Kim Kelly strong in ECC Las Vegas win

ANINI—Despite the threat of Tropical Storm Daniel looming offshore, a large

crowd watched ECC Las Vegas trounce Bali Hai Realty 9-3 last Sunday at the

Anini Polo Fields.

ECC’s Kim Kelly dominated the opening chukker after

Melinda Nest opened the contest, bowling in the ball from the sideline with

Kelly taking the ball, but missing on a shot-on-goal.

Julian Chapa

capitalized on the play to score for Bali Hai from 20 yards out, but Kelly then

took control for the length of the field for a quick score.

On play

resumption, Kelly intercepted a Bali Hai pass and charged to the goalmouth for

another quick goal to end the chukker with ECC in the lead 2-1.

Kelly took

charge of the second chukker on a pass to teammate Michelle Lindstedt who took

the shot on goal that was deflected with Kelly being able to reach the ball and

score on the play for her third goal of the game.

The chukker would not end

until Kelly scored her fourth goal with a neck shot, one of the more difficult

maneuvers in polo. That score ended the chukker 4-1 for ECC.

Kelly

continued to dominate the play, opening the third chukker with her fifth goal.

Bob Nooney answered for Bali Hai, but Kelly came right back with a string of

three more goals to close the chukker 8-2 for ECC.

Bali Hai took the

offense in the final chukker with a shot on goal that was blocked by Lindstedt

only to have Ka`aina DeCoite regaining control and scoring on the play for Bali

Hai.

The response was another Kelly goal who got an assist from John Elwin

for her triple hat trick.

Bali Hai tried to close the gap with Chapa taking

a fall in the melee. Shaking off the tumble, Chapa recovered, but time ran

out before Bali Hai could do anything with another Kelly shot-on-goal attempt

that was wide.

Polo continues on Sunday at the Anini Field with a single

match starting at 3 p.m. The public is welcome with admission being $5 per

person for the afternoon.

Teams: ECC Las Vegas: Michelle Lindstedt, Kim

Kelly, John Elwin. Bali Hai Realty: Julian Chapa, Bob Nooney, Ka`aina

DeCoite.

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