Yes, 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.
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BUTLER 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 Johnston led the scoring for the Red Colossus with 5 goals.
* BRING BACK POLO AS AN OLYMPIC EVENT! *