By US Senior Correspondent Alex Webbe

Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sugar Erskine, Julio Arellano and Mason Wroe) managed to hold off a last ditch rally by Valiente (Bob Jornayvaz, Robert Jornayvaz, Santi Torres and Sapo Caset) Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club to capture the 2015 Ylvisaker Cup in a high-scoring 14-13 bout.

The two teams traded goals in the opening chukker with 10-goaler Sapo Caset scoring twice from the field while Coca-Cola got single goals from Sugar Erskine and Julio Arellano for a 2-2 first period. Arellano and Caset exchanged penalty goals to open the second. Arellano drove the ball through the goalposts from 60-yards out while Caset converted a 30-yard penalty shot just a minute later, 3-3. Santi Torres scored his first goal of the game with just under two minutes in the chukker and Caset scorched the Coca-Cola goal for a final goal with 45 seconds on the clock for a 5-3 lead. Erskine got Coca-Cola back on track in the third with a well-executed neck shot for a goal and Arellano followed up with a shot from the corner of the field to tie it at 5-5. Caset converted another 30-yard penalty shot for Valiente, 6-5 at the 3:10 point. Arellano returned the favor with a 30-yard penalty shot of his own for another deadlock at 6-6. A final run at the Valiente goal had Arellano scoring with two seconds in the clock. A highly competitive first half ended with Coca-Cola sitting on a 7-6 lead.

A Coca-Cola foul resulted in Valiente being awarded a goal on a Penalty 1. Torres gave the lead to his team a minute into the period with a shot from the field, 8-7. Arellano tied it at 8-8 with another penalty goal. Erskine took the lead back for Coca-Cola with a field goal, 9-8, followed by a Penalty 1, which gave Coca-Cola another goal and a 10-8 advantage. Caset converted a 60-yard penalty shot with 2:37 left in the chukker, and added a goal from the field to level the score at 10-10. Fouls continued to haunt Valiente, giving up back -to-back penalty goals to Arellano in the first two minutes of play, 12-10. Torres cut the lead to a single goal, 12-11. Erskine and Torres traded goals to end the chukker with Coca-Cola on top of a 13-12 score.

The pace continued to quicken as play began in the sixth, but defense was the byword. Both teams had runs at goal, but back handers and ride-offs kept the chukker scoreless. Over three minutes had elapsed before Robert Jornayvaz found himself on the scoring end of a pass from Caset, 13-13. Both teams scrambled for the ball with neither being able to forge an effective offensive drive. A costly foul sent Arellano to the penalty line in the final minutes of the chukker for a40-yard penalty shot. The shot went wide, but seconds later, another Valiente foul sent him back to the foul line where he scored from 30-yards out, 14-13. Valiente finally gained possession of the ball and started the drive down the field. With Valiente pressing, the Coca-Cola focus was on defense. Caset broke loose, and at a full gallop, attacked the Coca-Cola goal. A longshot was on target, but time expired with the ball falling just short of the goal line as the final horn sounded the Coca-Cola victory.

Arellano led the field with ten goals (seven on penalty conversions), and received MVP honors for his efforts. Erskine added four goals for the win. Caset scored half of his eight goals on penalty shots. Torres was credited with four goals and Robert Jornayvaz scored once in the loss. “Dolfina Resta” owned by Adolfo Cambiaso and played by Sapo Caset, was named Best Playing Pony.

Palm Beach Illustrated wins George Haas Cup
Earlier in the day, a youthful and determined Palm Beach Illustrated team (Tommy Collingwood, Jared Zenni, Facundo Obregon and Michel Dorignac) held off a veteran Tonkawa side (Jeff Hildebrand, Gonzalo Deltour, Inaki Laprida and Jeff Blake) to score a 12-11 win and capture the George Haas Cup, the Ylvisaker Cup subsidiary.

Gonzalo Deltour got Tonkawa on the scoreboard first with a goal from the field at the 5:52 mark for the early 1-0lead. Two minutes later, Tommy Collingwood scored for Palm Beach Illustrated, 1-1. A foul by Tonkawa in their goal mouth, while attempting to divert a score resulted in a Penalty 1andthe awarding of a goal to Palm Beach Illustrated for the 2-1 lead at the end of the period. A second Penalty 1 was awarded to Tonkawa in the second chukker, tying the score at 2-2. Collingwood took the ball the length of the field for a goal to put Palm Beach Illustrated on top of a 3-2 score, and a final goal from the field from Facundo Obregon had Palm Beach Illustrated in the lead, 4-2. Deltour followed up on a run by Laprida, cutting the Palm Beach Illustrated lead to a single goal, 4-3 followed by two Penalty 1 awards (at 6 minutes and 5:37) that had Tonkawa in the lead 5-4. An aggressive Palm Beach Illustrated attack resulted in a pair of penalty conversions by Obregon that ended the first half with Tonkawa trailing, 6-5.

A 40-yard penalty goal by Deltour opened the second half, followed by goals from Laprida and Jeff Hildebrand that had Tonkawa in front by two goals, 8-4. Obregon got Palm Beach Illustrated right back into it with consecutive penalty goals for an 8-8 tie. Fifth chukker play saw Obregon score in the first forty seconds of the chukker, 9-8. Deltour converted a 30-yard penalty shot at 5:27 to even the score once again, 9-9. Goals from the field from Obregon and Jared Zenni were countered by another penalty goal from Deltour. The fifth chukker ended with Palm Beach Illustrated holding on to an 11-10 edge. Two minutes into the final chukker, Deltour scored the tying goal from the field, 11-11, as Tonkawa pressured the Palm Beach Illustrated defense. With 4:27 left in the chukker, Collingwood broke free to score the go-ahead goal, 12-11. Tonkawa continued to press, but a disciplined defense held as Palm Beach Illustrated rode off with the 12-11 win.

Obregon’s seven goals (four on penalty shots) led all scoring. Collingwood scored three times and Zenni added a goal. Palm Beach Illustrated also received one goal on a Penalty 1. Deltour scored half of his team-high six goals on penalty conversions. Laprida and Hildebrand scored single goals and the team was the recipient of three goals on as many Penalty 1s.

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The teams:
Coca-Cola (+20)
Gillian Johnston (+2)
Sugar Erskine (+6)
Julio Arellano (+8)
Mason Wroe (+4)

Valiente (+20)
Bob Jornayvaz (+2)
Santi Torres (+7)
Sapo Caset (+10)
Rob Jornayvaz (+1)

Audi (+20)
Marc Ganzi (+1)
Nic Roldan (+8)
Freddie Mannix (+6)
Lucas Lalor (+5)

Casablanca (+20)
Grant Ganzi (+1)
Juan Bollini (+5)
Guille Aguerro (+6)
Mark Tomlinson (+6)

CT Energia (+20)
Alessandro Bazzoni (+2)
Kris Kampsen (+6)
Joao Paulo Ganon (+7)
Nick Manifold (+5)

Enigma (+20)
Jerome Wirth (+1)
Jeff Hall (+7)
Matias MacDonough (+7)
Carlucho Arellano (+5)

FlexJet (+20)
Melissa Ganzi (0)
Gonzalito Pieres (+9)
Miguel Novillo Astrada (+9)
Cody Ellis (+2)

Gateway Merchants (+19)
Scott Swerdlin (0)
Matias Magrini (+8)
Mariano Obregon (+7)
Mariano Gracida (+4)

Lucchese (+20)
John Muse (0)
Andres Weisz (+4)
Magoo Laprida (+8)
Nico Pieres (+8)

Orchard Hill (+20)
Steve Van Andel (0)
Lucas Criado (+8)
Facundo Pieres (+10)
Remy Du Celliee Muller (+2)

Palm Beach Illustrated (+20)
Jared Zenni (+3)
Tommy Collingwood (+5)
Michel Dorignac (+6)
Facundo Obregon (+6)

Tonkawa (+20)
Jeff Hildebrand (0)
Gonzalo Deltour (+7)
Inaki Laprida (+7)
Jeff Blake (+6)

Villa del Lago (+20)
Jim Zenni (0)
Augustine Obregon (+5)
Polito Pieres (+9)
Julian de Lusarreta (+6)