Jun 16, 2021 8:09 PM
The 2021 Pacific Coast Circuit Intra-Circuit Cup produced another riveting week of polo with tensions and aspirations running high to secure a place in the semifinals. Three games took place on Sunday, June 13, each one-upping their intensity of play.
Farmers & Merchants Bank kicked off the day against Klentner Ranch with Tony Uretz substituting for team owner Justin Klentner on Klentner Ranch. The match featured contributions from all players on the field with everyone scoring at least two goals. Klentner Ranch was victorious in the high-scoring game, defeating Farmers & Merchants Bank 15-10.
The second match-up between FMB Too!/Folded Hills and Antelope remained close at 6-5 after three chukkers of play in favor of Antelope. Both teams had strong, tactical team strategies and played a remarkable game of defense with classic polo theory. The result was only two combined goals scored throughout the entire second half, but treated spectators to a thrilling game to watch, nonetheless. However, Antelope came out on top with the 7-6 victory after Grant Palmer passed the ball to Jim Wright* to score the winning goal at the tail end of the sixth chukker.
The featured match on the U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium between Dundas II and BenSoleimani.com began with Dundas II starting off strong with back-to-back goals to secure the lead and finish the half ahead 7-4. BenSoleimani.com turned it around in the last three chukkers by playing strategically and with patience to climb back from the deficit and into the lead. At the end of the game, BenSoleimani.com was victorious 11-9.
Two semifinals will take place on Friday, June 18 to determine who advances to the final. These anticipated match-ups will begin with Dundas facing Klentner Ranch, followed by BenSoleimani.com against Antelope. The Pacific Coast Circuit Intra-Circuit Cup Final is set for Sunday, June 20 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT.
All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.
*Jimmy Wright is a Team USPA Alumnus. Jesse Bray and Geronimo Obregon are Graduating Team USPA Members. Bayne Bossom is an Active Team USPA Member. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
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