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Flat Out/Equine Law and Newport Polo to meet in the Finals of the Kay Colee Memorial at
Grand Champions Polo Club

Newport holds off both Ruby Q and Piaget during a hard fought round robin while Flat Out/Equine Law handily defeats Audi Polo.

Match Report by Alex Webbe
Images by Sheryel Aschfort
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Ruby Q - 15

Brian Street - A
JJ Celis - 4
Diego Cossio - 5
Kris Kampsen - 6

Piaget - 15

Melissa Ganzi - A
Joey Casey - 4
Juan Bollini - 5
Jason Crowder - 6


Newport Polo - 15

Gene Goldstein - 1
Joaquin Panelo - 4
Mariano Gonzalez - 7
Panelo - 3


Flat Out/Equine Law - 15

Brandon Phillips - 5
Avery Chapman - 1
Jeff Hall - 7
Paul Knapp - 2

Audi Polo - 17

Marc Ganzi - 1
  Tommy Biddle - 6
Nic Roldan - 8
Wes Finlayson - 2



Newport Polo and Flat out/equine Law secure finals spots during qualifier rounds of the USPA Kay Colee Memorial

Newport Polo scored consecutive wins over Ruby Q 3-2 and Piaget 4-3 Friday afternoon in the opening round of play in the 2012 Kay Colee Memorial Cup to qualify for Sunday’s finals. Flat Out/Equine Law closed out the day with a 13-7 romp over Audi  to secure the other tournament finalist berth.


Newport Polo / Piaget / Ruby Q

Juan Bollini pursuing Diego Cossio - 2012 USPA Kay Colee Memorial - Grand Champions Polo Club - Image by Sheryel Ashfort

Diego (Gieco) Cossio, right, moves the ball downfield for Ruby Q as
Piaget's Juan Bollini reaches in to hook.

Piaget flexed its muscles in the opening three chukker match of the round-robin by downing Ruby Q 6-2 in a game that saw Jason Crowder, Juan Bollini and Joey Casey each score a pair of goals. Ruby Q got single goals from Diego Cossio and Kris Kampsen but was clearly outmatched in the loss.

Ruby Q held the field for the second three-chukker contest in which they scored the opening goal of the game with a goal from the field from Cossio, leading at the end of the first chukker, 1-0. Newport responded consecutive goals in the second from Mariano Gonzalez and Gene Goldstein while shutting out the Ruby Q offensive for a 2-1 advantage with one chukker left to play. Kampsen converted a penalty shot in the third chukker with Esteban Panelo ending the game with a goal from the field in the 3-2 win. 

The showdown between Piaget and Newport would be for a position in Sunday’s finals with Juan Bollini scoring the first goal of the game for an early 1-0 Piaget lead. Esteban Panelo tied it up at 1-1 with his second goal of the day. Newport moved ahead 3-1 on a pair of goals from Gene Goldstein in the second, but Jason Crowder cut the lead to a single goal, 3-2, with his third goal of the afternoon. Joaquin Panelo’s first goal of the game pushed Newport ahead, 4-2 before Crowder scored again as Piaget continued to trail, 4-3. Desperate measures couldn’t turn the tide in the final minute of play, however, as Newport held on for the 4-3 victory.



Jeff Hall goal, Brandon Phillips defending - 2012 USPA Kay Colee Memorial - Grand Champions Polo Club

Brandon Phillips speeds in to prevent Jeff Hall's hit from becoming an Audi goal.

Flat Out/Equine Law took control of the second match from the opening throw-in and pummeled Audi 13-7 to capture a spot against Newport in Sunday’s finals of the 2012 Kay Colee Memorial Cup at the Grand champions Polo Club in Wellington.

Two early goals from Paul Knapp were complimented by a goal from Brandon Phillips as Flat Out/Equine Law ran off with an early 3-0 lead after the first seven minutes of play.

A pair of goals from 8-goaler Nic Roldan in the second was answered by a penalty conversion from Audi team captain Marc Ganzi. Ganzi followed up with a goal from the field to trail, 5-2. Phillips scored the final goal of the second chukker for a commanding 6-2 Flat Out/Equine Law advantage.

Both defenses tightened up in the third, with Roldan’s sole penalty conversion accounting for all of the offense as Flat Out/Equine Law extended its lead at the end of the first half to five goals, 7-2.

A new-look Audi took the field in the fourth, picking up single goals from Ganzi, Jeff Hall and a penalty goal from Tommy Biddle. Avery chapman kept Flat Out/Equine Law from getting blanked with a goal. Audi continued to trail, 8-5.

Goals from Phillips and Roldan were countered by a penalty conversion for a goal from Hall, and with one chukker left to play, Flat Out/Equine Law sat on top of a 10-6 advantage. Hall’s second goal of the game cut the Flat Out/Equine Law lead back to three goals 10-7, but Flat Out/Equine Law wasn’t intimidated at all, Phillips, Roldan and Knapp added single goals to end the game with a decisive 13-7 win.

The 2012 Kay Colee Memorial Cup is scheduled to continue with Piaget, Ruby Q and Audi playing in a 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon consolation round-robin on the Grand Champions Polo Club fields while Flat Out/Equine Law will face Newport in the tournament finals at noon.


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