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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.

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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. Continue reading

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POLO: WHITE BIRCH WINS BUTLER HANDICAP

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

The victors and the vanquished on stage after the match.

The victors and the vanquished on stage after the match.

Mere weeks after winning the Waterbury Cup the storied WHITE BIRCH polo team won the Butler Handicap, clobbering AIRSTREAM by a score of 16-9 in the championship match. The Greenwich Polo Club was the scene of the action.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pics of their player Hilario Ulloa.

White Birch rode onto the polo grounds playing like a team possessed on both offense AND defense.

They swatted in 3 goals in the 1st Chukker, an amazing 5 in the 2nd Chukker and 2 more in the 3rd to head into Halftime with an intimidating 10-4 lead over their opponents from Airstream.  Continue reading

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POLO: FINAL MATCHUP SET FOR THE BUTLER HANDICAP

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

Airstream NomadsThe other team playing in the championship match of the Butler Handicap at Greenwich Polo Club has been established. The AIRSTREAM NOMADS defeated the K.I.G. LIVERYMEN to advance to Thursday’s title game against Greenwich’s own WHITE BIRCH.

The Airstream team:

The Airstream team: Peter Orthwein (Ace), Guillermo Aguerro (Deuce), Michel Dorignac (Chevy), Mariano Gonzalez (Back)

The first Chukker ended in a 2-2 tie and set the pace for the rest of this defense-heavy match. At the end of Chukker number 5 Airstream held a 7 to 4 advantage over K.I.G. In the 6th Chukker the Liverymen shut out the Nomads and tied the game at 7-7, forcing a Golden Goal sudden death situation.    Continue reading

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POLO: WHITE BIRCH CONTINUES TO ROLL AS THE BUTLER HANDICAP BEGINS

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pictures of their player Hilario Ulloa.

When White Birch wins my female readers like to see pictures of their player Hilario Ulloa.

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport.

White Birch, possibly the most storied Polo Team in U.S. history, continues to pile up the wins here in 2015. After just having taken the Waterbury Cup without losing even one match during the event, the team carried their momentum with them into opening round play in the Butler Handicap.

That  event is being held at the Greenwich Polo Club.  Continue reading

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