Held at Mashomack Polo Inc in Pine Plains, New York, Marjing (Gates Gridley, William “Billy” Howard, Gaston Lisioli, Nicolas “Nico” Miró Bongiovanni) emerged victorious against La Fe/White Birch (Antonio Aguerre, Roberto “Robi” Bilbao, Christopher Brant, Louis Devaleix), clinching the Northeastern Circuit Officers Cup 10-8.
In the semifinals, Marjing displayed their dominance by overpowering Dazos (Bautista “Bauti” Bogliolo, Nicolas “Nico” Diaz Alberdi*, David Farache, Agustin “Baldo” Palomeque) 14-9. Simultaneously, La Fe/White Birch exhibited their prowess defeating Windswept (Bruce Collet, David Colley, Michel Dorignac, Milo Dorignac) 11-9.
Narrowly falling to La Fe/White Birch 8-7 in the second match of bracket play, the anticipated finals rematch showcased a contested battle between the two evenly matched teams, Marjing and La Fe/White Birch. Remaining steady throughout the exhilarating showdown, Marjing managed to enact revenge on their formidable opponents and capture the 10-8 victory.
Marjing’s Gates Gridley and La Fe/White Birch’s Louis Devaleix. ©Millie Olivera
Playing a pivotal role in Marjing’s triumph with skillful maneuvers and strategic play, Gaston Lisioli’s outstanding on-field contributions led to his well-deserved recognition as Most Valuable Player.
Euro Nancy, played by Roberto “Robi” Bilbao and owned by La Fe was awarded Best Playing Pony. Showcasing remarkable agility throughout the match, Euro Nancy’s contributions to La Fe/White Birch’s competitive edge sealed the accolade.
*Nicolas “Nico” Diaz Alberdi is an Active Member of Team USPA. Team USPA is a USPA program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.