Pahio wins USPA Amateur Cup

ANINI—A large crowd watched Pahio Vacation Ownership defeated Bubba Burgers

5-3 in a 4-chukker match to claim the United States Polo Association (USPA)

Amateur Cup last Sunday at the Anini Polo Field.

A horse in heavy traffic

got the credit for the first goal when both teams converged at the goalmouth on

the bowl in with Pahio coming out on top when a horse kicked the ball over the

goal line, but Bubba’s responded on the bowl in as Ka`aina DeCoite took control

for the score.

Pahio’s Greg Smith and DeCoite became involved in a skirmish

for ball control with Kim Kelly setting up the play for DeCoite to score for

Bubba’s.

DeCoite returned the favor early in the second chukker as he

changed the line of play with a nearside back shot for Kelly who took a penalty

shot for Pahio, and with teams bunched around the goalmouth, went through

traffic for the score.

Michelle Lindstedt entered the fray for Pahio in the

third chukker, capitalizing on a fight for ball control between Kelly, DeCoite,

and John Elwin.

Chasing 2 points in the final chukker, Bubba’s made a move

as DeCoite took a penalty shot, only to have Kelly turning the ball. Elwin

moved in to save the goal setting the stage for DeCoite to take the ensuing

knock in and scoring on the play.

DeCoite and Kelly continued to battle

over control of the knockins, but the intensity of play forced the ball over

the end line. With seconds remaining on the clock, Kelly picked up control and

scored a final goal for Pahio.

The Amateur Cup is played under the sanction

of the United States Polo Association with the winning team members receiving

silver cups by Betty Layton, Kaua`i Polo Club Historian.

Polo continues

next Sunday at the Anini Field with a single match starting at 3 p.m.

The

Public is welcome with admission being $5.00 per person.

Teams: Pahio

Vacation Ownership: Michelle Lindstedt, Greg Smith, Kim Kelly, Kamalu Sheldon.

Bubba Burgers: Julian Chapa, John Elwin, Ka`aina DeCoite, Celia Goodman.

Umpire: Rachel DeCamp.

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