Molina Cup at Grand Champions: Travieso rallies to capture title
Molina Cup at Grand Champions: Travieso rallies to capture titleMolina Cup at Grand Champions: Travieso rallies to capture title

Molina Cup at Grand Champions: Travieso rallies to capture title

Beat Beverly Equestrian in extra chukker

April 2, 2017
April 2, 2017
In a spectacular finish, Sebastian Merlos scored the winning goal to lead Travieso to a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory over Beverly Equestrian Saturday at breezy Grand Champions Polo Club. It was Travieso's second consecutive 20-goal tournament win during the winter season. The foursome of Tony Calle, Torito Ruiz, Merlos and Hugo Barabucci also won the prestigious Sterling Cup last month.

It was a physical, defensive battle for most of the game. Beverly Equestrian (Bill Ballhaus, Carlucho Arellano, Magoo Laprida, Iñaki Laprida) dominated the first half with its tight man defense, taking Travieso out of its game and shutting them out in the second chukker.

Led by the Laprida brothers, Beverly Equestrian jumped out to leads of 3-1 in the opening chukker, 4-1 after the second chukker and 6-3 at the half. After Iñaki Laprida opened the fourth quarter with a goal that rolled just inside the goal post for a 7-3 advantage, Travieso started to dig itself out of a hole.

Despite Beverly Equestrian's smothering defense, Travieso scored three unanswered goals in the fourth chukker and early in the fifth to trail by only one, 7-6, with 4:10 left in the fifth. Beverly Equestrian came back with two goals of its own (from Arellano and penalty one) to pull ahead, 9-6.

Travieso saved its best for last in the sixth chukker with three more unanswered goals for a 3-0 advantage in regulation and fourth goal in overtime. Hugo Barabucci came up with his first goal of the game at 1:46 to trail, 9-8, and Calle scored with 32 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

MVP: Sebastián Merlos, scored five goals.
BPP: Tattooed Lady, a 6-year-old mare ridden by Arellano.
Scorers Travieso: Sebastián Merlos (5), Tony Calle (2), Torito Ruiz (2), Hugo Barabucci (1).
Scorers Beverly Equestrian: Carlucho Arellano (4), Iñaki Laprida (3), Magoo Laprida (1).

$100,000 World Cup at Grand Champions

A star-studded VIP tent was treated to live music, DJ Adam Lipson and catered affair by award-winning Wellington chef Shannon Atkins. The sixteen teams slated to compete in the $100,000 World Cup at Grand Champions had their own individual tents to watch the game before the World Cup draw and after-party was held. 16 teams entered from 4 goal to 26, winner take all $100,000.

Top Draw
San Saba vs Deeridge
Valiente I vs Audi
San Saba: Dawn Jones 1, Luis Saracco 4, Tomás Garbarini 5, Luis Echezarreta 3. Total: 13.
Deeridge: Will Jacobs -1, Tato Bollini 0, Lucas Lalor 5, Wesley Finlayson 3. Total: 7.	
Valiente I: Bob Jornayvaz 2, TBA, Adolfo Cambiaso 10, TBA. Total: 12+.				
Audi: Marc Ganzi 2, Magoo Laprida 8, Nic Roldan 8, Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 26.

Top second Half
La Dalila vs Equuleus
Travieso vs Orchard Hill
La Dalila: TBA, Maco Llambias 5, Pablo Dorignac 5, Francisco Ayala 3. Total: 13+.			Equuleus: Martin Rodriguez 0, Marcos Telechea 1, Daniel Tagliaferro 1, Luis Funes 2. Total: 4.
Travieso: Mackenzie Weisz 0, Tony Calle 2, Julio Ezcurra 4, Juanse Olivera 0. Total: 6.
Orchard Hill: Polito Pieres 10, Jota Chavanne 5, Facundo Pieres 10, Steve Van Andel 1. Total: 26.

Bottom Draw
IPC vs Palm Beach Illustrated
Casa Dio vs GSA
IPC: Grant Ganzi 2, Juancito Bollini 3, Jason Crowder 6, Jesse Bray 5. Total: 16.
Palm Beach Illustrated: Jared Zenni 4, Agustín Obregón 5, Santi Torres 7, Tommy Collingwood 5. Total: 21.	
Casa Dio: Mariano Obregon 7, Carlucho Arellano 5, Juan Martin Obregon 5	, Juan Monteverde 5. Total: 22.			
GSA: Henry Porter 1, Torito Ruiz 3, Santino Magrini 2, Juan Martin Zubia 6. Total: 12.

Bottom Second Half
Sebucan vs The Polo School
Flexjet vs Valiente II
Sebucan: Benji Daniels 1, Justin Daniels 1, Pablo Pulido 1, Juan Olivera 2. Total: 5.			
The Polo School: Rick Desich -1, JJ Celis 4, Lolly Stanhope-White 1, Alex Webb 1. Total: 5.
Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi 0, Rodrigo Andrade 9, Gonzalo Pieres 9, Nicolás Pieres 8. Total: 26.
Valiente II: Rob Jornayvaz 1, Matías Torres Zavaleta 6, Pablo Spinacci 6, Tomás García Del Río 8. Total: 21.

SUNDAY, April 2: Top Pony 12-Goal Final, High Ground/GSA at Patagones, 10:30 a.m.; Madelon Bourdieu 6-Goal Final, Sebucan at Equuleus, noon.
APRIL 4-15: $100,000 World Cup Tournament (0-26 Goals), winner-take-all, single- elimination.
APRIL 5-25: Las Acacias (4-8 Goals).
APRIL 21-23: GCPC Abierto.
APRIL 28-30: USPA Eastern Challenge.
MAY 5-7: USPA Sun Cup
MAY 12-14: The Spring Challenge Cup.
MAY 19-21: Polo Gear Invitational.
MAY 26-29: The Memorial.