By Alex Webbe
After two days of battling on the beach, Aspen Valley (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini andAgustin Merlos) captured the Coronado Beach Polo Cup with a resounding 10-6 win over Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Julio Novillo Astrada) in the final of California’s first beach polo event.
Aspen Valley and Flexjet both won their Saturday games with Aspen Valley edging Hoffman International Properties (Riley Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida and Juan Bollini) 6-5 in the opening match of the tournament while Flexjet recorded a 7-4 win over Porsche (Bash Kazi, Tito Gaudenzi and Jason Crowder).
Under a sunny sky and a cool ocean breeze, Porsche and Hoffman International Properties led off the program on Sunday in the consolation round of play with Hoffman International Properties getting the 4-2 win.
The final featured Argentine 9-goaler Tincho Merlos and his young teammates, Grant Ganzi and Juancito Bollini against a veteran lineup that included Melissa Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Julio Novillo Astrada.
Aspen Valley took control of the game early and continued to dominate. Aspen Valley rang up goal after goal, with Flexjet struggling to keep pace. When the final horn sounded Aspen Valley found themselves on the winning end of a 10-6 score
The teams celebrated the completion of the tournament as the grooms loaded up the horses in preparation for a long drive back to their Florida home.