Yellow Cab/SLS Jets Capture Palm Beach Polo Golf And Country Club Polo Cup In Overtime Thriller

Mar 17th, 2014 | By | Category: English Polo News

17 March 2014

Jeffrey Garber of Yellow Cab/SLS Jets drives downfield for one of his eight goals. Photo by Scott Fisher

 

Jeffrey Garber scored eight goals including the game-winner to lead Yellow Cab/SLS Jets to a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory over Flight Options Saturday in the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club Polo Cup at Grand Champions at Palm Beach Polo.

Garber, 20, a sophomore at Tulane University, was named Most Valuable Player for his career-best game.

Garber said he enjoyed the family atmosphere, playing alongside his younger brother Tyler Garber, 15, and brothers Eduardo Novillo Astrada and Alejandro Novillo Astrada.

Glenn Straub (1) of Flight Options defending Yellow Cab/SLS Jets player Jeffrey Garber (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

“This was a great experience, I had some great teammates,” Garber said. “Playing with the Astrada brothers was amazing, you learn so much out there when you are playing with them.”

No one had more fun than Glenn Straub playing with pros Miguel Novillo Astrada, a 10-goaler in Argentina, Juan Bollini and Melissa Ganzi on Flight Options.

Flight Options player Glenn Straub (1) waiting for a pass from teammate Miguel Novillo Astrada (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

Straub played well in the first half and scored two goals and defended two Yellow Cab/SLS Jets scoring attempts. Marc Ganzi played the second half.

“I am usually down in the eight goals, not up in the 20 goals but today brought back old memories,” Straub said. “You have to keep your head down a little bit more.

“To me it was a little different experience than I am used to playing in the lower goal. I played eight and 12 in January but once you go up to 20 the speed is twice as fast, so you get one shot at the ball and one shot only.There’s a lot of things to think about with the high goal polo.

“Why we brought medium goal along was because some of my counterparts are getting up there in years and we don’t want the pros only to hit the ball here,” Straub said. “I still believe there are a lot of people that would like to go 8 and 12-goal where you get to hit the ball a lot.”

Flight Options’ Melissa Ganzi (4) gains possession of the ball with Yellow Cab/SLS Jets player Jeffrey Garber (2) defending. Photo by Scott Fisher.

Straub said he has built his string of horses back up and is “gearing up” to play in the Hamptons this summer.

Scoring was balanced for Flight Options. In addition to Straub’s two goals, Melissa Ganzi and Miguel Novillo Astrada each had three goals and Marc Ganzi had two.

Alejandro Novillo Astrada added two goals for Yellow Cab/SLS Jets and Eduardo Novillo Astrada had one goal.

Flight Options’ Juan Bollini (2) backs the ball away from Eduardo Novillo Astrada (3) of Yellow Cab/SLS Jets. Photo by Scott Fisher

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in the opening chukker behind the hot mallet of Jeffrey Garber who had two goals.

Flight Options tied the game at 4-4 on an incredible tail shot by Miguel Novillo Astrada. Garber rallied for back-to-back goals to put his team back in the lead, 6-4.

Garber scored another quick goal early in the third chukker for a 7-4 and Yellow Cab/SLS Jets ended the half with a 7-5 advantage.

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets MVP Jeffrey Garber (2) marks Flight Options’ Marc Ganzi as he drives downfield with the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets maintained a two to three-goal cushion in the fifth chukker and most of the sixth until Flight Options rallied behind goals by husband and wife  Melissa Ganzi, who scored at the 1:21 mark and Marc Ganzi with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Garber rallied for his team when he took the throw-in and raced downfield for the winning goal.

“It was an awesome feeling to win the game,” Garber said. “I somehow won the ball on the throw-in and just went for it and ended up scoring a goal. This is one of my bigger wins. This is a great event. I am just lucky to be able to play out here.”

Proud father Simon V. Garber with his MVP son Jeffrey Garber (2) and Flight Options player Glenn Straub (1) with his runner-up cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

Garber has been riding since he was 7. He started playing polo when he was 12 at a polo club near his home in Colts Neck, N.J.

Tyler Garber said he had confidence in his brother when he took the throw-in and raced downfield to break the tie in overtime.

“I have faith in my brother, I knew he was going to score,” Tyler Garber said. “We like to play polo together. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Today was fun because there were a lot of family members going at each other.

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets player Jeffrey Garber (2) hits the ball out of the air.
Photo by Scott Fisher

“It’s a great feeling to win, this was a good win,” Garber said. “It’s fun to play with such great players and learn a lot. I have never played with the Astradas. In the polo world it was like playing with Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. They just hit the ball right to me every time. They did everything right.”

Veteran Argentine player Alejandro Novillo Astrada was impressed with his young teammates.

“They are good players and really nice guys,” Astrada said. “I just met them today. It was a great atmosphere. The teams were very even and it was lucky we were controlling most of the game. I think that gave us confidence. They scored some good goals but Jeffrey came through in the end.”

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets winning team Tyler Garber (1), MVP Jeffrey Garber (2), patron Simon V. Garber, Eduardo Novillo Astrada (3) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

Yellow Cab/SLS Jets patron Simon V. Garber couldn’t have been happier with his team’s win or more proud watching two of his sons play well with and against world-class pros.

“This is one of the few sports where a father can get to play with his kids,” Garber said. “It creates a lot of family value around building a legacy.

“They were both amazing playing with the Astradas,” Garber said. “You watch them grow and just become proud of your kids doing so well and being passionate about something.”

Flight Options players Juan Bollini (2), Miguel Novillo Astrada (3), Melissa Ganzi (4) and Glenn Straub (1), awards presenter and player-patron Simon V. Garber and his Yellow Cab/SLS Jets players Tyler Garber (1), Jeffrey Garber (2), Eduardo Novillo Astrada (3), Alejandro Novillo Astrada (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

For the tenth consecutive week at Grand Champions, instant replay and team review were used during the Saturday Feature Game.

Grand Champions Polo Club is the first polo club worldwide to offer instant replay to players and umpires to help improve the quality of polo and officiating.

PoloNow Network producer Mike Ferreira monitors the instant replay and team review at Grand Champions Polo Club during the Saturday Feature Game. Photo by Scott Fisher

PoloNowNetwork, with its cutting-edge technology headed by producer Mike Ferreira and his staff monitored every play in game.

Grand Champions also provided an asado catered by Cilantro’s owner Herman Moreira for all players, friends and spectators; team trophies, pro announcer Toby Wayman, athlete massages in the players’ tent; and beautifully sculptured horse-shape cake for the post-game celebration.

The post-tournament asado with Cilantro’s Herman Moreira making a steak sandwich for game MVP Jeffrey Garber. Photo by Scott Fisher

For game recaps, news, features and photos of Grand Champions Polo Club-related events, go to www.grandchampionspoloclub.org.

Game video and live webcasts can also be seen at PoloNow Network at http://www.polonow.tv/.

Flight Options’ Marc Ganzi (1) backs the ball away from Yellow Cab/SLS Jets players. Photo by Scott Fisher

2014 HIGH GOAL SEASON

MARCH 7-23: USPA Piaget Gold Cup: SUNDAY, Orchard Hill vs. Flight Options, noon; Audi vs. Alegria, 3 p.m.; MARCH 19, Semifinals, 1, 3 p.m.; MARCH 20, Butler Handicap Semifinals, 1, 3 p.m.; MARCH 23, Butler Handicap Final, noon; USPA Piaget Gold Cup Final, 3 p.m.

MARCH 26-APRIL 20: 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships

Sculpted horse cake keeps watch over the trophy table. Photo by Scott Fisher

GRAND CHAMPIONS AT PALM BEACH POLO 2014 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

MARCH: Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (5-goal); The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; The Top Pony 12-Goal Series; March 18-30, Santa Rita Abierto (16 goals); March 23-31, March 23-31, $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament.

SANTA RITA ABIERTO 16-GOAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

March 18: Equuleus vs. Goose Creek; March 21: KIG vs. Casablanca; March 23: KIG vs. Equuleus; March 25: KIG vs. Goose Creek and Casablanca vs. Equuleus; March 28: Goose Creek vs. Casablanca; March 30: Championship final.

APRIL: Las Acacias (5-goal); USPA Association Cup (8- goal); Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame Challenge Cup (12-goal); John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy (16-goal).

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB SCHEDULE

MARCH 17: Buzz Welker Memorial Tournament

APRIL 4-5: Fifth annual Gay Polo League International Tournament

APRIL 8-12: Women’s Championship Tournament

GRAND CHAMPIONS AT PALM BEACH POLO 2014 SPRING SCHEDULE (561-644-5050)

APRIL 17-19: Grand Champions Cup

APRIL 24-27: The USPA Spring Challenge

MAY 1-4: The USPA Sun Cup

MAY 8-11: The USPA Eastern Challenge

MAY 15-18: The Polo Gear Challenge Cup

MAY 22-26: The Memorial

Source: Phelps Media Group