Coca-Cola, Orchard Hill and Postage Stamp Cruise into Semis
Coca-Cola snatched a stunning 16-11 victory over Valiente II in Sunday’s featured match on Engel & Völkers field at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC), concluding the quarterfinals in the 2017 Ylvisaker Cup. Earlier in the day Postage Stamp Farm squeezed by Villa del Lago Modere 10-9, and Orchard Hill bested Horseware 15-10.
It was a stellar day for the team in red, who brought home a slew of awards along with a spot in the semifinals. Patrona Gillian Johnston, who repeatedly ran the ball into goal like a dervish, was named MVP. “Fanta,” played by Coca-Cola’s Julian de Lusarreta and owned by Johnston’s G-String Polo Ponies, was Best-Playing Pony.
Coca-Cola got off to an early 2-0 lead on goals from de Lusarreta and Wesley Finlayson, who played in place of Del Walton. Valiente II answered with a goal from Robert Jornayvaz, back in the line-up after missing the previous two games. That was a boon to Valiente II, who always plays in better sync with Jornayvaz at the helm.