Watching a polo match at the Greenwich Polo Club is always a highlight
of the summer season, and the season was off to a great start with their opening match under a
gorgeous blue-sky Sunday. Located in stunning backcountry Greenwich, Connecticut, the Greenwich
Polo Club presents the East Coast High Goal Series, the only
high goal tournaments on the East Coast of the United
States in the summer season. Teams Le Fe
and Level Select CBD vied neck-and-neck for the first match to
bring home the trophy for the East Coast Bronze Cup on June 5, 2022.
Let the match begin!
We attended the opening match on June 5, 2022, which marked the 42nd
year of continuous polo at the Greenwich Polo Club. From start to finish, the
match provided heart-racing, fast-paced excitement as the teams Le Fe and Level
Select CBD made valiant attempts to advance and win the East Coast Bronze Cup.
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Greenwich Polo Club - East Coast Bronze Cup
Welcome to Greenwich Polo Club
Team La Fe (grey shirts and white pants) 16-goal
Position 1: Augustin Palomeque (ranked as a 4-goal player)
Position 2: Robbi Bilbao (ranked as a 5-goal player)
Position 3: Lucas Diaz Alberdi (ranked as a 6-goal player)
Position 4: Louis Devaleix (Amateur status)
Team Level Select CBD (pink shirts and white pants) 15-goals
Position 1: Andrew Gundlach (Amateur status)
Position 2: Joaquin Panelo (ranked as a 6-goal player)
Position 3: Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario (ranked as a 6-goal player)
Position 4: Enrique Zavaleta (ranked as a 3-goal player)
The East Coast Bronze Cup is a 16-goal match meaning that the total
handicap of the 4 members on a team equals 16-goals or in the case of Level
Select CBD, 15-goals. Handicaps cannot exceed 16.
Polo is always an exciting and thrilling sport to watch, as each team
has 4 players traveling down a field the equivalent of 10 football fields in
length riding on horseback with the "ponies" reaching speeds of 35 mph as they
gallop down the field with the players trying to hit a ball with a mallet
towards the goal. The game is like "hockey on horseback" where the speed of the
ball can reach 100 mph. It is a sport where the player and his pony must be in
perfect sync and become one as they work their way down the field negotiating
Play is divided into 6 chukkers consisting of 7:30 action-packed minutes
each. There is a break between the third and fourth chukker to give the players
and the ponies a rest, and for the traditional "divot stomp" where the fans
take to the field to replace the grass from the ponies' hooves.
The East Coast Bronze Cup Match on Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Game Highlights
Chukker 1: Team Le Fe won the final match of the 2021 season and came out on
the field ready for action. Action on the field was fast and furious with
Enrique Zavaleta scoring a goal for Level Select CBD. Robbi Bilbao with an
assist from Louis Devaleix scored for Team Le Fe with 4:33 minutes remaining
with a score of Team La Fe 1, Team Level Select CBD 2. A lot of back-and-forth
action with penalties by both teams, with 1:55 minutes remaining in Chukker 1,
when Joaquin Panelo took a penalty shot for an undefended goal from 30 yards
and scored closing out Chukker 1 in favor of Level Select CBD 3, Le Fe 1.
Chukker 2: Less than 1 minute into the second chukker Lucas Diaz Alberdi scored
for Team Le Fe, followed by Panelo's second goal of the match for Team Level
Select CBD. Panelo scored again with a pass from Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario,
closing out Chukker 2 with a score of 2 - 5 in favor of Level Select CBD.
Chukker 3: Alberdi took a shot, had an assist from Robbi Bilbao and scored to narrow
the gap to 3-5. Ferrario took a free hit from 40 yards for a 1-hit to an
undefended goal and scored for Level Select CBD, changing the score to 3-6.
Another penalty had Bilbao taking a shot from 40 yards and scores for Team Le
Fe. Panelo shot from 96 yards out and scored, closing out Chukker 3 with a
score of 4-7 in favor of Team Level Select CBD.
At the close of Chukker 3, the fans and their dogs took to the field
for the traditional divot stomp to replace the grass made by the players
mallets and the ponies' hooves as they galloped down the field.
Chukker 4: Louis Devaleix scored for Team Le Fe changing the score to 5-7.
Bilbao took a ball drop penalty shot from 30 yards for an undefended goal and
scores for Team Le Fe, bringing the score neck and neck at 6-7 with 2:05
minutes remaining. Zavaleta scores for Team Level Select CBD to close out
Chukker 4 with a score of 6-8 in favor of Team Level Select CBD.
Chukker 5: Panelo made a quick score for Team Level Select CBD giving his team
a 3-goal lead, 6-9. Lucas Diaz Alberdi took a penalty shot from 60 yards and
scored for Team Le Fe, 7-9. Ferrario scored for Team Level Select CBD, closing
out Chukker 5 with a score of 7-10 in favor of Team Level Select CBD.
Chukker 6: Alberdi scored with 5 minutes remaining changing the score 8-10.
This was Alberdi's third goal for the match. Despite a lot of action on the
field, there were no other goals scored, giving the win to Team Level Select
What a Match!!
Award presentations followed by traditional Argentine asado after the
match ended the day on a celebratory note.
Level Select CBD - The Winners
Background Information on Polo
Polo is played on a field measuring 300 yards by 160 yards, the
equivalent of 10 football fields. After each goal, the direction of the game
changes to ensure neither team has an advantage of sun vs shade.
A Polo match is 6 periods, called chukkers, consisting of 7:30 minutes
each. If the 6th chukker ends in a tie, then the play goes into
sudden death, with the first team to score winning the match.
There are 4 players on a team. One of the players on each team will
hold amateur status (non-ranked), with the remaining 3 carrying the balance of
the ranking for a total of 16. The higher the rank, the better and more
experienced the player. Interesting to note is that "players are ranked yearly
by their peers and the USPA on a scale of 2 to 10 goals. Team play is
handicapped based on ability."
The Best Pony
While referred to as "polo ponies," they are full-grown horses, and can
travel up to a speed of 35-mph. Each player usually brings a minimum of 6
ponies and changes them after each chukker or more frequently as needed to rest
Players must hold the mallet in the right hand only, and players will
swap out their ponies throughout chukkers to keep their ponies fresh and
achieve optimal play, as the pony can account for up to 75% of a player's
Position 1 is the attacking position, and Position 2 is the offensive
position. These 2 positions are the "forwards."
Position 3 is the tactical leader (and usually the best player on the
team), and Position 4 plays defense.
Polo is a sport that once experienced, it is easy become obsessed with
the game. It is the perfect summer pastime for all ages, so gather your family
or friends and head to Greenwich, Connecticut for a perfect Sunday afternoon of
Until our next adventure...
Greenwich Polo Club Sunday Matches 2022 Season - Gates open at 1 pm, Matches
begin at 3 pm
June 5, 2022
East Coast Bronze Cup
June 12, 2022
East Coast Bronze Cup
June 19, 2022
East Coast Bronze Cup Final
June 26, 2022
East Coast Silver Cup
July 10, 2022
East Coast Gold Cup
July 17, 2022
East Coast Gold Cup
July 24, 2022
East Coast Gold Cup Final
August 28, 2022
East Coast Open
September 4, 2022
East Coast Open
September 11, 2022
East Coast Open Final
October TBA *2:00 pm
Packages: East Lawn - $50 per car pass. Open
lawn seating on the EAST side of the field behind the front row of reserved
umbrellas. A picnic blanket or low chair is recommended. No shade provided.
Reserved -$125 per car pass. Reserved lawn
seating with a 7' umbrella on the EAST side of the field. Each circle fits 4 or
5 people comfortably. 9' reserved circle in the grass with an umbrella. A
picnic blanket or low chairs are recommended.
Grandstand Bleachers - $75 per car pass. Grandstand Bleacher reserved
seating (6' section of space). This is a great place to enjoy the match. It's
close to the bar, food trucks, and shops. Featuring an elevated view for
optimal match viewing, this is where many club players choose to sit and watch
weekday games. Some shade, depending upon the time of year, the higher up the
better for that. 2022 tickets will be a reserved 6' space, enough to
accommodate 4 people. Only small bags/coolers allowed.
Club (in front of Grandstand)- $425 per car
pass. Garden bistro table on the lawn in front of our grandstand with four
seats and an umbrella. Includes a 7' umbrella, with a bistro table and 4 chairs.
Grandstand Skybox, $350 per box. Private reserved box for four guests with two car
passes. Catering Options and bar service is available.
Lawn (in front of North Tent/North Goal)- $250 per
car pass. Garden bistro table on the lawn at the north goal end of the field
with four seats and an umbrella. Includes a 7' umbrella, with a bistro table
and 4 chairs.
Lounge Tent - Car Pass Prices (1 car pass, guests
arrive in same car): $175 (2 guests), $250 (3 guests), $325 (4 guests), $400 (5
guests). Includes lawn seating furnishings, shade, a comfortable place to hang
out at the match and a good vibe. Meet & greet with polo players in a fun
atmosphere, with exclusive lounge seating by Fermob. Enjoy live music and a
premium exclusive cash bar by The Cup Bearer. Children under 12 may accompany
adults without a ticket.
LOUNGE SUITE - $1,000. Includes
seating for 10 Guests. A reserved suite for 10 guests on the front lawn of the Players'
Lounge. Includes full access to the Players' Lounge tent, but with an amazing
reserved place for your guests to enjoy the match. One of the very best views
of the game. No food or drinks included, you may purchase bottle service and
polo picnic boxes to compliment the occasion. Includes 5 car passes.
See you at the next Greenwich Polo Club event
NORTH/SOUTH - $900 per cabana on the west (grandstand)
side of the field in front of the trees with 6 car passes included (approx. $45
per person). An elevated experience with additional furnishings and car passes
included this season! Field-side 10'x10′ cabana tent and private 25'x10' lawn
in front up to the polo pitch. Includes 4-piece garden lounge set, a 7'
umbrella, 8 chairs, and a cocktail table. Space can accommodate up to 20 or 25
guests comfortably. Located close to the food trucks, Pony Bar, and trailer
CABANA - $500 per cabana with 4 car passes
included (approx. $25 per person). Four east lawn cabana car passes included
(four cars of guests). Fieldside 10'x10′ cabana tent and private 20'x10' lawn
in front, includes 8 chairs and a cocktail table. The space can accommodate up
to 20 guests. We encourage you to bring additional picnic blankets and low
chairs if desired. If additional car passes are needed, you may purchase east
lawn general admission.
Hosting and Hospitality - Please inquire
about hospitality pricing. Full experience for corporate hosting anywhere from
4 to 500 guests. Includes reserved hosting space and lawn in front, ability to
add furnishing, food & beverage.
information on the Greenwich Polo Club and attending an upcoming match, please
visit their website: www.GreenwichPoloClub.com or call them at 203-561-1639.
Greenwich Polo Club
Address (location of public matches)
Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich CT 06831
Address (office, not the Polo Field)
Point Rd #3,
United States Polo Association®
Telephone: +1- 800-232-USPA
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