By Alex Webbe
Beluga (Chris Brant, Nick Manifold, Francisco Elizalde and Tommy Biddle) opened Tuesday’s polo action in the Tommy B. Glen Memorial Cup by defeating Postage Stamp Farm (Annabelle Gundlach, Salvador Ulloa, Brandon Phillips and Joao Paulo Ganon) 10-9 after running out to an early 7-2 halftime lead. In the second semifinal game of the day in the subsidiary of the East Coast Open, Faraway (Hutton Goodman, Inaki Laprida, Julian Daniels and Pelon Escapite) had their way with Tupungato (Luis Rinaldini, Santi Torres, Naco Taverna and Gaston Lisioli) in a 9-5 win.
Beluga outscored Postage Stamp Farm 6-0 in the opening two chukkers, starting with two goals by handicap and adding four unanswered goals in the second on a goal from the field from Nick Manifold, two goals from Francisco Elizalde and a penalty goal from Tommy Biddle.
Two third chukker goals from Joao Ganon (one on a 30-yard penalty conversion) were countered by a 60-yard penalty goal from Biddle for a 7-2 Beluga halftime lead.
Beluga responded to two fourth chukker goals from Ganon (one on a 30-yard penalty shot) with a goal from the field from Elizalde and another 60-yard penalty goal from Biddle. Beluga retained the lead, 9-4.
Salvador Ulloa and Elizalde traded goals to open the scoring in the fifth followed by three consecutive goals from Ganon (two on penalty conversions). Postage Stamp Farm was rallying and had cut the lead to a manageable two goals, 10-8.
Beluga tightened up the defense in the final chukker, holding Postage Stamp Farm to a single goal from team captain Annabelle Gundlach in a 10-9 Beluga victory.
Elizalde led the Beluga attack with four goals. Biddle converted three penalty shots and Manifold was credited with a goal. The team also received two goals by handicap for the victory. Ganon’s seven goals were a game high. Ulloa and Gundlach added single goals in the loss.
Faraway Polo 9, Tupungato 5
The second Tommy Glen semifinal of the day took place at the Meadowbrook Polo Club and saw Faraway Polo take the early lead and never trail in a 9-5 win.
Hutton Goodman opened the scoring for Faraway Polo followed by a goal from Tupungato’s Gaston Lisioli, 1-1. A 40-yard penalty goal from Julian Daniels closed out the chukker with Faraway on top, 2-1. Goals were scarce in the second period with both defenses at their best. Pelon Escapite managed the only goal of the chukker for a 3-1 lead.
Goodman added his second goal of the day in the third, but single goals from Lisioli (penalty shot) and Naco Taverna had Tupungato within a goal of the lead, 4-3. Faraway played two chukkers of shutout polo while picking up two more goals from Daniels and another goal from Escapite. With one chukker remaining to be played, Faraway held the lead, 7-3.
Escapite scored the first goal of the sixth followed by a 60-yard penalty goal from Daniels as Faraway Polo stretched their lead to six goals, 9-3. Single goals from Lisioli (penalty goal) and Taverna ended the game with Faraway Polo riding off with the 9-5 victory.
Daniels scored a game-high four goals for Faraway. Escapite added three goals and Goodman scored twice. Lisioli scored all three of his goals from the penalty line. Taverna was credited with the other two goals in the loss.
Beluga and Faraway will battle in the final of the Tommy B. Glen Memorial Cup on Saturday.
Wednesday’s East Coast Open semifinals will begin with Audi (Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Sebastian Merlos and Leo Mandelbaum) facing Goose Creek (Maureen Brennan, Marcos Garcia del Rio, Tomas Garcia del Rio and Mariano Gonzalez) in a noon encounter while White Birch (Santino Magrini, Hilario Ulloa, Mariano Aguerre and Peter Brant) will be facing Airstream (Agustin Bottaro, Guille Aguero, Matias Magrini and Kris Kampsen) in a 4pm contest.
Both games will be Livestreamed on ChukkerTV.