Circle Z takes Bali Hai Challenge

ANINI—The Circle Z Polo Team defeated Coldwell Banker Bali Hai 11-7 in a

thrilling 4-chukker match at the Kaua`i Polo Club’s Anini Field last Sunday


A large crowd of people who had gathered for the Rotary Club of

Hanalei Bay fundraiser event was treated to outstanding polo action in the


Starting with a 2-goal handicap for Bali Hai, play in the

first chukker was fast with Circle Z’s Mike Conant and Ronnie Tongg and Bali

Hai’s Herman Louis DeCoite demonstrating their experience and dedication to the

sport with Conant scoring twice, Tongg once, and Herman Louis DeCoite


Mike Zapara contributed one goal to Circle Z.

Long runs and

“cat-and-mouse” stickwork by Tongg and Ka`aina Decoite dominated the start of

the second chukker until Tongg took over and scored for Circle Z, showing his

fans his skills that previously earned him the rating of Hawai`i’s highest

rated polo player.

Derrick Naauau scored for Bali Hai.

Powerful offense

and defense highlighted the third chukker with Greg Smith scoring once for Bali

Hai and Circle Z scoring three times, twice by Tongg.


horsemanship and stick work by both teams announced the fourth chukker that

provided spectators with a high level of action with Conant scoring twice and

Zapara adding one score for Circle Z.

Conant wrapped up the chukker by

taking a 60 yard penalty shot that sailed high over, and between the pylons

extracting cheers from the audience.

JJ’s Broiler defeated Budweiser

8-5 in the day’s opener with Hal Gargrave, Kimo Huddleston, and Ron Bonaguidi

highlighting the action in the first chukker that was closed on a play that had

Dori Weymouth having a good run down the field with fans assuming she had a

definite goal.

But, as the dust settled, it was discovered the pony had

kicked the ball through with the records showing it to be a “pony


Expert hooking skills by Huddleson was the highlight of the second

chukker that had play centering outside of the goal mouth. Julian Chapa

executed a beautiful play that resulted in a score for JJ’s.


dominating the play in the second chukker, opened the third chukker with an

early scor. Taking the bowl in, Bonaguidi raced through heavy field traffic to

tally a score for JJ’s.

Fast and furious play between Bonaguidi and

Huddleston was broken when Hargrave took on Huddleston allowing Bonaguidi an

opportunity to rack up another score.

The fourth chukker had offensive and

defensive play moving up and down the field with the chukker ending on a

breath-taking penalty shot by Huddleston from midfield that sailed high over

the pylons for a Budweiser score.

The Kaua`i Polo Club season is well under

way with exciting matches each Sunday at the Anini Polo Field at 1:30 and 3

p.m. Admission to the public is $5 per person.

JJ’s 8, Budweiser



JJ’s: Julian Chapa, Ron Bonaguidi, Hal Hargrave, John


Budweiser: Dori Weymouth, Kamalu Sheldon, Kimo Huddleston, Celia


Umpire: Herman Louis DeCoite.

Circle Z 11, Bali Hai



Circle Z: Mike Zapara, Ronnie Tongg, Mike Conant, Mike


Bali Hai: Greg Smith, Derrick Naauau, Ka`aina DeCoite, Herman

Louis DeCoite.

Umpires: Hal Hargrave, Kimo Huddleston.


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