All photos by David Lominska/Polographics.com
WELLINGTON, Fla., Feb. 4, 2017 – Friday was a long run as the Ylvisaker Cup continued with four back-to-back games at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). The first three ended with the same score (11-9): Coca-Cola defeated Horseware, La Indiana took Travieso, and Villa del Lago Modere bested Equine Liquid Biocell. In the final game, Postage Stamp racked up a 12-8 victory over Tonkawa.
On the heels of strong opening games in the tournament for both Coca-Cola and Horseware, the team in red continued their tight performance style. They started off making up the two-goal deficit from handicap with goals from Julian de Lusarreta and Del Walton. After another from Walton, Coca-Cola held a 3-2 lead early in the third chukker. That created some trouble for 18-goal team Horseware, who now had to play Coca-Cola on even keel the rest of the way.
Having made eight goals in his opening game, Juan Martín Obregon provided two more for Horseware in the second and third chukkers. His efforts helped keep his team close against a tough Coca-Cola roster that was using a complete team effort. Coca-Cola patrona Gillian Johnston, in her trademark style, broke out and added back-to-back goals before the end of the half to take her team into halftime tied at 5.
La Indiana Takes Travieso 11-9
Mike Azzaro, Sebi Merlos
Travieso tried to bounce back from their opening game performance and put pressure on a La Indiana team that was also looking for their first win of the Ylvisaker Cup. Six fouls committed in the first chukker by La Indiana provided Travieso with multiple chances to take a large lead. But Travieso could only convert 1 of 4 penalty chances to take a 2-0 lead after the first chukker, which could have been way worse for the La Indiana team. With all of the fouls, La Indiana was having a tough time creating scoring chances, but they began to put their opponents in foul trouble in the second and third chukkers. Seven total fouls by Travieso led to four penalty goals for La Indiana by halftime, and La Indiana was fortunate to escape halftime tied at 5.
Foul trouble resulting in penalty shots ultimately determined the game. La Indiana behind Mike Azzaro and Jeff Hall went a perfect 9-for-9 from the penalty line, while Travieso only shot 5 of 11 from the penalty line. Neither team was particularly efficient from the field. La Indiana’s ability to convert their penalties gave them the edge throughout the second half. They had a three-goal lead going into the final chukker and held on for the 11-9 victory.
Ulloa Propels Villa del Lago Modere Past Equine Liquid Biocell
Jared Zeni and Carlucho Arellano
However, continuing to put Ulloa on the penalty line became a problem as Ulloa converted 8 of his 10 penalty attempts along with three goals from the field to score all 11 goals for Villa del Lago team. In contrast, Equine Liquid Biocell had all four players find the score sheet for the game. With Villa del Lago Modere committing only two fouls in the second half, they never allowed their opponents to get easy goals. Effective team defense, along with the amazing performance from Ulloa, resulted in Villa del Lago Modere winning 11-9 to improve their Ylvisaker record to 1-1.
Postage Stamp Farm vs Tonkawa
All games in the Ylvisaker Cup are being live streamed on the USPA Polo Network: uspolo.org.
Game report, graphics and photographs provided by
International Polo Club Palm Beach.