La Herradura beat Goose Creek 14-6 in thursday's first semifinal of the 20-goal Bobby Barry Cup at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida.
Obregon scores seven times, La Herradura
rolls into Bobby Barry Cup finals
By Alex Webbe
Sometimes it takes a little mixture of experience and youth, as La Herradura found out
Thursday afternoon in a semifinal match of the 20-goal Bobby Barry Cup when they tore
apart a Goose Creek team, 14-6 at the International Polo Club in Wellington..
With twenty-seven-year-old Marianito Obregon substituting for the injured Jose Donoso
(knee bruise), La Herradura shaved twelve years off of the age of the team and added
a young 7-goaler to their lineup. Alvaro Fernandez at 44, and returning at Back, cut an
additional twenty-two years off of the roster (his brother Alberto Fernandez had been
playing with the team at age 66), and the crisp passing of Carlos and Memo Gracida set
the pace for the day.
“<Marianito played very well for us today,” offered Memo Gracida. “It’s always good
to have a quick, young, talented player at the front end of the lineup,” he added. “He
played very well for us today.”
La Herradura took immediate control of the game, ringing up five consecutive goals in
the first chukker while holding Goose Creek scoreless. Memo Gracida scored the first
goal of the game with Marianito Obregon and Carlos Gracida adding two goals apiece
for the 5-0 lead.
Goose Creek showed some life in the opening minutes of the second period with Luis
Escobar scoring twice and cutting the La Herradura lead to three goals, 5-2. Memo
Gracida and Obregon closed out the chukker with single goals, and La Herradura left
the field with a commanding 7-2 advantage.
The third period was no kinder to Goose Creek. Obregon was on a tear, scoring two
goals and setting up Carlos Gracida with a goal on a picture-perfect pass. At the end of
the first half La Herradura was enjoying an eight goal, 10-2 advantage.
“I looked up at halftime and we were ahead by eight goals,” said Memo Gracida. “At
that point you just want to save your horses and not get anyone hurt. “After all,” he
said, “we have to play the finals on Sunday.”
Goose Creek picked up single gals from Kris Kampsen (penalty conversion) and
Escobar in the fourth while limiting La Herradura to a single penalty goal from Carlos
Gracida. La Herradura continued to lead, 11-4.
Goals were hard to come by in the fifth chukker. The only goal of the period was scored
by Obregon with less than two minutes left in the chukker. The La Herradura was back
to eight goals, 12-4.
A goal from tommy Biddle in the sixth period was followed by another penalty
conversion from Kampsen, but that was when the Goose Creek attack stalled. Single
goals from the field from Obregon and Carlos Gracida ended the chukker and the game
with La Herradura capturing the victory, 14-6.
Marianito Obregon led all scoring with seven goals on the day, one on a penalty shot.
Carlos Gracida scored five times with two coming on penalty conversions. Memo
Gracida added two goals in the La Herradura victory. Luis Escobar scored three goals
for Goose Creek. Kris Kampsen added two penalty goals and Tommy Biddle was
credited with a goal in a losing effort.
La Herradura will return to the field again on Sunday where they will play the winner of
Friday’s Valiente vs. Lechuza Caracas game in the Bobby Barry Cup final.