Team Rover wins Glenwood Cup
Team Land Rover Roaring Fork captured the 2003 Glenwood Cup on Saturday, Aug. 30, in polo action at the Roaring Fork Polo Club at Stout Ranch on Baldy Creek.
Land Rover Roaring Fork defeated Roaring Fork Polo Club soundly, 5-3 in four high-speed chukkars.
Early in the contest, the teams appeared evenly matched and at the end of the first 7-and-a-half-minute chukkar, neither team had scored. Though there were a number of shots on goal, hard-galloping defensive plays by both teams kept the ball from rolling through the uprights.
Land Rover’s Victor Nunez broke the scoreless tie in the second chukkar. But his older brother and opponent, Sanjo Nunez, retaliated for Roaring Fork with a penalty shot to tie the game, 1-1.
Roaring Fork team captain Barry Stout, who was playing for the first time since suffering a broken arm earlier in the season, tapped in a goal to give Roaring Fork a 2-1 lead at the end of the second chukkar.
In the third chukkar, Land Rover rallied back with a goal from the right-hand side of the field by Suzanne Olson, who was making her debut in tournament polo.
In the fourth and final chukkar, Wayne Ewing scored a goal for Roaring Fork, putting them ahead 3-2, but the advantage was short lived.
Land Rover’s captain, Hugo Nunez of Midland, Texas, a four-goal handicapped player, turned on the power to score back-to-back goals to give Land Rover a 4-3 lead.
Roaring Fork responded with a shot that was inches from crossing the goal line when Land Rover’s Linda Lafferty knocked it clear with a backshot to teammate Victor Nunez, who carried it safely upfield.
Victor Nunez then stunned the field as he picked up a knock-in pass from his father and team captain at midfield. He galloped neck-and-neck against Roaring Fork’s Bill Stoddard, battling hard and delivering an insurance goal in Land Rover’s 5-3 victory.
The Roaring Fork Polo Club closed the summer season with a barbecue and awards ceremony. The Best Playing Pony award went to Barry Stout’s “Sunny,” ridden by Sanjo Nunez.
The Roaring Fork Polo Club’s next event will be the World Snow Polo Championship at Wagner Park in Aspen, Dec. 20-21. Teams from across the U.S. and abroad are expected to play in this special Christmas season event.
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