POLO: U.S. OPEN ACTION CONTINUES

The 111th U.S. Open continues at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

Orchard Hill Polo shirtORCHARD HILL VS COCA COLA – This match was a tale of two Halves. Coca Cola – the Red Colossus – led Orchard Hill – the Clubmen – by a score of 4-2 after the 1st Chukker, 5-4 after 2 Chukkers of play and ended the 3rd Chukker leading by a count of 6 goals to 5 headed into Halftime. 

In the 2nd Half the Clubmen took over, shutting the Red Colossus out in the 4th Chukker to take a 7-6 lead. That became a 9-8 lead to end the 5th Chukker and in the 6th Chukker Orchard Hill led 11-9 with just 2 minutes to play. Julio Arellano slammed in a goal for Coca Cola with mere seconds to play, ending the scoring for a final tally of Clubmen 11  Red Colossus 10.

Facundo Pieres led Orchard Hill with 6 goals while Julio Arellano led Coca Cola with 4. 

Alegria polo shirtALEGRIA VS AUDI – This match wound up being just the second match of this U.S. Open to be decided by more than a one goal difference. A very defensive- minded 1st Chukker ended with Alegria – the Cantinas – leading Audi – the Bavarians – by a 1-0 score. After 2 Chukkers of play that lead was 3-0 and then 4-1 at the end of the 3rd Chukker.

After the Halftime break the Cantinas resumed their domination and led 7-2 to close the 4th Chukker. The Bavarians pulled to within 8-4 in the 5th Chukker but when all was said and done Chukker number 6 ended in a 10-5 victory for Alegria.  

Julian Mannix led the Cantinas with 4 goals while Gonzalito Pieres led the Bavarians with 3. 

Lechuza Caracas Polo shirtLECHUZA CARACAS VS FLEXJET – Wrapping up the action yesterday was this Overtime clash. Flexjet – the Aviators – got off to a 2-1 lead over Lechuza Caracas – the White Owls – in the 1st Chukker. The 2nd Chukker ended in a 4-1 Aviators lead which became a 5-3 advantage in the 3rd, and there things stood at Halftime. 

The two teams exchanged goals in a defense-heavy 4th Chukker for a 6-4 tally while in Chukker number 5 the White Owls pulled to within 1 at 7-6. In a furious 6th Chukker the goals mounted with Lechuza Caracas tying things up at 9-9 to force a Sudden Death Overtime Chukker. Nico Pieres scored the Golden Goal in OT for a 10-9 win for the White Owls. 

Nico Pieres led Lechuza Caracas with 5 goals while Nic Roldan led Flexjet with 6. 

*** THIS CONCLUDES THE THREE ROUNDS OF BRACKET PLAY.

++ LAS MONJITAS AND NOW ALEGRIA ARE ELIMINATED.

++ AUDI AND ORCHARD HILL GET A BYE IN THE NEXT ROUND AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE SEMIFINALS. THERE THEY WILL AWAIT THE WINNERS OF THIS SUNDAY’S GAMES: 

+ 11:30am – VALIENTE VS LECHUZA CARACAS

+ 3:00pm – FLEXJET VS COCA COLA 

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* BRING BACK POLO AS AN OLYMPIC EVENT! * 

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