POLO: THE RED COLOSSUS WINS THE BUTLER HANDICAP

International Polo ClubYes, it’s the time of year for Balladeer’s Blog to resume its coverage of Polo, the world’s OLDEST team sport! How old?

Consider this: Alexander the Great’s men played Polo, which was even then a well-established game.

FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE 

Polo Red Colossus Butler HandicapBUTLER HANDICAP: The International Polo Club in Florida was the site of the 2017 Butler Handicap. The two teams battling for the cup yesterday  EACH HAD A FEMALE PLAYER ON THEIR TEAM. One of the things I like about Polo is that it has men’s only leagues, women’s only leagues and mixed play.

Coca Cola – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: the Red Colossus – played Flexjet – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: the Aviators. The First Chukker ended with Ms Gillian Johnston’s Coca Cola team on top of Melissa Ganzi’s Flexjet team by a score of 3 goals to 2.

In the Second Chukker sterling defense was the name of the game with only one goal being scored the entire time. The Aviators tied things up 3-3.    

The Third Chukker saw the offense on both teams return to life and begin swatting goals between the uprights with abandon. The Red Colossus managed 3 goals to the pair notched by Flexjet and went into Halftime holding a 6-5 edge.

After the break Coca Cola inched away from the Aviators just a bit more in the Fourth Chukker. This sextant ended with the Red Colossus leading by a count of 8-6.

In Chukker number Five Coca Cola and the Aviators exchanged 2 goals apiece, making the score 10-8 headed into the final Chukker of play.

Chukker Six found the Red Colossus flexing their muscle in a big way, thwacking in 2 more goals to the 1 mustered by the reeling Flexjet squad. Coca Cola won the Butler Handicap by a final tally of 12 goals to 9.

Gillian JohnstoneGillian Johnston led the scoring for the Red Colossus with 5 goals.

 

 

* BRING BACK POLO AS AN OLYMPIC EVENT! * 

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