Squaring off against Airstream, the first and only team to beat them during the Monty Waterbury Cup, Postage Stamp Farm set the record straight during Sunday’s final, claiming both a 9-7 victory and the tournament trophy.
Postage Stamp Farm 18
Will Tomita A (sub for Annabelle Gundlach)
Kris Kampsen 6
Brandon Phillips 5
Joao Ganon 7
Peter Holowesko A (sub for Christ Brant)
Marcos Garcia Del Rio 5
Tomas Garcia Del Rio 8
Tommy Biddle 5
With the first chukker underway, Airstream’s strategy was to set themselves up with an early lead by maintaining a strong defense. Tomas Garcia Del Rio began a series of three consecutive goals, preventing Postage Stamp Farm from completing any plays successfully. Airstream again scored the first goal in the second before Kris Kampsen’s penalty conversion put Postage Stamp Farm on the board. Joao Ganon followed his teammate’s lead, putting a second ball through the goal posts to end the chukker 4-2. Finding a rhythm, Postage Stamp Farm continued to advance upon the opposition, adding two more goals to tie up the game at the half.
With just three chukkers separating them from the ultimate title, Postage Stamp Farm returned with unstoppable force in the fourth and continued to impede Airstream at every turn. Ganon and Kampsen added two back to back goals to their tally and a third penalty conversion without a single goal in two periods from Airstream. Biddle broke the silence in the fifth and fought back with two goals, but Ganon answered back with a goal of his own. Up by two headed into the final chukker, Postage Stamp Farm would not be beaten a second time and added one final goal to the board. Phillips’s goal was met by Biddle, but the effort wasn’t enough to change the outcome this time. Ending the game 9-7 in favor of Postage Stamp Farm, this victory signaled the conclusion of the tournament and crowned the champions of the Monty Waterbury Cup.
Most Valuable Player was awarded to Joao Paulo Ganon and Best Playing Pony was given to Machitos Bonanza, played by Brandon Phillips and owned by Postage Stamp Farm.
All photos courtesy of Chichi Ubina.