Rain Postpones Semifinals In Polo Tournament

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Action in the Monty Waterbury Cup tournament at the Bridgehampton Polo Club was limited by bad weather last week, causing the postponement of the semifinals on Saturday and Sunday.

Rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of play, and the fields were still too wet for safe play the following day as well.

A doubleheader on Wednesday, July 30, was the only action of the week in the tournament, and it set the stage for the semis, with White Birch beating C.T. Energia, 10-7, in the morning game to shore up the top seed in the semis, while Equuleus edged K.I.G., 13-12, in the other game in the afternoon to earn the second seed.

The same match-ups were slated for the semifinals, which were scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 6. The winners will play for the Monty Waterbury Cup at Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton on Saturday, August 9, at 4:30 p.m.

White Birch remained undefeated with its 10-7 win over C.T. Energia last week. C.T. Energia, a 19-handicap team in what is a 20-goal tournament, began the match with a 1-0 lead, but White Birch went into the second chukker with a 3-2 lead after two goals from sponsor Peter Brant (two handicap) and a goal from Mariano Aguerre (nine handicap). White Birch had a 7-4 halftime lead and led 10-5 going into the final chukker.

Brant led all scorers with five goals, while Aguerre and teammate Hilario Ulloa (nine handicap) each scored twice. Matias Sosa (zero handicap) added a goal.

C.T. Energia was led by Kris Kampsen (six-goaler) and Joao Paulo Ganon (seven-goaler), who each scored twice, while Nick Manifold (five handicap) and sponsor Alessandro Bazzoni (one handicap) each scored once.

In the other match, Equuleus was led by seven-goaler Mariano Gonzalez, who had nine goals. K.I.G. was led by eight-goaler Tomas Garcia Del Rio, who had eight goals. Gonzalez scored the winning goal in overtime for Equuleus.

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