Edges White Birch 15-14 To Reach Sunday's Final Of Hall Of Fame
Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Florida Before the game, Roberto Gonzalez told his ERG teammates
to be patient and the veterans advice paid off as they rallied
to defeat White Birch 15-14 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup semifinal
polo match Friday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. This was
ERGs third consecutive one-goal victory of the tournament,
including an 11-10 overtime win over Everglades in the quarterfinals.
plays Bendabout, led by the brother combination of 10-goaler Miguel
Novillo Astrada and 5-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada, in the final
Sunday at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium.
Bendabout, which defeated Las Monjitas 10-15 in the semifinals,
reached the first high-goal final of the season, losing to Catamount
13-10 in the Joe Barry Memorial.
29 combined goals tied for the most goals in a game this season.
The previous was Las Monjitas beating Crab Orchard 15-14 in
overtime in the quarterfinals.
is the name of this sport, said Gonzalez. We started
out poorly against White Birch, but we never lost confidence. When
we tied (at 7-7), we said its a new game.
was behind most of the first half, trailing by as many as four (6-2)
with 2:41 left in the second chukker.
were leaving too much space on the throw-ins and (White Birchs)
Del (Walton) and Mariano (Aguerre) were able to get the ball and
score, said ERGs Lucas Monteverde. When we got
control of the throw-ins, we were able to come back.
scored three of his team-high five goals in the first two chukkers
but wasnt much of a factor late in the game.
countered with three unanswered goals in the third chukker to climb
back in the game, culminating with Gonzalezs breakaway with
48 seconds remaining in the first half to tie the score at 7-7.
It was the second and final tie of the game.
opened the second half with a pair of 30-yard penalty shots by Monteverde
within a 53-second span to take a 9-7 lead with 4:45 left in the
fourth chukker. They held a two-goal advantage much of the rest
of the second half until a tap-in by Monteverde game ERG a 15-12
margin with 2:53 left in the game.
Birch mounted a final comeback. Offen converted a 30-yard penalty
with 2:05 remaining to cut the margin to 15-13 but missed a scoring
opportunity with 59 seconds left when his shot went wide right.
On the ensuing knock-in, after each team stole the ball, Offen scored
on a backshot with 11 seconds left.
now has a team-high 30 goals while Gonzalez and Spinacci have 15
scored four goals and finished the tournament with 40 goals in six
games. Offen added four goals and White Birch patron Peter Brant
scored one goal.
teams entered the tournament, the largest number of entrants of
any tournament during the inaugural season.
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 or tickets, 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.