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POLO: U.S. OPEN SEMIFINAL RESULTS

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE 

Orchard Hill Polo shirtSEMIFINAL ONE: ORCHARD HILL VS FLEXJET – Orchard Hill – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Clubmen – are the defending Open champions from last year. Their opponents in this Match, Flexjet – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Aviators – are one of the two teams from this year’s U.S. Open which boast a female team member.

FIRST CHUKKER – Melissa Ganzi and her Flexjet teammates demonstrated once again why they went undefeated in Pool Play and the opening Elimination Round. That earlier excellence earned them a Bye to the Semifinals and the well-rested Aviators shut out Orchard Hill to take a 2 Goals to None lead.  

International Polo ClubSECOND CHUKKER – The Clubmen showed the proverbial Heart of a Champion this time around, doing just enough to keep Flexjet from getting at their jugular so they could stay alive. Defense was the name of the game in the 2nd as each foursome swatted in just 1 Goal apiece. Orchard Hill now trailed by a count of 3-1.

THIRD CHUKKER – The defending champs not only shut out the Aviators in this Chukker, but they prevented them from getting off even a single shot on Goal from the field! Flexjet did score on a 30-yard Penalty Shot, however, but the Clubmen managed to keep pace with an answering Goal of their own. The teams went into Halftime with the Aviators on top 4-2.    Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE TEAMS: QUINSIGAMOND COLLEGE

Quinsigamond College WyvernsQUINSIGAMOND COLLEGE WYVERNS

Location: Worcester, MA  

Major Sports: baseball, softball, basketball

Comment: Quinsigamond is a mouthful, no doubt about it, and when you combine that memorable school name with the memorable team name Wyverns you have got the kind of magic that Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN SEMIFINALS MATCHUPS SET

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE 

Orchard Hill Polo shirtDAY FIVE, MATCH ONE: ORCHARD HILL VS AUDI – Orchard Hill – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Clubmen – are the Defending Champions from last year’s U.S. Open. Their opponents in this Match were the foursome from Audi – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Bavarians.

FIRST CHUKKER – Facundo Pieres led the Defending Champs in an opening Chukker assault on Audi which saw Orchard Hill double up on them. At the end of the 1st the Clubmen held a 2 Goals to 1 lead.

SECOND CHUKKER – The onslaught continued as Orchard Hill swatted 2 more Goals between the Uprights, all while shutting out their opponents. The Bavarians now faced a 4-1 deficit going forward.

THIRD CHUKKER – The Clubmen and Audi matched each other blow for blow and Goal for Goal this time around, exchanging 2 Goals apiece. The teams headed into Halftime with Orchard Hill on top by a count of 6-3. Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN – DAY FOUR RESULTS

Balladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. FOR MY PRIMER ON POLO CLICK HERE 

FlexJet polo shirtMATCH ONE: FLEXJET VS VALIENTE – Day Four of Polo’s U.S. Open began with this clash between the only two teams who remained undefeated in Pool Play. Namely Flexjet – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Aviators – and Valiente – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Valiants.

Flexjet is one of the two teams in this year’s Open which have a female member, in their case Melissa Ganzi. Valiente came into the Open having already won the first two titles in the American Triple Crown this year and need to win the tournament to complete the task.  

FIRST CHUKKER – The Aviators accomplished the seemingly impossible task of shutting out the usually hot-out-of-the-gate Valiente team. Meanwhile, Flexjet’s Gonzalo Pieres scored a Goal from the field and another on a Penalty Shot from 30 yards out. Melissa Ganzi and her three teammates held a 2-0 lead.

SECOND CHUKKER – Fans of the Valiants were no doubt pleased to see their team’s Ace, Deuce and Chevy contribute 1 Goal each for their squad’s effort. The Aviators managed just 2 answering Goals themselves but still led the Match 4 Goals to 3.  

THIRD CHUKKER – Flexjet continued keeping Valiente’s Diego Cavanagh very, very quiet. The Aviators swatted 3 Goals between the Uprights compared to the 1 scored by the faltering Valiants. Headed into Halftime, Flexjet was on top of Valiente by a count of 7-4.  Continue reading

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COLLEGE POLO CHAMPIONS FOR 2017: MEN AND WOMEN

Balladeer’s Blog’s coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport continues. Here are the men’s and women’s college Polo champions for this year.

Roger Williams University HawksMEN

National Champions – ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY HAWKS 

Runners-Up –  Southern Methodist University Mustangs

Score – The Hawks defeated the Mustangs 12-11.

2016 Champions – Texas A&M University Aggies  Continue reading

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POLO: U.S. OPEN – DAY THREE RESULTS

International Polo ClubBalladeer’s Blog continues its coverage of the world’s OLDEST team sport. Polo had already been around for centuries when it was being played by Alexander the Great’s men.   

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Orchard Hill Polo shirtGAME ONE: ORCHARD HILL VS AUDI – Starting off Day Three of Polo’s 114th U.S. Open was a Match between Defending Open Champions Orchard Hill – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Clubmen – and Audi – Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Bavarians.  

FIRST CHUKKER – Facundo Pieres of Orchard Hill was back in form, swatting in 3 Goals for himself in this opening Chukker of play. Audi replied with just 1 Goal of their own, making the score 3-1 in favor of the Clubmen going into the 2nd.

SECOND CHUKKER – The offenses virtually exploded for SIX Goals this time around, evenly divided into 3 Goals apiece. The score now stood at 6-4 with Orchard Hill still on top.

THIRD CHUKKER – The Bavarians began to make their move, thwacking in 2 Goals to the 1 scored by the Clubmen in this Chukker. The Orchard Hill lead had been cut to 7-6 headed into Halftime. Continue reading

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2017

Balladeer’s Blog offers one last round of congratulations to the 2017 women’s college basketball champions in the divisions covered here.

oklahoma city university starsNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION ONE

National Champions – OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS

Runners-Up – Lewis-Clark State Warriors

2016 Champions – Mid-America Nazarene University Pioneers Continue reading

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