Hotel Colorado captures 6th straight Devereux Cup
Aspen, CO Colorado
NEW CASTLE, Colo. – There was fast action, high scoring, and a close battle to the finish – but when the dust had settled, Hotel Colorado had captured the winner’s trophy for the sixth year in a row at the Stout Ranch on Baldy Creek on Sunday.
The Hotel Colorado team was pressed hard in the final round by the visiting Dollar D Ranch team from Quemado, N.M. But the perpetual winners pulled out a come-from-behind victory with a scoring spree started by Selby Stout, the youngest player on the field, who tied the match at 3-all.
Despite the threat of rain in the early morning, the grandstand was packed to watch three teams – Dollar D, Hotel Colorado, and Team Roaring Fork – play the sixth annual Devereux Cup.
In the final two chukkers of the round-robin tournament, Dollar D’s Dan Coleman scored the first goal. Hotel Colorado’s Michelle Huber answered with a goal of her own three minutes later.
Matching goal to goal, Travis Simpson wowed the crowd with a shot from mid-field, with only 59 seconds on the clock. But it was Craig Huber who roused the crowd to cheer, as he smacked the ball and raced far ahead of the pack, putting in a final goal for Hotel Colorado with only .01 seconds on the clock.
Because of a handicap adjustment of +1 goal for the New Mexico squad, that left the score 3-2 Dollar D at the end of the first chukker.
Two minutes into the final chukker, the teen-aged Selby Stout scored the tying goal.
The pressure was on, and, as the clock ran down, Hotel Colorado’s Craig Huber – with assists by a hard-riding, hard-hitting Barry Stout – made two more back-to-back goals to win the tournament, 5-3.
In earlier action in the tournament, Roaring Fork’s Will Schorre scored a goal in the first 30 seconds of the first chukker against Dollar D. Travis Simpson made a stunning neck shot, scoring the first goal for the New Mexican team. Dollar D’s captain, Dan Coleman, put in one more goal, bringing the score to 3-1. Roaring Fork’s Linda Lafferty scored a penalty shot, moving the score up to 3-2. At the end of chukker, Dollar D had edged out Roaring Fork, 3-2, and headed into the finals against Hotel Colorado.
The charity Devereux Cup is named for the founder of the Hotel Colorado, Walter Devereux, who brought polo to the Roaring Fork Valley in the 1890s. This year’s charity was the Childhelp River Bridge Center, which benefited from the proceeds of a silent auction hosted by the Hotel Colorado.
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