Bunny wins Palm City Open, 8-6
ELG/Psycho Bunny took top honors in the Grand Champions
Polo Clubâ€™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.
Kampsenâ€™s second goal of the game ended eh chukker with ELG/Psycho Bunny
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
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. Arellanoâ€™s four goals set
the pace for Elangani. Elangani also got
single goals from Badiola and Coscio.
Andrew Seibert was named MVP while Melissa Ganziâ€™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.