Power Horse captures 2012 YPO Challenge Cup at Grand
By Alex Webbe
Power Horse (Melissa Ganzi, Walter Scherb,
Adrian Laplacette and Juan Bollini) galloped out to a 4-1 halftime lead before
defeating Audi Polo 6-4 to capture the 2012 YPO Challenge Cup at the Grand
Champions Polo Club in Wellington Sunday morning.
Scherb scored the opening goal of the game
but was quickly countered by Audi Poloâ€™s Lalor.
Both defenses tightened up for the remainder of the chukker, ending in a
Three unanswered goals from Power Horse took
the wind out of the sails of the Audi Polo team in the second chukker of the
four chukker match. Laplacette and
Bollini scored from the field while Scherb converted a penalty shot for a
goal. At the end of the first two
chukkers of play, Power Horse held a 4-1 advantage over Audi Polo.
Moed got Audi Polo in the scoring column in
the third, but goals from Laplacette and Scherb (penalty goal) kept Power Horse
in control with a 6-2 lead with one chukker left to play.
Lalor scored from the field for Audi Polo in
the fourth and Hall converted a penalty shot, but that was where it ended as
Power Horse took the game by a 6-4 score.
Scherb led the Power Horse attack with three
goals. Laplacette scored twice and
Bollini added a goal for the win.
Lalor led the Audi attack with two
goals. Moed and Hall scored single goals
in the loss.
AGUA CALIENTE 6,
CANADA POLO 5 OT
Agua Caliente (Alejandro Poma, Nacho Badiola,
Marc Ganzi and Juan Borga) scored a 6-5 win over Canada Polo (Robin Melton,
Jason Crowder, Joey Casey and Duke Buchan) to secure a third place finish in
the 2012 YPO Challenge Cup, but needed an overtime period in which to do it.
Agua Caliente jumped out to an early 3-0 lead
with a pair of goals from Borga and a single goal from Poma while the defense
kept Canada Polo from scoring in the opening chukker.
Canada Polo got back into the mix in the
second period when it picked up a penalty goal from Crowder and a goal from the
field from Buchan. Agua Caliente
continued to lead, but the margin was cut to a single goal, 3-2.
Poma scored again for Agua Caliente in the
third but Canada Polo scored on another penalty goal from Crowder and Buchanâ€™s
second goal of the day. After two periods it was all even at 4-4. Ganzi put Agua Caliente back on top, 5-4,
with a goal from the field, but Canada Polo rallied with a goal from Melton to
knot it up at 5-5 to end regulation play.
Ganzi scored the winning goal in overtime for
the 6-5 Agua Caliente win.
Ganzi, Poma and Borga scored two goals apiece
for the victory. Canada Poloâ€™s Crowder
and Buchan scored two goals apiece.
Melton added a goal in a losing effort.