The final day of group play in the 2019 Ylvisaker Cup featured a full day of polo to determine the four semi-finalists. Having already secured their place with a 2-0 record, Pilot defeated SD Farms 15-6, while the other undefeated team, Patagones, continued their strong play to defeat Coca-Cola 13-9. Attention turned to the remaining two spots with the winner of both games solidifying their place in the semi-finals. The feature game of the week saw La Indiana display a strong team performance to defeat Iconica 9-6, while Dutta Corp beat Tonkawa 8-6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In front of the grandstand on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1, La Indiana put forth their best team performance to date, led by accurate passing from Facundo Obregon, who effectively utilized Michael Bickford and Toly Ulloa down field as the duo combined for 12 shots in the game. Bickford had an especially strong performance, controlling the ball and taking advantage of an Iconica defense that left him unmarked. Iconica had their chances throughout the game, but inaccurate 5 for 15 shooting produced an offense that was unable to keep up with La Indiana. The balanced team effort of La Indiana was ultimately the difference with all four players contributing on both sides of the ball in the three goal victory.
The remaining game of the day saw a defensive battle between Dutta Corp and Tonkawa. Usually known for their potent offense, it was Dutta Corp’s exceptional defense that made the difference in the game. Holding Tonkawa off the scoreboard for the entire first half, Dutta Corp were able to build a 4-0 lead thanks to a goal each from Timmy Dutta and Lucas Diaz Alberdi, along with two goals from Kris Kampsen. Kept off the penalty line, Tonkawa struggled to generate offensive opportunities from the field and get past the organized back line of Gringo Colombres and Kris Kampsen. While six second half fouls for Dutta Corp resulted in three penalty goals for Sapo Caset, it wasn’t enough for Tonkawa to overcome the slow start. Despite beginning the final chukker trailing by four goals, Caset brought Tonkawa within one goal with minutes remaining, but a final goal from Timmy Dutta sealed the victory, sending Dutta Corp into the semi-finals.
PILOT 15-6 SD FARMS
PILOT: Curtis Pilot 0, Matías González 3 (2 goals), Lucas James 7 (5), Facundo Pieres 10 (8). Total: 20.
SD FARMS: Sayyu Dantata 2 (1 goal), Pelon Escapite 6 (1), Juan Martín Obregon 5 (1), Peco Polledo 6 (2). Total: 19.
Score Pilot: (0-1) 1-2, 3-3, 5-4, 10-4, 13-4, 15-6.
DUTTA CORP 8-6 TONKAWA
DUTTA CORP: Timmy Dutta 2 (2 goals), Lucas Díaz Alberdi 5 (2), Gringo Colombres 7 (1), Kris Kampsen 7 (2). Total: 20.
TONKAWA: Jeff Hildebrand 0, Toto Collardín 5 (1 goal), Costi Caset 5, Sapo Caset 10 (5). Total: 20.
Score Dutta Corp: 0-0, 1-0, 4-0, 5-1, 7-3, 8-6.
SUNDAY GAME: LA INDIANA 9-6 ICONICA
LA INDIANA: Michael Bickford 2 (2 goals), Toly Ulloa 4 (3), Facundo Obregon 6 (1), Jeff Hall 7 (2). Total: 19.
ICONICA: Maureen Brennan 1 (1 goal), Peke González 5 (2), Sebastián Merlos 9 (2), Dylan Rossiter 5 (1). Total: 20.
Score La Indiana: (1-0) 3-2, 4-3, 6-3, 7-5, 7-5, 9-6.
MVP: Facundo Obregon.
BPP: Guri Vanina. Played by Sebastián Merlos.
PATAGONES 13-9 COCA-COLA
PATAGONES: Joaquín Avendaño 2 (1 goal), Benjamín Avendaño 3 (5), Tomás García del Río 7 (3), Santiago Toccalino 8 (4). Total: 20.
COCA-COLA: Gillian Johnston 2 (4 goals), Wesley Finlayson 4 (3), Sugar Erskine 6 (1), Julián de Lusarreta 8 (1). Total: 19.
Score Patagones: 2-2, 5-2, 7-3, 10-4, 12-6, 13-9.
The Ylvisaker Cup will continue as follows:
SEMIFINALS – WEDNESDAY:
12pm: Pilot vs. La Indiana
3pm: Patagones vs. Dutta Corp
George Haas Cup Semifinals:
TBA: Iconica vs. SD Farms
TBA: Tonkawa vs. Coca Cola