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Palm Beach Polo Edges PoloGear(R), 10-9, In Opening Game Of PoloGear(R) Challenge Cup At Grand Champions

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Palm Beach Polo Edges PoloGear®, 10-9, In Opening Game Of PoloGear® Challenge Cup At Grand Champions

Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear drives downfield with the ball during o
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear drives down field with the ball during opening game of the Polo Gear Challenge Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

  

Wellington, FL - May 16, 2014 - PoloGear®  rallied from a four-goal deficit in the last two chukkers but ran out of time and lost to Palm Beach Polo, 10-9, under overcast skies Friday in the opening game of the PoloGear® Challenge Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club.

 

PoloGear® (Melissa Ganzi, Guille Aguero, Alejandro Gonzales, Joey Casey) went on a three-goal run in the sixth chukker against Palm Beach Polo (Glenn Straub, Brandon Phillips, Tommy Biddle, Carlitos Gracida) and fell short after four missed scoring opportunities in the closing minutes.

Goals from Aguero, Casey and Ganzi brought PoloGear® to within one goal with Ganzi scoring on a penalty shot in the final seconds of the game.

"Almost...we needed three more minutes," said 6-goaler Aguero, competing in his second spring tournament at Grand Champions. "It was a good game. They were having a great game. The main thing was to have fun, and I think we did."

PoloGear® jumped out to a 4-1 advantage in the opening chukker but lost its offensive punch and was unable to score in the second and third chukkers. Palm Beach Polo outscored PoloGear®, 3-0, in both chukkers to take a 7-4 halftime lead.

"We did something in there that they caught up, but that's polo," Aguero said. "We had to keep playing hard to try to catch up. We almost got it. Tommy Biddle is a very tough player, he's unbelievable. He is playing well."

Polo Gear's Alejandro Gonzales (2) and Guille Aguero (3) defend Carlitos Gr 
Polo Gear's Alejandro Gonzales (2) and Guille Aguero (3) defend Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo. Photo by Scott Fisher
Guille Aguero (3) of Polo Gear tries to outrace defenders Carlitos Gracida
Guille Aguero (3) of Polo Gear tries to outrace defenders Carlitos Gracida (4) and Glenn Straub (1) of Palm Beach Polo with help from Polo Gear teammate Alejandro Gonzales (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

Both teams got balanced scoring from their players. Ganzi led PoloGear® with three goals. Gonzales, 19, had two goals. Aguero and Casey each had one. The 12-goal rated team picked up two goals on handicap.

For Palm Beach Polo, Straub had four goals including what turned out to be the game-winner. Phillips also had four goals. Biddle and Gracida each added one goal.

"Glenn Straub is a scoring machine, he is very accurate going to goal," Ganzi said. "It was a great game. We needed two more chukkers but who knows, Glenn could have scored a lot more goals. It was a fun, nice clean game."

The PoloGear® Challnge Cup is the third of six medium-goal tournaments of the spring season.

Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo defends Guille Aguero of Polo Gear
Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo defends Guille Aguero of Polo Gear. Photo by Scott Fisher
Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo and Guille Aguero (3) of Polo Gear
Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo and Guille Aguero (3) of Polo Gear battle for the ball.Photo by Scott Fisher

"We had a bad two chukkers but after that it was a good, fun game," Casey said. "We will do better on Sunday. We missed a lot of goals today. Every time they shot, they scored. We missed four or five we should have had. It was just one of those days."

Joey Casey (4) of Polo Gear all alone with the ball passing off to teammate
Joey Casey (4) of Polo Gear all alone with the ball passing off to teammate Melissa Ganzi for a goal. Photo by Scott Fisher

PoloGear® will play in a round-robin on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Audi and Casablanca followed by the championship final at 12:30 p.m. pitting Palm Beach Polo against Pony Express, 7-4 winners over Casablanca and 5.5-5 winners over Audi in Friday's round robin. Admission is free to spectators.. Grand Champions will host an Argentine asado for spectators and players during the final.

Grand Champions Polo Club is located at 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road in Wellington.

PoloGear®, one of the top sponsors and supporters of polo established in 1993 and incorporated in Florida, manufactures, distributes and sells polo products to players, teams and polo events worldwide. PoloGear's dedication to quality and attention to detail is paramount to their production and they are always on the cutting edge of new products. To stay up to date with PoloGear™ please or to order products, visit www.pologearusa.com.

Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear maintains possession of the ball with d
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear maintains possession of the ball with defensive support from teammate Joey Casey. Photo by Scott Fisher
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear goes for the big hit downfield
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear goes for the big hit downfield. Photo by Scott Fisher
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear defends Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Be
Alejandro Gonzales (2) of Polo Gear defends Carlitos Gracida (4) of Palm Beach Polo. Photo by Scott Fisher

 

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