1999 Maui Animal Aloha Center Heineken Benefit Game
Our biggest game of the year, a benefit for MAAC. The center greatly benefits the community with its programs: therapeutic riding for handicap kids and animal awareness program, once again proudly sponsored by HEINEKEN was played Sunday October 31 st. It featured the best teams of a week long tournament where each team played against each other once. The festivities started with the best two teams of the low goal competition followed by the finals of the 14 goal tournament, who met again for a final showdown in front of the largest crowd of the 1999 Maui Polo Club Season.
On Wednesday, October 27 th Kapalaea/Sunny side, met Hanalei Bay /Dawson Intl. Hanalei edged Kapalaea 5 to 4. On Friday the 29th, Racetrack met Kapalaea, and at the end of the 6 th chukker, Racetrack had the advantage 10 to 7. The finals were set, Racetrack and Hanalei, earning a trip to Sunday's game.
Racetrack's 2 goal advantage proved to be too strong, the tournament being played in the Open, and from the first chukker, Hanalei was playing catch up. H. L. DeCoite played a brilliant game, thus earning the MVP of the finals. And with Marcelo Abbiatti's strong performance at number 3, their lead was never threatened. As the final bell rang in the sixth chukker, the score was 7 to 3 in favor of Racetrack.
John Torres General Manager of Paradise Beverages, distributors of HEINEKEN beer, awarded the winners the coveted Maui Cup, as well as some nice embroidered directors chairs with the colors of the Maui Polo Club, Yellow and Black.
In the spirit of Halloween, Dick Tuell awarded Umpire Andrea Viannini a gift box with Made in Maui products for best costume, as he umpired the game in his Rastafarian dreadlock and hat costume.
On behalf of the Maui Polo Club, I would like to thank all the volunteers that made it possible to have a smooth day of polo and fun, you are too many to mention, and I would not want to leave some names out, you know who you are, Thank You!!!
And a Special Mahalo to John Torres!!!