La Indiana Defeats Grand Champions 9-8 in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:52 PM

For Immediate Release
Juan Cruz Diaz & Polo Line

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2018 – La Indiana gave a solid performance to claim a narrow victory over Grand Champions in their second Joe Barry Memorial Cup match. The win was also their second in the tournament with their first coming against Coca-Cola (10-7).

Their 2-0 record makes La Indiana one of the favorites to qualify for the tournament Semi Finals, set to take place on January 24. The final of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup will be played on Sunday, January 28, at the Engel & Völkers Stadium at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

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La Indiana overtook Grand Champions 9-8 in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup on Sunday, January 14 at IPC.

La Indiana dominated the match from the start, gaining a 2-0 advantage by the end of the first chukker with goals by Michael Bickford. It marked the first of the game before they tallied another off of a penalty from Jeff Hall, yet the team failed to score in the second and third chukkers. Grand Champions took control, on a run led by Nicolás Pieres, and turned the score in their favor thanks to goals in both the second and third chukkers, as the halftime buzzer sounded to break the game at a score of 3-2.

La Indiana woke up in the fourth and gave their best performance yet thanks to Victorino “Torito” Ruiz, who scored four consecutive goals in the fourth and fifth. La Indiana came down hard on their opponent, particularly in the fourth, where they managed to build a 6-3 advantage. They continued to work well together into the latter half of the game, finishing the chukker up to score of 8-4.

Victorino Ruiz goes for the ball during the La Indiana vs. Grand Champions match, where he would go on to receive the game’s MVP award.

“The match was a good one. We started off asleep, the horses were a bit heavy and we were out of rhythm,” said Toro Ruiz, MVP of the match. “But once we got into the groove of it we started playing better, even though we slacked a bit at the end. The field was in great condition, so we are happy overall.”

The last few minutes of the game were the best of the match as Grand Champions fought hard to bring the game back to their advantage. A tremendous shot by Jeff Hall tied the match and pushed the game into an extra chukker. La Indiana remained on top though through the period and went on to claim their second victory of the tournament.

Victorino Ruiz and Best Playing Pony, Don Ercole Mentira in their presentation ceremony.

La Indiana and Grand Champions played a thrilling match, much to the enjoyment of the large crowd who came to enjoy a day of Sunday Polo at IPC’s Engel & Völkers stadium. For more information on IPC, please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.

Results

La Indiana: Michael Bickford (2), Toro Ruiz (5), Facundo Obregón (6) y Jeff Hall (7).
Grand Champions: Grant Ganzi (2), Juan Bollini (4), Nicolás Pieres (8) y Mike Azzaro (6).

MVP: Victorino Ruiz – La Indiana
Best Playing Pony: Don Ercole Mentira

Photo Credit ©AlexPacheco. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

Game report, stats and photographs provided by International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Media Contact:
Caroline Roche
Media Relations
croche@equestriansport.com
774-573-9780

Gates Gridley
Media Relations
jgridley@equestriansport.com
203-232-6935

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