Oak Brook Wins
BUTLER CHALLENGE CUP
7-4 OVER THE ANANDPUR SAHIB BLUES FROM INDIA
OAK BROOK POLO DEFEATS INDIA TO WIN
THE BUTLER CHALLENGE CUP!
Above Photo: Reute Butler (Center), is shown above presenting The Butler Challenge Cup which was commissioned by Reute's mother Jorie Butler Kent to honor her father Paul.
AUGUST 23RD, 2017
Oak Brook Polo Club defeated India 7-4 to win the Butler Challenge Cup, the second match of the “International Series.” Over 600 spectators gathered at the Prince of Wales Field to cheer on Oak Brook and welcome back, for the third straight year, the team from Delhi and Anandpur Sahib, India.
Captained by Vikram Singh Sodhi (#2), the team was comprised of Sachin Sarbalia (#1, Hcap-0), Tarun Bilwal (#3, Hcap-2) and local, honorary Indian for the match Mariano Gutierrez (#4, Hcap-4). Oak Brook’s team was led by Jim Drury (#4), and included Shailendra Sign (#1, Hcap-0), Tomas Obregon (#2, Hcap-4) and Horacio Onetto (#3, Hcap-4).
The four chukker match began after Reute Butler, granddaughter to Oak Brook founder Paul Butler and Friends of Conservation President, did the traditional ball roll in.
India started the match with one goal on handicap. As they got acquainted with their new mounts, the Oak brook team was quick to score the first three goals –the first from Onetto, then two in a row from Obregon. Fouled half way through the first chukker, India was awarded a penalty 4, through which Gutierrez converted for India’s second goal. Oak Brook’s Onetto replied with another goal he dribbled through seven other players to finish out the chukker 4-2.
Oak Brook Polo Team (LtoR): Tomas Obregon, Shailendra Singh, Reute Butler, Horacio Onetto and James Drury
The second chukker was scoreless for Oak Brook but not without some unexpected activity. Adding to the excitement of field side seating, a member of each team mistakenly lobbed the ball into the stands on two separate occasions. Luckily no-one was hurt, and the match continued.India’s Gutierrez managed to score off a nice long and lifted shot from 75 yards to mark a half time score of 4-3 Oak Brook.
For the fourth and final chukker India’s Singh got a couple of breakaway plays on the big grey he was riding, but was held at the 30yd line. Captain Vikram Singh Sodhi played a strong, steady, defensive game holding Oak Brook from his goal line. Obregon scored and the match ended 7-4 leaving Oak Brook as the keepers of the Butler Challenge Cup for 2017. Sarbalia received MVP honors and Best Playing Pony went to the mare, “Gloria” (owned and trained by Tomas Obregon).
Photo: Kalashree Dance Academy performing prior to the the start of Butler Challenge Cup match.
After the traditional half-time divot stomp, the third chukker began. Oak Brook’s Drury played a patient game, waiting up front for pass from his teammates to score off of. He got in a couple of good runs towards the goal, only to be hooked by India’s defense in the last 30 yards. Bilwal seemed to be on his best pony for this chukker and made many of the plays for India – especially with his strong back hand. Sarbalia was well positioned to pick up a long pass from Gutierrez, and took it to goal for India. Onetto scored one goal in regular play, and one off a penalty 6 to end the third chukker 6-4 Oak Brook
Oak Brook Polo Club’s final match in the “International Polo Series” is Sunday, September 10th against Great Britain.
2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club's 95th season as one of the nation's oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.
Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road), seventeen miles from downtown Chicago. A variety of ticket options are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.
Butler Challenge Cup MVP:
India Team's, Sachin Sarbalia