Comeback for Dark Horse Seals Outback Polo League 12–goal

Comeback for Dark Horse Seals Outback Polo League 12-goal

By Sarah Eakin

Gene Goldstein sealed a late game comeback for Dark Horse, scoring off a sixth-chukker pass from teammate Michel Dorignac to push the finals of the February 12-goal Outback Polo League at Hobe Sound Polo Club into overtime and set the scene for a 15-14 win over Detroit Blues.

“They are a very strong team and were winning most of the game.  We just had a huge comeback at the end,” said Goldstein who was awarded MVP amateur in the post-match accolades that saw MVP Professional go to Dorignac and the Best Playing Pony award to his second and sixth chukker mare “Lacra”.

Detroit Blues lining up a balanced combination of Collin McCosh, Ezra Stevenson, Guillermo Usandizaga and Diego Arellano entered the sixth chukker with a three-goal advantage.  They narrowly missed a chance to claim victory in overtime before Dorignac  made a long solo run down the field to set up Max Menini for the sudden death winner for Dark Horse.  

Goldstein also took the field in the 8-goal finals, this time for Hawk Hill, but it was opponent Tiffany Busch who claimed the MVP Amateur Award as Michelob/Altair triumphed 10-9.  “She played very well that game,” Goldstein said.  Hawk Hill’s Julio Ezcurra was selected as the MVP Professional – and was the high scorer of the game with a seven-goal tally.  His mare “Carla” won Best Playing Pony.