Wellington Polo News: Goose Creek Wins 16-Goal Santa Rita Abierto
Goose Creek (Maureen Brennan, Tommy Collingwood, Cote Zegers, Tano Vial) beat Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Fred Mannix and Nic Roldan) in the 16-goal Santa Rita Abierto final that took place at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, 14-12.
In the first half, Goose Creek took the lead of 5-4 with four goals credited to Brennan.
In the fourth chukker, Casablanca scored for a 8-7 advantage, that would be their first and only lead of the whole match.
Goose Creek re-took the lead in the fifth chukker, 11-10.
In the early sixth chukker, Brennan and her boys were leading 12-10 but Casablanca put enough pressure and managed to get a 12-12 tie. A determined Goose Creek foursome battled back and took the lead once again, courtesy of Zegers first, followed by a penalty conversion by Vial, who secured the title for Goose Creek, 14-12.
The MVP Pro was awarded to Tano Vial while the MVP Amateur was given to Maureen Brennan, both from Goose Creek. Tommy Collingwood’s polo pony Image took the BPP honors.
The tournament is named after the Melissa Ganzi’s Ocala Santa Rita farm. Santa Rita Farm which was named after Melissa’s deceased grandmother. This is where the Ganzi family breeds and trains polo ponies.
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