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Greenwich Polo Club – East Coast Silver Cup - 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Greenwich Polo Club - East Coast Silver Cup 1st Round - photo by Luxury Experience
We attended the East Coast Silver Cup match on June 26, 2022, at the Greenwich Polo Club located in beautiful backcountry Greenwich, Connecticut, pairing Teams White Birch Farm (Antonio Aguerre, Pablo Llorente, Mariano Aguerre, Segundos Merlos) and Level Select CBD (Max Gundlach, Joaquin Panelo, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario, Enrique Zavaleta). The fast-paced action kept the fans' attention glued to the playing field as the two teams battled it out for the East Coast Silver Cup. The next public Greenwich Polo Club match is on July 10, 2022. 

 

Debra C. Argen - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Welcome to Greenwich Polo Club
East Coast Silver Cup

Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Greenwich Polo Club - East Coast Silver Cup Teams 

Team White Birch Farm 16-goal 

Position 1: Antonio Aguerre (Amateur status)
Position 2: Pablo Llorente (ranked as a 6-goal player)
Position 3: Mariano Aguerre (ranked as a 7-goal player)
Position 4: Segundos Merlos (ranked as a 3-goal player)  

Team Level Select CBD (pink shirts and white pants) 15-goals 

Position 1: Max 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 Silver 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. As Team White Birch Farm is a 16-goal team vs. Level Select CBD, a 15-goal team, they started the match with 1 goal by handicap to level the playing field. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Let The Match Begin

The East Coast Silver Cup Match on Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Game Highlights 

Interesting to note is that Antonio Aguerre, playing for White Birch Farm, is only 14 years old, and he is the son of Mariano Aguerre. In addition to playing for White Birch Farm in the afternoon, he had also played, and won an earlier match in the morning at another club. Max Gundlach, playing for Level Select CBD, is only 18 years old, and he the son of polo player Andrew Gundlach. 

Antonia Aquerre, Mariano Aguerre - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Antonio & Mariano Aquerre

Chukker 1: Joaquin Panelo was the first to reach the ball for Team Level Select CBD and Enrique "Henry" Zavaleta was able to make a quick goal 33 seconds in the first chukker. Panelo followed that up with another goal, bringing the score 3 - 0. Pablo Llorente made a goal for White Birch Farm bringing the score to 1-3. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience

Both teams changed horses at the 3:20 minutes remaining mark for "new legs" and "fresh lungs." Interesting to note is that each player will bring 8-12 horses with them to the match and will change out the horses throughout the match whenever needed to keep the horses fresh and not overexert them. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
SCORE!

With new horses under them, White Birch Farm took a penalty hit from 30 yards to an undefended goal, with Pablo Llorente scoring another goal, narrowing the gap, and closing out the fast-paced first chukker, 2-3, in favor of Level Select CBD. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience

Chukker 2: The chukker started off with a penalty shot in favor of White Birch Farm from the center of the field. Once again Joaquin Panelo took the shot and scored a goal, evening the score 3-3 just 27 seconds into the first chukker. Another penalty occurred, again in favor White Birch Farm, with Panelo taking the hit from the 40-yard mark to an undefended goal and scored taking White Birch Farm into the lead with 4-3. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience

There was another courtesy horse change with 3:49 minutes remaining in the second chukker. New horses, new strength, Ferrario made a quick goal 40 seconds later once play began and tied the score 4-4, followed by a goal by Llorente, closing out the second chukker 5-4 in favor of White Birch Farm. 

Antonio Aguerre - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Antonio Aguerre

Chukker 3: Segundos Merlos scored for White Birch Farm followed by another goal by Mariano Aguerre taking the score to 7-4. Ferrario scored for team Level Select CBD narrowing the gap 7-5. All players opted to change horses with 3:24 minutes remaining. A penalty in favor of White Birch Farm had Llorente taking a hit from the 40-yard line to an undefended goal bringing the score to 8-5 at the close of Chukker 3 in favor of White Birch Farm. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Where is it?

Chukker 4: After the traditional divot stomp, the players returned to the field for Chukker 4 with Ferrario taking a penalty shot and scoring 30 seconds into the chukker. Another penalty in favor of Level Select CBD had Panelo taking a shot that drove the ball 135-140 yards, however it was intercepted by Mariano Aguerre who passed it to his son, 14-year-old Antonio Aguerre, who made his first goal of the match bringing the score to 9-6. Another penalty had Level Select CBD scoring and narrowing the margin to 9-7. After another horse change with 2:30 minutes remaining, the players returned to the field with Panelo and Ferrario working together to bring another goal through the post, followed by another goal by Panelo to tie the score 9-9. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience

Chukker 5: Mariano Aguerre scored a goal for White Birch Farm bringing the score to 10-9. The lead did not last for long as Panelo took two penalty shots, one shot missed but the other scored and brought the score to 10-11 in favor of Level Select CBD to close out Chukker 5. 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience

Chukker 6: There were lots of penalties throughout the day, with Panelo scoring again on a penalty shot, bringing the score to 10-12. Ferrario took a penalty shot from 30 yards and scored with 1:23 minutes remaining for a new score of 13-10. With 59 seconds remaining in the match, Llorente scored for White Birch Farm, however team Level Select CBD could not be caught and came out as the victors with a score of 13-11 in their favor. 

Final Score - East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Final Score

In the Winners Circle 

East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
The Players

Team Level Select CBD was pronounced the winner of the East Coast Silver Cup match with a score of 13-11. Joaquin Panelo was awarded Most Valuable Player, and Los-Machitos Amy, owned by Mariano Aguerre was awarded Best Pony. 

Level Select CBD - East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
The Winners
Team Level Select CBD

Traditional Argentine Asado followed the awards presentation along with live music and flowing cocktails from the Pony Bar. It was another fabulous day of high-goal polo in Greenwich, Connecticut! Polo is a sport that once experienced, it is easy to become obsessed with the game as it is the perfect summer pastime for all ages, so gather your family or friends and spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in backcountry Greenwich. 

best Pony - East Coast Silver Cut - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
Best Pony

Until our next adventure... 

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." 

Edward F. Nesta - Greenwich Polo Club 2022 - photo by Luxury Experience
See You at the Greenwich Polo Club

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 the ponies. 

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 handicap. 

Player Positions 

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. 

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
CSI Greenwich

Pricing Information

Seating 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.

East Lawn 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.

West Lawn 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.

West End 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.

Players' 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.

PLAYERS' 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.

CABANA 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 bathrooms.

EAST LAWN 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.

Executive 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.

For 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, Greenwich, CT 

Greenwich Polo Club

Field Address (location of public matches)
1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich CT 06831
United States 

Mailing Address (office, not the Polo Field)
80 Field Point Rd #3,
Greenwich, CT 06830
United States 

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United States Polo Association®
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