Crab Orchard, Bendabout Register Wins In Hall Of Fame
Saturday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Pablo MacDonough and Memo Gracida scored within a
76-second span to snap a 12-12 and spark Crab Orchard over Lechuza
14-12 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Saturday at International
Polo Club Palm Beach. The victory gave Crab Orchard (2-0) sole possession
of first place in its division.
other Hall of Fame Cup action, Miguel Novillo Astrada and patron
Gillian Johnston scored four goals each to lead Bendabout over Black
Watch 12-10 and 10-goaler Mike Azzaro scored six goals to lead Catamount
past Texas Polo 11-8.
gave Crab Orchard a 13-12 lead with 1:58 remaining after he stole
the ball in the corner, dribbled several times and tapped in a forehand.
Gracida converted a 40-yard penalty shot with 42 second remaining
to clinch the victory.
game see-sawed as the teams took turns with big leads and comebacks.
Crab Orchard took a 5-1 lead early in the second chukker before
Lechuza responded with seven unanswered goals, five by 10-goaler
Pite Merlos, to take an 8-5 lead early in the fourth chukker. Lechuza
increased its margin to 11-7 one minute into the fifth chukker when
patron Victor Vargas scored on a breakaway.
Orchard countered with four consecutive goals, two by MacDonough
and two by Julio Gracida, to tie the game at 11-11 at the end of
the fifth chukker.
picked up a loose ball and scored 41 seconds into the sixth chukker
to give Lechuza a 12-11 lead. But Memo Gracida tied the game at
12-11 with a 30-yard penalty shot with 5:07 remaining.
who played the sixth chukker with a knee injury, finished with a
team-high seven goals. Memo Gracida added three goals and his 16-year-old
son Julio scored two goals. Patron George Rawlings did not score.
finished with seven goals for Lechuza (1-1) while Tommy Biddle added
three goals and Gaston Urturi and Vargas scored one goal apiece.
victory gave them sole possession of first place in its division
with a 2-0 record. Alejandro Astrada added three goals for the winners.
Facundo Pieres led Black Watch (0-2) with six goals while patron
Neil Hirsch added two goals and Nacho Figueras and Nacho Astrada
scored one goal each.
rallied from a 6-1 halftime deficit as Azzaro scored all six of
his goals in the final three chukkers. Carlos Gracida added five
goals for the winners (1-1). Francisco Lanusse led Texas Polo (1-1)
with four goals while Pepe Heguy scored three goals and Ruben Sola
added one goal. Patron Mike Price did not score.
teams entered the tournament. The Hall of Fame Cup final is Sunday,
February 29 at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach
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.