Monday, May 29th 2006, Memorial Day. It was a day that Maui
Polo fans will never forget.
They were treated to the highest rated polo game in over 2 decades at the
Manduke Baldwin Polo Arena.
Two teams collided to honor Manduke at the fourth Annual Manduke Baldwin
But first, the afternoon started with a Cowboy Polo game, to honor
Manduke's Cowboy roots' as he was one of Hawaii's most respected
Professional Bull rider, Maui's own, Myron Duarte was in charge of the PBR Team
. His teammates included fellow PBR rider Sean Gleason and Professional Team
Roper John Gwateny.
They Played against Team Kaupakalua, with John Prito, Mark Lopes and Fred
Borsum. All 3 of them are accomplished Maui Team ropers and all around cowboys.
Team PBR got the edge, and at the end of their game the final score was 5 to 3.
L to R Top row: John Prito, Myron Duarte, Peter Baldwin, Mark Lopes, Fred
Borsum, Ben Baldwin
Sitting Down: John Gwateny and Sean Gleason
The stage was set for the afternoon. The crowd of
about 300 came to see a fast game of Polo and they were not disappointed. The
Team Manduke: Emiliano Achaval, Billy Sheldon and Marcelo Abiatti
Team Oskie: Knox Weymouth, Herman Louis De
Coite and Kimo Hudleston.
Herman Louis and Kimo made an explosive
combination playing together. As they are based both in Hawaii, they very rarely
play as teammates, always against each other. The local fans have been waiting a
long time to see them play on the same team. Completing the team, Knox Weymouth,
a very capable 2 goal arena player. It was a wait worthwhile!
Billy Sheldon, one of the U.S.A.'s most well respected Arena players, a 3 time
US Open Arena Champion, playing with Marcelo Abiatti. Marcelo has been coming
annually to play in Maui since 1992. And long time Maui Polo player
Emiliano Achaval, rounded up the teams.
Team Manduke dominated the first half of the
game. At halftime the score was 8 to 4.
In the 3 chukker Billy Sheldon suffered a small gash below his eye (that
required 10 stiches later).
Team Oskie caught up and tied the game in the 3 chukker.
The 4 chukker was a thriller!! The game was tied with less than a minute when
team Oskie scored, making the score 12 to 11 !!!
Congratulations goes out to Team Oskie on their
A big Mahalo to Katie Achaval, Peter Baldwin and Ben Baldwin for the beautiful
Rich Roenish trophies, the great BBQ and music after the game.
Team Oskie 2006 Champions
Knox Weymouth, H. Louis DeCoite, Peter Baldwin, Katie Achaval and Ben Baldwin
Billy Sheldon, Marcelo Abbiatti and Emiliano