Three-peat! John Muse’s Lucchese team captained by Adolfo Cambiaso scored again. To be more specific they beat Grant’s Farm 16-15 in overtime. Overtime for those of you who haven’t ventured out to the Santa Barbara Polo Club is the most exciting polo you could ever imagine. Don’t blink because it only took Cambiaso less than thirty seconds to get control of the ball and win the match in sudden death.
Cambiaso won Most Valuable Player for the tournament.
The Robert Skeen Most Valuable Player trophy was awarded to Santi Torres who was also most valuable player in the Piaget Silver Cup. The Skeen Trophy is for the MVP of the entire high-goal season. It can be awarded to a patron or pro regardless of handicap to someone who plays beyond their handicap and displays excellent sportsmanship.
Best Playing Pony was Noriega played by Santi Torres and owned by Adolfo Cambiaso.
John Muse said, “I give a lot of credit to Andy Busch for putting together such an excellent team for Grant’s Farm - who could have easily won. I was nervous about that after the fourth chukker. I’m very excited to win the first PCO three-peat in the 100 year history of the Santa Barbara Polo Club.”
Lucchese was down by six points when the fifth chukker started. But Adolfo Cambiaso who had missed some penalty shots in the first four chukkers kicked into gear and proved why he is considered the best player in the world.
There was an odd pause of play during the second half of the game when Cambiaso got off his horse and started pulling at the front of his jersey. He said he had a bee in his shirt. He showed all the Grant’s Farm players where he was stung to prove that it was a reasonable time out. Diana Palmer, of the club’s medical staff, came out in her golf cart to tend to his wound and then play resumed. Oh, the dangers of playing polo – bee stings!
I asked John Muse if he is bringing a Lucchese team back to Santa Barbara next summer. He said, “Yes.”
Question: Does Pat Riley own the trademark to four-peat?
“The Way it Was…”
My wish for the high-goal season 2013:
1) The return of: Eight teams battling it out on field #2 (the Ambassador Glen Holden grandstand field).
2) The return of: The Bombardier/Tiffany Jets & Jewels party at a hanger in the Santa Barbara Airport.
3) The return of: Exciting Calcutta’s where people wager more than they can afford to loose.
4) A repeat, three-peat, never ending-peat – of the end of season party sponsored by Scott Wood (ERG Polo), catered by Merryl Brown.
Final standings for the USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open,
Lucchese: 4 0
Grant’s Farm Manor: 2 2
Mansour: 1 2+one tie
Farmers and Merchants: 0 3+one tie
On Saturday Mansour beat Farmers & Merchants 12-9 in the consolation match. Best Playing Pony was Big Bertha owned by Lucas Criado. Most Valuable Player was Santiago Von Wernich.
The fall season (eight-goal) begins on Sunday September 9th and will continue through October.
The Polo Set is appears on Saturdays in the News-Press and is written by Santa Barbara resident, Julia Michelle Dawson, a member of the United States Polo Association who has been writing about polo for the past ten years. Email: email@example.com