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ROUND TWO, DAY FIVE: FIRST MATCH – EQUULEUS VS COCA COLA. Equuleus – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Constellations – rode into action against Coca Cola: Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Red Colossus.
I often praise the way both women and men can play on the same team in Polo. Gillian Johnston was part of Coca Cola’s foursome and scored 3 Goals in this Match.
In the First Chukker the Red Colossus dominated on both sides of the ball, notching 4 Goals while limiting the Constellations to just 1. The Second Chukker saw the two teams score 2 Goals each, making the new tally 6-3 with Coca Cola on top.
Equuleus fought back to within 1 in the Third Chukker, putting 3 goals between the Uprights to the 1 mustered by their opponents. The Red Colossus held a mere 7-6 edge come Halftime.
In the Fourth Chukker the Constellations defense delivered the first shutout of the Match, blanking Coca Cola while swatting in 4 Goals of their own to take a 10-7 lead.
Both offenses were humming in Chukker Number Five but Equuleus still outperformed the Red Colossus 3 Goals to 2 for a 13-9 advantage. The Sixth Chukker was all about defense with the Constellations managing the only Goal and winning the Match 14-9.
Mariano Gonzalez scored 7 Goals to lead Equuleus.
ROUND TWO, DAY FIVE: SECOND MATCH – PILOT VS POSTAGE STAMP FARM. Bringing the Second Round to a close was this Match pitting Pilot – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Troubleshooters – against Postage Stamp Farm – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Carolinians.
Pilot has already won the first two titles in the 2019 Gauntlet of Polo (formerly called the Triple Crown of Polo) and is trying to make history. Also, Annabelle Gundlach rode as part of Postage Stamp Farm’s foursome and scored 2 Goals in this Match.
In the First Chukker the Troubleshooters and the Carolinians exchanged 1 Goal apiece. Chukker Number Two found the two teams each notching 2 Goals for a 3-3 score.
The only Goal put between the Uprights in the Third Chukker came from Pilot, who took a 4-3 edge into Halftime.
The Fourth Chukker ended with the Troubleshooters on top by a count of 6 Goals to 4.
In the Fifth Chukker Pilot pulled away for a 9-5 advantage and split a Goal apiece with Postage Stamp Farm in the Sixth to win the Match by a final score of 10-6.
Facundo Pieres led the victors with 6 Goals.