It was another perfect blue sky
Sunday polo match at the Greenwich Polo Club located in breathtaking backcountry
Greenwich, Connecticut. The East Coast Open Final 2021
was a high-goal (20) match with Team Audi (Peter Brant, Joaquin Panelo,
Mariano Aguerre, Peke Gonzalez) playing against Team Ellipse
(Robi Bilbao, Matt Coppola, Hilario Ulloa, Louis Devaleix). There was
heavy action on the field all day with the bonus of a "sudden death" chukker
added to the delight of the fans. There are two additional Sunday public
matches on September 19 and September 26, 2021, to round out the 2021 season,
so be sure to check it out.
The Teams - Audi vs Ellipse
Peter Brant -
position 1, rank: 0-goal
Joaquin Panelo -
position 2, rank: 6-goal
Mariano Aguerre -
position 3, rank: 8-goal
Peke Gonzalez -
position 4, rank: 6-goal
Robert "Robi" Bilbao - position 1, rank: 5-goal
Matt Coppola -
position 2, rank: 5-goal
Hilario Ulloa -
position 3, rank: 10-goal
Louis Devaleix -
position 4, rank: 0-goal
The Polo Action
on Sunday, September 12, 2021
Polo, always a
thrilling sport to watch, was especially exhilarating on Sunday, September 12,
2021, for the high-goal East Coast Open Final. A 20-goal match meaning that the
total goals of each of the four players on a team equals 20 had exceptional
action on the field. Fans had the opportunity to watch Hilario Ulloa, (Team
Ellipse) ranked a 10, (the highest level a player can reach), whom is among a
mere handful of players in the world ranked a 10.
Chukker one was
off to an exciting start with Hilario Ulloa scoring two quick goals for
Ellipse, followed by Peke Gonzalez scoring for Team Audi, closing out the first
chukker Ellipse 2 - Audi 1. Chukker two had
more action with Peke behind the back line, Joaquin Panelo sending the ball
down the field, and Ulloa had a shot on goal in favor of Ellipse bringing the
score to 3-1. There was a knock in by Team Audi followed by an Ellipse foul resulting
in Peke missing an undefended goal shot from 30-yards. As the action progressed,
Mariano Aguerre hit and scored, making the score 3-2. A penalty in favor of
Team Audi, Peke took a shot from 60-yards and put it through the goal post
tying the score 3-3. With 2:08 remaining, Ulloa scores again (4-3 Ellipse), followed
by Peke Gonzalez taking a free hit from the 60-yard line and scoring, closing
out chukker two evenly with 4-4.
Chukker three had
more free-hit action with Ulloa taking the free hit and scoring from Ellipse
5-4. Team Audi was on the attack with a penalty in favor of Audi at the 40-yard
line. Peke scores evening the score to 5-5. Matt Coppola took a hit and scored
bringing the Team Ellipse score to 6. Robert "Robi" Bilbao had a nice, lofted
shot, which Ulloa ran with and scored another goal. Bilbao was on the move with
a backhander by Ulloa to Bilbao which scored his first goal of the day,
bringing the half-time score 8-5 in favor of Team Ellipse.
Stomping the Divots
Half-time had the
fans out on the field for the time-honored tradition of "stomping the divots"
as well as providing them with the opportunity to mix and mingle, stretch their
legs, and enjoy a fabulous blue-sky day in Greenwich.
began with a penalty shot at the 40-yard line for Team Audi. Peke made the goal
bringing the score to 8-6. Audi had another penalty shot from the 60-yard line,
with Peke scoring again narrowing the gap to 8-7. Peke scores again, tying the
score 8-8, and 3 goals for Team Audi in 3 minutes. Audi scores again, followed
by another free shot by Peke closing out Chukker four with a score of 10-8 in
favor of Team Audi.
Chukker five had
Ulloa scoring closing the gap to 10-9, followed by a penalty against team Audi.
Ulloa took a shot from the 30-yard line, which was good, evening the score
10-10. Panelo scored for Team Audi on a throw in making the new score 11-10.
Peke scored again closing out the chukker 12-10 in favor of Audi.
Chukker six had
Matt Coppola scoring two quick goals bringing the score to 12-12. With 3:31
remaining, 7 of the 8 players changed horses before continuing the chukker.
Peke scores with 1:10 remaining with Team Audi leading 13-12. Coppola scores
with 9 seconds remaining tying the score 13-13 which added a sudden death
overtime. Coppola scores with 7 seconds into overtime winning the match 14-13
for Team Ellipse.
As always, it was
another action-packed day of high-goal polo at the gorgeous Greenwich Polo
MVP Player - Hilario Ulloa
Ellipse player Hilario
Ulloa (position 3) walked away with two awards, MVP Player, and his
horse Lavinia Castanha was awarded Best Pony and received a basket of
Winners - Ellipse
The Real McCoy Rum was
flowing all afternoon with three different tastings. After the awards ceremony
there was music, Argentine Asado (barbecue), and drinks at The Pony Bar.
Best Pony - Lavina Castanha
Until next time, keep enjoying
adventures with Luxury Experience!
on the Sport of Polo
Greenwich Polo Club matches are
high-goal matches (16 or 20-handicap ranking). Each match consists of two teams with
4 players each, 1 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 or 20. 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 on the basis of
Play is conducted on a field
measuring 300 yards x 160 yards, with horses racing on the field towards the
goal at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, making the action fast and enthralling.
There are 6 chukkers (periods), played for 7.5 minutes each with an
intermission halfway through for the traditional stomping of the divots" to
repair the playing field marked from the horses' hooves on the field. If there
is a tie at the end of the 6th chukker, play will continue for an
additional chukker with the first team to score determining the winner.
Interesting to note is that players must hold the mallet in the right hand
only, and players will swap out their horses throughout chukkers to keep their
horses fresh and achieve optimal play, as the horse can account for up to 75%
of a player's handicap.
Remaining Greenwich Polo Club
2021 Sunday Matches - Gates open at 1pm, matches begin at 3 pm
Seating Packages: East
Lawn - picnic seating, $40 per car, general admission, East Lawn
Reserved - reserved lawn seating, $75 per car, Grandstand Bleachers,
reserved seating, $60 per car, West Lawn Club in front of Grandstand,
$350 per car for table with 4 seats, Grandstand Box, $300 with 2 car
passes for a box with 4 seats, CTC&G Players' Lounge VIP, VIP Tent,
with music and bar, $150 for 2 guests, $250 for 4 guests, in same car, West
Cabana, reserved space, field side, $600 for 4 cabana car passes for 4 cars
of guests, 10'x 10' tent and private 25'x10' lawn in front, includes 8 chairs,
cocktail table, can accommodate up to 20 guests, access to VIP bathrooms, East
Lawn Cabana, reserved space, field side, $400 for 4 east lawn cabana car passes,
10'x 10' tent and private 20'x10' lawn in front, includes 8 chairs, can
accommodate up to 20 guests, additional car passes can be purchased, Executive
Hosting Cabanas, VIP Hosting, $3000, contact Greenwich Polo for complete
See You at a Greenwich Polo Match!
For information on the
Greenwich Polo Club and attending an upcoming match, please visit their
Greenwich Polo Club
Address (location of public matches)
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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