September 24, 2017

JOHN WALSH DEBUTS FOR AMG-MERCEDES AT THE AMG MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

By Alex Webbe 

Kris Kampsen lit up the scoreboard on Friday afternoon during the opening day of the men’s tournament at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup on the sands of South Beach, as the defending 2010 championship team, Hublot, handed John Walsh and his AMG-Mercedes team a humbling 10-5 defeat.
 
Kampsen scored nine goals on the day as Hublot got on track after a competitive first chukker that had the team on top 1-0. Hublot scored two more unanswered goals in the second half as the host of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ and company had few answers for the high-powered Hublot play.
 
“That’s tough work,” said Walsh, following his match, “It’s physical and fast moving – a real challenge.”
 
Hublot increased their lead 5-1 after the third chukker, with 9-goaler, Tommy Biddle, finally landing AMG-Mercedes with a penalty goal.  Kampsen added four more goals to the Hublot total in the fourth and final period, with teammate Thomas Winter scoring his first goal of the afternoon.  AMG-Mercedes put up four goals of their own, with Biddle accounting for all five of the goals in the team’s 10-5 loss.
 
In earlier games, the Raleigh team defeated Yellow Cab 8-5 in a neck-and-neck brawl followed by a 10-8 win by the Grey Goose team from behind against LAN/Comcast, who missed a 2-point penalty shot that would have gained them a tie on the final whistle.
 
Onlookers in the AMG-Mercedes VIP tent included producer, Russell Simmons, who took an avid interest in the matches being played with friends.
 
Action continues on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00pm with Hublot against LAN/Comcast.  At 2:00pm, AMG-Mercedes faces the Raleigh team, followed by a 3:00pm showdown between Grey Goose and Yellow Cab.

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.