Photo credit Alex Pacheco/IPC. Graphics by International Polo Academy.
The much-anticipated final in the 2019 Joe Barry Cup saw Dutta Corp (Timmy Dutta, Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gringo Colombres, Kris Kampsen) utilize a balanced offensive attack and an organized defense to defeat Patagones (Joaquin Avendano, Benjamin Avendano, Santiago Toccalino, Tomas Garcia de Rio) 11-8 on U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
With the previous two match-ups between the two teams providing close contests, Dutta Corp separated themselves in a dominant 4-1 third chukker. Actively using Timmy Dutta downfield as a receiver, Dutta Corp was able to consistently gain the field advantage, forcing Patagones back into their own half.
The normally potent counter-attack of Patagones, led by Tomas Garcia del Rio and Santiago Toccalino was contained throughout most of the game by a passive defense of Dutta Corp that kept their opponents in front of them and prevented break away runs. An efficient 8 for 12 from the field and 3 for 4 from the penalty line gave Dutta Corp the edge they needed to hold on for the three-goal victory to capture the Joe Barry Cup.
Early in the game, the two teams were evenly matched, trading two goals each in the opening minutes of the game, until a penalty 1 goal in favor of Benjamin Avendano gave Patagones the 3-2 lead at the conclusion of the first chukker.
Tournament scoring leader Santiago Toccalino continued to lead the Patagones attack, adding his third goal of the game before the end of the second chukker, but it was Timmy Dutta who responded with a goal in each of the first and second chukkas to push his team back into a 5-5 tie. With Gringo Colombres and Lucas Diaz Alberdi actively working in the middle of the field, the emergence of Dutta in the tournament pushed Dutta Corp onto the next level they needed to remain undefeated.
Unforced errors from Patagones in the third chukker, saw Dutta Corp’s Kris Kampsen take advantage, scoring three goals, two from the penalty line, as Dutta Corp raced into the lead, holding a 9-6 lead heading into halftime.
The second half featured a different pace of play, as the defensive efforts tightened on both sides of the ball, with Dutta Corp trying to manage their lead by containing the elite duo of Garcia del Rio and Toccalino.
Foul trouble became a factor in the game for Dutta Corp, as they provided Patagones with the opportunities to fight their way back into the game, yet Patagones converted just 1 of their 6 penalty attempts over the final three chukkers.
Timmy Dutta’s third goal of the game, bringing his tournament total to an impressive 15 goals, saw Dutta Corp’s lead pushed to four with one chukka remaining, as Patagones was held off the scoresheet in the fifth chukka.
Three missed penalty attempts for Patagones in the final chukka, all from the 60-yard line on Penalty 4’s and 6’s sealed their fate, as Dutta Corp held on for their fifth consecutive victory to start the season and claim their second straight tournament victory.
Dutta Corp’s Gringo Colombres won both the MVP and Best Playing Pony for “Coquito” for the second consecutive week.