POLO: U.S. OPEN – GAMES ONE AND TWO

Balladeer’s Blog’s coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport continues with this look at the first two clashes in this year’s 115th U.S. Open.

FlexJet polo shirtGAME ONE: FLEXJET VS COLORADO – Part of the fun of Polo is the way that men and women often play on the same team. In this instance, Melissa Ganzi led Flexjet – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Aviators – against Colorado – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Red Sleeves.

FIRST CHUKKER – This opening Chukker was VERY defense-oriented, with only one Goal being scored. That lone Goal was knocked between the Uprights by Flexjet, as the Aviators grabbed a 1-0 lead. 

SECOND CHUKKER – Defense was still the watchword in this Chukker, but as a sign that both offenses were beginning to find their rhythm, each team swatted in a Goal this time around. The Flexjet lead over Colorado now stood at 2-1.

THIRD CHUKKER – The Red Sleeves made some major noise now, outscoring the Aviators 3 Goals to 1 in what was still a low-scoring affair overall. Colorado’s stunning play this Chukker gave them a 4-3 edge going into Halftime. 

FOURTH CHUKKER – Flexjet clamped down defensively to open the 2nd Half, shutting out the Red Sleeves while managing a pair of Goals themselves. The Aviators were on top 5-4 with neither team realizing that Colorado would be humiliatingly shut out for the REST OF THE MATCH!

FIFTH CHUKKER – This penultimate Chukker was a rehash of the previous one. Flexjet swatted in 2 Goals while shaming the Red Sleeves’ offense and held a 7-4 advantage heading into the final sextant. 

SIXTH CHUKKER – More of the same to end this still curiously low-scoring battle. The Aviators managed 2 Goals while Colorado managed none for the 3rd Chukker in a row. Flexjet won it by a final tally of 9-4.

Gonzalito Pieres led the Aviators with 5 Goals.

valiente shirtGAME TWO: VALIENTE VS THE U.S. POLO ASSOCIATION – The quartet from Valiente – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Valiants – took on the Grant Ganzi-led United States Polo Association – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Association (Thank Jim Rome.)

FIRST CHUKKER – Valiente – the Defending U.S. Open Champions – and USPA matched each other blow for blow and Goal for Goal in this opening Chukker, which ended with the score knotted up at 2 Goals apiece.

SECOND CHUKKER – This Chukker set the pace for the rest of the way in this match. It was all about Defense, with the Valiants scoring the only Goal to take a 3-2 lead.

THIRD CHUKKER – The Association doubled up on Valiente this time around. They outscored them 2 Goals to 1, leaving the score at a 4-4 tie headed into Halftime.

FOURTH CHUKKER – This Chukker saw the Valiants shut out USPA while slamming in a couple of Goals for themselves. The score now stood at 6-4 with Valiente on top.

FIFTH CHUKKER – This time around the Defending Champs outscored the Association by a count of 2 Goals to 1. The two teams headed into the final Chukker with the Valiants holding an 8-5 advantage.

SIXTH CHUKKER – Another low-scoring game was the result as the two teams mustered just 1 Goal apiece to bring things to a close. Valiente were the victors by a final score of 9-6.    

Facundo Pieres led the Valiants with 4 Goals.

POOL PLAY CONTINUES NEXT TIME AS AUDI (The Bavarians) AND THE DAILY RACING FORM (The Stat-Hounds) GET INTO THE ACTION.  

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