ASPEN VALLEY 8-GOAL CUP FINAL
09 February 2017
Playing together for the time in a tournament, The Aspen Valley 8-Goal Cup Final on Sunday at Pony Express.
The foursome of Mike Davis, Henry Porter, Santino Magrini and Kris Kampsen vanquished Hawk Hill (Ternan Tognini, Bauti Crotto, Gringo Colombres, Phillip Mactaggart), 13-11, in the championship last.
Seacap completed the tournament with an immaculate 4-0 record. It was the remainder of the season-opening tournaments in January for Grand Champions Polo Club, the country’s busiest and most inventive club.
“This is the first occasion when we played the 8-goal together,” Davis said. “We just tossed the group together. I am super content with the win. It was an extraordinary tournament. It was a great deal of fun, I truly delighted in it.
“I thought we could win the tournament. I have constantly made the finals with Kris in different tournaments. We played the 6-goal Halo Cup, the 8-and 12-goal in Meadowbrook, and 18-goal set up of Peter Brant for a few games. It’s amusing to be in the finals.”
“Kris talked me into playing polo,” Davis said with a grin. “It was a simple move from dressage. I appreciate the brotherhood. Originating from dressage it’s a tad bit distinctive.
“Polo is somewhat more customized. It’s stunning to see the polo group cooperate. What occurs on the field remains on the field, everybody gets along.”
“He is playing unfathomable,” Kampsen included. “He won a harness today so he gets the opportunity to purchase another steed.”
British player Henry Porter, 17, was named Most Valuable Player. It is the main MVP respect Porter has won while contending in the U.S. Porter played well protectively and had a staggering 80-yard goal in the fifth chukker where Seacap had a three-goal unanswered keep running for a 12-8 lead. “In the course of recent weeks we have been preparing a great deal simply concentrating on hitting the ball, it allows you less of to miss,” Porter said. “It’s ideal to hit it in or out rather to abandon it on the field.” Porter was additionally an individual from the triumphant GSA group alongside Magrini that caught the January Limited Edition 12-Goal Series Handicap Final.
“This was the first occasion when we played together as a group,” Porter said. “It was the first occasion when I played with Kris and Mike and it was great. I get it was simply luckiness. A few groups you click with and a few groups you don’t. We clicked well.”
Rosinanta, ridden by Porter, was chosen Best Playing Pony.
Kampsen scored a game-high ten goals including six on extra shots. Magrini included two and Porter had one goal.
Crotto was driving scorer for Hawk Hill with six goals. Colombres included three goals. Mactaggart and Tognini each had one goal. At 12, Tognini was the most youthful player in the 8-goal tournament.
The groups struggled forward and backward for the lead in the opening two chukkers. Sell Hill hopped out to a 3-0 lead benefiting from Seacap’s penalties. Colombres scored from the field and Crotto included two penalty two transformations.
Seacap limited its penalties in the second chukker to outscore Hawk Hill, 4-1, and tied the game at 4-4. Seacap took a 6-4 halftime lead and never surrendered the lead in spite of Hawk Hill keeping the game close, going in close vicinity to one goal in the fourth chukker (8-7) and fifth chukker (9-8).
Mactaggart called it “a war out there.”
Going into the 6th chukker, Kampsen told his partners “don’t make fouls, play hard, win the toss-ins and we will win this game.”
Terrific Champions Polo Club obliges men, ladies and youth polo players at all levels. Its master staff can tweak a total playing knowledge including steeds, geniuses and ensured umpires notwithstanding lessons and practice sessions as a component of its Polo On Demand program, the main polo club in the U.S. to offer the one of a kind program.
The Polo School at Grand Champions, a 501c3 association, is devoted to instructing polo to all ages, especially grassroots youth. Its main goal is to give people openings in polo. The Polo School works in Wellington January through June and September through November