Crab Orchard Defeats Black Watch 13-8 Tuesday In Final
Of Ylvisaker Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Crab Orchard jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first
chukker and coasted to a 13-8 victory over Black Watch in the final
of the rain-delayed 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo match Tuesday at
International Polo Club Palm Beach.
final was postponed from Sunday because two days of rain made the
stadium field unsafe for the horses and players.
Orchard maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game, including
7-3 at halftime and 10-6 after the fifth chukker. There was only
one tie, at 1-1, in the first chukker.
Watch started strong in the sixth chukker as 8-goaler Facundo Pieres
converted a 40-yard penalty shot with 5:35 remaining in the game
and adding a 15-yard near-side with Julio Gracida on his hip 30
seconds later to cut the margin to 10-8.
Orchard responded with three goals in 89 seconds to clinch the victory.
Substitute Rosendo Usandizago, a 3-goaler playing in his first high-goal
tournament, scored on a breakaway with 4:08 left. On the ensuing
throw-in, 16-year-old Julio Gracida took a long pass from his father,
Memo, and tapped in a forehand. Eight-goaler Julio Arellano rounded
out the scoring on a 40-yard penalty shot with 2:39 left.
Gracida and Arellano finished with four goals each to lead Crab
Orchard (4-1). Julio Gracida added three goals and Usandizaga scored
two goals. Usandizaga replaced Crab Orchard patron George Rawlings,
who was working out of town.
finished with six goals to lead Black Watch (3-2). Patron Neil Hirsch
and Nacho Figueras added one goal each.
Ylvisaker Cup in named in honor of William T. Bill Ylvisaker,
a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in the
late 1970s and was elected into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1996. Ylvisaker,
who has been involved in polo for some 50 years, has won numerous
major polo tournaments, including the prestigious U.S. Open in 1972.
polo continues this week with 17 teams in the 22-goal Hall of Fame
Cup. The polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday
games at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available at
the gate, beginning at $10 each. For information, call (561) 204-5687
or visit the club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
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
Floridas 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.