October 19, 2017

Crowds clamor for more beach polo action in Grey Goose North Beach Women’s Cup Finals

By Alex Webbe

Warmer weather and light breezes greeted the nearly two thousand spectators that
showed up at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach for Sunday’s final round of play in
the debut of the Grey Goose North Beach Women’s Polo Cup.

The finalists had been determined in Saturday’s contests with Gascon and Lufthansa Private Jet scoring  wins over Grey Goose and Trump Residence, respectively, while Titan Commercial and LufthansaPrivate Jet  emerged from the five teams in contention for the world cup.

The highly-touted Gascon polo team of Melissa Hornung, Tara Lordi and Angela York
arrived in Chicago as the odds-on favorite in the Grey Goose North Beach
Women’s Polo Cup, and did little to tarnish their image as York scored the
opening goal of the game for a 1-0 lead after the first period of play.

Lufthansa Private Jet responded with goals from Megan West and Whitney Vogt (penalty conversion).  Hornung’s first goal of the day had the score knotted up at 2-2 after the first half of play.

Valerie Biehl opened the scoring in the third to give Lufthansa Private Jet a 3-2 advantage, but Gascon fought back to get the tying goal on a penalty shot from York.  The score was all even at 3-3 with one chukker left to play in regulation time.

Vogt’s second penalty goal of the game came in the fourth chukker and gave Lufthansa Private Jet a 4-3 edge with time running out when Tara Lordi scored her first goal of the game to knot it up at 4-4 as time expired.

A confident Gascon team stepped up for the overtime shoot-out, a formula that would allow each member of each team an opportunity to score on a penalty shot with each
team taking turns until the winner emerged.

Hornung, Lordi and York had captured the South Beach Championship in April in the same manner, and were confident of their chances in Chicago.  With five of the first six shots going wide of the mark, and all three Gascon shots missing, it would be Vogt who would prove the difference scoring her third goal of the day for the Lufthansa Private Jet win.

Vogt led all scoring with three goals.  Teammates West
and Biehl added single goals in the win.

York led the Gascon team with a pair of goals.  Hornung and Lordi scored single goals in a losing effort.

Vogt was named MVP for her efforts while Marcelo Cabeza’s Negrita, played by Tara Lordi, was named Best Playing Pony.

GREY GOOSE TAKES CONSOLATION ROUND OF
PLAY

In earlier action, Grey Goose scored a narrow 4-3 win over Trump Residence on a penalty shot from Samantha Falbe in the final seconds of regulation play to capture the consolation round of the Grey Goose North Beach Women’s Polo Cup.

Trump took the early lead on first chukker goals from Nigeria’s Neku Atawodi and Tracy Regas, with Grey Goose settling for a lone goal from Brazilian Paula Chermont.  Falbe tied it up at 2-2 in the second chukker, but Regas closed out the first half scoring with her second goal of the game for a 3-2 halftime lead for the Trump Residence trio.

Both teams pressed the attack in the second half of play, but defense held firm.  Penalty conversions from Aimee Waters in the third and Falbe in the fourth accounted for the final scores of the match.  Falbe’s penalty shot came with seconds left to play and secured the win for the Grey Goose team.

HUBLOT TEAM TAKES MIAMI BEACH WOMEN’S POLO CUP

 By Alex Webbe

 

Hublot’s Tara Lordi scored six goals, but none as important as the winning goal in a second

overtime shootout to defeat a tough AMG-Mercedes team in the finals of the 2011 Miami Beach

 Women’s Polo Cup on Thursday afternoon for the opening day of the AMG Miami Beach Polo

 World Cup and the sands of South Beach.

 Hublot (Tara Lordi, Melissa Hornung and Angela York) took an early 3-1 lead, but AMGMercedes

 (Anis Jamaludin, Costanza Marchiorello and Natascha Baecher) battled back to score

 three goals, tying at 4-4: Hublot’s Tara Lordi scoring the tying goal to force the first overtime

 period.

 After five minutes without a score, the teams settled on a shootout, with every member of each

 team getting a penalty shot opportunity.

 Anis Jamaludin put the first shot wide for AMG-Mercedes while Hublot’s Melissa Hornung

 connected for a goal. Costanza Marchiorello’s second shot also went wide for a second AMGMercedes

 miss. In a winner-take-all attempt, Hublot’s Tara Lordi connected for the tie-breaking

 goal and a well-deserved Hublot Championship 5-4 win. Lordi was named MVP for her efforts.

 In Bracket I play, The Raleigh Hotel (Stephanie Kraml-Suttle, Libby Scripps and Valerie

 Biehl) scored a tournament opening win over Gilt City (Abi Beaux, Aimee Waters and Kristina

 Gustafson), 3-0 before shootings down Jet Blue (Paula Chermont, Debra Atwell and Katherine

 Campos) in the finals with a 2-0 score. The Raleigh’s Libby Scripps taking MVP honors.

 Merchant Hub (Whitney Ross, Cristina Hosmer and Jeanne Blackwell) scored a 6-3 win over

 Gilt City in the Bracket I consolation match.

 Panama Jack (Lynn O’Connor, Debbie Nash, Jennifer Williams and Amy Deupi) bounced back

 from a 5-2 opening loss to AMG to record an 8-0 win over Grey Goose (Bobette Martin, Scarlet

 Davenport and Uneku Atawodi) in the Bracket II consolation round of play.

AMG SOUTH BEACH WOMEN’S POLO CUP II RESULTS:

April 29, 2010

Completing first day of beach polo, AMG scored consecutive wins over Merchant Hub (6-2) and Morgan Stanley (4-1), to capture the 2010 AMG South Beach Women’s Polo World Cup. Sunny Hale was named Most Valuable Player while Ashley Van Metre’s horse, Pampiano, was honored as Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Hublot scored 5-1 win over Merchant Hub with Tiffany Busch and Valerie Biehl scoring two goals apiece in the effort.

In Division II played Panama Jack wins over Grey Goose (4-2) and W Hotel (7-1). Angela York was named Most Valuable Player and her horse Loon received Best Playing Pony honors. In the consolation round Bombay Sapphire defeated Grey Goose (2-0) with Stephanie Kraml Suttle scoring both goals in the win.

Beach tournament play will continue Friday April 23rd with the onset of the VI annual AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup.