Story and Photos by Alan Fabricant of alfabphoto.com
The USA and Ireland played in the season ending international polo match at the National Polo Center.
What was scheduled for a Sunday game on April 30th in the main stadium was postponed due to rain until Monday and played on the Isla Carroll East field since it drains the best of all of the fields on the property.
Both teams played in this 17 goal event and should have been evenly matched.
Unfortunately for the Irish team it didn’t turn out that way.
The USA took a commanding 7-2 lead at halftime and continued with a stout defense and a very aggressive offense led by the game’s MVP Santi Torres throughout the entire second half to win 14-3.
Team USA was made up of Todd Thurston, Santi Torres, who scored 5 goals from the field, Felipe Viana and team Captain Tommy Collingwood who also scored 5 goals.
The Irish team was led by captain Richard LePoer, Evan Power, Niall Donnelly and Max Hutchinson.