Littleton, Colo. – July 31, 2017 – Colorado took a handy 10-6 win over Hawaii Life in the 20-goal Columbine Cup on Sunday at Valiente Polo Farm. Colorado took charge early on, leading 5-1 at the end of the second chukker. Hawaii dug in with three consecutive goals in the third and tightened the gap to a single goal, but that’s as close as they ever got to Colorado. The second half opened 6-4, and from there on it was a runaway game.
The fourth chukker featured a lesson from Colorado in how to play team polo. As the ball sort of meandered toward goal, where the Hawaii defense was waiting, Colorado converged and turned a melee into a goal. Three yellow jerseys wove through the gridlock in front of goal and scored on a three-way pass that made Hawaii’s heads spin. Pablo Spinacci initiated the play and then passed the ball to Rob Jornayvaz. With a wall of Hawaii players closing in, Jornayvaz sent the ball back to Spinacci, who handed it off to Diego Cavanagh for the goal.
Robertito Zedda was a weapon in the fifth chukker with two back-to-back goals, giving Colorado a decisive 9-5 advantage. Jornayvaz made the final goal, ending the day 10-6 for Colorado.
To Zedda, who manages Colorado team and wears the #2 jersey, it was all a matter of organization. “Today we played better than the first game. We used the same system, but this time we put it into practice [right away]. Yesterday we were late,” he said, referring to Colorado’s loss to Valiente the previous day. In Sunday’s game, he said, “We were quicker picking up the balls, and the horses were a lot better. They’re always heavy, a bit slow, in the first game.”
The tournament continues Thursday, August 3, and concludes Sunday, August 6, with the final.
The Columbine Cup concludes August 6 and is a prelude to the inaugural 20-goal Colorado Open (August 9-19). The Colorado Open final will feature the 2017 Rocky Mountain Polo Festival hosted by Polo Fest and Polo Channel.
For more information about the Columbine Cup, the Colorado Open or the Rocky Mountain Polo Festival, contact Darlene Ricker at (310) 210-4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.