Scone Polo, a new team in this year’s $120,000 Colorado Open Presented by J5 Equestrian, and Valiente won their round 1 games last weekend. Scone defeated Colorado 8-6, and Valiente took Hawaii Polo Life 10-9. The tournament is being held at Valiente Polo Farm in Littleton, Colorado.
Throughout the opening game, Colorado looked to be controlling the possession and produced more opportunities, but shooting accuracy shooting became an issue. Juan Martin Obregon, Pablo Spinacci and Gallego Ferrario combined to shoot 3-for-12 in the game. The activity of Obregon in the back defensively seemed to ignite the Colorado attack, but they missed some chances to pull away in the game.
Scone forced Colorado to shoot from distance more often, and their defensive effort led to their victory. After a slow first half Scone made an adjustment and brought Terrera to the back to take all of their set plays and manage the game. That move led to Scone’s 8-6 victory.
Here’s what the players had to say about round 1 of the Colorado Open: http://polochannel.com/#wGNfzmvkNWY
VALIENTE TAKES A SLIVER OF VICTORY OVER HAWAII POLO LIFE
In game 2 of the Colorado Open, Hawaii Polo Life and Valiente were never separated by more than one goal after any chukker. This closely matched game came down to the final minutes. Hawaii paced their offense from the penalty line, scoring one penalty goal in each of the first five chukkers, while Valiente relied more on their open play.
Struggling to convert in the first half, making 3 of their 7 shots, Valiente turned the game around in a strong fourth chukker, converting all four shot attempts from the field, two each from Santi Torres and Guillermo Terrera (playing his second consecutive game) to take a one-goal lead.
In the final chukker Hawaii Polo Life came close to tying the game. But they narrowly missed a shot on goal and Valiente held on for the one-goal victory (10-9).
Round 2 starts this weekend: Scone Polo v. Valiente on Saturday, and Colorado v. Hawaii Polo Life on Sunday. Rosters and tournament schedule: http://polochannel.com/news/news-post/1808-colorado-open-news/180811-colorado-open-update
Complete game videos are posted daily at http://polochannel.com/#videos
LECHUZA CARACAS SNAGS SECOND CONSECUTIVE COPA DE PLATA TITLE
Defending champion Lechuza Caracas did it again this year, defeating La Indiana 10-6 to retain the championship of the Copa de Plata Appletiser (Silver Cup) high-goal. It is the second-most important title in the 47th Torneo Internacional de Polo (International Polo Tournament).
The final took place at Santa María Polo Club in Sotogrande. The day belonged to Juan Martín Nero, who made six goals for Lechuza Caracas in Saturday’s final. He was named MVP, and a horse he played, Open Upa, was BPP.
“We had a good day—and we needed it to win,” said teammate and fellow 10-goaler David Stirling. Both he and Nero gave a nod to the strength of La Indiana, who earlier this summer won the Cartier Queen’s Cup with Facundo Pieres.
Said Nero: “We knew it was going to be tough against La Indiana. We knew we had to be very good, and we did it.”
RESTORATION HARDWARE HAMMERS A WIN IN USPA AMERICA CUP
RH Polo went home Sunday with the Maserati of Santa Barbara USPA America Cup after defeating Lucchese 10-9 in the final. The 16-goal tournament took place at Santa Barbara Polo Club. Lucchese came within a sliver of tying the score at the end of the sixth chukker when Jeff Hall, Facundo Obregon and Carlos Ulloa each made a goal. Iñaki Laprida was named MVP and his stunning grey mare, Rama, was BPP.
Laprida’s quick ball work and forceful forward push throughout the game made the difference for RH Polo. He led his team throughout all six chukkers, making seven of RH Polo’s 10 goals.
Santi Trotz helped coach the RH team. He credited the victory to the players following through with their strategy of opening up the play and stretching the field.
Santa Barbara’s final tournament of the summer season, the Silver Air Pacific Coast Open, begins on Thursday.
HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON THE 2018 ARGENTINE TRIPLE CROWN
Last week the AAP formalized all the details for the 2018 Argentine Triple Crown. Here in a nutshell are the most significant highlights:
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Photography: PoloChannel (Colorado Open); David Lominska (USPA America Cup); Snoopy Productions/Santa María Polo Club (Copa de Plata Appletiser)