Piaget White wins The Memorial Cup in overtime

Piaget White takes The Memorial Cup in overtime win

By Alex Webbe


The Grand Champions Polo Club closed out its spring
season in style with Piaget Black (Melissa Ganzi, Gene Goldstein, Juan Bollini
and Juan Batista) and Piaget White (Marc Ganzi, Alessandro Bazzoni, Nacho
Badiola and Lucas Lalor)  emerging as the
finalists from a field of six teams IN THE 2012 Memorial Cup presented by

A pair of first chukker penalty goals from Gene Goldstein
and a one goal handicap had Piaget Black ahead early, 3-1.  Alessandro Bazzoni scored Piaget White’s only
goal of the chukker on a shot from the field.

Goldstein converted two more penalty shots for goals in
the second frame, but Piaget White responded with a penalty goal from Marc
Ganzi and single goals from Nacho Badiola and Lucas Lalor.  Piaget Black continued to lead, 5-4.

Piaget Black extended its lead in the third period on
goals from had a stellar third chukker, picking up another penalty goal from
Gene Goldstein.  Single goals from Juan
Bollini and Juan Badiola gave Piaget Black a three goal, 8-5 halftime lead.  Nacho Badiola scored Piaget White’s only goal
of the chukker.

Piaget White returned to the field in the fourth chukker
with a vengeance.  Two goals from the
field from Nacho Badiola were complimented by a penalty goal from Marc Ganzi
and a single goal from Bazzoni.  Piaget
Black was shut out for the first time all day and trailed 9-8.

Marc Ganzi added a penalty goal in the fifth and Bazzoni
scored his third goal of the game for Piaget White, but Goldstein tied it up at
11-11 with a pair of goals from the field and a penalty conversion.

Bazzoni put Piaget White back on top in the sixth chukker
with a pair of goals from the field.  Goldstein’s
ninth goal of the game cut the Piaget White lead to a single goal, 13-12.  A goal from Juan Badiola had it all even at
13-13, and Bollini’s second goal of the day had Piaget Black ahead, 14-13 with
just over a minute to play in regulation time. 
Nacho Badiola saved the day for Piaget White with a mad rush down the
field for the tying score with time running out.  With the score knotted up at 14-14, the teams
would retire to the sidelines to obtain fresh horses and return for a
sudden-death overtime period. 

Nacho Badiola reprised his role in the sixth chukker by
battling through the Piaget Black defense to score the game-winning goal in a
15-14 Piaget White victory.

Goldstein led all scoring with nine goals (seven on
penalty shots) and was named MVP amateur. 
Teammates Bollini and Juan Badiola scored two goals apiece and Piaget
Black received one goal by handicap.

Nacho Badiola scored six times for Piaget White (once on
a penalty shot), and was named MVP. 
Bazzoni was credited with five goals, Marc Ganzi scored three times on
penalty shots and Lalor added a goal in the win.

 Bazzoni’s eight-year-old
mare Chispa received Best Playing Pony
honors.  The thoroughbred carried Bazzoni
in the first and sixth chukkers of play.


Santa Clara (Ron Dagger, Jason Crowder, J. J. Celis and
Francisco Escobar) got the day started with an 11-8 win over Tuff Rider (Timmy
Sharma, Omar Sosa, Horton Schwartz and Joey Casey) in the Consolation Final.

Tuff Rider got opening goals from Omar Sosa and Timmy Sharma,
but one goal by handicap and a goal from the field from New York’s Ron Dagger
had it all even at 2-2.

Santa Clara galloped out to a 5-3 lead in the second
period with a pair of goals from J. J. Celis and a single goal from Jason
Crowder.  Tuff Rider managed a single
goal from Sosa and fell behind by two goals, 5-3.

Three more Santa Clara goals in the third gave Santa
Clara a commanding 8-4 halftime lead. 
Celis scored two more from the field with Dagger adding his second of
the game.  Tuff Rider was limited to a
single penalty goal from Sosa but trailed by four goals.

Fourth chukker goals from Sharma (penalty conversion) and
Horton Schwartz cut into the Santa Clara lead, but a goal from Celis kept Tuff
Rider trailing, 9-6 with two periods left to play.

Both defenses tightened in the fifth, with Crowder
managing the only goal of the period. 
Santa Clara was ahead by four goals once again, 10-6.

Joey Casey and Sosa scored single goals for Tuff Rider in
the sixth chukker with Santa Clara responding with a single goal from Crowder
for the 11-8 win.

Celis led all scoring with five goals.  Crowder added three goals and Dagger scored
twice.  Santa Clara received one goal by

Sosa scored four times (once on a penalty shot) to lead
the Tuff Rider attack.  Sharma added two
goals and Schwartz and Casey added single goals in a losing cause.

12, RUBY Q 11

In the final match of the day, KIG/Alegria (Bash Kazi,
Julian Mannix, Joaquin Panelo and Jeff Hall) defeated Ruby Q (Brian Street,
Hannah Buchan, Diego Cossio and Kris Kampsen) 12-11 in the final seconds of
play in the subsidiary final.

Ruby Q received three goals by handicap from the 13-goal KIG/Alegria
foursome and added a single goal to it with Hannah Buchanan taking the ball
from the opening throw-in and racing 150 yards down the field for the
score.  Julian Mannix responded with KIG/Alegria’s
only goal of the chukker as they trailed 4-1 after the first period of play.

Two penalty goals from Kris Kampsen in the second period
gave Ruby Q a 6-3 advantage with KIG/Alegria picking up single goals from
Mannix and Joaquin Panelo.

KIG/Alegria got right back into the game in the third,
with Jeff Hall scoring twice from the field and Mannix adding his third goal of
the match.  Buchan scored the only goal
of the chukker for Ruby Q, who held on to a narrow 7-6 halftime lead.

Consecutive goals from Hall in the fourth had KIG/Alegria
ahead for the first time all day, 8-7, but the celebration was
short-lived.  A penalty goal from Kampsen
had it deadlocked at 8-8 as the chukker ended.

Buchan’s third goal of the day had Ruby Q back on top,
9-8 before KIG/Alegria answered back. 
Two goals from Mannix and a goal from the field from Bash Kazi boosted KIG/Alegria
back into the lead, 11-9 to end the period.

Buchan opened the final chukker with a goal from the
field.  Kampsen tied it up with a penalty
goal, 11-11, and it looked like the game was going to be going into overtime
when Mannix broke loose.  With time
running out Mannix raced down the field to score the winning goal, 12-11, with
three seconds on the clock.

Mannix registered six goals for KIG/Alegria.  Hall accounted for four scores and Panelo and
Kazi added single goals in the win.

Buchan and Kampsen (all penalty goals) scored four goals
apiece for Ruby Q.  The team received
three goals by handicap.