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Yellow Cab claims 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

Yellow Cab wins 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup

By Alex Webbe

For the first time in history the Miami Beach Polo World Cup ended in a whimper rather than a bang—at least on the playing surface.  After three days of beach polo competition in the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the finals were rained out with 30+ mile-per-hour winds whipping torrents of rain into the event’s massive VIP tent and soaking the playing surface to a point that made it unplayable.

With no options left for the final play-off on the beach, it was proposed that the Yellow Cab Polo Team and The Raleigh polo team faceoff in dryer climes, at the arena facility at Palm Beach Polo in Wellington, to the north.

With only one team able to assemble, a forfeit was reluctantly agreed upon and Simon Garber’s Yellow Cab Polo Team (2-0) was declared the winner of the 2012 Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

“This certainly isn’t the way we wanted this to be decided,” said Garber, “but we fought hard and were confident about our chances going into the finals.”

“It’s always difficult to reset playoffs when players, horses and personnel have tournament schedules to keep,” said Alex Webbe, Director of Polo.  The Raleigh team captain, Bash Kazi, had business appointments to keep and teammate John Gobin had already shipped his horses north to compete in tournaments in Aiken, South Carolina.”

The sport of polo is a transient one as it moves from club to club, country to country following one tournament after another.  The Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup has traditionally been the culmination of the highest level of polo played in North America, putting an exclamation on the high-goal season of the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida and sending many of these players in different directions as they become part of new teams in new competitions while the Florida polo season take a respite for the summer.

An annual favorite that attracts fourteen teams in two tournaments, this year’s finals ended up being a celebration of the previous four days of play in a hurricane-like party at The Raleigh hotel, the assigned “clubhouse for this year’s tournament.

“We were prepared to play on,” offered Bruce Orosz, President and CEO of The Polo Life, the producer of the event, “but sometimes Mother Nature wins out.  We’ll be back stronger than ever next year, and the tradition will continue.”

MASERATI Miami Beach Polo World Cup Kicks-off Men’s Tournament

The Maserati team (Lance Vetter, Wesley Finlayson, Guille Usandizaga and Facundo Obregon); Raleigh team (Bash Kazi, John Gobin and Gringo Colombres) and the team from Yellow Cab (Simon Garber, Juan Monteverde and Kris Kampsen) all scored opening wins in the first day of the men’s competition on Friday, April 27th at the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, set against the ocean between 20th and 22nd Streets on Miami Beach.

Facundo Obregon and Guille Usandizaga scored six goals apiece as Maserati defeated a talented HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets trio in the closing match of the day. Kris Kampsen led the Yellow Cab attack with 13 of the team’s goals in their 15-11 victory over a game Gascon team.

The Raleigh scored a 9-6 win over Lufthansa Private Jet in defense of its 2011 World Cup title. Gringo Colombres led the offense with six goals. The competition will continue on Saturday with Maserati (1-0) playing Gascon (0-1) at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, Yellow Cab (1-0) will meet Lufthansa (0-1). The Raleigh (1-0) will close out the day with a 3:00pm match against HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets.

Day three of the MASERATI Miami Beach Polo World Cup starts with its annual Horse Parade and culminates with the “Blank Silk by Meghan Walsh” Fashion Show at The Perry Hotel

The third day of the Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup starts on Saturdy, April 28th, with the annual Horse Parade of all the colorful participating Polo teams, together with a fleet of Maserati vehicles, along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. A Police escort will accompany the trotting hoofs as the Polo Ponies walk from 20th Street and Collins Avenue up to 22nd Street and back on to the sand-filled arena.

The competition continues with Maserati (1-0) playing Gascon (0-1) at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, Yellow Cab (1-0) will meet Lufthansa (0-1). The Raleigh (1-0) will close out the day with a 3:00pm match against HEYS Luggage / SLS Jets.

After the daytime match-play has finished, a red carpet arrivals ceremony will commence at 8:30pm on the rooftop of The Perry Hotel, located at 2377 Collins Avenue, when Meghan Walsh, daughter of TV personality John Walsh (host of America’s Most Wanted), will showcase her “Blank Silk” line of Indian-inspired evening wear, in front of Miami’s discerning audience of fashion aficionados and media.

Hublot Scores Exciting Win in World Cup Finals

By Alex Webbe

A seven goal performance by Argentinean Matias Magrini lead the way for the Hublot team as it scored an exciting 11-9 over the previously undefeated AMG side in the finals of the 2010 AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

Hublot jumped out with a quick 5-0 lead in the opening chukker getting 3 goals Guille Usandizaga and a long 2 point goal from Magrini before AMG got on the scoreboard.

Pelon Escapite scored the first goal for AMG followed by a penalty conversion from team captain Michael Liss to win the chukker with Hublot ahead 5-2. Three consecutive goals from Magrini opened the second chukker of play as AMG struggled to break through the Hublot defense.

Nacho Figueras who had been so effective for the AMG offense in the opening rounds of play scored 3 goals for AMG, with Usandizaga heading a single goal for Hublot to end the chukker. Hublot rode off the field with a commanding 9-5 half time lead.

Both defenses tightened in the third chukker with Escapite scoring for AMG followed by another goal from Magrini. Hublot continued to control the game holding on to a 10-6 advantage going into the final chukker of play.

Magrini notched his seventh point of the game on a penalty conversion in the fourth chukker just before AMG mounted a final rally. Three straight goals from Escapite brought AMG to within striking distance but Hublot controlled the ball for the final 30 seconds of the game preserving the 11-9 win in the 2010 AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Magrini lead all scores with 7 goals and was named Most Valuable Player for his efforts. His 10 year old chestnut mere, Crucera, was honored as Best Playing Pony in the event.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE 11, SETAI 6

John Gobin scored the first two goals of the match as Bombay Sapphire defeated the Setai 11-6 in the Carl Fischer International Challenge Cup at the beach area of the Miami Beach Polo Club. A combination of Gobin and Luis Escobar accounted for 10 of the 11 goals with Angela York, playing the first 2 chukkers for team captain Lance Vetter, scoring a single goal in the second chukker.

Bombay Sapphire held a 6-3 half time lead as the Setai fought to stay in the game. Bombay went up 8-4 at the end of three and got 3 straight goals from Gobin to lock the game up in the fourth and final chukker of play.

MORGAN STANLEY 5, FERRETTI 3

In a low scoring event, Morgan Stanley got 4 goals from Brandon Phillips to defeat Ferretti 5-3 in the Fleischman Memorial Cup at the Miami Beach arena. Ferretti struggled throughout the match to mount a consistent offense as it was shut out in both the second and fourth chukkers. Simon Garber and Phillips closed out the scoring with single goals in the Morgan Stanley win.

Bombay Sapphire to defend beach polo title

March 11, 2010

Last year’s Miami Beach Polo World Cup Champions will be returning to the sands of South Beach to defend their 2009 title in one of the strongest fields ever assembled.

The Bombay Sapphire team will return intact with team captain Lance Vetter (0), John Gobin (8) and Luis Escobar (8).  This is the same team that scored three consecutive wins in last year’s competition to wrest the championship from the Audi polo team that seemed to have a stranglehold on it-winning the cup the previous three years.

“I think John (Gobin) is the best player in the field,” said Vetter, “and with the addition of Luis (Escobar), I felt like we had a team that could win it all.”

The draw for playing order seemed to confront the Bombay Sapphire team from the onset.  Its first game would be against the powerful Audi team, and surprise, surprise, it was Bombay Sapphire that rode off on top of a 6-4 win.

“It was one of the best days of my life,” said Vetter, reflecting on the win.  “We realized that once we had dealt with Audi, we were on the fast track, and our intensity on the beach escalated.

Bombay Sapphire’s next contest was a relative cake walk as the team rolled over Comcast/China Grill Management in a one-sided 11-3 victory.  The team had amassed a 2-0 record and was averaging a tournament high of 8.5 goals per game.

Their opponent in the finals emerged in the shape of a Black Watch/Nespresso team that boasted the talents of Kris Kampsen (7), Ralph Lauren Model/Pro Polo Player Nacho Figueras (7) and 18-year-old female phenom, Isabella Wolf (1).

Kampsen got Black Watch/Nespresso on the scoreboard first, but two goals from Escobar and a third goal from Gobin had Bombay Sapphire up 3-1 after the first chukker of play.

Two more goals in the second chukker gave Bombay Sapphire sitting on five goals while Isabella Wolf’s single goal accounted for all of the Black Watch scoring as the half ended with Bombay Sapphire ahead 5-2.

The pace picked up in the third chukker with Kampsen and Figueras trying to find the magic they had displayed earlier in the tournament.  Kampsen’s three goals and near shutout defense by his teammates had Black Watch/Nespresso trailing 6-5 with a final chukker to play.

Kampsen scored the first goal of the sixth chukker to even it at 6-6 as both teams struggled to control the ball.

Hard ride-offs and great defense by both sides had the score tied until the final seconds of play.  Bombay Sapphire’s John Gobin stole the ball and managed to push it through the goal posts with 12 seconds on the game clock.  As both tams rode back to the center for the throw-in, time expired with Bombay Sapphire taking the 2009 Miami Beach Polo world Cup 7-6 to the delight of a cheering crowd.

John Gobin accounted for four goals in the course of the final game and was named Most Valuable Player in a vote by the players.  His 12-year-old Chestnut mare, Reina, received Best Playing Pony Honors that were presented by American Polo Horse Association president, Sunny Hale.

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.