Lucchese Americaâ€™s Cup Second Round
As the high goal season at Santa Barbara starts to get in full swing so too does the fast paced exhilarating action. This past Sunday under another beautiful sunny Santa Barbara sky we had second round action from the Lucchese Americaâ€™s Cup. After two games decided by less than 1 goal in the first round on Friday the crowd was out in large numbers anticipating two more exciting competitive games. For the 1pm game we had Lucchese take on Farmers and Merchants Bank in what proved to be everything the crowd was anticipating and more. From the first throw in the pace was fast and hard hitting with each team trying desperately to slip away from the other and establish a solid lead. However neither team was willing to give an inch and every time one team would go on a run the other team switched on to their fresh prized ponies and surged back to get within striking distance. This pattern continued throughout the game and with the end of every chukker the game became more and more intense and exciting. Finally towards the end of the last chukker Lucchese sensed victory was within their reach and they got back on their best horses to try and hold off Farmers and Merchants Bank. This last push proved to be enough as Lucchese was able to hold on to their 1 goal lead, amidst constant pressure from a relentless Farmers and Merchants Bank team, and take the victory by a score of 12 to 11.