Patagones Claims Joe Barry Memorial Title In Dramatic Fashion

Patagones celebrates after winning the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. Photo by Alex Pacheco

When the rain postponed the Joe Barry Memorial Cup final on Sunday January 16, Beverly Polo and Patagones returned to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Tuesday January 18 to determine the champion.

Worth the wait, Patagones captured the win dramatically, claiming an 11-10 overtime win over a Tomas Garcia del Rio golden goal.

Both teams were unwilling to concede an inch in a close-quarters final which led to back and forth goal exchanges throughout the second half.

Patagones ‘Garcia del Rio and Beverly Polo’s Tolito Ocampo Jr. went head to head from the penalty line, but the difference in the match was Patagones’ efficiency from the pitch, who took advantage of their opportunities around the goal. .

In pursuit of their second consecutive title, Beverly Polo created more scoring chances but only shot 31% from the field, while Patagones turned 63% of their shots into what ultimately was the difference in the game.

Despite an impressive nine-goal performance from Ocampo that helped send the match into extra time, Patagones’ Garcia del Rio sent the ball through the goalposts to secure the Joe Barry Memorial Cup title.

Driving forward early in the game, Beverly Polo racked up nine shots through the first two chukkers but couldn’t find the goal, with their only score coming from an Ocampo Penalty 2 conversion. Providing a quick response with his first chukker penalty, Garcia del Rio began a five-goal streak for Patagones.

The referee’s whistle continued to stop the game and sent Garcia del Rio to the penalty line, as he added his fourth penalty goal to start the third chukker and put Patagones in the 4-1 lead. By scoring the first field goal of the game, Santiago Wulff ended Patagones’ five-goal streak without a response, while Beverly Polo also ended the drought before half-time on Ocampo’s second goal of the game.

Under 5-2, Beverly Polo retooled at half-time and focused on converting opportunities around goal. Building on tournament leader Ocampo’s play, Beverly Polo quickly found her place in fourth ckukker, scoring four goals in quick succession to turn a three-goal shortcoming into a one-goal lead within minutes. Ocampo contributed three goals while assisting on a count from Lucas Diaz Alberdi.

Yet the two teams remained tied with little margin for error on the last two chukkers. Ocampo added two penalty transformations as Patagones excelled from the field, receiving a goal each from Joaquin Avendano, Garcia del Rio and Wulff, leaving only seven minutes left to determine the champion.

Ocampo scored first to give the Beverly Polo a slim 10-9 lead, but it was short-lived as Garcia del Rio added his seventh goal in the next action. At a crucial moment, a second yellow card sent Benjamin Avendano off the pitch for two minutes, but the Patagones defense rose, preventing a goal at the Beverly Polo and sending the game into extra time.

Despite initial pressure from Beverly Polo, Patagones ran out of time despite having only three players on the pitch, and with the return of Benjamin Avendano, they started a downstream attack. Finding space, it was Garcia del Rio who claimed the golden goal, sending a shot through the posts to secure the thrilling 11-10 win and claim the 2022 Joe Barry Memorial Cup title. For his efforts, Garcia del Rio is was named Most Valuable Player while Tunito, his 14-year-old dark bay gelding, claimed Best Playing Pony honors.

Currently at the IPC is the Ylvisaker Cup, which opened on January 23 and will end on Sunday February 6. Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com for more information.

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