Defeats Bendabout 11-9 To Capture Hall Of Fame Title
Sunday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida A patient, confident ERG continued its magnificent
run, defeating Bendabout 11-9 in the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup championship
match Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach played under
cool, windy conditions with occasional showers.
was ERGs fifth consecutive victory and snapped Bendabouts
five-game winning streak. ERGs previous high-goal titles include
the 20-goal Texas Open in 2003 and the 2002 Silver Cup, both at
the Houston Polo Club.
celebrates its victory in the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup title match
flanked by Hall of Fame Chairman Steve Orthwein (left) and
Brenda Lynn, Director of Development and George DuPont, Executive
Director of the Hall of Fame.
Credit: Shelley Heatley
(Bendabout) always play free, so we always had to put pressure on
them, mano a mano, said 6-goaler Roberto Gonzalez of ERG,
who was named MVP. We were always waiting for a mistake. Miguel
(Novillo Astrada of Bendabout) is clever. When we got on top, we
had to keep attacking.
seemed to take control, scoring two goals in the final 51 seconds
of the fifth chukker to take a 9-7 lead. Bendabout rallied to tie
the game at 9-9, the sixth and final tie when Miguel Novillo Astrada
stole the ball, split two defenders and dribbled past a third to
put in a 10-yard near side shot with 3:09 left in the game.
ERG came back when Gonzalez stole the ball, dribbled past the goal
and knocked in a belly shot with 2:04 left. Eight-goaler Lucas Monteverde
scored on a breakaway on the ensuing throw-in to give ERG an 11-9
advantage with 1:21 left.
Bendabouts 10-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada missed his second
60-yard penalty shot in the final chukker with 51 seconds left.
was pretty windy on both of them, Novillo Astrada said. It
was not a great day. ERG played well. They controlled most of the
game. They are a well-balanced team.
Spinacci of ERG tries to control the ball in the middle of
the pack while Boone Stribling (right) of Bendabout looks
back and waits for a chance to steal it during action of the
22-goal Hall of Fame Cup championship match at International
Polo Club Palm Beach.
Credit: Shelley Heatley
led ERG with six goals while Monteverde finished with four
and Pablo Spinacci added one goal. Patron Scott Wood did not
score. Monteverde finished with a team-high 34 goals, second
most in the tournament behind Mariano Aguerre of White Birch,
who had 40 goals in six games. Gonzalez finished with 21 goals
and Spinacci had 16 goals in the tournament.
Novillo Astrada and patron Gillian Johnston scored four goals
each for Bendabout, which received one goal by handicap to
start the game. Astrada finished the tournament with 22 goals
and Johnston ended with 15 goals. Alejandro Novillo Astrada,
who led the team with 19 goals coming into the final, was
held scoreless, as was Boone Stribling.
Magica was named Best Playing Pony and took home the Babs
Haas Memorial Perpetual Trophy.
reached the final with a 15-14 victory over White Birch, tying
the season-high record for most goals in a game. Bendabout
advanced to the final with a 10-5 over Las Monjitas. Bendabout
also reached the final of the seasons first 22-goal
tournament, the Joe Barry Memorial, and dropped a 13-10 decision
teams entered the tournament, the largest number of entrants
of any tournament during the inaugural season.
tournament is named in honor of the National Museum of Polo
and Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization
dedicated to the preservation of the history and tradition
of the sport of polo. The Museum houses an extensive collection
of historic documents and treasures that include important
trophies, artifacts, books, works of art and other memorabilia.
The Hall of Fame, located in Lake Worth, Florida, was created
to honor the heroes of the sport.
high-goal polo season continues with the 26-goal C.V. Whitney
Cup. Thirteen teams are entered with the final scheduled for
Sunday, March 21.
polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday games
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available in advance
by calling (561) 204-5687 or visit the club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the game.
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.