Wellington, FL – January 7, 2019 – The feature game of the week at the International Polo Club Palm Beach saw an exciting match in the 2019 Joe Barry Cup that came down to the final second with Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gringo Colombres, Kris Kampsen) surviving the second half comeback from SD Farms (Sayyu Dantata, Peco Polledo, Juan Martin Obregon, Jesse Bray) to claim the 13-12 victory on Field #1 – home of U.S. Polo Assn.
On a perfect day for polo, Dutta Corp raced out of the gate with Gringo Colombres leading the charge, producing long runs to goal and finishing with accuracy to give his team the early lead. The potent Dutta Corp offense that scored 21 goals in their opening game of the tournament seemed to be an unstoppable force once again, scoring 10 first half goals and excelling in a possession game that saw plenty of support for the ball carrier. The momentum of the game changed in the second half as the pace of play increased and patron Sayyu Dantata made his impact on the game with multiple runs and strong defensive plays. With a clean second half leaving the result in open play, Dutta Corp was able to hold off the late comeback from SD Farms and claim the victory in a game where all the spectators were on the edge of their seats in the final minute.
After adding to their one-goal advantage on handicap with an early penalty conversion, SD Farms held an early 2-0 lead, but that quickly disappeared after four unanswered goals from Dutta Corp to end the opening chukker. Looking to repeat as MVP for the second consecutive week, Colombres took over the second chukker, with a series of runs through the SD Farms defense as they were a step late allowing Colombres to score three goals and give his team the 8-4 lead. Looking to increase their defensive pressure on the ball and prevent the runs of Dutta Corp, SD Farms increased their physicality and the result was a foul ridden third chukker to end the half, with the teams scoring two goals to help Dutta Corp maintain their four-goal advantage.
The second half featured a revitalized SD Farms team, led by Dantata who was active throughout the ball and pushing the ball down field to start his team’s attacks. Completing a nice run for his second goal of the game, Dantata’s presence on the ball freed up the rest of his team as they fought their way back into the game after accurate passes downfield and accurate shooting. Jesse Bray’s first goal of the game tied the game at 11-11, much to the excitement of the crowd in the grandstand, with the outcome of the game to be decided in the final minutes. After Colombres and Bray traded goals to restore the tie, a miscue from SD Farms saw Colombres quickly jump on the loose ball and run it through the goal to put his team up by one with minutes remaining. A late run from SD Farms saw Bray break away for a run with time expiring and a long shot from 100 yards out didn’t make it to the goal in time as time expired and Dutta Corp claimed victory to remain undefeated in the Joe Barry Cup. Colombres captured his second consecutive MVP award behind a seven-goal performance, while his horse Coquito also won Best Playing Pony.
Earlier in the day, Patagones also improved to 2-0 in a 14-9 victory over Santa Clara. What started as a close game got away from Santa Clara in the third chukker, as Patagones’ Tomas Garcia del Rio produced a clinical passing attack to set up in the 4-0 chukker to end the half. Holding a 10-5 lead, Patagones managed their five-goal lead, trading goals with Santa Clara throughout the second half. Santa Clara’s attempt at a comeback was affected by their indiscipline, committing 8 of their 14 fouls over the final three chukkers. Ultimately, the strong Patagones attack that saw 12 goals from Garcia del Rio and Toccalino, thanks to strong support from the Joaquin and Benjamin Avendano proved to be too much for Santa Clara in the 14-9 defeat.