Boston Polo School: Mark Tashjian, Elizabeth Owens/ Fiona Sills, Molly Hosler/ Beatrice Pforr, DownEast: Alex King, Oliver Keithly, and Lauren Bilsky, Northshore: Erik Christianson, Tessa Kell, Dale Eddy, Eliza Eddy/Annie Payson Alt Lex Pothul/Ben Seager, and TBM Restoration's Sam Clemens, Tom Maloney, and Caddy Yates.
Thanks to some scheduling feats we had some great games and participation. Nearly all games get the players, spectators, and umpires on the edge. The first game was played two days before Christmas between DownEast and TBM Restoration. DownEast started strong with Oliver and Alex scoring in succession early on, but the score grew close as Sam opened up in the 3rd chucker scoring 3 goals in a row. DownEast still came out on top 6 to 5. The second game featured Northshore battling it out against Boston. The score was tied 2 to 2 at the end of the first, and 5 to 4 with Boston down at half. The score spread out a bit after Mark hoped on his little chestnut Mare scoring 4 goals in the 3rd to NorthShore's 1 to end the 3rd 8 to 6, with the final score 11 to 8 for Boston. The 3rd game saw Boston play TBM. Another close game with the score 4 to 6 at the half, Boston was able to pull through 8 to 5 at the end sending Boston to the finals. The 4th game to determine Boston's competetor in the finals was between TBM and DownEast. The score was tied after the first 2-2, with Tessa scoring 2 goals and Alex and Lauren each scoring one. At half the score was 4-5 thanks to Tessa scoring another two for Northshore. Downeast outscored Northshore 4-3 in the 3rd bringing the score to 9-7, with a final score of 12 to 10 for Downeast.
The finals were played New Years Day between DownEast and Boston, with Sam Clemens and Jeff Header umpiring. The score was 4 to 4 at the end of the first with Mark and Alex each scoring 3 and Molly and Lauren 1 each. The game remained close with the score 8-10 at the end of the 3rd. Downeast tried hard to pull through in the end with Alex scoring 2 and Oliver one in the 3rd, pulling ahead by 1. Mark was able to convert another goal shortly after to tie the game up. Boston then drew a penalty with under a minute left, getting a penalty 3. The penalty went in but a mis-execution was called on Mark's team, resulting in a throw in. In the final seconds Mark brought the ball to goal but was ridden off hard and could not complete. Molly, close behind, finished the goal winning the game just before the buzzer.
All of the games were great to watch, superb umpiring, and the horses were amazing! Best Playing Pony went to Pastora, owned by Oliver Keithly.