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THE DRAKE CHALLENGE CUP
OVER TEAM JAMAICA FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
OAK BROOK DEFEATS TEAM JAMAICA TO WIN
THE DRAKE CHALLENGE CUP IN THE FIRST
MATCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLO SERIES!
AUGUST 9TH, 2017
On Sunday, August 6th, Oak Brook Polo Club gave a warm and “kettle drums” welcome to the Kingston Polo Club from Jamaica as they prepared to compete for one of Oak Brook’s oldest (since 1964) and most celebrate trophies –The Drake Challenge Cup. While the match kicked off the start to the “International Polo Series,” it was also the 55th year of Jamaican Independence Day.
The Jamaican team was comprised of Marc Melville (captain -Hcap 2) and players included Jose Laritirigoyen (Hcap 5), Charles Chambers (Hcap 1) and Chris Vangel (Hcap 2 – local and honorary Jamaican). The Oak Brook Team was led by Pamela Flanagan (Hcap 0- substituting for team patron and captain Jim Drury) and included Horacio Onetto (Hcap 4), Tomas Obregon (Hcap 4) and Mariano Gutierrez (Hcap 4).
Jamaica started the 4-chukker match with two goals on handicap however the Oak Brook team didn’t waste any time and immediately made up for it and then some by quickly scoring four goals. The first was by Flanagan, followed by one from Gutierrez. Obregon scored next on an incredible 45 degree cut shot through the north goal and finally Onetto scored the fourth goal for Oak Brook’s lead 4-2.
Oak Brook Polo (LtoR): Pamela Flanagan, Mariano Gutierrez, Tomas "Toto" Obregon and Horacio Onetto
Oak Brook remained in the driver’s seat for the second chukker shooting in another three quick goals –two in regular running play from Gutierrez and Flanagan and an impressive neck shot goal from Onetto. Jamaica found a few open opportunities, with Laritirigoyen putting in the first field goal before working with Vangel to feed the ball up to Melville who put one in. Vangel also got one through the posts after a good ride off against Obregon. At half-time, Oak Brook held their lead 7-5.
Following the traditional divot stomp, the third chukker began with Oak Brook receiving a penalty 4 which was then converted by Obregon. Melville, on a horse called “Marley” responded with one of his own, then Vangel and finally Laritirigoyen. In the last 30 seconds of play, Onetto launched a nice 75-yard hit up to a perfectly positioned Flanagan who finished off the last 40 yards with a shot between the posts. Oak Brook maintained the lead 10-8.
Jamaica Polo Team (LtoR): Jose Laritirigoyen, Marc Melville (MVP), Chris Vangel and Charles Chambers
If the fourth chukker had a theme, it would be “hit and run.” Onetto was the only one to score for Oak Brook while both Melville and Vangel scored one each for Jamaica. Chambers made a valent attempt to match the score but ran out of time. The horn sounded and Oak Brook won the 2017 Drake Challenge Cup 11-10.
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.
The “Best Playing Pony” was awarded to the mare, Lili (owned by Onetto), and “MVP” went to Melville of Jamaica.
Oak Brook Polo’s next two matches in the “International Polo Series” are August 20th against India and September 10th against Great Britain.
Jamaica's Captain, Marc Melville receiving the MVP trophy from General Counsel of Jamaica Chicago, Lloyde Hyde.