ELG/Psycho Bunny wins Palm City Open

Bunny wins Palm City Open, 8-6

Alex Webbe

ELG/Psycho Bunny took top honors in the Grand Champions
Polo Club’s spring season opening Palm City Open with an 8-6 win over Elangani
in the finals.

ELG/Psycho Bunny and Elangani exchanged goals in the
opening chukker with Diego Coscio getting Elangani on the scoreboard first.  ELG/Psycho Bunny receivd one goal by handicap
and got a goal from 6-goaler Kris Kampsen to end the period on top at 2-1.

The play was fast-paced in the second chukker, but no
more scoring took place than in the first. 
Nacho Badiola tied it up for Elangani at 2-2 with a goal from the field.
Kampsen’s second goal of the game ended eh chukker with ELG/Psycho Bunny
leading, 3-2.

Both defenses produced their best in the third period,
and no goals were scored,  At the end of
the first half, ELG/Psycho Bunny continued to lead3-2.

ELG/Psycho Bunny found their offense in the fourth
chukker, with Kampsen and Andrew Seibert adding his first of the day.  Elangani managed a chukker-ending goal from
Carlucho Arellano, but trailed by two goals, 5-3, at the end of four chukkers
of play.

Arellano converted a penalty shot for a goal to open the
fifth, cutting the ELG/Psycho Bunny lead to a single goal, 5-4, but the
celebration was short-lived.  With 2:34
left in the chukker, Kampsen scored his fourth goal of the day, ending the
period with a two-goal, 6-4 advantage.

Seibert opened the final chukker of play with a goal from
the field to give ELG/Psycho Bunny its biggest lead of the day, 7-4, but
Elangani charged right back into the fray. 
Consecutive penalty conversions from Arellano cut the ELG/Psycho Bunny
lead back to a single goal, 7-6.  Jeff
Hall closed out the scoring and secured a win for ELG/Psycho Bunny with a
penalty conversion for the 8-6 victory.

Kampsen led the ELG/Psycho Bunny attack with four
goals.  Seibert added two goals and Hall
scored once.  The team received one goal
by handicap.  Arellano’s four goals set
the pace for Elangani.  Elangani also got
single goals from Badiola and Coscio.

Andrew Seibert was named MVP while Melissa Ganzi’s horse,
Pucci, played by Jeff Hall, picked up
Best Playing Pony honors.


In earlier action, Jajalpa scored wins over Power Horse/Longfield
and Merchant Hu/Pony Express as it won the consolation round of play in the
season opening Palm City Open.

Jajalpa rang up a 4-2 win over Power Horse/Longfield in
the opening three chukker mini-match on the strength of a pair of goals from
Marc Ganzi and single gaols from Carlitos Gracida and Guillermo Steta, the
president of the Mexican Polo Federation.

Power Horse/Longfield received one goal by handicap but managed
only one more goal by Austrian Walter Scherb for a two goal finish.

Power Horse/Longfield held the field for the next three
chukkers and managed a 4-3 win over Merchant Hub/Pony Express.

Power Horse/Longfield received one goal by handicap, but
first chukker action between the two teams resulted in no goals scored.  After the first chukker Power Horse/Longfield
held a narrow 1-0 advantage. 

Bob Daniels and Luis Escobar got Merchant Hub/Pony
Express on the scoreboard in the second period of play while limiting Power Horse/Longfield
to a single goal from Brandon Phillips. 
After two chukkers of play it was all even at 2-2.

Power Horse/Longfield came up strong in the final period
of play.  Goals from the field from
Hannah Buchan and Walter Scherb gave them a 4-2 advantage.  A final goal from Bob Daniels was all Merchant
Hub/Pony Express could muster in the 4-3 loss.