Tournament Profile
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  USPA Gold Cup
Polo Master Cup
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Place: Wellington, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Club: International Polo Club Palm Beach
Date: March 7-24, 2013

Level: 26 hcp
Tournament type: Open
WPT Category Ranking: WPT Championship Cup
Winner Points: 100
Finalist Points:
50
Semi Finalist Points:
30
Rest of player Points: 15
Tournament Director: Jimmy Newman
Website: - - -

Valiente Polo Team

Review

Valiente win USPA Piaget Gold Cup - by Alex Webbe

Valiente made up for an early season loss (in the C. V. Whitney Cup) to Zacara and successfully defended its 2012 USPA Piaget Gold Cup title with a resounding 13-9 win Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club in Wellington before thousands of enthusiastic spectators.

With three of the world’s eight 10-goal players on the field, fireworks were expected, and the crowd wasn’t disappointed.  Valiente took the field with 10-goalers Pelon Stirling and Adolfo Cambiaso while the Zacara attack was led by 10-goaler Facundo Pieres.

After racing up and down the pitch for the first four minutes of play, Pelon Stirling scored the only goal of the opening chukker, for an early 1-0 Valiente lead.

Second period play saw Zacara score four straight goals for a 4-1 advantage.  Pieres opened with a penalty conversion, followed up by a goal from the field two minutes later for a 2-1 lead.  Mike Azzaro found himself on the scoring end of a pass from Pieres to make it 3-1 before Pieres blasted the ball through the Valiente goal posts from 90 yards out to make it 4-1.  A Zacara foul sent Santi Torres to the penalty line with 17 seconds on the clock where he converted the shot for a goal.  Zacara held the lead, 4-2, after the first two chukkers of play.

A goal from the field from Pieres was offset by a pair of penalty goals from Torres in the third.  Valiente cut into the Zacara lead but continued to trail at the end of the first half, 5-4.

Valiente took total control of the game in the fourth chukker.  Cambiaso scored on a penalty goal to tie it up at 5-5 and then gave Valiente the lead with a second penalty shot for a goal at 3:22.  A third goal came from Cambiaso with 2:20 left in the chukker.  Torres scored his fourth goal of the game and his first from the field followed by another goal from Cambiaso for a commanding 9-5 lead with two chukkers left to play. 

“Adolfo (Cambiaso) sat us down at halftime and told us what he wanted us to do in the second half,” offered Valiente patron, Bob Jornayvaz.  “He told us to mark our men and pass the ball, and we did,” he smiled.

The fourth chukker really did Zacara in as they struggled to regain the momentum.  Azzaro opened the fifth with a goal from the field, but the Valiente defense forced them to waste nearly two minutes before the goal was scored.  Torres converted another penalty goal at the 4:45 mark for a 10-6 Valiente edge.  Pieres scored two goals over the course of the next two minutes to bring Zacara to with a couple goals of the lead, 10-8, when Torres fired back.  A penalty goal and a goal from the field from the nineteen-year-old 6-goaler ended the chukker with Valiente maintaining the four goal lead, 12-8.

The final chukker was limited to Cambiaso and Pieres exchanging single goals.  Cambiaso scored a goal from the field with five-and-a-half minutes left in regulation play, 13-8 followed by a penalty goal from Pieres at 2:50 for the final score of the game in a 13-9 Valiente victory.

Just a year ago Cambiaso and Stirling joined Bob Jornayvaz’s son, Robert, to win the Piaget Gold Cup, and now Robert was on hand (flew in from the University of Virginia for the game) to watch his father defend the title. 

Torres led the Valiente attack with seven goals (five on penalty shots) and was named MVP.  Cambiaso scored five times (twice on penalty shots) and Stirling added a goal for the win.  Pieres was credited with seven goals for Valiente (two on penalty shots).   Azzaro added two in a losing effort.

Stirling’s 10-year-old brown mare, Silk was honored as Best Playing Pony.

2013 Winner
Valiente 13 vs.Zacara 9
Valiente
  Name
 Hcp
Bob Jornayvaz
0
Santi Torres
6
Pelon Stirling
10
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
 Total 
26
Zacara
  Name
 Hcp
Lyndon Lea
1
Cristian Laprida Jr.
8
Facundo Pieres
10
Mike Azzaro
7
 Total 
26

2012 Winner
Valiente II 11 vs Valiente I 9
Valiente II
  Name
 Hcp
Robert Jornayvaz
0

David Stiring Jr.

10

Adolfo Cambiaso

10
Alejo Taranco
6
 Total 
26
Valiente I
  Name
 Hcp
Bob Jornayvaz
0

Polito Pieres

8

Miguel Novillo Astrada

9

Ignacio Novillo Astrada

9
 Total 
26

2011 Winner
Audi 10 vs Lechuza Caracas 9
Audi
  Name
 Hcp
Marc Ganzi
1

Nicolás Pieres

7

Gonzalo Pieres Jr.

10

Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade

8T
 Total 
26
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
Victor Vargas (Matthew Coppola)
1

Guillermo Caset Jr.

9

Martin Espain

10

Juan Martín Nero

6
 Total 
26

2010 Winner
Crab Orchard 12 vs Las Monjitas 7
Crab Orchard
  Name
 Hcp
George Rawlings
0

Hilario Ulloa

8

Adolfo Cambiaso

10

Julio Arellano

8
 Total 
26
Las Monjitas
  Name
 Hcp
Camilo Bautista
0

Facundo Pieres (filled in for Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr.

10

Javier Novillo Astrada

9

Alejandro Novillo Astrada

7
 Total 
25

2009 Winner
Lechuza Caracas 11 vs Audi 10
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
Victor Vargas
1

Guillermo Caset Jr.

8

Nicolás Espain

7

Juan Martín Nero

10
 Total 
26
Audi
  Name
 Hcp
Marc Ganzi
1

Gonzalo Pieres Jr.

9

Nicolás Pieres

6

Facundo Pieres

10
 Total 
25

2008 Winner
Las Monjitas 12 vs Skeeterville 7
Las Monjitas
  Name
 Hcp
Camilo Bautista
0

Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr

9

Javier Novillo Astrada

9

Ignacio Novillo Astrada

8
 Total 
26
Skeeterville
  Name
 Hcp
Will Johnston
1

Julio Arellano

8

Adam Snow

9

Owen Rinehart

7
 Total 
25

2008 Winner
Crab Orchard 12 vs Lechuza Caracas 10
Crab Orchard
  Name
 Hcp
George Rawlings
0

Matias Magrini

9

Adolfo Cambiaso

10

David Stirling Jr.

7
 Total 
26
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
Victor Vargas
1

Sebastian Merlos

10

Juan Ignacio Merlos

9

Jeff Blake

6
 Total 
26

2007 Winner
New Bridge 12 vs Goose Creek 12
New Bridge
  Name
 Hcp
Russ McCall
0
Gonzalo Garcia del Rio
3
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
Matias Magrini
9
 Total 
22
Goose Creek
  Name
 Hcp
Maureen Brennan
0
Adam Snow
9
Mariano Gonzales
8
Martin Zeggers
5
 Total 
22

2005 Winner
Millarville 11 vs Bendabout 8
Millarville
  Name
 Hcp
 Cristian Laprida (arg)
5
 Federico Von Wernich (arg)
7
 Eduardo Novillo Astrada jr (arg)
9
 Daniel Roenisch (can)
5
 Total 
26
Bendabout
  Name
 Hcp
 Gillian Johnston (us)
2
 Alejandro Novillo Astrada (arg)
7
 Miguel Novillo Astrada (arg)
10
 Tommy Biddle jr (us)
7
 Total 
26
 
2004 Winner
White Birch 17 vs Black Watch 11
White Birch
  Name
 Hcp
 Del Walton (us)
3
 Lucas Criado (arg)
9
 Mariano Aguerre (arg)
10
 Peter Brant (us)
4
 Total 
26
Black Watch
  Name
 Hcp
 Neil Hirsch (us)
1
 Ignacio Figueras (arg)
6
 Gonzalo Pieres (arg)
9
 Facundo Pieres (arg)
8
 Total 
24
 
2003 Winner
White Birch 14 vs Outback 12
White Birch
  Name
 Hcp
 Jeff Blake (us)
6
 Guillermo Caset jr (arg)
6
 Mariano Aguerre (arg)
10
 Peter Brant (us)
4
 Total 
26
Outback
  Name
 Hcp
 Chris Gannon (us)
2
 Lucas Monteverde (arg)
8
 Lucas Criado (arg)
8
 Ignacio Figueras (arg)
6
 Total 
25
 
2002 Winner
White Birch 13 vs Lechuza 11
White Birch
  Name
 Hcp
 Del Carroll Walton (us)
2
 Peter Brant (us)
4
 Mariano Aguerre (arg)
10
 Bautista Heguy (arg)
10
 Total 
26
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
 Victor Vargas (ven)
2
 Sebastian Merlos (arg)
10
 Juan Ignacio Merlos (arg)
10
 Brandon Philips (us)
4
 Total 
26
 
2001 Winner
Boca Polo 10 vs Templeton 6
Boca Polo
  Name
 Hcp
 Charlie Muldoon (us)
6
 Juan Badiola (arg)
7
 Joey Casey (us)
6
 Juan Bollini (arg)
7
 Total 
26
Templeton
  Name
 Hcp
 Gillian Johnston (us)
1
 Jeff Hall (us)
6
 Javier Novillo Astrada (arg)
9
 Miguel Novillo Astrada (arg)
9
 Total 
26