For the second week in a row, Dutta Corp and Newport will meet in a championship final at Grand Champions Polo Club.
For Dutta Corp, it will be a chance to become the first four-time tournament winner during the spring season in club history.
Dutta Corp has won the Santa Rita Abierto, USPA Sun Cup and Polo Gear Challenge Cup.
For Newport, it will be a chance to revenge last Sunday’s 11-7 loss to Dutta Corp.
In Friday’s big-scoring opening round games, both Newport and Dutta Corp dominated their opponents.
In the opener, Newport (Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Pablo Dorignac, Julio Arellano) defeated The Polo School (Rich Desich, Lucas Lalor, Brandon Phillips, Guille Aguero), 13-9.
Newport played team polo to lead from start-to-finish and got balanced scoring from its offensive attack. Both teams were 16-goal rated.
Goldstein led Newport scoring with a team-high four goals. Ganzi, Dorignac and Arellano each added three goals. Lalor led The Polo School with five goals.
In the second game, Dutta Corp showed why it has dominated the spring season and won three tournament titles with an 11-goal rated team.
Dutta Corp (Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Tim Dutta) broke open a close half to defeat Intercontinental (Marc Ganzi, Alejandro Poma, Kris Kampsen, Jason Crowder), making its spring debut, 15-9.
Dutta Corp had a 4-0 advantage on handicap and led 6-4 at halftime. A four-goal fourth chukker was all Dutta Corp needed to build its confidence and 13-6 lead.
Gracida led scoring with a game-high six goals. Timmy Dutta added three goals and Diaz Alberdi added two goals and came up with some clutch goal-saving defensive plays.
Crowder led Intercontinental with four goals. Ganzi and Kampsen each had two goals and Poma, making his spring debut, added one.
On Sunday, the subsidiary between The Polo School and Intercontinental begins at 10 a.m. followed by the final at 11:30 p.m., ending the club’s most successful spring season in its 10-year history.
Admission is free and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served including a special Memorial Day cake.—SHARON ROBB