After an early game one win, GSA returned prepared to defend their place in the East Coast Open, defeating fellow newcomer Hublot 13-11 on Friday, September 1.
Henry Porter 1
Santino Magrini 3
Toro Ruiz 5
Matias Magrini 8
Bash Kazi A
Marcos Garcia Del Rio 5
Tomas Garcia Del Rio 8
Tommy Biddle 5
Gaining one goal initially due to handicap, GSA’s most experienced player Matias Magrini started play off with the first goal of the game. Following closely behind, Santino Magrini scored a Penalty 2 conversion, but Hublot answered back with two goals of their own. In the second, Marcos Garcia Del Rio succeeded in eliminating the handicap advantage briefly before Henry Porter shot back. Toro Ruiz ended the second chukker with another Penalty 2 conversion, keeping GSA in the lead 5-3. As the game neared the half, Tomas Garcia Del Rio picked up a goal from Ruiz’s Penalty 3, but GSA held on strong with two additional goals, ending the third chukker 7-4.
Hublot played their hardest in the fourth, quickly making up for lost time with aggressive plays. Marcos Garcia Del Rio’s two goals combined with Tommy Biddle’s two consecutive Penalty 4 conversions was enough to tie with GSA headed into the fifth chukker. Now on a level playing field so close to the sixth, both teams played an explosive chukker to overtake the scoreboard. Matias Magrini started the battle off in the fifth with one goal, followed up by a second from Ruiz. A Penalty 2 on Santino Magrini was converted by Biddle for their first goal of the chukker, igniting an intense series of goals traded back and forth. Responsible for three out of fourth goals for GSA, Ruiz helped his team manage to hang onto the lead by a point. Spent from the exertion of the fifth, a single goal in the sixth by Porter ended the game 13-11 in favor of GSA.
Hublot will face Postage Stamp Farm this Sunday, September 3 in game four at Greenwich Polo Club.