Greenwich, Conn. – June 12, 2017 – In the first game of the historic USPA Monty Waterbury Cup at Greenwich Polo Club, Airstream outscored Postage Stamp Farm 14-11.
Chris Brant A
Marcos Garcia Del Rio 5
Tomas Garcia Del Rio 8
Tommy Biddle 5
Postage Stamp Farm
Annabelle Gundlach A
Brandon Phillips 5
Joao Ganon 7
Kris Kampsen 6
As play began, 5-goaler Tommy Biddle immediately asserted his strengths on the field, scoring three out of four goals for Airstream in the first chukker, while Postage Stamp Farm trailed 4-2. The remainder of the game progressed with Airstream’s unrelenting domination. A pair of goals from Biddle and a goal by team heavyweight Tomas Garcia Del Rio put Airstream in a strong lead by the end of the second chukker, 7-3. In the third chukker, Brandon Phillips scored twice but was answered back with two goals from Garcia Del Rio to end the half 9-5.
In the second half, Airstream picked up three additional goals in chukker four by each of the pros on the team. Phillips converted a penalty four for Postage Stamp Farm to end the chukker 12-6. With just the final two chukkers remaining and determined to close the wide gap, Postage Stamp Farm reassessed their team strategy and came back strong to outperform the leaders, scoring twice in each of the remaining chukkers, with only two goals from Airstream in the sixth chukker. But their efforts weren’t enough to pull out an upset victory, the game ended 14-11 in favor of Airstream.
Scoring half of his team’s total goals, Biddle was deemed the Most Valuable Player. Los Machitos Mishka, owned and played by Brandon Phillips for Postage Stamp Farm, was named Best Playing Pony. Postage Stamp Farm will compete against Work to Ride in the second matchup of the tournament today at 5pm.
The Monty Waterbury Cup is the third oldest USPA trophy in active competition, its name in honor of famed 10-goaler James “Monty” Waterbury. This match was the first of seven in the 16-20 goal tournament held in scenic Greenwich, Connecticut.
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