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LA INDIANA DEFEATS GRAND CHAMPIONS 9-8 IN THE JOE BARRY MEMORIAL CUP

Jan 18, 2018 1:26 PM

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Story courtesy of International Polo Club Palm Beach.

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.

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

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.

Image of MVP Victorino Ruiz. ©AlexPacheco
MVP Victorino Ruiz. ©AlexPacheco

“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.

Image of Victorino Ruiz and Best Playing Pony, Don Ercole Mentira in their presentation ceremony.
Victorino Ruiz and Best Playing Pony, Don Ercole Mentira in their presentation ceremony. ©AlexPacheco

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

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