Photo credits: Agustina Fonda
Santa Clara, the team composed of the Escobar-Magrini father-son duo (Luis and Lucas, and Matías and Keko, respectively), defeated Beverly Polo (who received one goal on handicap), 10-7 to win the 18-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach on Sunday, January 17.
The first half of the match was very balanced, and both teams made it to half time with 4-goals a piece. Late in he first chukka, Beverly Polo’s Lucas Diaz Alberdi suffered a fall and had to be replaced by Peke Gonzalez. In the second half, Santa Clara took control of the game. Their level of team play and the remarkable combination of youth and experience gave them the upper hand. Keko Magrini and Luis Escobar both scored four goals and became the top scorers of the final. The final bell rang as Santa Clara were leading 10 goals to 7, making them Joe Barry Memorial Cup winners.
Keko Magrini was named MVP, and Yatay Shazam, ridden by Tolito Fernández Ocampo, took BPP honors.
The Subsidiary Trophy went to Palm Beach Equine after their 13-9 win over Aspen.
SANTA CLARA 10 – 7 BEVERLY POLO
Santa Clara (0-1): Keko Magrini 2 (4 goals), Lucas Escobar 3 (2), Matias Magrini 7, Luis Escobar 5 (4). Total: 17.
Beverly Polo: Bill Ballhaus 0, Lucas Diaz Alberdi 6 (replaced by Peke Gonzalez in the first chukka. Gonzalez scored 1 goal in the third), Tolito Fernández Ocampo 6 (3), Hilario Figueras 4 (2). Total: 16.
Score Santa Clara (1-0): 2-1, 2-2, 4-4, 8-5, 10-7.
SUBSIDIARY FINAL: PALM BEACH EQUINE 13 – ASPEN 9
Palm Beach Equine: Costi Caset 5 (8), Robbie Bilbao 5 (1), Gringo Colombres 8 (4), Scott Swerdlin 0 (Louis Devaliex, 0). Total: 18.
Aspen: Camp Campbell 2, Ignacio Arlberbide 5, Lucas James 8, Stewart Armstrong 8. Total: 18.
Score Palm Beach Equine: 0-2, 3-4, 5-4, 6-6, 11-7, 13-9.
MVP: Costi Caset.
BPP: Patico, ridden by Gringo Colombres.
JOE BARRY MEMORIAL CUP – TEAMS:
Beverly Polo: Bill Ballhaus 0, Lucas Diaz Alberdi 6, Tolito Fernández Ocampo 6, Hilario Figueras 4. Total: 16.
Palm Beach Equine: Costi Caset 5, Robbie Bilbao 5, Gringo Colombres 8, Scott Swerdlin 0. Total: 18.
Santa Clara: Keko Magrini 2, Lucas Escobar 3, Matias Magrini 7, Luis Escobar 5. Total: 17.
Aspen (Subsidiary): Camp Campbell 2, Ignacio Arlberbide 5, Lucas James 8, Stewart Armstrong 8. Total: 18-
JOE BARRY MEMORIAL CUP – FIXTURE:
Wednesday, January 6: Beverly Polo 12-11 Palm Beach Equine
Sunday, January 10, 3pm: Santa Clara 11-10 Beverly Polo
Wednesday, January 13, 3pm: Santa Clara 14-11 Palm Beach Equine
Sunday, January 17:
12pm: Subsidiary Final – Palm Beach Equine 13-9 Aspen
3pm: Final: Joe Barry Memorial Cup – Santa Clara 10-7 Beverly Polo