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POLO CLUB WIN
August 14, 2017

The Milwaukee Polo Club won its fourth game of the season on Sunday by defeating the St. Louis Polo Club by a score of 9-5 at the Club’s Town of Merton fields.

 

St. Louis’s Ariel Loza got off to a quick start by scoring a goal in the first 30 seconds.  Milwaukee’s Mateo Lalor then took over by scoring four goals in the second and third chukkers, resulting in a 4-4 tie at halftime.  Lalor went on to score two more goals in the fourth chukker to put Milwaukee ahead for the balance of the game.  Milwaukee’s Lalor led all scores with six goals.   Ariel Loza led St. Louis with three goals.  Lalor was named Most Valuable Player and his horse, Ragtime, Best Playing Pony.

 

“This was a great game – on a great day to enjoy polo,” said Club President, Jim Huber. “Mateo “owned” this game from the start. And in what has been the case all season, he worked well with his Argentine teammate, Ben Hiriart, who scored three goals.  Both of these guys are headed for the big time,” said Huber.  “Both of them grew up in polo families and have played since their grade school years. Lalor’s father was rated 9 goals, of which there are only 15or so in the world at any one time.  They’re a great team together. The team appears to be ready for the Minneapolis tournament this Sunday in Minneapolis and for the team’s final home games on Friday and Sunday, August 25th and 27th against Minneapolis.”

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton). Admission is $5 for adults; kids under 12 are free.

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

POLO CLUB RALLYS FOR WIN
August 8, 2017

The Milwaukee Polo Club rallied in the sixth and final chukker to defeat the Barrington Polo Club 12 to 9 at its home field in Merton on Sunday.

 

Milwaukee got off to a slow start with a 7-3 deficit at half time.  Milwaukee’s Ben Hiriart then came alive in the fourth chukker by scoring three goals to bring the team to an 8-8 tie with Barrington.  Hiriart then scored one goal in the fifth chukker and two in the sixth to lead the team to the victory.  “Ben was absolutely on fire,” said Club President, Jim Huber.  “He excelled both offensively and defensively, finding himself leading both categories throughout the game.  This was by far Ben’s best game of the season,” said Huber.  “He’s getting close to advancing to the 3 goal handicap.”

 

Hiriart led all players with 8 goals and was named Most Valuable Player.  Mateo Lalor and Meghan West led Barrington with 3 goals each.

 

The next home game will be [at 6:00 PM Friday, August 11 and] at 1:00 PM Sunday, August 13 against the St. Louis Polo Club. 

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

POLO CLUB TO PLAY DOUBLE HEADER
July 25, 2017

The Milwaukee Polo Club will meet the Des Moines Polo Club at 6:00 PM Friday, July 28 and 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 30 at the Club’s home field in the Town of Merton.    “The team should be ready to go after giving the horses two consecutive Sundays off due to a wet field,” said Jim Huber, Club President.

 

The Des Moines Club will feature two professional players from the Dominic Republic.  Milwaukee will again rely upon our two Argentine pros, Ben Hiriart and Mateo Lalor.  “This should be one of the best matches of the season,” said Huber.  “The teams are well matched and each team knows the other’s strengths and weaknesses by having played one another over the years.”

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
POLO CLUB RECORDS SECOND LOSS
July 10, 2017

The Milwaukee Polo Club suffered its second loss of the season on Sunday in a 12-10 loss to the Passion for Polo Club of Chicago, Illinois.  The team entered the third chukker in a 4-4 tie when the Chicago team then took over the game by scoring three unanswered goals by pros Adrian Garcia and one by his brother, Anthony Garcia.  Milwaukee’s efforts to close the gap resulted in a 12 to 10 hard-fought loss for Milwaukee.

 

“The Garcia brothers were simply too strong,” said Club President Jim Huber. Together they scored 11 of the 12 Chicago goals, with Adrian Garcia contributing 8 goals.  “That’s the best game I’ve ever seen Adrian play,” said Huber. “Usually it is his older brother Anthony who dominates.  He deserved winning both Most Valuable Player and Best Playing Pony.”

 

Milwaukee’s two pros Ben Hiriart and Mateo Lalor together scored nine times, with Courtney Rohs contributing one more. Hiriart scored exciting back-to-back comeback goals when time ran out for Milwaukee.

 

The team’s next home game will be 1:00 PM Sunday, July 16 at home in Merton.  The team will play a total of 10 Sunday games and 1 or 2 Friday night games during the regular season. 

              

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

              

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
 
POLO CLUB LOSES IN LATE RALLY
July 3, 2017

The Milwaukee Polo Club suffered its first loss of the season Sunday in a 5-4 loss to Windridge Farm of Barrington, Illinois.  Milwaukee held Windridge to one goal in the final half while Milwaukee scored three goals by Thomas Esser, Ben Hiriart, and Mateo Lalor.

 

The home club team then had had a disastrous 5th chukker giving up 4 unanswered goals by Bob McMurtry and Megan West to move ahead 5-3 going into the 6th and final chukker.  One goal by Ben Hiriart in the 6th chukker wasn’t quite enough for Milwaukee, losing by a final score of 6-5.

 

“It was a tough loss,” said Club President Jim Huber.  “We simply had no defense in the 5th chukker to permit Windridge to score 4 unanswered goals after having a comfortable lead for the first 4 chukkers.  “We’ll have to work on that part of our game,” Huber continued.

 

Milwaukee’s record is now 2 wins and one loss.  The team’s next home game is against the Passion for Polo Club from Chicago.  The visiting team will come in with a 7 goal team handicap and featuring 5 goaler Anthony Garcia.  “Garcia is one of the best players in the Midwest,” Huber continued.  When he’s hot, he can do pretty much all he wants on offense.  Nevertheless, the Milwaukee team is very competitive and should feature a defense to hold Garcia down.  It should be another crowd feature that brings spectator attendance to record high every Sunday.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
MEN'S POLO TEAM WINS
June 26, 2017

In what turned out to be a see-saw battle, the Milwaukee Polo Club, men’s team, captained by Ben Hiriart of Argentina defeated the Milwaukee Polo Club women’s team, captained by Mateo Lalor, also of Argentina by a score of 8-5 on Sunday.

 

The men’s team jumped off in the first chukker with 3 unanswered goals by Hiriart.  The women’s team then answered with 2 goals by Maggie Papka in the second chukker and goals by Courtney Rohs and Mateo Lalor to tie the game 4 to 4 at halftime.

 

The men’s team then took the lead in the 4th chukker on 3 more goals by Hiriart to move on to a final score of 8-5.  Hiriart led the men’s team with 6 goals and most valuable player honors.  Papka and Rohs led the women’s team with 2 goals each.

 

“This is the first time in the history of the Club that pitted the women against the men,” said Club President Jim Huber.  And the performance by the women’s team proved how talented and competitive they are.  But they were unable to contain the speed and accuracy of Hiriart once he got past the defense.

 

“We again had a huge crowd who appreciated the match-up,” said Huber. “It gave the crowd a favorite to cheer for. We are looking forward to breaking attendance records for every game this season,” said Huber.

 

The team’s next home game will be 1:00 PM Sunday, July 2 against the Chicago Polo Club headed by USPA Circuit Governor, Bob McMurtry.  The team will play a total of 10 Sunday games and 1 or 2 Friday night games during the regular season.  The Sunday game will also include a performance by Cambodia, a band from Argentina who is performing at Summerfest.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com. Please call the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of any scheduled match due to inclement weather.

 
POLO CLUB WIN DISPLAYS TALENT
June 19, 2017

The Father’s Day crowd at the Milwaukee Polo Club’s Opening Day game got a special opportunity  on Sunday to observe the dazzling performance of the Club’s two new pros from Argentina,  Ben Hiriart and Mateo Lalor.  Both put on a spectacular show while defeating the Twin City Polo Club of Minneapolis by a score of 5 to 2.

 

Milwaukee led from the outset with Hiriart scoring 3 unanswered goals in the first half.  He went on to score 1 goal in the second half to win most valuable player honors.  His teammate Lalor contributed the final Milwaukee goal.

 

“Both new pros were a joy to watch,” said Club President, Jim Huber.  They are best of friends in Argentina and they immediately jelled with the Milwaukee team.  “You can tell they’ve played together forever,” said Huber.  “They grew up with the sport, with Lalor’s father reaching a 9 goal handicap, one of the best players in the world.

 

Hiriart was a joy to watch, said Huber, both on offense and defense. He just came out from nowhere and headed for the goal.  And  Lalor did likewise with his powerful long shots while maintaining the finesse to work the ball through the bottlenecks.  To watch these two the balance of the season will be a real treat.  Both have a great future in polo, said Huber.

 

Milwaukee was augmented by members of the Milwaukee team, some of whom were experiencing their first Sunday feature game performance.  They did a great job in helping to defend against the opposition, particularly those who were introducing their horses for the first time to a fast paced game

 

The entire sideline was filled with spectators enjoying their family and friends for their Father’s Day celebration.  “Everyone was pleased with Opening day,” said Huber. 

 

The team’s next home game will be an intraclub game at 1:00 PM Sunday, June 25.  The team will play a total of 10 Sunday games and 1 or 2 Friday night games during the regular season.

           

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton). Admission is $5 per adult; children under 12 are free.

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com and the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of the match due to inclement weather.

 
2017 POLO OPENER ON SUNDAY, JUNE 18

The Milwaukee Polo Club will open its 23rd season on Sunday, June 18 with a game against the Twin City Polo Club of Minneapolis.  Players will include the regular roster of Jim Huber, Jim Stevens, Deb Hasanoglu, Courtney Rohs, Tiffany Haeberlein, Brice and Nathanial Brown, and Thomas Esser.  As in the past, the team will be augmented by the Club’s new Argentine pros, Mateo Lalor and Ben Hiriart.  Both come from Argentina and are rated 1 goal and 2 gals respectively.  Lalor, age 18 has been playing at his home field, Pilarchico in Buenos Aires since he was 8 years old. He comes from one of the most important polo families in the world, his father having played in the United States at a 9 goal handicap  and also having served as president of the Argentina Polo Association. Hiriart has been playing 14 years and plays regularly at a high goal level at the Los Indios Polo Club in Buenos Aires and with his father (6 goals) and other family members. For both of them this is their first opportunity to show their polo skills in the United States.

 

“They’re two great guys, says Club President Jim Huber, lots of skills and a joy to watch.”  Hiriart would best be described as a finesse player who often comes out of nowhere with the ball.  Lalor is more of a long ball hitter and is known for his accuracy, particularly with his neck shots.

 

Both pros have been playing in Aiken, SC the last 2 ½ months with Huber in order to train the new or “green” horses and condition the “made” horses.

 

They’re ready to go, says Huber.  It’s been a productive spring with practices, but now is the time for the actual game.

 

In addition to the pros, the Club, which has now grown to 22 members.   “These newcomers are a great addition to our Club,” says Huber.  They are truly committed to polo and are determined to improve in every game they play.  Huber emphasized that the Club now has as many women as men, and that women are growing the sport in greater numbers.  For those wishing to know more about the sport, go to www.milwaukeepoloclub.com.

 

The Club will have ten 1:00 PM home Sunday games from June 18 to August 27 (excluding 8/20 which is the traditional bye weekend).  In addition, the Club will have two Friday evening 6:00 PM games on July 21  and July 28.  “These Friday night games have proved to be very popular,” said Huber.  Not only do the fans enjoy them, but the visiting team enjoys playing 2 games in the same weekend.

 

The fields are located at N75 W30311 County Highway VV, Hartland, WI 53029 (just 1 mile east of County Highway VV in North Lake and 3 miles west of Merton).  Cost is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

           

Additional information can be found on the Club’s website www.milwaukeepoloclub.com. Please call the Polo Hotline 262-222-2870 to determine the status of any scheduled match due to inclement weather.