Bendabout Beats Las Monjitas 10-5 To Reach Sunday's Final Of Hall
Of Fame Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Boone Stribling picked a good time to score his first
goals of the tournament, setting the tone early, as Bendabout defeated
Las Monjitas 10-5 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup semifinal polo match
Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The game featured
four of the five Astrada brothers, three of whom are rated either
9 or 10 goals.
with 10-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada and 5-goaler Alejandro Novillo
Astrada, will play the winner of todays(Thursday) semifinal
between White Birch and ERG on Sunday at 3 p.m.
scored the games first two goals, with a 48-second span, to
give Bendabout a 3-0 lead with 5:02 left in the first chukker. Bendabout
started the game ahead 1-0 as it received a goal via handicap differential.
strategy was to hit-and-run and take advantage of the fast field,
said Stribling, who plays the defensive No. 4 position but aggressively
on offense throughout the game. We wanted to stretch them
out. We knew they couldnt run with us, horse-wise. We wanted
to hit it to Gillian and let her pull us forward.
did not want to let them stop and tap the ball. Those two guys (10-goaler
Javier and 9-goaler Eduardo Novillo Astrada) are good. You cant
let them dictate the game.
buoyed by Striblings performance in the opening minutes, never
trailed, and built an 8-4 halftime advantage. Las Monjitas trailed
by one at the end of the first chukker and by two, 6-4, with 2:27
left in the third chukker on patron Camilo Bautistas tap-in.
But Bendabout responded with two goals in 58 seconds, a one-yard
penalty shot by Miguel Novillo Astrada and a forehand by Alejandro
Novillo Astrada with 10 seconds left in the first half. Las Monjitas
never recovered and could not when the rain began late in the fifth
chukker and continued until the end of the game. During the final
minutes of the game, it was difficult to see the players on the
field because of the deluge.
Monjitas, which scored 15 goals in its quarterfinal win, was stymied
most of the game as 30-year-old Miguel and 21-year-old Alejandro
won many of the battles at midfield from Eduardo, 32, and Javier,
Stribling and Johnston took over.
and Gillian made the difference, said Miguel. We (Alejandro
and myself) worked very hard and they scored important goals.
most surprised that we beat them by five goals, said Stribling.
Theyre so good, they can score five goals in one chukker.
Bendabout reached the first high-goal final of the season, losing
to Catamount 13-10 in the Joe Barry Memorial.
the final is real exciting for me because this is my last game (of
the 2004 winter season) in high-goal, said Stribling. He will
be replaced by 10-goaler Adam Snow for the upcoming 26-goal tournaments.
Novillo Astrada led Bendabout (5-0) with four goals while Miguel
Novillo Astrada and Stribling scored two goals apiece while Johnston
added one goal. Alejandro now has a team-high 19 goals in five games
while Miguel has 18 and Johnston 11. Javier Novillo Astrada led
Las Monjitas (3-2) with four goals while patron Camilo Bautista
scored one. Javier finished the tournament with 28 goals in five
teams entered the tournament, the largest number of entrants of
any tournament during the inaugural season. The Hall of Fame Cup
final is Sunday at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach
polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday games
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available at the gate,
beginning at $10 each. For information or tickets, call (561) 204-5687
or visit the club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington.
From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit and go west approximately
12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard and go two miles.
Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one mile and then make
a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the right. From
Floridas Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth Road) and go west
about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club
is on the left.