Acme Elixirs cruised through the USPA Presidents Cup qualifying rounds with ease, emerging with an undefeated 3-0 record. Klentner Ranch played in a virtual semi-final game against Farmers & Merchants Bank on Friday to secure their position in the final.
Acme Elixirs boasts a strong lineup for the Santa Barbara Fall 8 Goal Series with Max Menini at 5 goals, Jim Wright at 2 goals and a dynamic duo of A rated players, John Ziegler and Leandro Floccari. Ziegler’s son, Jack, has stepped in for his father in several games and shows promise as a young, up and coming player.
Klentner Ranch and Acme Elixirs battled for six straight chukkers. After being defeated by Acme Elixirs earlier in the tournament, Klentner Ranch adjusted their strategy to better match their opponents.
After receiving a goal on handicap, Acme Elixirs took charge on the scoring front quickly adding to their tally. Klentner Ranch rallied back, tightened up their defence and began chipping away at the lead established by Acme Elixirs.
Jim Wright spoke highly of his teammate Menini, “Maxi came out on fire today and pushed us to a win. Klentner Ranch is always a tough team to play against and they had a great game.”
After a fifth chukker comeback led by Bray for Klentner Ranch, it appeared to be anyone’s game. Menini quickly fired back up in the final chukker and pushed Acme Elixirs ahead for the victory 12-10.
Menini was named Most Valuable Player for his dominant performance in the final match. “Lexy” owned by Jesse Bray was awarded Best Playing Pony.
Earlier in the day, five teams participated in the popular Pro-Pool League. The Barossa team, Jef Graham, Cory Williams, Jonathan Burrows and Jesse Bray won the weekend-long tournament.
The arena was bustling with activity as well! Jeff Sheraga hosted a successful Introduction to Polo Clinic in the arena for several new beginner players.