Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 21, 2018 – Sunday was quarterfinal day at International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC), and eight teams fought for a place in the next stage of the Ylvisaker Cup, the last 20-goal tournament of the IPC season. During the 3:00pm feature match GSA defeated Pilot 10-9 on the Engel & Volkers main field, in what was a vibrant and evenly paired match.
Pilot secured a 6-3 advantage at the beginning of the fifth chukker, but MVP Mariano González came through for GSA to put his team within one goal of their opponents (6-7). The game came to a head in the sixth chukker, when GSA took control of the match to go up by one goal. With two minutes left, GSA widened their advantage (10-8). They managed to survive Gonzalo Pieres’s 30-yard penalty conversion, and hold Pilot off until the bell. The match ended 10-9 in favor of GSA. Six goals were scored in total in the sixth, making it the most thrilling chukker of the match.
“It was a tough game,” commented MVP Mariano Gonzalez. “The first two chukkers were okay, not great, and in the third chukker [Pilot] grabbed the ball and we couldn’t find it for a chukker and a half at least. We were able to get organized again in the fifth chukker and turn the game around a little bit. Our plan worked at first, but the guys on Pilot are smart and adapted to it which is why we couldn’t get the ball in those middle chukkers. We changed our plan in the fifth and that worked enough and we held the lead to the end.”
Sunday, February 18: GSA 10 – Pilot 9
GSA (20): Henry Porter 2, Dylan Rossiter 4, Mariano González 7, Matías Magrini 7.
PILOT (20): Curtis Pilot A, Timmy Dutta 1, Gonzalo Pieres 9, Facundo Pieres 10.
Score: 2-1, 2-2, 2-5, 3-6, 6-7, 10-9.
Best Playing Pony: Macarena, played by Mariano Gonzalez
Most Valuable Player: Mariano Gonzalez
Prior to the 3:00pm match, Tonkawa beat La Indiana 12-11 in an attractive match on Field 5. Colorado edged Postage Stamp 13-10 at the other 10:00am match on Field 3 and at 12:00pm Valiente easily defeated SD Farms by 13-6 on Field 4.
Tonkawa: Jeff Hildebrand, Sterling Giannico, Sapo Caset, and Julian de Lusaretta
La Indiana: Michael Bickford, Toro Ruiz, Facundo Obregon, Jeff Hall
Colorado: Rob Jornyvaz, Juan Britos, Diego Cavanagh, and Santino Magrini
Postage Stamp: Annabelle Gundlach, Brandon Phillips, Mariano Aguerre, Kris Kampsen
Valiente: Bob Jornyvaz, Bautista Panelo, Santi Torres, and Adolfo Cambiaso
SD Farms: Sayyu Dantata, Adam Snow, Inaki Laprida, Peco Polledo
The Ylvisaker Cup semifinals are set for Wednesday:
12:00pm: Tonkawa vs. Valiente
3:00pm: GSA vs. Colorado
The Ylvisaker Cup final is on Sunday, February 25 which remembers the legendary figure William Ylvisaker, will be held on Field 1 at 3 p.m.
For more information on the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC), please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.