Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. Polo was already centuries old when Alexander the Great’s men played it! FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE
DAY FIVE, FIRST MATCH: LAS MONJITAS VS DAILY RACING FORM. This Match pitted Las Monjitas – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Black Habits – against the Defending U.S. Open Champions, Daily Racing Form – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Stat-Hounds.
In the First Chukker the Stat-Hounds showed the proverbial Heart of a Champion, shutting out the Black Habits while notching a Goal for themselves. The Second Chukker saw Las Monjitas outperform their opponents 2 Goals to 1, tying things up at 2-2.
The Black Habits repeated that pattern in the Third Chukker, putting 2 more Goals between the Uprights to the 1 mustered by the Daily Racing Form. Going into Halftime Las Monjitas held a 4-3 edge.
The Fourth Chukker was a defensive epic, with only 1 Goal being knocked in. That Goal put the Black Habits on top by a tally of 5-3. The Stat-Hounds owned the Fifth Chukker, shutting out the opposition while thwacking in a pair of Goals to knot things up 5-5.
In the Sixth Chukker the ball flew between the Uprights with giddy abandon. Each team scored 3 Goals, thus bringing Regulation to a close with an 8-8 deadlock and creating a Golden Goal situation. The Seventh Chukker found Las Monjitas emerging with a 9-8 Overtime victory.
Fran Elizalde led the scoring for the winners with SEVEN of their 8 Goals!
DAY FIVE, SECOND MATCH: ASPEN VS CESSNA. Up next came this Match between Aspen – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Eighty-Fivers – and Cessna – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Citations.
The Citations tripled up on the Eighty-Fivers in the opening Chukker, seizing a 3 Goals to 1 advantage. Aspen cut the Cessna lead to just 4-3 in the Second Chukker, scoring 2 Goals to the 1 managed by the Citations.
The Third Chukker saw the Eighty-Fivers come roaring from behind, putting FIVE unanswered Goals between the Uprights while shutting out Cessna for an 8-4 Halftime lead.
In the Fourth Chukker the Citations nibbled into their deficit, outscoring Aspen 2 to 1 for a new tally of 9 Goals to 6. The two teams went blow for blow and score for score in the Fifth Chukker which ended with the Eighty-Fivers on top 11-8.
Aspen dominated on both sides of the ball in the Sixth Chukker, shutting out Cessna while thwacking in 3 Goals themselves and winning it 14-8.
Lucas James led the victors with 8 Goals.