Halaulani All-Stars win; Hanalei, Bud tie in Kaua`i Open polo action

ANINI—Halaulani All-Stars edged past Island Screen Specialist 5-4, and Hanalei

Bay battled Budweiser to a 6-6 deadlock to provide spectators with a great

afternoon of polo as the Kaua`i Open polo tournament entered its second round

match at the Anini Polo Fields. The tournament continues this weekend with

Circle Z entering the fray.

With the goal in sight in the first chukker,

Kamalu Sheldon made a long run down the field at full gallop, but overshot the

ball with John Elwin moving in to score the goal for the All-Stars that was

answered by a Hal Hargrave power shot that slammed the ball between the goal

posts as the spectators erupted in cheer. That Hargrave power shot for Island

Screen Specialist deadlocked the contest, but Elwin pulled Halaulani ahead with

a score just before the bell.

Michelle Linstedt replaced Peter Cameron in

the scoreless second chukker that saw a pair of penalties assessed against the

All-Stars and one against Island Screen Specialist with neither side being able

to capitalize.

Derrick Naauao replaced Hargrave in the third chukker that

saw Elwin erupt for two goals for Halaulani. Naauao answered by scoring one

for Island Screen Specialist, with Sheldon knocking one through the posts after

several attempts for the All-Stars.

Naauao opened the fourth chukker with a

goal shortly after bowl in, and a penalty at the goalmouth against Halaulani

was taken by Naauao who tapped the ball over the goal line for the final 5-4

reading in the Halaulani victory.

The entrance of the teams for the Kaua`i

Open match was unusually colorful as a pair of Tahitian dancers heralded the

arrival of the Hanalei Bay team who entered the arena on foot. The team

remained on the field as the dancers performed along with a fire dancer that

captivated the audience.

That was followed by the thunder of about 20

motorcycles with a police cruiser escort that through the Budweiser team onto

the field with a finale that had the motorcycles revving up in a thunderous

roar.

The opening set the stage for the action that followed as the first

chukker got underway in fast forward mode with a penalty shot against Hanalei

Bay taken by Herman Louis DeCoite, scoring with a powerful clean

shot.

Following missed penalty shots by Herman Louis and Kimo

Huddleston, Hal Hargrave broke the goal barrier by weaving through traffic to

score to Hanalei Bay.

In an attempt to change the line of play, Herman

Louis hit a back shot that had goal written all over it, but Huddleston whacked

it with such power, the ball shot off the field across the tailgaters’ tables,

breaking glasses before finally landing in the rear of an open van in the

parking lot.

Huddleston eventually scored for Hanalei Bay with an easy shot

just before chukker’s end.

Defensive play with serious riding and hooking

dominated the second chukker that saw the only score coming for Hanalei Bay by

Ryan Tongg.

A highlight of the excellent defensive skills was shown when

Herman Louis took a penalty shot for Budweiser, lobbing it high in the air

towards the goal, but Huddleston extending his mallet high to knock the ball

down.

Another penalty shot against Hanalei Bay was taken by Herman Louis

who got off one of his long shots only to have Huddleston intercept it midair,

but in a heartbeat, Ka`aina DeCoite had control of the ball to go the entire

length of the field to score for Budweiser in the third chukker.

Tongg took

control of the remaining few minutes of the chukker to score for Hanalei

Bay.

Action peaked in the final chukker as fans gasped at the near

collisions and rough riding that dominated the period with both team’s riders

playing at their highest levels.

The match ended with a Herman Louis

charging the field at full gallop, scoring for Budweiser to tie the match

6-6.

Budweiser had entered the match with a 3 handicap.

The Kaua`i Open

polo tournament continues next Sunday with a Club Polo match scheduled for 1:30

p.m. and the finals of the Kaua`i Open tournament getting underway at 3:00

p.m.

Matches are open to the public with admission at $5.00 per

person.

Teams

Hanalei Bay: Hal Hargrave, Ryan Tongg, Kimo Huddleston,

Knox Weymouth.

Budweiser: Greg Smith, Derrick Naauao, Ka`aina DeCoite,

Herman Louis DeCoite.

Umpires: Mike Conant, Kim Kelly. Referee: Mike

Sheehan.

Halaulani All-Stars: Julian Chapa, John Elwin, Kamalu

Sheldon.

Island Screen Specialist: Celia Goodman, Hal Hargrave, Peter

Cameron, Michelle Linstedt, Derrick Naauao.

Umpire: Greg Smith.

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