Originally created 09/29/05

Semifinalists set to go for the Gold

AIKEN - Four teams remain alive in the chase for the U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup, but only two will remain in contention after today's semifinal games.

Host team New Bridge will face Millarville at 10 a.m. and Skeeterville will take on Bendabout at 5 p.m. Both games will be held at New Bridge Polo and Country Club on the outskirts of Aiken.

The first game is a rematch of Monday's preliminary round game. New Bridge won that one, 14-10, to earn a spot in the semifinals.

New Bridge was considered the tournament favorite because it had enlisted Adolfo Cambiaso, considered the top player in the world, for its team. But he left after the team's opening-round win to be with his brother, who suffered a serious injury while practicing for the Argentine Open, and will not be in the lineup today.

Carlos Gracida filled in for Cambiaso in Monday's game and scored seven goals for New Bridge. Matias Magrini, a co-owner of New Bridge, scored five goals in the winning effort.

Millarville is led by Frederico Von Wernich.

In the second game, Skeeterville and Bendabout will meet for the first time in this tournament. Skeeterville has been strong throughout the tournament and suffered its only loss Sunday in overtime.

Bendabout, which is led by Miguel Novillo Astrada, had its only loss come against New Bridge.

The winners from today's games advance to Sunday's championship game.

General admission tickets cost $10. For more information, call (803) 278-4849 or visit www.tixonline.com.


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