Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact

Tue 5th Sep 2017

National Youth Tournament Series Championship

Reigning champions take home the Cecil Smith Cup

Five months of qualifying tournaments across the USA concluded on Sunday 3 September, in the National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Championship Final. Twenty-four youth polo players from all over the USA travelled to Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California, for one intensive weekend of polo and the chance to have their name engraved on the Cecil Smith Cup. Established in 2013, NYTS is the first national outdoor tournament series for youth competitors, providing opportunities for young under-19 players to compete against their peers. After two close Semi Final matches on Friday 1 September, defending champions Zone 3 (Florida Circuit) in blue and Zone 4 (Eastern and North Eastern Circuit) in green, secured their positions in the Final. 

Zone 3 controlled the game from the very first throw-in, swiftly making up the 1½ goal that deficit Zone 4 gained due to handicap. A goal from Liam Lott after an exceptional play downfield with a bouncing ball from end to end, sustained Zone 4’s narrow lead 2½-2 at the end of the chukka. An unstoppable Zone 3 shut out their opponents in the second chukka, every member contributing a goal to the total tally by the end of the first half. Nico Escobar commenced Zone 4’s scoring streak with an undefended penalty conversion, which only fuelled Zone 3’s fire, unleashing a series of excellently executed team plays. On two occasions, passes from teammates found Zone 3 players undefended and both Justin Daniels and Lucas Escobar calmly played the ball to goal. Zone 4 just couldn’t keep up. A penalty flew high and wide as Lucas Escobar sunk yet another between the posts to widen Zone 3’s lead to a commanding 6-2½ at half-time. 
A determined Zone 4 rode onto the field for the third chukka, scoring within the first minute. They continued their comeback, capitalising on two penalty conversions, to bring them within a half goal 6-5½. By the end of the third, Zone 3’s exemplary team play once again took centre stage. Mackenzie Weisz finished the chukka with a neck-shot goal off a long midfield pass from Nico Escobar to move into the fourth and final chukka with a three and a half goal lead 8-5½. Zone 4 suffered a costly mistake a minute into the fourth when horse trouble caused an override of a knock-in that resulted in a throw-in perpendicular to the end line. Zone 3 took advantage with Nico Escobar scoring immediately out of the line-up. He then went on to single-handedly score all goals in the last chukka. Wells would manage one more goal for Zone 4 before the end of the match, but a closing goal from Nico Escobar cemented Zone 3’s repeat victory 11-6½. 
The Matthew Cohen Most Valuable Player Award was presented to Lucas Escobar whilst the Best Playing Pony Award was presented to Napa, played by Zone 3’s Mackenzie Weisz and owned by Leigh Breechan.
Photograph: Zone 3 win the National Youth Tournament Series Championship Final in California. By ©Elizabeth Hedley

Follow Polotimes on Twitter

Other top stories

Tue 21st Nov 2017
Cambiaso’s 100th Argentine Open Match
Busy weekend of big scores in Argentine Open

Wed 15th Nov 2017
SUPA AGM Confirms 2018 Schedule
Dates and locations for 2018 events

Tue 14th Nov 2017
Argentine Open Match Updates
Results from the third and fourth days of the competition

Mon 13th Nov 2017
Coronation Cup Venue Change
RCBPC will be the new home of the prestigious trophy

Fri 10th Nov 2017
King Power to Sponsor The Gold Cup
New sponsor for key UK tournament

Thu 9th Nov 2017
AAP Educate the Masses
Palermo welcomes local students

Mon 6th Nov 2017
124th Argentine Open HSBC Polo Championship Begins
Alegría lead the Zone B rankings

Fri 3rd Nov 2017
124th Argentine Open HSBC Polo Championship
Presentation of the teams

Wed 1st Nov 2017
Argentine Update
What’s been happening in Argentina?

Mon 30th Oct 2017
Hurlingham Open Final
Ellerstina snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Sun 29th Oct 2017
FIP Championships Finale
Argentina snatch victory from Chile in seventh chukka cliffhanger

Sat 28th Oct 2017
Chile and Argentina in Main Final
XI FIP World Polo Championships

Fri 27th Oct 2017
Argentine Update
Action from La Aguada and Pilar

Thu 26th Oct 2017
Chile and New Zealand Progress
XI FIP World Polo Championships

Wed 25th Oct 2017
Argentina Move Closer Towards the Final
XI FIP World Polo Championship

Tue 24th Oct 2017
Hurlingham Open Finalists Decided
Unexpected results in the Semi Finals

See all news in:

End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015


Latest Classified

Latest Classified

Head Groom Head Groom Required Prudhoe X is a polo breeding and training operation...
 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use