Santa Barbara, Calif. – June 20, 2017 – Five competitive teams are in the hunt for the most prestigious 12-goal tournament played at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, the USPA La Martina Intra Circuit. Klentner Ranch, Farmers & Merchants Bank and Mokarow Farms join Why Not and Brookland Plantation for the final tournament. Hana Grill joined forces with three of last year’s winners to form Why Not, while Thomas Ravenel took over the Lucchese crew as Brookland Plantation.
Friday, June 16
Why Not def. Brookland Plantation 12-5
Mokarow Farms def. FMB 10-9 OT
In the first match of the tournament between Why Not and Brookland Plantation, Santi Trotz turned on the afterburners, driving his team to victory with seven goals in addition to four from Vercellino and a final goal from Wright. Trotz excelled at the penalty line, scoring three penalty threes and two penalty twos, while Vercellino dominated the field with all four of his goals coming from the grass.
The second matchup between Mokarow Farms and Farmers & Merchants Bank pitted two tough teams against each other to the bitter end. Sterling Giannico subbed in for Todd Offen on Mokarow Farms. Farmers & Merchants Bank controlled the scoring from the field, with Fassetta scoring five field goals, but a host of penalties against FMB proved to be their Achilles heel. The Panelo duo has proven to be a deadly force on the field, with all ten Mokarow Farms goals coming from a Panelo mallet. Mokarow Farms played a disciplined game, minimizing their fouls and ultimately giving them the victory.
Sunday, June 18
FMB def. Brookland Plantation 12-9
Klentner Ranch def. Why Not 12-8
Both teams in the Sunday morning match were in a must-win scenario. In the 5-star draw, four teams advance out of the qualifying round to the semifinals. FMB and Brookland Plantation both entered into the match 0-1 after losing their first round games. FMB gained a slight advantage in the first half of play, but only a one goal spread separated the two teams at halftime. Two goals by Muller and one each by Del Tour and Ravenel pulled Brookland Plantation ahead by one in the fourth chukker. FMB forcefully answered back, scoring four goals while holding Brookland Plantation scoreless. A goal by each team in the final chukker kept FMB in the lead, giving them the win and the semi final spot.
After coming up short in the previous final, Klentner Ranch came looking for revenge. Why Not held Klentner Ranch tight the first two chukkers of play keeping the scoring even at 2-2 before Klentner Ranch pulled ahead in the third 5-4. Klentner Ranch fought through the second half, slowly adding to their tally as Why Not struggled to gain momentum for their offense. Each team scored three additional goals in the final chukker, but Why Not was unable to overcome the early lead established by Klentner Ranch.
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