U.S. Polo Assn. Captures World Polo League Miami Beach Open
A fierce battle in the finals of the World Polo League Miami Beach Open final
U.S. Polo Assn. got off to a slow start trailing 6 - 3.5 at halftime. U.S. Polo Assn. gained some momentum in the third chukker and shut out Flexjet 1 - 0 to get back in the game. The third chukker winded up at 6 - 4.5. The fourth and the final chukker witnessed a dominant showcase of the game of Polo from U.S. Polo Assn, as they scored a total of 5 goals to overcome the lead and lift the trophy. Allowing Team Flexjet to score just two goals in the last chukker, Team U.S. Polo Assn. reigned over their opponents as they scored the winning goal in the last 30 seconds of the final.
A backhander from Gracida, which was assisted by Ganzi marked the first goal of the chukker for Team U.S. Polo Assn. Flexjet wasn’t ready to give up the fight so easily as Novillo Astrada beat the defender to extend the lead and Flexjet extended their lead with the scoreboard in their favor at 7 - 5.5. U.S. Polo Assn, still trying hard to get ahead, retaliated with Bollini’s backhander that put the ball through the goal. With the scoreboard adding a goal in their favor, U.S. Polo Assn was eager to take the lead as Bollini converted a 25-yard penalty and put the team through. The score was 7.5 - 7 with U.S. Polo Assn in the lead when Finlayson leaned into his shot to score and then tumbled off the horse to land on his knees. A heroic effort from the goal scorer landed the lead for team Flexjet.
A yet another assist from Ganzi for Gracida, a goalpost rebound, marked the lead for Team U.S. Polo Assn as they were ahead by 8.5 - 8. With less than a minute left on the clock and all the players in the centre position, the play resumed. The match could swing either side in the last 30 seconds when Ganzi scored from a long shot to mark the insurance goal for Team U.S. Polo Assn. and ensured the victory.