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TEAM UP FOR TONY

RAISES $50K+

"TEAM UP FOR TONY" BENEFIT RAISES $50,000+ DURING MASTER'S & SPORTSMANSHIP CUP FINALS

"TEAM UP FOR TONY" BENEFIT RAISES $50,000+ DURING MASTER'S & SPORTSMANSHIP CUP FINALS

AUGUST 31ST, 2020

On Sunday, August 30th, Oak Brook Polo hosted the 4th Annual “Team Up For Tony” Benefit which successfully raised $50,000 to support fellow teammate Tony Sekera, who suffered a devastating polo accident in June 2017.

 

The “double-header” polo match began with the 4-Goal USPA Master’s Cup Finals between Elk Grove-Sanfilippo and Brinker Hill Farm and was followed by the 8-Goal USPA Sportsmanship Cup Finals between Oak Brook and Morgan Creek-Good Thunder.  Both matches were presented by Lithoprint & Hinsdale Living Magazine and played at the Prince of Wales Field to a sold-out crowd.

The  Elk Grove -Sanfilippo team was comprised of Courtney Rohs (Hcap 0 ), Roueen Rafeyan (Hcap -0.5), Lindor Novillo Corvalan (Hcap 4) and Adam Kaminski (Hcap 0), while the team from Brinker Hill Farm featured Kelcey Roberts (Hcap -1), RJ Roberts (Hcap 0), Christian Aycinena (Hcap 1.5) and Pedro Manion (Hcap 3).

4-Goal USPA Master's Cup winners, Brinker Hill Farm (LtoR): Cindy Engdahl, Kelcey Roberts, Christian Aycinena, RJ Roberts, Pedro Manion, Molly Seago and Matt Sekera.

The match began with opening welcome remarks from Oak Brook Polo Club President and Team Patron, Jim Drury, followed by a team parade, national anthem and player introductions.  Brinker Hill got off to an aggressive start with three back-to-back goals. The first from Aycinena, followed by a penalty two shot from Kelcey Roberts, then topped off by a goal from Manion to end the first chukker 3-0.  In the second chukker, Brinker Hill would extend their lead by another two goals scored by RJ Roberts followed by a penalty two shot by Kelcey Roberts, to end the first half 5-0, Brinker Hill. 

In the third chukker, both teams remained scoreless before Elk Grove-Sanfilippo’s Corvalan would go on a three-goal streak in an effort to charge down Brinker Hill in the fourth and final chukker. But it wasn’t enough. Brinker Hill’s Manion would score one last goal and end the match 6-3 for the win.

Casablanca Polo’s “Most Valuable Player” honors were awarded to Brinker Hill’s RJ Roberts and Casablanca Polo’s “Best Playing Pony” went to Pico Blanco, owned by Elk Grove -Sanfilippo’s Corvalan and homebred from Argentina. Both awards were presented by NBC Chicago TV hosts Courtney Hall and Matthew Rodrigues.  Runner-up trophies were presented by Tony Sekera’s grandchildren, while the winners’ trophies were presented by Tony’s wife Cindy and his children Molly Seago and Matt Sekera.

 

Master's Cup MVP: RJ. Roberts (Blue Jersey) alongside presenters Courtney Hall and Matthew Rodrigues from NBC's Chicago Today show.

In the Sportsmanship Cup final, the Oak Brook team was comprised of Jim Drury (Hcap 0), Samantha Falbe (Hcap 0), Mariano Gutierrez (Hcap 4) and Tomas Obregon (Hcap 4) while  Morgan Creek -Good Thunder featured Bill Paterson (Hcap 0), Tod Rackley (Hcap 2), Cristobal Consigliere (Hcap 1) and Tommy Collingwood (Hcap 5).

The match got off to a quick start with Morgan Creek -Good Thunder scoring the first two goals of the game beginning with Collingwood followed by Rackley on a penalty three shot. Oak Brook would remain scoreless until the second chukker, but not before Morgan Creek -Good Thunder’s Collingwood scored to give his team a brief 3-0 lead.  Oak Brook’s Obregon would then go on to score three straight penalty goals and close the second chukker 3-3. In the third chukker, Oak Brook’s Gutierrez would score the only goal to give his team a one goal lead and hold Morgan Creek- Good Thunder scoreless to end the first half 4-3, Oak Brook. 

8-Goal USPA Sportsmanship Cup winning team, Morgan Creek / Good Thunder (LtoR): Tommy Collingwood, Cristobal Consigliere, Angelo Kleronomos, Cindt Engdahl, Bill Paterson and Tod Rackley.

Master's Cup MVP: Tommy Collingwood (White Jersey) alongside presenters Courtney Hall and Matthew Rodrigues from NBC's Chicago Today show.

In the second half, the match would get more competitive. The fourth chukker would see a total of five goals scored between both teams beginning with Morgan Creek-Good Thunder’s Rackley to tie the match 4-4.  Oak Brook’s Drury answered back and reclaimed the lead 5-4 before Morgan Creek-Good Thunder’s Consigliere re-tied the match 5-5.  Consigliere’s teammate, Collingwood, would then score to give his team a 6-5 lead.  Oak Brook’s Obregon would take the brief lead away and score the fifth and final goal of the fourth chukker to re-tie the match 6-6. In the fifth chukker, Morgan Creek-Good Thunder would find an opening with their first goal from Collingwood to give his team the lead again 7-6.  Oak Brook’s Gutierrez would score and re-tie the match 7-7 before Morgan Creek-Good Thunder would breakaway with two back-to-back goals from Rackley to give his team a 9-7 lead. In the sixth and final chukker, Rackley would extend Morgan Creek-Good Thunder’s lead to three before Oak Brook’s Gutierrez squeezed one more goal and end the match 10-8, Morgan Creek-Good Thunder to win the USPA Sportsmanship Cup.

Casablanca Polo’s “Most Valuable Player” honors were awarded to Morgan Creek-Good Thunder’s Collingwood and Casablanca Polo’s “Best Playing Pony” went to M&M, owned by Oak Brook’s Obregon and trained by Matt Sekera. Both awards were presented by NBC Chicago TV hosts Courtney Hall and Matthew Rodrigues.  Runner-up trophies were presented by Tony Sekera’s grandchildren, while the winners’ trophies were presented by Tony’s wife Cindy and his children Molly Seago and Matt Sekera.

 

To close the awards ceremony festivities, the United States Polo Association (USPA) Central Circuit Governor, Bob McMurtry, along with Oak Brook Polo Club President, Jim Drury, presented Tony Sekera a $50,000 check as a result of money raised from tournament fees and donations from the greater Chicagoland polo community and event spectators.

 

Oak Brook Polo’s next home event will be the Gucci Challenge Cup on Sunday, September 13th at 3:00 p.m.   For general information, event scheduling, news, tickets and parking directions, please visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com or call 630.368.5095. 

OAK BROOK POLO CLUB PRESS CONTACT:

Daphne Ortiz

Oak Brook Polo Club

312.488.3472

media@oakbrookpoloclub.com

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