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Catamount, Bendabout Advance To Sunday's Final At International Polo Club Palm Beach

WELLINGTON, Florida – Catamount and Bendabout each registered similarly comfortable victories in the semifinals Thursday to advance to the final of the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial polo tournament at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

The championship game will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. at the stadium field at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach.

In the first semifinal, 10-goaler Mike Azzaro and patron Scott Devon scored four goals apiece to lead Catamount (4-0) over Brigadoon 12-8. Catamount scored three consecutive goals, two by Carlos Gracida, to extend its lead to 10-6 early in the sixth chukker. A goal by Brigadoon’s Brian Prichard cut the margin to 10-7, but Devon and Ulysses Escapite answered with two goals in 90 seconds to bump the advantage to 12-7 with 2:15 remaining.

In the second semifinal, patron Gillian Johnston and Boone Stribling each scored four goals to pace Bendabout (3-0) past Crab Orchard 13-8. Bendabout scored five unanswered goals in the second half to take an 11-6 lead and coasted to victory. Ten-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada scored three goals and his younger brother, Alejandro, added two goals for the winners. Bendabout’s defense held 9-goaler Memo Gracida scoreless. Julio Arellano led Crab Orchard with six goals.

The polo final is open to the public with tickets beginning at $10 each. For information, call (561) 204-5687.

International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit and go west approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard and go two miles. Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one mile and then make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the right. From Florida’s Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth Road) and go west about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the left.


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