The opening game of the 2019 high-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach saw Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Gringo Colombres, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, and Kris Kampsen) narrowly edge Patagones (Joaquin Avendano, Benjamin Avendano, Tomas Garcia de Rio, and Santiago Toccalino) 11-10 to claim the Herbie Pennell Cup in front of the grandstand on Field 1 - Home of U.S. Polo Assn. Despite receiving 11 penalty attempts in the game, Patagones was left a goal short as Dutta Corp controlled open play, scoring all but two of their goals from the field. The duo of Lucas Diaz Alberdi and Gringo Colombres led the way with four field goals each, while Kris Kampsen added two penalty conversions in the victory.Dutta Corp raced out to the early 6-3 lead behind their defensive performance, holding Patagones to zero field goals until late in the third chukker, but it was Tomas Garcia del Rio that led the comeback, scoring his fourth goal to end the half and bring Patagones within one goal at 6-5. The two teams traded goals throughout the second half, with neither able to separate themselves in the back and forth affair. With the score tied at 10-10 in the final chukker, Gringo Colombres broke the tie and claimed the 11-10 victory for Dutta Corp. Colombres was named Most Valuable Player and "Fino Conejo" played by Benjamin Avendano recieved the Best Playing Pony award.
(Caroline Roche/ International Polo Club Palm Beach)
The 2019 Herbie Pennell Cup champions pose with their new trophy: Timmy Dutta, Gringo Colombres, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, and Kris Kampsen of Dutta Corp.
Photo credit: Photo credit to Alex Pacheco/IPC. Graphics by International Polo Academy.