For Immediate Release
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Wellington, FL – March 20, 2018 – The high goal season at the International Polo Club, resumed this past Sunday with matches for the USPA Gold Cup® and the Carlos Gracida Cup. It was a wonderful, sunny day and many polo fans came out to watch superstars Facundo Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso play together once again. Sunday also marked the debut of Flexjet in the 26-goal tournament.
In the battle between Valiente and Flexjet on IPC’s Field 1, Flexjet managed to take control of the game in the opening chukker, clearly showing their intentions of putting up a fight in the tournament. A goal from Gonzalito Pieres and another from Rodrigo Andrade gave Flexjet a 2-1 advantage by the end of the first.
But Valiente gained strength and quickly tied the game thanks to a conversion from Gillian Johnston, who played as a substitute for Bob Jornayvaz. Flexjet battled back and made it to halftime with a 6-4 advantage, to the surprise of many in the stands. Facundo Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso set things straight in the fourth chukker, however, and quickly tied the match at 6-all. The fifth chukker was the best of the game, with good runs and goals from both teams.
Valiente went into the sixth and final chukker winning by one, and they made the most of their chances, as Gillian Johnston and Facundo Pieres each scored a goal to seal the deal. The game ended with a final score of eleven to eight in favor of Valiente.
The youngest player on Valiente, Tommy Beresford commented, “I started off a bit slow, but a couple of words from Adolfo helped me get into the groove of the game. Luckily I was able to perform better as the game went on, and help my teammates win the game.”
Flexjet’s Nico Pieres was named MVP during the awards ceremony on Sunday. “It was a tough match against a team which should be considered as one of the best of all time,” said Pieres after the game.
“We were lucky to have the advantage for a few chukkers, but in part of the fifth and then the sixth, they managed to control the ball and started playing well, that’s why they won. We need to focus on being in good form for the next few games, shortening our lists and concentrating on playing well each chukker.” Pieres also mentioned that this was Flexjet’s first match of the season and had just practiced for the first time together two days before.
Valiente: Gillian Johnston* 2 (3 goals), Tommy Beresford 4 (2), Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (2), Facundo Pieres 10 (4). Total: 26. *Gillian Johnston played for Bob Jornayvaz.
Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi A (1 goal), Gonzalo Pieres 9 (3), Rodrigo Andrade 9 (1), Nico Pieres 8 (3). Total: 26.
Score Valiente: 1-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-6, 9-8, 11-8.
MVP: Nico Pieres.
BPP: “Dalma”, played by Facundo Pieres.
Earlier on Sunday the next Carlos Gracida Cup match was played with La Indiana facing Prestige Worldwide. The final score was also 11-8 at the end of the sixth chukker.
La Indiana: Michael Bickford 2, Toro Ruiz 5 (5 goals), Facundo Obregon 6 (1), Jeff Hall 7 (5). Total: 20.
Prestige Worldwide: Will Johnston 2, Felipe Viana 5 (1 goal), Miguel Novillo Astrada 9 (5), Stevie Orthwein 4 (1). Total: 20.
Score La Indiana: 0-1, 4-2, 7-2, 8-4, 9-7, 11-8.
About the International Polo Club Palm Beach
The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, FL each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport at the most prominent polo facility in the country. The 2018 Palm Beach Polo Season opens Sunday, December 31, and concludes 17 weeks later with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship® Final on Sunday, April 22. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. See more at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
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