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Equine Law Scores a 9-8 win Over Audi Polo in the
Tato's Mallets Challenge Cup

Equine Law's Tommy Biddle turns in an MVP performance and a game high eight goals as Equine Law takes the Cup.

Match Report by Alex Webbe
Images by Sheryel Aschfort
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Equine Law - 14

Ruben Gracida - 3
Joaquin Panelo  - 4
Tommy Biddle - 6
Avery Chapman - 1

Audi Polo - 13

Marc Ganzi - 1
Jeff Hall - 7
Carlitos Gracida - 3
Wes Finlayson - 2



In earlier Pedro Morrison competition, Equine Law fell behind early but rebounded for a 9-8 win over Audi to capture the Tato’s Mallets Challenge Cup behind eight goals from 6-goaler Tommy Biddle.

Avery Chapman, the Equine Law captain, charges along the boards pursued by
Carlitos Gracida, left, and Wes Finlayson of Audi Polo

Marc Ganzi scored the only goal of the first chukker, on a penalty shot to put Audi on top, 2-0 (Audi received one goal by handicap from the 14-goal Equine Law team).

Two goals from Biddle in the second chukker went unanswered, as Audi was kept on the defensive. Equine Law leveled attack after attack on the Audi goal. After two periods of play the score was all even at 2-2.

Biddle gave Equine Law a 3-2 lead with the opening goal of the third chukker and his third goal of the game, but the lead was short-lived. Carlitos Gracida converted a penalty shot for the tying goal, 3-3, and Marc Ganzi put Audi on top, 4-3, with his second goal of the game to end the first half.

Jeff Hall scored to put Audi ahead 5-3 to open the fourth chukker when Biddle and his Equine Law teammates took over. Biddle converted two more penalty shots for goals and added another from the field as Equine Law rode off the field at the end of the period with a 6-5 advantage.

Audi Polo's Carlitos Gracida turns his pony toward the ball while
Joaquin Panelo reaches in to hook his outstretched mallet

Ruben Gracida extended the Equine Law lead to two goals, 7-5, with a penalty conversion when Hall scored on a spectacular individual play, weaving through the opposition and drilling the ball through the goalposts for the score, 7-6. Another penalty goal from Biddle had Equine Law on top, 8-6, with one chukker left to play.

Biddle’s eighth goal of the day gave Equine Law a comfortable 9-6 lead as time was running out for Audi. Carlitos Gracida scored a goal from the field and Marc Ganzi scored on a penalty shot, but that was where the rally stalled. Equine Law took the game by a final score of 9-8.

Biddle led all scoring with eight goals, earning MVP honors along the way. Ruben Gracida added a single penalty goal in the win.

Marc Ganzi scored three goals for Audi. Jeff Hall and Carlitos Gracida each scored a pair and the team received one goal by handicap.

Buddha, ridden by Equine Law’s Joaquin Panelo was named Best Playing Pony.



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