A 20 year tradition at the Costa Careyes Resort, a private gated community on the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta, is to celebrate Chinese New Year – this Year of the Firey Rooster. A polo tournament has been organized at that same time as the party is an over-the-top experience. Players from USA, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, France and Mexico came to play in the 4 team tournament over the weekend of January 26 – 29th.
Chris Falk of the Cabinet Connection team backing the ball to teammate Raul Ramírez. Hans Giebeler in red helmet in the action.
Team Magness/Agua Alta was the team to beat with Nico Milan, Sarah Magness, Alberico Ardissone and Manuel Matos as all had played together in many games. Cabinet Connection was a family affair – Brothers Chris and Will Falk, cousin David Buller and their professional, Raul Ramirez. The Home team, Careyes, of Giorgio Brignone, founder of the Careyes club, Juan Galan, Jesus¨Chucho¨Solorzano and long time resident of Careyes, Hans Giebeler, have been polo friends for many years. The final team in the tournament was Ameyalco/Piso51 – Diego Aguilar, formidable team sponsor in Mexico, George Sandhu and Luis Perez and Diego Gonzalez – both from Guadalajara.
Play was over 2 days – the Magness/Agua Alta team defeated the Ameyalco/Piso 51 – 6 to 3 ½ – Milan leading the scoring 4 goals for the winners. Cabinet Connection came out fired up against the home team of Careyes but no one scored the first chukker. Second chukker Cabinet Connection got 2 goals to Careyes team zero. A defensive game all the way ending a score of 3 ½ to 2 with Cabinet Connection on top. Will Falk high scorer for the winners and Galan had the 2 for Careyes.
Finalists of the Chinese New Year tournament
The consolation round for the Chinese New Year tournament was Team Careyes versus Ameyalco/Piso51. A hard fought game with Careyes coming on top 5 to 2 ½. Solorzano leading the scoring for the winners with 3 goals. Again Team Magness/Agua Alta was the team to beat but Cabinet Connection had a game plan that stopped the foursome with Chris Falk playing the number 4 and rarely letting Milan or Ardissone letting them come through. At halftime the score was 6 ½ to 4 – Cabinet Connection in the lead. – Falk continued to block the backdoor and still was able to score 3 goals with brother, Will, 3 goals and Cousin Buller with one. Final score 8 ½ to 6. For the Magness/Agua Alta Milan lead the team with 4 goals and Matos and Ardissone each with one.
A toast with tequila was given to all players at the end of the game as well as one-of-a kind hand crafted trophies for everyone.
Careyes will be hosting the 18th Annual Agua Alta Polo Festival for the week of Semana Santa – April 8 through the 15thwith players from around the World. Careyes Polo season is November to April. Please see www.careyes.com and contact Giorgio Brignone – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Next year is Year of the Dog – if you are born in 1946, 1958, 1970,1982,1994 – it is a special week.
Winners of the 2017 Chinese New Year tournament