Sunday, June 13, 2010

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow...

Dear Polo Fans,

After three seasons of covering Sunday polo at Whitney Field, the CMP gals are saying farewell. They say all good things must come to an end and now is that time for "Chukkers, Mallets, and Ponies...Oh My!" We are both starting new chapters of our lives. Jessica recently got married in March and wishes to focus on being a newlywed while Lindsey is leaving Aiken to seek new ventures in Annapolis, Maryland. We have enjoyed meeting and getting to know the Aiken polo fans and becoming apart of the local polo scene. We appreciate all of your support and hope you have enjoyed the CMP blog, as much as we enjoyed doing it. A huge thank you to all our sponsors who provided the weekly prizes and to Aiken Polo Club for their support.

As this spring season comes to an end, we would also like to show our appreciation for the announcers, the flaggers, the paramedics, the referees, the hospitality tent staff & caterers, and of course, the grooms for all their hard work. Polo would not be successful without the help of all those individuals. A huge pat on the back to all the teams, players, and patrons for giving their all and making those Sunday polo games worth coming out for!

And for the last time, Marco...


Jessica & Lindsey
Your "CMP Girls"

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away...Virginia Beach Won the Day!

Even though the rain held off this past Sunday, Virginia Beach brought a storm onto the polo field against Casa Azul in the Holley Tractor 8 goal finals. Casa Azul was holding their own at 5-1 until the second chukker when Eddy "Papa" Martinez pulled his groin. The CMP girls were right at the sidelines when Eddy hopped into the medic's SUV and despite his injury, he still managed to give us a grin as we passed by. In the fifth chukker, the teams were tied up 8-8 until Ruben Coscia scored 3 goals back to back to pull his team ahead. Even 13 year old Wesley Bryan, who substituted for VA Beach's Bart Frye in this tournament, got a piece of the action when he scored a goal to make the score 12-8. It was "Dr. Omar" Cepeda of VA Beach who shot the winning goal of the Holley Tractor finals, beating Casa Azul 15-9.

In case you didn't notice his amazing performance on the field, Ruben Coscia was awarded the MVP and Best Playing Pony for his horse, Katrina. The ball seemed to be on his mallet like a magnet, as Announcer Bob said. Although, Ruben wasn't the only one from the VA Beach camp to win awards. New to the Virginia Beach crew is Abby Adams, who is Bart Frye's groom, and also the winner of our Best Dressed award sponsored by PINK Clothing Company! We spotted Abby in the hospitality tent in a sleeveless blouse and white jeans with black summer sandals. Kudos to her for wearing her "whites" to support the team!

As for our Polo Pooch of the Day award, we awarded pups Lily and Moose the goodies from Bone-i-Fide Bakery! They belong to John and Cassie Samuels. Moose was quick to come out from under the tailgate once we placed those treats on the ground in front of Lily for a photo op! Speaking of those yummy Bone-i-Fide treats, CMP gal Jessica was quickly becoming popular with the dogs around our tailgate spot. She had a bag on hand for her pooch Niko that she shared with former Polo Pooch winner Molly and our new furry friend, Chester. It was quite lucky that Chester got our attention with his unique barking because that led us to our Best Tailgate Spot winners, Sean Cashin and Jenny Repono. The cute couple just met last weekend, but Sean couldn't stop gushing about how "head over heels" he is for Jenny. Sean is from Asheville, NC and Jenny is from Atlanta, GA but they picked Aiken as their meet in the middle spot since they are both polo players. We thought they would certainly make good use of the award, which is a dinner gift certificate to The Restaurant at the Willcox...perfect for a romantic dinner for two!

Only two more Sundays of polo for this spring season! The June 4 Goal Invitational starts this Friday. Check out Aiken Polo Info for game information and team rosters! See you this Sunday at 3PM at Whitney Field, weather permitting. With all this rain this week, field conditions can be tricky. Always call the polo hotline (803) 643-3611 to confirm field locations!

Until next time, Marco...