Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.
MATCH ONE – The storied WHITE BIRCH team took on TUPUNGATO (The Volcano) to start things off. The 1st Chukker ended with the score tied at 2 Goals for each team. White Birch shut out Tupungato in the 2nd Chukker while taking a 4-2 lead. The 3rd Chukker started with that becoming a 5-2 lead but Tupungato came charging back to score 3 unanswered Goals. This tied the game at 5-5 but White Birch swatted in another score for a 6-5 edge going into Halftime.
Chukker Number Four saw the teams exchanging Goals as Tupungato tied things up at 6-6 before White Birch went back up 7-6. That in turn became a 7-7 tie but the Chukker ended with a 9-7 lead for White Birch. That margin expanded to 12-7 as they once again shut out Tupungato in the 5th Chukker. After an early Goal in the 6th Chukker White Birch worked the clock with cold-hearted precision for a 13-9 triumph.
Mariano Aguerre led the victors with 5 Goals.
MATCH TWO – This polo match pitted AIRSTREAM against SHREVE, CRUMP & LOWE. A defense-heavy 1st Chukker ended in a 2-0 lead for Shreve, Crump & Lowe. Airstream returned the shutout in the 2nd Chukker and moved ahead 3 Goals to 2. The 3rd Chukker of play saw SCL go back on top 4-3 before Airstream knotted things up at 4-4 by Halftime.
Shreve, Crump & Lowe pulled out to a 6-4 advantage in the 4th Chukker but their opponents pulled back to within 1 at 6-5. In the 5th Chukker both offenses exploded, with things ending in a 9-7 edge for SCL. Airstream demonstrated their flair for drama in the 6th Chukker, producing a shutout and 3 Goals for a thrilling 10-9 come-from- behind win.
Another Mariano – this time Gonzalez – led the winning team once again with 5 Goals. It was “All-Marianos all the time”.
Week Three action will begin this Saturday, June 20th at 1pm EST.
FOR BALLADEER’S BLOG’S QUICK PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2015/03/23/polo-is-joining-balladeers-blogs-sports-coverage/
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