Chris Maloney and his Twin Palms polo team (Maloney 1, Graham Bray 3, Santiago Wulff 5, Remy Du Celliee Muller 3) showed everyone on Sunday that their successful 2016 winter season has not been a fluke as they easily rolled over Ron Mathison and Highwood (Mathison, Danny Walker 2, Marcello Rodriguez-Abbiati 5, Mariano Fassetta 5) by a final count of 10 – 5. In doing so, they won the Fish Creek Cup.
The game started rather quietly with neither team able to grab an advantage until Wulff scored from the field to give Maloney and Co. the lead going to the second period.
Bray gave Twin Palms a lead of two early in the second as he scored his first of the afternoon on a nice run from just over center. Shortly after, Fassetta got Highwood on the board with his first to reduce the lead to again one. Twin Palms then jumped right back as Bray scored again and Wulff converted a penalty two and the second was over with the double trees leading by three at 4 – 1.
The Twin Palms lead increased in the third chukker as Maloney scored on a penalty two award and Bray simply powered his way to another two goals while Highwood was able to do very little. The result was a 7 – 1 count to favor the Maloney foursome going to the Tequila Clase Azul Divot Stomp.
The second half started as did the first – quietly and stayed that way as the only goal came from Fassetta to reduce the deficit to five.
Highwood seamed to find some strength in the early fifth period as Rodriguez-Abbiati converted a sixty yard free throw and counted another from the field to reduce the difference to three. However, Wulff, with Bray running interference, scored his third of the game and the lead was again four goals. Fassetta counted his third to help the northerners going to the sixth and final trailing by three at 8 – 5.
The last chukker, however, was all Twin Palms as Highwood wasn’t able to get anything going to help themselves into contention. With Du Celliee Muller providing stalwart support, Wulff and Bray each scored from the field and the final of the Fish Creek Cup was over and Maloney and Co. had won their third tournament of the year.
Bray, due to his unyielding offensive and defensive abilities, was selected as the MVP and Dulce, owned and played by Fassetta in the second was tabbed as the Best Playing Pony.
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