Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact

Mon 8th Feb 2021

Beverly Polo Bring Home Ylvisaker Cup

Strong offence & defence for winning team

Rounds of competition have been underway at International Polo Club, Palm Beach since 20 January for The Ylvisaker Cup. The 16 goal line-up of Beverly Polo looked strong throughout the competition, but their opponents in the Final, Palm Beach Equine had also had an impressive run. In fact, the Final of the Ylvisaker was the fourth time the teams have faced each other in this year’s tournament. Palm Beach Equine had emerged victorious twice out of the previous three meetings, so on paper they were top seeded and certainly the ones to watch to clinch the prestigious trophy.
However, as we so often see in polo, what is predicted by previous form and the pundits often fails to materialise and the Final was a different story. Beverly Polo had received a two goal scoreboard advantage for their handicap difference and rather than performing as the lesser handicapped underdogs, they came out of the pony lines with conviction and capitalised on this scoreboard bonus from the outset. Displaying a strong game both in attack and defence which left their (by now familiar) opponents on the day, Palm Beach Equine trailing for the whole game.
The key to Beverley Polo’s success must be attributed to the outstandingly strong game played by Tolito Fernández Ocampo, rated at six and his partner in crime, Hilario Figureras who both scored five goals apiece. There was a high rate of scoring from both teams, so that by half-time it was still Beverly Polo in the lead, 10-7, but Palm Beach Polo were certainly putting up a fight.
However, the ‘take home’ statistic from the day was Palm Beach Equine committed 11 fouls, which resulted in six penalty conversions for Beverley Polo, which cost them the victory, both mentally and on the scoreboard itself.
So, despite a valiant fight, it was not Palm Beach Equine’s day and Scott Swerdlin’s team had to accept defeat at the hands of an increasingly impressive Beverley Polo 15-11. For his five goal scoring tally Figueras was awarded Most Valuable Player, whilst the Best Playing Pony Award was given to One Juliana, played by Tolito Ocampo throughout the game. Bill Ballhaus received the 18 Goal Sportsmanship Award.
Ylvisaker Cup Final Teams:
Beverly Polo (16): Bill Ballhaus (0), Joaquín Panelo – subbing in for Peke Gonzalez (6), Tolito Fernández Ocampo (6) & Hilario Figueras (4) 
Palm Beach Equine (18): Costi Caset (5), Robbie Bilbao (5), Gringo Colombres (8) & Scott Swerdlin (0
Photograph: Beverly Polo, winners of The Ylvisaker Cup. By ©Alex Pacheo

Follow Polotimes on Twitter

Other top stories

Mon 8th Mar 2021
C.V. Whitney Cup Final
Park Place prevail for $100,000 prize money

Tue 2nd Mar 2021
C.V. Whitney Cup Continues
Semi Finals Set

Mon 1st Mar 2021
Postponed 2020 U.S Open Women’s Championship Played
Nina Clarkin flies in from New Zealand to clinch the title

Tue 23rd Feb 2021
C.V. Whitney Cup Continues Tomorrow
Wins so far for Pilot, Santa Clara, La Indiana and Coca-Cola

Mon 22nd Feb 2021
Richard Mille Secure All Star Challenge
Opening World Polo League Tournament

Tue 16th Feb 2021
All Star Challenge Underway
2021 World Polo League

Mon 15th Feb 2021
La Indiana Secure 2020 USPA Gold Cup
Covid-delayed tournament concludes

Thu 11th Feb 2021
Polo Times Out This Week!
Reports, Features & Pre-Season Preparation Tips

Wed 10th Feb 2021
2020 USPA Gold Cup Semi Final Today
Pandemic-postponed tournament resumes

Tue 9th Feb 2021
Scone Secure Sterling Cup
Win for Cambiasos

See all news in:

End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015


Latest Classified

Latest Classified

 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use