Pilot and Dutta Corp Show+ are the two first lineup to qualify to the semifinals of the USPA Gold Cup, following their respective wins against Valiente and Shack Attack II, in the first round of quarter finals, that took place on Friday March 17 at the at the USPA-owned National Polo Center-Wellington, set in Wellington, Florida. The USPA Gold Cup, second leg of the prestigious The Gauntlet of Polo, sees thirteen teams up to 22 goals, in participation.
Title holders, Pilot, narrowly beat Valiente 13-12, in a nailbiting and very hard fought match, that was decided in the last minutes of play. Meanwhile, the second contest was a very different story – Dutta Corp Show+ overwhelmed Shack Attack II, who were unable to score in the first four chukkas, and claimed an impressive 10-5 victory to secure the second ticket to semifinals.
The USPA Gold Cup was established in 1974, and was played at Oak Brook Polo Club, in Oak Brooks, Illinois, before moving to Milwaukee Polo Club, in Hartland, Wisconsin through 1975-1978. In 1979, it landed in Florida. Like the CV Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup will be entirely played at the at the brand new USPA-owned National Polo Center-Wellington, set in Wellington, Florida.
USPA GOLD CUP – QUARTER FINALS – FRIDAY MARCH 17
MATCH #1 – PILOT 13-12 VALIENTE
Pilot: Curtis Pilot 0, Matias Gonzalez 4 (1 goal), Facundo Pieres 10 (8), Matias Torres Zavaleta 8 (3). Total: 22.
Valiente: Bob Jornayvaz 0, Peke Gonzalez 6 (5 goals), Lucas Criado Jr. 6 (4), Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (2). Total: 22.
Score Pilot: 2-3, 4-6, 7-6, 8-9, 10-11, 13-12.
Umpires: Kimo Huddleson & Gastón Lucero. Third man: Héctor Galindo.
MATCH #2 – DUTTA CORP SHOW +10-5 SHACK ATTACK II
Dutta Corp/Show +: Timmy Dutta 4 (1 goal), Joaquin Avendaño 4 (1), Tomas Garcia del Rio 8 (7), Nino Obregon 6 (1). Total: 22.
Shack Attack 2: Matias Magrini 7, Facha Valent 3 (1 gol), Kris Kampsen 6, Mackenzie Weisz (4). Total: 22.
Score Dutta Corp Show+: 3-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 8-2, 10-5.
Umpires: Julian Appleby & Héctor Galindo. Third man: Ronnie Hayes.
The remaining quarter final games of the USPA Gold Cup will be played on Saturday March 18:
10am La Fe vs Scone
4pm Park Place vs. La Elina
The final of the USPA Gold Cup is set to be played on Sunday March 26.
USPA Gold Cup – Fixture & Teams
Cover photo by Agustina Fonda.