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EAST COAST OPEN BRACKET PLAY: BELUGA VERSUS FARAWAY POLO GAME RECAP

Sep 02, 2016 1:00 AM

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Francisco Elizalde of Beluga sends the ball down the field with Faraway Polo's Pelon Escapite in pursuit.
Francisco Elizalde of Beluga sends the ball down the field with Faraway Polo's Pelon Escapite in pursuit.

Wet weather conditions at Greenwich Polo Club continued today and the East Coast Open bracket play between Beluga and Faraway Polo was moved to Meadowbrook Polo Club in Medford, New York. 17-goal Beluga received three goals on handicap at the onset of the game as a result of Faraway Polo’s 20-goal handicap. In the first chukker, Faraway Polo scored three goals—two from Iñaki Laprida and one by Julian Daniels—to make up for the three goals awarded to Beluga in handicap. Tommy Biddle converted a penalty 3, straight through the uprights, and Beluga maintained the lead 4-3 going into the second chukker. The two teams traded goals throughout the second and third chukkers to end the half tied 6-all. The second half of the game was dominated by Faraway scoring a total of eight goals. Beluga scored only three goals in the remaining chukkers, one of which included an excellent neckshot goal from Chris Brant. After a disappointing loss to White Birch in their first game, Faraway Polo captured their first win of the tournament with a commanding 14-9 victory over Beluga.

Beluga's Tommy Biddle makes a nearside shot as Pelon Escapite of Faraway Polo goes in for the back shot.
Beluga's Tommy Biddle makes a nearside shot as Pelon Escapite of Faraway Polo goes in for the back shot.

Bracket I
A: Postage Stamp Farm (1-1)
B: Airstream (1-1)
C: Audi (2-0)
D: Tupungato (0-2)

Bracket II
E: Goose Creek (1-1)
F: Faraway Polo (1-1)
G: Beluga (0-2)
H: White Birch (2-0)

All East Coast Open games will be livestreamed on ChukkerTV. The East Coast Open Final is on September 11 at 3:00pm ET. NBC Sports Network will rebroadcast the East Coast Open Finals on September 17 at 3:00pm ET.

Complete game schedule and team rosters here

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