CONTINENTAL CUP | U.S. POLO ASSN.

February 26 - March 19, 2023

CONTINENTAL CUP

CONTINENTAL CUP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Continental Cup, formerly known as the Fourteen Goal, is a national USPA tournament. Reintroduced in 2022 at the 16-goal level, the Continental Cup hosted by Sarasota Polo Club (Sarasota, Florida) served as one of three tournaments in the inaugural Wellington Polo Tour (WPT) (State of Florida Cup, Outback Invitational).

Continuing the USPA's initiative to bring competitive polo at the 16-goal level to clubs across South Florida, the Continental Cup will join the ranks in the brand new Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series. The Continental Cup will serve as the final qualifying leg of four prestigious national tournaments (Joe Barry Memorial, Ylvisaker Cup, Iglehart Cup), with each winning team moving on to the final event.

Should a team win more than one qualifier, that team will automatically advance to the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship Final. Claiming both the Joe Barry Memorial and Ylvisaker Cup, Iconica, has become the first team to secure a spot in the Championship on April 9, 2023 at the National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC).

An innovative effort spearheaded by Tournament Committee Chairman, Stevie Orthwein, to draw more teams into medium-goal competition than in previous years, the Super-Series will be played at participating clubs Port Mayaca Polo Club (Okeechobee, Florida) and Sarasota Polo Club, as well as the Wellington Polo Tour (WPT) led by Patagones Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) and a series of private fields falling under the WPT umbrella. Read more about the Super-Series here.

To reinforce the idea that all participation is encouraged, players may compete in as many events as they would like on either the same team or on different teams. Yet, if a player triumphs in more than one event but on different teams, that player must choose which team he or she would like to compete with in the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship and the other team may use a substitute. Qualifying teams must maintain at least two of their original members in order to play in the Championship.

In 2022, Tonkawa (Kylie Sheehan, Matt Coppola, Ezequiel 'Gallego' Martinez Ferrario, Ignacio 'Nacho' Badiola) met Patagones (Benjamin Avendaño, Joaquin Avendaño, Jesse Bray, Santiago Wulff) in the anticipated Continental Cup finale. Leading Patagones with five goals on the day, Wulff stepped up once more in overtime to tap in a Penalty 2 and seal the nail-biting 9-8 win. Read article here.

Returning to Sarasota Polo Club for a second consecutive year, this year's edition will feature a field of four teams, including newcomers Hillcroft and Barefield joining current 16-Goal Super-Series competitors G-Squared and La Fe, with each team competing for the opportunity to advance to the Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship. Representing Team USPA is alumnus Mason Wroe (Hillcroft).

Sarasota Polo Club will be taking advantage of the USPA's Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) for the Continental Cup, which provides eligible USPA Member Clubs three USPA Professional Umpires (two mounted officials and one third man) at 50% of the regular cost to the club.

The Bridge to High Goal Initiative (B2HG) has been created to support outdoor mixed polo between 12 and 16 goals, an under-supported level of polo in the United States. The goal of the program is to build a bridge from low-goal polo to high-goal polo that provides a safe environment for competition, which will allow for the cultivation of sponsors and the advancement of aspiring professionals.

Photo: 2022 Continental Cup Champions: Patagones - Benjamin Avendaño, Joaquin Avendaño, Santiago Wulff, Jesse Bray. Pictured with team owner Gonzalo Avendaño. ©Global Polo Entertainment/Agustina Fonda

CONTINENTAL CUP

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Each team will play each other, with the top two teams advancing to the final of the Continental Cup. Following bracket play, if three or more teams have the same win/loss record and who beat who cannot break the tie, then a shootout will determine the finalists.

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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La Fe (4-0)

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Rufino Merlos
Outdoor: 1
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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Substitute
Outdoor: 5
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Agustin 'Baldo' Palomeque
Substitute
Outdoor: 4
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Juanse Olivera
Substitute
Outdoor: 3
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Substitute
Outdoor: 6

G-Squared (2-2)

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Larry Aschebrook
Outdoor: 0
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Matias Obregon
Outdoor: 4
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Juan Martin Obregon
Outdoor: 6
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Todd Thurston
Substitute
Outdoor: 0
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Tomas Obregon
Substitute
Outdoor: 4

Barefield (1-2)

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Mark Mulligan
Outdoor: 0
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Roman 'Vasco' Iriarte Sr.
Outdoor: 4
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6
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Facundo Obregon
Outdoor: 6

Hillcroft (0-3)

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Herndon Radcliff
Outdoor: 3
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James Miller
Outdoor: 2
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Mason Wroe
Outdoor: 4
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Felipe 'Pipe' Vercellino
Outdoor: 7

CONTINENTAL CUP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Sunday, Feb 26, 2023

February 26

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (0-3)

10

Barefield logo

Barefield (1-2)

11

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023

February 28

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

La Fe logo

La Fe (4-0)

11

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-2)

10

Sunday, Mar 5, 2023

March 04

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (0-3)

10

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-2)

12

Sunday, Mar 5, 2023

March 05

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

Barefield logo

Barefield (1-2)

10

La Fe logo

La Fe (4-0)

11

Sunday, Mar 12, 2023

March 12

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

Hillcroft logo

Hillcroft (0-3)

7

La Fe logo

La Fe (4-0)

8

March 12

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

Barefield logo

Barefield (1-2)

8

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-2)

11

Monday, Mar 20, 2023

March 19

Final

Continental Cup

Sarasota Polo Club

La Fe logo

La Fe (4-0)

14

G-Squared logo

G-Squared (2-2)

10

CONTINENTAL CUP

THE VENUE

The Sarasota Polo Club is one of the largest, most dedicated and enthusiastic polo communities in the world! Sunday Polo matches are open to the public every Sunday at 1pm, January 1 through April 30, 2023.

Thousands of fans join Sarasota Polo Club each week for thrilling polo action, an opening parade, live national anthem, theme weeks, half-time entertainment, food, drinks and divot-stomping.

In 2023, Sarasota Polo Club will serve as host to various prestigious national USPA tournaments including the National Outdoor Commander-In-Chief Cup, National Inter-Circuit Championship, as well a the fourth and final qualifier of the inaugural Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship (Continental Cup).


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