Monjitas, White Birch, Erg, Bendabout Reach Semi-Finals In Hall
Of Fame Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Brothers Eduardo and Javier Novillo Astrada proved
to be a little bit better than the father-and-son combination of
Memo and Julio Gracida as Las Monjitas edged Crab Orchard 15-14
in overtime in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup quarterfinal polo match
Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Novillo Astrada dribbled through two players and tapped in the game-winner
with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to carry Las Monjitas into
the semifinals. The 29 combined goals was the highest scoring game
of the tournament.
other Hall of Fame Cup quarterfinal action, 10-goaler Miguel Novillo
Astrada scored four goals to lead Bendabout over Pony Express 10-8;
Lucas Monteverde scored nine goals, including the game-winner in
overtime, to lift ERG over Everglades 11-10 and 10-goaler Mariano
Aguerre scored eight goals to carry White Birch past Catamount 11-9.
semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday White Birch (4-1)
vs. ERG (3-1) at 1 p.m. and Las Monjitas (3-1) vs. Bendabout (4-0)
at 3 p.m.
Eduardo Novillo Astrada finished with three goals while 3-goaler
Willie Hartnett added one goal for Las Monjitas. Ten-goaler Javier
Novillo Astrada, who scored a game-high 10 goals, was able to shield
a defender away from his brother on the game-winning play. The 22-year-old
Hartnett, who made several key defensive plays and set up the brothers
Astrada offensively, was selected as the games MVP.
Pablo MacDonough, who was playing with a broken left ankle, sent
the game into overtime when he converted a 30-yard penalty shot
with 30 seconds remaining. MacDonough led Crab Orchard (2-2) with
nine goals while Memo Gracida, Julio Gracida and patron George Rawlings
scored one goal each.
teams had chances to end the game sooner in overtime. MacDonough
missed a 60-yard penalty shot 20 seconds into overtime. His horse
seemed to mis-step as they approached the ball and MacDonoughs
grounder went wide right. MacDonough and Memo Gracida each made
crucial saves to keep the game tied.
you play an extra chukker, anything can happen, said Javier
Novillo Astrada, who now has scored 24 goals in four tournament
remained undefeated as it used a balanced scoring attack to eliminate
Pony Express. Alejandro Novillo Astrada scored three goals and patron
Gillian Johnston scored two goals for Bendabout. Sapo Caset led
Pony Express (2-2) with six goals while Alex Agote and Santiago
Trotz scored one goal each. Patron Bob Daniels did not score.
Offen added two goals and Carlucho Arellano, substituting for patron
Peter Brant, scored one goal for White Birch. Del Walton did not
score. Aguerre now has scored a tournament-high 36 goals in five
games. Ten-goaler Mike Azzaro led Catamount (2-2) with eight goals
while Carlos Gracida scored one goal. Azzaro finished the tournament
with 22 goals in four games.
which trailed most of the game, tied the game at 10-10 as Monteverde
converted a 30-yard penalty shot to send the game into overtime.
Patron Scott Wood and Roberto Gonzalez added one goal each for ERG.
Tomas Llorente led Everglades (2-2) with six goals while Owen Rinehart
added three goals and patron Skeeter Johnston scored one goal.
teams entered the tournament. The winners of the two semifinals
will meet in the Hall of Fame Cup final Sunday at 3 p.m. at the
International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium.
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.