Valiente (Poroto Cambiaso, Mia Cambiaso, Lucas Criado, Jr., and Pablo Spinacci) captured the Grand Champions Polo Club’s 2016 Madelon Bourdieu Memorial Cup Monday afternoon in an 8-7 win over The Polo School (Santos Merlos, Kristos Magrini, Segundo Pieres and Frankie Bilbao) on the grounds of the Valiente Polo Club.
Segundo Merlos scored the first goal of the game but an aggressive response from Valiente saw Lucas Criado, Jr. score consecutive 40-yard penalty goals to put Valiente in the lead, 2-1. Mia Cambiaso made it 3-1 with her first goal of the game. Frankie Bilbao scored the final goal of the chukker for The Polo School who trailed, 3-2.
An injury to Pablo Spinacci (broken finger) sidelined him for the balance of the four chukker game and had Roberto Zedda take the field in his stead. Criado’s third goal of the day came from the field and extended the Valiente lead to two goals, 4-2. The Polo School battled back picking up goals from Segundo Merlos and Bilbao and tying the game at 4-4 to end the first half.
A pair of third chukker goals from Valiente’s Poroto Cambiaso that would have made any father proud and a goal from Zedda had Valiente taking a 7-5 lead. Segundo Merlos scored the only goal of the chukker for The Polo School who trailed 7-5, with one chukker remaining in regulation play.
Mia Cambiaso opened the scoring in the fourth period with her second goal of the game as the pace quickened. Santos Merlos scored a goal from the field and Bilbao added a penalty goal but the game belonged to Valiente, 8-7.
Criado led the Valiente team with three goals. Poroto Cambiaso and Mia Cambiaso scored two goals apiece and Zedda scored once for the win. Bilbao and Segundo Merlos each scored three times. Santos Merlos added a goal in the loss.
Mia Cambiaso won double honors Monday afternoon, being named MVP and earning Best Playing Pony honors for the Valiente Bay mare, Dorita.