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Heys USA captures 2012 Maserati South Beach Women’s Polo Cup

By Alex Webbe

Eight teams of some of the country’s top women players took to the sands of south Beach on Thursday, April 26th to compete in the opening day of the eighth annual Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

Day one brought the Maserati South Beach Women’s Polo Cup to an enthusiastic audience of polo fans and sports enthusiasts.

The elite bracket of competition was captured by the Heys USA team of Cecelia Cochran, Diana Jack and Alicia Harden, who took top honors with a hard fought 3-1 win over a talented Lufthansa Private Jet team of Valerie Biehl, Pamela Flanagan and Laura Willson.

Lufthansa Private Jet got into trouble early on with Cecelia Cochran converting a pair of penalty shots and Diana Jack scoring from the field for a 3-1 lead in the opening chukker of play.  Laura Willson scored Lufthansa’s only goal of the chukker.

Second period play favored the Heys USA team once again with long runs and ball control frustrating a Lufthansa Private Jet team that fought to get back into play.

While Lufthansa Private Jet scored an earlier 3-1 win over Maserati they couldn’t seem to get a handle on the Heys USA team.  With neither team able to score in the second chukker, Heys USA celebrated the 3-1 win for the tournament championship.

Cecelia Cochran was named MVP while Jennifer Williams’ Shy Fox was honored as Best Playing Pony. Shy Fox is a fifteen-year-old chestnut mare with white blaze. Williams played her in the WTC Finals 0-2 goal bracket placing 2nd out of 4 teams, the WTC qualifier in the Villages 4 goal – won, Palm City WTC qualifier – won.  Shy Fox won the Gulfstream Ladies Invitational, Port Mayaca WCT – 2nd out of 4 teams. Shy Fox came out of the S. K. Johnson/Gillian Johnson Coca Cola breeding line.

The Bulgari team (Scarlet Davenport, Cristina Hosmer and Maggie McNamara) took the top spot in the lower bracket of play with a 1-0 defensive win over a Ciroc trio that included Josefina Gonzalez and Liselotte Sandberg.  Cristina Hosmer scored the winning goal in the contest.

Bulgari snuck its way into its bracket final with a 4-3 double overtime shootout win over The Raleigh (Aimee Waters, Misty Allen and Slaney O’Hanlon).  Ciroc scored a preliminary 2-1 victory over E! Entertainment (Debra Atwell, Annaleise Atwell and Stephanie Kraml-Suttle).  Maggie McNamara was named MVP.

The two finals culminated a day in which over twenty five players and 100 horses competed for tournament bragging rights.

“I can’t put into words just what a great time it was,” said Lufthansa Private Jet’s Pamela Flanagan.  “This was absolutely the best time!” she added.

Flanagan, a senior at SMU where she is the captain of the women’s polo team had just finished competing in regional competition where she scored 18 goals in one match!  She wasn’t the only collegiate star on the beach.  This year’s Gascon entry featured Julia Steiner and Kylee Sheehan, two members of this year’s intercollegiate National Championship University of Virginia women’s polo team.

“We’re going to try and return next year with our entire team,” said Sheehan.  “We had a great time.”

The balance of the weekend was filled with parties and polo as the men’s team took center stage in the Maserati Miami beach Polo World Cup.

The balance of the teams competing were: Gascon (Tara Lordi, Melissa Hornung, Julia Steiner and Kylee Sheehan); Maserati (Lynn O’Connor, Jennifer Williams and Jolie Liston); E! Entertainment.

Maserati South Beach Women’s Polo Cup

Eight teams of some of the country’s top female polo players took to the sands of South Beach on Thursday, April 26th to compete in the opening day of the eighth annual Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Day one brought the Maserati South Beach Women’s Polo Cup to an ecstatic audience of Polo enthusiasts. The title was taken by the HEYS USA team of Cecelia Cochran, Diana Jack and Alicia Harden, who took top honors with a hard fought 3-1 win over a talented Lufthansa Private Jet team of Valerie Biehl, Pamela Flanagan and Laura Wilson. Cecelia was named MVP of the match.

The Bulgari team of Scarlet Davenport, Cristina Hosmer and Maggie McNamara edged past the Ciroc team (Josefina Gonzalez, Daniella Sciretta and Liselotte Sandberg) in a 1-0 defensive battle. Maggie McNamara was honored as MVP. Joining the competition were teams from Gascon WIne, E! Entertainment, The Raleigh and Maserati.

 

 

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.