end of the first chukker the score remained, 0-0.

Goals weren't any more plentiful in the opening minutes of the second period. There were runs up and down the field and a number of scrums as the players fought off frustration with being unable to put the ball between the goalposts when the few opportunities arose. With 1:10 on the clock Alejo Taranco drove the ball through the Orchard Hill uprights for the first score of the game and a 1-0 Dubai lead.

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 Polo Match-February 21st
Dubai Earns semifinal berth in US debut; Valiente, Orchard Hill and Palm Beach Illustrated advance

Coca-Cola won't get the opportunity to defend their 2015 Ylvisaker Cup Championship as they came up on the short end of a12-7 battle against Dubai in quarterfinal play Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club. Four games took place on Sunday with Orchard Hill (Steve Van Andel, Facundo Pieres, Peke Gonzalez and Lucas Criado), Palm Beach Illustrated (Nacho Badiola, Jared Zenni, Facundo Obregon and Jesse Bray), Dubai (Rashid Albwardy, Carlos Gracida, Diego Cavanagh and Alejo Taranco) and Valiente (Robert Jornayvaz, Tommy Beresford, Felipe Viana and Adolfo Cambiaso) all recording wins to advance to the tournament semifinals on Wednesday, February 24th.

Orchard Hill got the ball rolling with a 12-10 win over Enigma (Jerome Wirth, Jeff Hall, Matias MacDonough and Carlucho Arellano), in one of two morning contests. Lucas Criado put the first point on the scoreboard at the 4:53 mark, 1-0. Carlucho Arellano countered with a 30-yard penalty shot less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. Neither team was able to generate any significant offense for the balance of the game and the 1-1 score stood.



 

 



Polo Match-February 14th, 2016
Wins for Coke, Villa del Lago and Valiente in Ylvisaker Cup action

Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sugar Erskine, Julio Arellano and Steve Krueger) struggled with a talented White Birch lineup (Tomas Alberdi, Ezequiel Ferrario, Mariano Aguerre and Peter Brant) Sunday afternoon in Ylvisaker Cup play at the International Polo Club, hanging on to a 6-5 halftime lead before a strong finish gave carried them to
a 12-8 victory. Coca-Cola's Julio Arellano converted a 40-yard penalty shot for the first goal of the game. Ezequiel Ferrario countered for White Birch with a 60-yard penalty goal that evened the score at 1-1. Steve Krueger gave the lead back to Coca-Cola two minutes later on a goal from the field, 2-1.
White Birch team captain Peter Brant scored the final goal of the chukker that had t even at 2-2. There were races up and down the field but scoring was a problem for both teams. Arellano missed a 30-yard penalty shot and had an ensuing 60-yard shot on goal blocked. Krueger was on the spot, however, and pushed the ball across the goal line
for the only score of the chukker and a 3-2 lead. Sugar Erskine scored on consecutive 30-yard penalty shots as Coca-Cola extended their lead to three goals, 5-2. Mariano Aguerre countered with a goal from the field at the 4:08 mark followed by a 90-yard shot from the field for a goal from Tommy Alberdi that cut the Coca-Cola lead to a single goal, 5-4. Erskine scored his third goal of the
game with 2:25 left in the chukker as Coca-Cola edged in front by two goals 6-4.

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 Polo Match-February 7th, 2016
 Horseware/5Star/Tackeria wins in overtime in Ylvisaker Cup

La Indiana (Michael Bickford, Joao Paulo Ganon, Ruki Baillieu and Tommy Collingwood) scored the first two goals of the game and led for the first five chukkers before allowing Horseware/5Star/Tackeria (Matt Coppola, Hugo Lloret, Mike Azzaro and Brad Mallett) to score a ame-winning goals in overtime for an 11-10 win. La Indiana took control of the game early behind a pair of penalty goals from Brazilian 7-goaler Joao Ganon, 2-0. Matt Coppola got Horseware/5Star/Tackeria on the scoreboard with just 1:22 in the period to trail 2-1. Ruki Baillieu scored the final goal of the period for a 3-1 lead. South Africa's Brad Mallet cut the lead to a single goal, 3-2, with the opening goal of the second chukker, but Horseware/5Star/Tackeria fouls were costly. Ganon converted penalty shots from the 30-yard line and again from the 60-yard mark to put La Indiana on top by three goals, 5-2. The third chukker opened with a Penalty 1, awarding a goal to the Horseware/5Star/Tackeria team, 5-3. Baillieu countered with a goal from the field a minute later to make it 6-3. Hugo Lloret cut the La Indiana lead back to two goals, 6-4, with his first goal of the day, but it was a last effort goal by Tommy Collingwood that ended the first half with La Indiana in front by three goals, 7-4.

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 Polo Match-January 31st, 2016
 Tonkawa earns spot in Bobby Barry Cup finals with 8-7 win

Tonkawa (Lucas Arellano, Gonzalo Deltour, Sebastian Merlos and Mason Wroe) became the first team to qualify for a semifinal berth in the Bobby Barry Cup, a subsidiary of the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup,with an 8-7 win over Orchard Hill (Donavan Stratemann, Polito Pieres, Peke Gonzalez and Lucas Criado) Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club.

The game got off to a guarded start with the first goal of the day coming three minutes into the match on a shot from the field from Lucas Criado.  Shots went wide or were blocked as both teams pressed to get on the scoreboard.  Tonkawa leveled the score at 1-1 with a 30-yard penalty conversion from Argentine 9-goaler Sebastian Merlos and 52 seconds left in the period.

The pace picked up in the second chukker but goals continued to be at a premium. Neither team was able to score from the field.  The only goal of the chukker came on a
60-yard penalty conversion from Gonzalo Deltour with 1:34 on the clock.After two periods of play Tonkawa was defending a delicate 2-1 lead.

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Polo Match-January 24th, 2016
Enigma defeats Villa del Lago
11 to 7


Enigma (Jerome Wirth, Jeff Hall, Matias MacDonough and Carlucho Arellano) outscored Villa del Lago (Jim Zenni, Guille Aguero, Hilario Ulloa and Agustin Obregon) 6-3 in second half play to register an 11-7 win in the International Polo Club's featured match of the day.
Enigma 7-goaler Jeff Hall scored the first goal of the game from the field in the opening 30 seconds of the first chukker. Villa del Lago was unable to mount a successful attack and trailed early in the game, 1-0.

Second period action saw Agustin Obregon tie the game at 1-1 with a goal from the field just 28 seconds into the chukker. Carlucho scored on a miss-hit by a Villa del Lago player, breaking away for a 200 yard run and a goal for Enigma, 2-1. Hilario Ulloa tied the game at two goals apiece on a 30-yard penalty conversion but Enigma went ahead, 3-2 on a rarely called Penalty 1 that awarded a goal to the Enigma team for the final score of the period.

A 40-yard penalty goal from Ulloa in the opening seconds of the third period knotted the score at 3-3. Matias MacDonough converted a 40-yard penalty shot for a goal to give Enigma a 4-3 lead with 5:51 left in the period. Guille Aguero tied it with his first goal of the game to make it 4-4 with under two minutes on the clock. Hall scored the final goal of the chukker, putting Enigma in front, 5-4, at the end of the first half.
Enigma continued to pound the Villa del Lago defense in the fourth period. Two minutes into the chukker MacDonough scored on a 40-yard penalty shot, 6-4. Hall added his third goal of the game with only 1:34 left in the chukker. For the second time in the match, Vila del Lago was held scoreless and trailed by three goals, 7-4.

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Polo Match-January 3rd, 2016
Coca-Cola defeats Villa del Lago 15 to 14

It was Villa del Lago's (Jim Zenni, Guille Aguero, Hilario Ulloa and Agustin Obregon) fifth final appearance in the season-opening 20-goal Herbie Pennell Cup at the International Polo Club, and after racing out to a 9-4 halftime lead, they looked to be assured of their first win.
Polo's newest 10-goaler (in Argentina, still 9-goals in the US) scored the first goal of the day in the opening 90 seconds of play and followed it up with a second goal from the field at the 2:51 mark for a 2-0 Villa del Lago lead. Julio Arellano finally got Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sugar Erskine, Julio Arellano and Steve Krueger) on the scoreboard on a pass from teammate Sugar Erskine following the ensuing throw-in. A Coca-Cola foul with just 26 seconds left in the period sent Ulloa to the penalty line where he converted from 30-yards for a 3-1 Villa del Lago advantage.
Another Coca-Cola penalty opened the second chukker with Ulloa converting from the 60-yard mark, 4-1. Two minutes later Steve Krueger scored on a pass from Erskine, cutting the Villa del Lago lead to two goals, 4-2. Agustin Obregon scored the final goal of the period and Villa del Lago left the field at the end of the second chukker on top of a 5-2 lead.

Obregon's second goal of the day came on a pass from Ulloa just 32 seconds into the third chukker and extended the Villa del Lago lead to four goals, 6-2. Ulloa followed it up with a 60-yard penalty goal just a minute later and his second goal of the period had Villa del Lago in front by six goals, 8-2. Coca-Cola rallied with consecutive goals from Krueger and Arellano, 8-4, but it was Ulloa's seventh score of the match on a 40-yard penalty conversion that had Coca-Cola trailing by five goals, 9-4, at the end of the first half.
Coca-Cola regrouped at halftime and entered the fourth on attack mode. Erskine and Guille Aguero exchanged goals before consecutive goals from Krueger and Gillian Johnston ended the period with Coca-Cola closing to within three goals of the lead, 10-7.

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