Thailand Polo Newsletter

Apr 2017

Volume XV - Issue 1.

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9-12 MAR 2017 -- KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO IN BANGKOK
This year, Elephant Polo is set to return to downtown Bangkok https://goo.gl/maps/zBLxAZ1a7b82  after a very well-attended and successful tournament in 2016. King Power won the King's Cup in 2016, and this year, 10 teams will be taking to the field for the honor of competing in the King's Cup -- http://www.anantaraelephantpolo.com/news/king-power-clinches-royal-cup-in-nail-biting-final-at-elephant-polo-2016.html 

ELEPHANT POLO TEAMS 2017
Anantara Hotels & Resorts
Arabian Knights
Benihana of Tokio
CITI
IBM
Johnny Walker Blue Label
Mekhong Thai Whiskey
Kingpower
PriceWaterhouseCoopers/NZ All Blacks
The Devil - Casillero del Diablo

THE SCHEDULE
Dear Friends, Only a good week to go !! Many familiar faces plus some fantastic new players and lovely followers have confirmed attendance !! The Kingpower and 2016 winning team will appear in their usual strong formation, Charlie and Olo are this year supported by fellow All Blacks Stu Wilson and Murray Mexted, then a new duo of 3 goalers flying in from Argentina specially for the event, Uday and Angad arrive fresh from an unbroken winning streak across India on horsebacks, Lars and Manish are cheating on each other, Chris Stafford now recruiting an Arsenal soccer pro to re-inforce the Blue Label team, Wael and his Arabian knights trained hard at the Dubai polo club and are eager to finish in the top 3 this year, Darren mixing up the CITI team with a weekend surprise to be confirmed. Chris still shuffling and reshuffling the players for teams The Devil, IBM and Benihana of Tokyo. Final player constellations of the 10 teams to be announced during the opening event Wednesday 8 March by Chris Stafford.
On Wednesday -- training start as of lunch time on Wednesday and whilst this is still set up day, we will have some cold beers and Sauvignon Blanc for you at the pitch as always. Handicapping event starts at 7pm Wednesday at the roof top bar Attitude at the AVANI Riverside Hotel, dress code casual/polo shirt. During that evening event you will get your 2017 polo team shirts and your dinner suit jackets for the gala.
On Thursday -- please all come out to the field 8am when we start the religious ceremonies on the pitch followed by parades, traditional Thai dance and of course the first fruit buffet for the elephants. Games start 11 sharp. We will then play one game after the other to wrap up things by 4pm. At 5:15pm we have to depart direction Anantara Siam, a VIP bus is arranged for you at the lower lobby of the Anantara Riverside. Dress code: black trousers, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes you bring and the dinner jacket is provided by us. (for those of you that have not been to the tailor personally for fitting, maybe bring a personal suit jacket along just in case the one what we produce for you does not fit..)
On Friday -- we sleep in (!!!) whilst some 1000plus kids are enjoying ele education day at the pitch. We will start games around 2pm and play until 10pm under floodlight. We are introducing the High Ball Shoot Out Cup. That will happen at 8pm, each team selects their best player, sudden death concept, hit the ball over a 25cm, then 50cm, then 75cm and increasing level target line that is 8 meters wide, distance to shoot from will be determined by The Silver Fox Raj Kalaan and a nice cup and more will be presented to the winning team.
On Saturday -- we get up late again (hope you are ok with that) whilst in the morning at the pitch some friendly soccer games of BKK teams take place, we start playing eles at 2pm. In the afternoon Great Gatsby themed ladies day, a 40 model fashion show and a grand historic war elephant parade and performance take center stage as well. We will play again under flood light till 10pm and the 45 tents and 5 VIP lounges will create a relaxed riverside festival atmosphere with music, food and drinks till midnight.
On Sunday -- we get out early, live jazz music awaits as of 8am and we start the games to get ready for the arrival of the Royal Representative at 4pm followed by the final game, trophy giving and another fruit buffet for the elephants. Between 6 and 7pm the King’s Cup will slowly come to an end. I would find it great if everybody, also the teams that are not making it to the final, stay until the trophy ceremony at 5pm. For more information and updates on the tournament --
www.anantaraelephantpolo.com 


25-26 FEB 2017 -- AXUS WINS JAMES ASHTON TOURNAMENT
This weekend was an event to be witnesses at Polo Escape. The annual playing of the James Ashton Tournament at Polo Escape in honor of the life and contributions of James Ashton. There were 4 teams on the field. Right off the mark, Team Mulia was dispatched by Axus in a very close match which saw Axus secure a place in the final. The second game between Global Port and Polo Escape had everyone on the edge of their seats, with brilliant long plays and fierce action as Polo Escape delivered a severe blow to the Global Port team. The triple combination of Brian, Fernando and Angad was too much for the dynamic duo of Miguel and Anthony. The bright star on the Global Port team was Miguel Romero with his first appearance on the polo fields in Thailand, he played a solid match of good position and not fouling which portends a very good future for this up and coming player from Philippines. The evening festivities christened the debut culinary extravaganza on the "Monkey Island" at Polo Escape, and for all polo enthusiasts, this is an event not to be missed. Khun Robin has created an insular apres-polo playground on an island off the East end of the field. Accessible only by suspended cable bridge, this alone will ensure that no one the slightest bit tipsy will ever be able to leave the island. The evening was highlighted by the surprise appearance of dear friend and polo legend Canchi Andrada of Paisano Polo fame, who was accompanied by his lovely wife Laura and serenaded all with his guitar. Canchi's son Juan is currently working at the club Vet at Polo Escape. The following day, Miguel's father joined the action. we saw Global Port defeat Mulia. The play of the match was the Father-Son pass that Mikee delivered after emerging from the pack and lofting the ball up to Miguel on his way downfield. As we began the final, the heavens opened, and play was suspended for about 40 minutes. The field was in good condition after the rain, and the Axus team pounded Polo Escape with a solid Dario Diego connection and Brian Xu unstoppable on his penalty conversion at 30 yards. The final score of 6-2 saw Axus lift the James Ashton Trophy -- in honor of James Ashton: Born in January 1941, James Ashton was a leading figure in the polo world. The eldest son of Irene and Jim Ashton, the captain of the famous Ashton brothers polo team which dominated Australian polo in the 1930s, James started playing polo at the age of 21. Despite contracting an illness which temporarily halted his polo career, James went on to play for Australia in World Cup tournaments in Argentina and Germany.Later on, he established a winery, founded the Millamolong Polo Club and led a polo breeding programme at his family’s Millamolong Station. Many of the current bloodlines descend from the original Ashton polo ponies who travelled to England in 1930s. Regarded by many as a gentleman and statesman, he engaged in politics and community service, later becoming the President of the NSW Polo Association and the Australian Polo Council. James was also integral to the organisation of the 2001 World Cup Polo Tournament in Melbourne. In 2009, after the resignation of three major polo nations from the Federation of International Polo, he took on the role as interim President of the Federation. As part of his new role, he visited the polo playing Asian nations. James met with a polo accident whilst playing a tournament in Thailand which tragically led to his death. Following his demise, an international polo tournament was held in his memory in 2010 at Polo Escape. The event has become an annual fixture on Polo Escape’s season calendar.


Miguel attacks -- But Polo Escape comes out on top to advance to the final of James Ashton Trophy


The Perilous Approach to "Monkey Island" at Polo Escape -- the newest in apres-polo culinary experience in Thailand

THE TEAMS of the JAMES ASHTON TOURNAMENT 2017
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GLOBAL PORT
Miguel Romero (-2)
TBA (0)
Anthony Garcia (5)
Miguel Diaz (5)

AXUS
Carolina Zavaleta (-1)
Brian Xu (0)
Diego Echavarry (3)
Dario Musso (6)

MULIA
John Tobin (0)
Dato Ahmad Muadzam (0)
Tommy Martinez (3)
Saladin Mazlan (3)

POLO ESCAPE
Robin Lourvanij (0)
Brian Orosco (1)
Fernando Rivera (3)
Angad Kalaan (4)

MAY 2017 -- KING POWER MAY JOIN 2017 MALAYSIAN OPEN
We have heard a rumor that King Power may send a team to join the 5-8 goal Malaysia Open in KL later this year.

FEB 2017 -- A NEW GAUCHO ON THE FIELD IN INDONESIA
It has been reported that a new gaucho has arrived on the polo fields of Asia -- TOMAS BAUTISTA DIAZ -- The younger brother of the dynamic Miguel Diaz has joined Nico Curto at Nusantara Polo Club in Java, Indonesia. Curto is currently initiating Tomas into La Asociacion de Los Gauchos Timidos and undoubtedly, Tomas will be schooled in the finer points of performing the "Pocho-Pocho." The world is watching and waiting to see if Indonesia will be joining in the August playing of polo in the 2017 SEA GAMES in Malaysia. Polo was last played in the 2007 SEA GAMES in Thialand at the 2-4 goal level. This year, the polo will be at the 5-8 goal level, which has raised some eyebrows in the Asian Polo World, because many feel this level of handicap is not inclusive of all the polo playing SEA countries. As we have heard so far, Thailand and Philippines will be shipping horses to Malaysia for this event -- no small feat. If Indonesia joins in the SEA Games, then we will most likely have 6 countries representing polo in the SEA Games 2017.

19-30 AUG 2017 -- POLO RETURNS TO 2017 SEA GAMES IN MALAYSIA
We have not seen polo in the SEA Games since it was last held in Thailand 10 years ago, and polo was on the venue for the first time ever. It was a very exciting event, and Malaysia took the gold, Singapore took the silver, and Thailand the Bronze. This time may be different, as the Thai National Team members Nat, Bung and Tsu, have been training hard for a month in Argentina. We are not sure what tournaments they played or where they played, but they were there. Let's see if Thailand can bring back the gold in 2017 for Polo's second appearance ever in the SEA games. 

POLO SEA GAMES 2017 TO PLAY AT 5-8 GOAL LEVEL
We have just heard that the SEA GAMES 2017 POLO in Malaysia this August will apparently be held at the 5-8 goal level. This is very interesting, because currently the Thai National Team is only rated at 3 goals. We will check to see the handicap levels of the other countries competing in the SEA GAMES POLO -- Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand are the only countries in Southeast Asia that can currently field polo teams.

02 FEB 2017 -- NEW ZEALAND BEATS MALAYSIA AT WORLD CUP PLAYOFFS IN THAILAND
B.Grimm Thai Polo is hosting the XI FIP World Polo Championship Playoffs, and New Zealand is now one of the four qualified teams together with Argentina, Australia and Chile after a stunning defeat of Malaysia. On February 2, 2017, Malaysia and New Zealand battled it out in a single match for a spot in the Tournament that will be held next October in Sydney, Australia. After some practices during the week to get used to the horses, each team was provided with a batch of 25 equines divided in 3 categories: A, B and C. The person in charge of this process of selection was Gines Bargalló. Malaysia, who was specially prepared for this event after taking part in several contests in the country such as the Thai Polo Open, was very confident and with a good knowledge of the field. New Zealand, the rivals, arrived in Thailand on Monday night, they were already the favorites and had a historic player in their lineup: Cody Forsyth. Malaysia started the game strongly and with an advantage of 1.5 due to handicap, but New Zealand quickly showed its full potential commanded by Henry Jones, and by the end of the first chukka they were leading the scoreboard by an 3 to 1.5. The next two chukkas saw Saladin Mazlan find his inspiration: together with his playmates, was able to recover in favor of his team, that reached halftime with only half a goal behind the men in black and continued to keep up their performance until the last period when Cody Forsyth scored and took back the lead. In spite of the excellent final performance of Malaysia, they couldn't beat the powerful New Zealanders who claimed the win by 8 to 5.5 and earned a spot in the upcoming World Championship.
New Zealand -- Henry Wood 2, Henry Jones 3, Cody Forsyth 4, Glenn Sheriff 5. Total: 14.
Malaysia -- Shaik Raismann 3, Amran Selamat 3, HH Prince Ahmad Shazril 3, Saladin Mazlan 3. Total: 12.

JAN 2017 -- CABEZA GRANDE STILL ON THE HORSE
We have just heard news that the first gaucho in Thailand, Cabeza Grande Gustavo Yanez, can still ride the horse and put the ball in the goal. We do not yet know all the details, but the Barbosa of Villa Delores was seen at Hurlingham up on the podium... and one of his teammates looked very much like veteran Thai polo player Nicolas Kosmatos from the very early GCP polo days. We are waiting for Cabeza to send us some details about the tournament and all the latest Barbosa news about Camilla and Delfina. Cabeza has recently confirmed that he was playing with pioneering Thai polo player Kosmatos and that they were part of the 20 teams competing in the Thai Polo Cup in Argentina and that they won the Subsidiary Final. Well done Cabeza and Kosmatos.

   
Cabeza en el aire -- SeaLink Team on the Podium (is that Kosmatos) -- Barbosa de Villa Delores con Delfina y Camilla

JAN 2017 -- KHUN NAT TIES THE KNOT IN LAOS
We are pleased to report that Thai Polo Legend, Khun Nat, has recently wed his betrothed in in Vang Vieng, Laos. Nat and his lovely fiance have been together for several years now, and after several trips to Laos in his pick up truck, Nat was finally able to secure permission to close the deal. All of Nat's family made the journey to Laos to witness the Laos ceremony amidst the magnificent limestone karsts North of Vang Vieng. Nat has very humorous tales of all of the complexities of marrying in Laos, and apparently, if you do not follow the correct procedure and permits, you can end up in jail. Thai Polo Pioneer, Khun Omsin, who has built 2 of the 4 polo clubs in Thailand was on hand to witness Khun Nat's great leap forward. Congratulations Nat and Chok Dee.

   
Khun Nat with his lovely wife from Vang Vieng -- Khun Omsin with son Nat and the honorable Father-in-law

28-29 JAN 2017 -- MAPLE LEAF WINS CHINESE NEW YEAR & 137 PILLARS AT POLO ESCAPE
Khun Robin has confirmed that Elephant Polo Legend Chris Stafford will be gracing the event at Polo Escape on the weekend of 28/29 Jan 2017. The 137 Pillars Polo Puissance Cup is one of the newest and most chic of events on the Thai Polo Calendar. Chris was busy entertaining the VIP guests and the owners of 137 Pillars Hotel who had never seen a polo match before, but who now want to start taking riding and polo lessons. Stafford is an elephant polo player of great stature, and was a spectacular commentator. The match was won by Claudia 's team (Maple leaf ). Polo Escape finished second and Kuppa team with the Paisano Legends came in third -- however, the score difference was very close. The Puissance penalty shoot out was difficult but pleased all spectators. Each team sent 1 Patron and 2 Pros to try and hit a 30 and 40 yards over a 1 meter high and 2 meters wide "A "board. Claudia surprised the fans and succeeded and Brian Orosco, the Polo Escape 1 goal pro beat the other 3-4 goal pros. What the world happened to the Paisano Legends?

Maple Leaf / Passion 8
1 Nurul Mohd Noorajala (Na Na) -2
2 Claudia Zeisberger (0)
3 Damian Marcos (2)
4 Adrien le Gallo , Salchi (3)
Polo Escape Team
1 Daryl Yeap (0)
2 Robin Lourvanij (0)
3 Brian Orosco (1)
4 Fernando Rivera (3)
Kuppa / Constant Energy
1 khun Mint Chaiyakul (-2)
2 John Tobin (0)
3 Franck Constant
4 Nico Pieroni (4)

 
Kuppa's Paisano cousins getting hammered by Polo Escape -- The Maple Leafs lift the Trophy (photos by Hugh Denholm)

There is still a space for one 0 goal or 1 goal player on the Kuppa team. The cost to participate as individual player including our horses , pros fees , green fees , Asado dinner , prizes etc .. will be US $2,500 per player, and the cost to participate bringing a full team is $4,000 per team ( Excluding horses and pros etc ). If you are interested to join -- polo@poloescape.com Visitors are welcome after the game on Saturday for an evening asado and fine wine (cost 2,500 Baht per person)

15 JAN 2017 -- THAI POLO & LA FAMILIA SHARE TROPHY
There was a tie for first place at the Thai Polo Open leaving Axus and Brian Xu's gauchos in second place. The final day of the Thai Polo Open was an utter success that took place on Saturday at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club, the prestigious tournament closed with an event that featured a large number of equestrian activities, and the Thai Polo Open final match as the piece de resistance. The day featured a wide range of equestrian disciplines such as pony rides for kids, riding and show-jumping shows and freestyle dressage. Before the polo games, the qualifier matches for the SEA Games of Show Jumping that will take place next August (19 to 31) in Malaysia, took place. Back to polo, La Familia and the local Thai Polo Team were set to play the final match. But before the grand final, Malaysia, Axus and Royal Pahang played a round robin to define the third position which was claimed by the very solid Axus team, followed by Royal Pahang in fourth place. Afterwards, the much awaited moment of the day approached, the big final between Thai Polo and La Familia. Both teams had equal chances to win. Thai Polo had a good start, with a goal by the star of the team, Agustin Garcia Grossi. La Familia responded quickly with probabbly the best goal of the contest by Gines Bargello, that brought the game to a tie at the end of first chukka. The second chukka commenced with a more open game with the locals leading the attack, but La Familia showed its solid defense once more. Garcia Grossi managed to score once again, followed by a goal by Harald Link that granted them the lead of the match, until Mohamed Mois (MVP of the game) scored twice in a row, just when the first raindrops started to fall. The rain was quite heavy at the start of third chukka, so consequently it started to get dangerous for both horses and players, therefore the game paused for a while. But as the rain refused to go away, the captains of each team decided to stop the game and share the title, a great example of fair play. January 13 2017 - The Thai Polo Open resumed at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club for the last stage of the qualifiers games with two great matches that took place on field 3. Royal Pahang and Axus kicked off the match day. The Malaysian team’s two professional players, Matias Vial and Tomás Fernández Llorente, had a very good performance. Consequently, Royal Pahang ended up winning the game by 9.5-8.

07 JAN 2017 -- THAI POLO OPEN OFF TO A ROARING START
A new edition of the 12-goal Thai Polo Open kicked off on Wednesday 4th at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club, in Pattaya, Thailand. This tournament is one of the main ones held at the Club and also one of the most important of Southeast Asia. With 6 teams in participation, Thai polo, the local team, will go for the Championship after losing last year’s final against 22BR.
Scores of the opening matchday:
- La Familia 8 Malaysia National Team 4.5
- Thai Polo 9 Royal Pahang 4
The Thai Polo Open will resume on Friday with the following schedule:A
9.00 am > Royal Pahang vs Malaysia National Team
2.30 pm > Axus with Brian Xu and Miguel Diaz vs La Familia

6-7 JAN 2017 -- KING POWER WINS LADIES INTERNATIONAL AT POLO ESCAPE
There were 4 teams at 4 goals a piece on the field for the annual fielding of the Ladies International at Polo Escape. The venue this year saw each team with a gaucho complimented by 3 lovely ladies. Outstanding polo photographer Hugh Denholm was there to capture the winning team and the action.

20 DEC 2016 -- TPA CALENDAR FOR 2017 IS UP AND RUNNING...
The B.Grimm Thai Polo Club and Polo Escape have submitted their dates for the 2017 polo season in September. Today, we have just received the dates from TPA for the VS and SPP polo calendar -- 2017 Polo Calendar

29-31 DEC 2016 -- MULIA WINS THE NEW YEAR CHALLENGE AT POLO ESCAPE
It was a very close match after 2 days of play which saw Malaysia's Mulia team take the trophy. The teams were very closely handicapped, with the young Maharaja of Jaipur joining all the way from India. The action was very competitive as usual with tantalizing wines and delicious cuisine. The Mulia team consisted of Nana -1, Muadzam 0, Damian 2, Saladin 3.

DEC 2017 -- SPP MEMBER RUSSELL TYRE SUCCESSFUL RUN IN ARGENTINA
Korea to Singapore and all quarters.  Here’s the first tournament we won in Argentina with Damian Marcos & Antonino in the team both you know from Thailand. I will send one more on this tournament & will forward you photos later of the Haras Del Sur 8 goal which we won at Palermo Pitch1and the photos of the 12 Goal El Remansa we won beating the home team with Charlie Hanbury & Ollie Cudmore I think photos are on Click polo.com -- Russell will be in Thailand again for a couple of weeks from around 22 feb. Russell also played with his 8 goal team at Palermo where Tommy Martinez, Antonino & myself from Thailand and you may recognize Roman as he has played a few times in Korea and is a good friend of James Lee as we saw James in Argentina as he was playing with Roman & I believe also won a 6 goal tournament

2-4 DEC 2017 -- HONG KONG TEAM MAY JOIN COPA REPUBLICA ARGENTINA AT B.GRIMM THAI POLO
The Hong Kong Polo Team is trying to book a slot in Thailand to play the Argentina Cup. They have tried for two years to come and play in Thailand as a team against King Power or Black Dog, or anyone that will have them. Let's see if they can be successful this time. This is one of the most exciting polo teams to watch in Asia, as they have pooled talent from all corners of the world and have been going from strength to strength.

18 DEC 2016 -- HUGH DENHOLM BACK ON THE FIELD
Hugh Denholm is one of Asia's leading polo photographers, and this past week, he was back on the field again to capture the action at B.Grimm Polo for one of their early morning tournaments. Many new and old players were back in action with play starting in the early morning. Hugh informed us that he has a new camera, and he was testing it out.

 

OCT 2016 -- AL HABTOOR POLO CLUB LOOKING TO INCREASE EXPOSURE IN ASIA
We received an email from Diana De Souza Leao Jensen at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort in Dubai with their 2017 Calendar -- http://alhabtoorpoloresortandclub.com/tournaments/calendar -- and the new club is very keen to increase exposure in Asia. Immediately, our international man of affairs, Torrey Dorsey, was on the attack to schedule the intrepid and rapidly ascending Hong Kong Polo Team for an appearance on the field at Al Habtoor. Hong Kong has been trying for two years to come and play against King Power and Black Dog at SPP. We will keep you posted on Al Habtoor's progress in the Asian Polo scene.

8 AUG 2016 -- HONG KONG WINS CHALLENGE CUP IN KOREA
The Hong Kong Polo Team (HKPT) have won theeir 5th international, beating the Royal Salute Jeju and Korea BMW teams in a five chukka match. Hosted by J.B. Lee, the Chairman of the Korea Polo Country Club, the polo matches were aired live for the first time on Facebook and YouTube. With the final match commentary narrated by seasoned English polo player Toby Copson. In terms of post event celebrations, Macey and Sons staged a live auction with proceeds going to HKPT’s charity Riding for the Disabled (RDA). On the first day, HKPT were off to a perfect start winning both their preliminary matches by a margin of 3 and 4 goals. Throughout the tournament, Korea BMW tightened their lines, and focused their game on the speed of their horses as well as tighter marking. Over two chukkas HKPT built a margin of 2 goals and over the last half, Korea BMW had a couple of clear chances, breaking away from HKPT’s marks, only to miss by inches. The final game saw HKPT versus the Royal Salute Jeju team (who had beaten Korea BMW earlier). It was a great final, with an uncertain result until the very last few seconds. JB Lee and his son Rock scored early in the first chukka, keeping the tempo, anticipating HKPT’s mid-field, making it a struggle for Russell and James to keep pace with a very well mounted Royal Salute’s midfield. Out running HKPT, the Royal Salute left a 2 vs. 1 and 3 vs. 1 inside HKPT’s 60 yard mark. It was 3-0 to Royal Salute at the end of the first chukka, leaving a lot of work to do if HKPT were to turn it around. Slowing the ball on the second chukka, Pato Furlong (CAPT) controlled the pace of the match and disrupted Royal Salute’s long-passing game. Drawing their midfielders close, left Kwan and Russell more freedom, allowing HKPT to score 2 goals in quick succession. With only 3 minutes to play, Kwan hit the ball forward off a scrimmage, allowing Pato (CAPT) to break free whilst being chased by a very fast JB Lee. Russell then picked up the ball, scoring from a short distance - leveling the score at 3-3 with only 2 minutes to go. Rock from Royal Salute then missed a shot inside HKPT’s 60 yard line. Allowing Russell to seize an opportunity to score the match-winning goal through a narrow gap in between 2 Royal Salute’s defenders with only 10 seconds left to the final whistle. It was a fantastic comeback, showing great determination and a winning mentality from HKPT.

 7 MAY 2016 -- HONG KONG WINS SINGAPORE OPEN
The Hong Kong Polo Team (HKPT) have won the final of the Hong Kong Challenge Cup 2016. Following on from their historic wins earlier on in the competition, HKPT made history today with a final score of 9½ - 9 beating Garcha Hotels in a five chukka match. The win truly marked the return of polo back to Hong Kong.

17 JUL 2016 -- KHUN TAL LEADS KING POWER TO WIN BRITISH POLO OPEN AT COWDRAY PARK
King Power Foxes won the British Open Championship in the Final of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup. Khun Top won it last year, so this year it was Khun Tal's turn. Hugo Lewis was back on the team at 2 goals. along with Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres at 10 goals each. La Indiana had put on a very strong performance with USA team captain Nic Roldan (7 goals) playing at number 2, 8 goaler Agustin ‘Tincho’ Merlos at 3, and Julian de Lusarreta (6 goals) at Back. The Cowdray Park webpage reports, "King Power Foxes made the first mark on the scoreboard with a 40 yard penalty put through by Facundo Pieres, swiftly followed by goals from Hugo Lewis and Gonzalo Pieres. The fast paced action of chukka 1 continued with goals from Agustin Merlos and Julian de Lusaretta for La Indiana and the chukka ended with the blue shirts of King Power Foxes just ahead at 3-2. As the players settled into the match there were missed attempts at goal by both teams and just five more goals on the score board through chukkas 2 and 3 so that by half time the score was poised at 5-5. After the ritual treading-in, both sides came back onto the field for what proved to be a tough, defensive chukka with each team playing cat and mouse and no goals scored. A jittery fifth chukka saw Facundo Pieres miss his first attempt at goal. Awarded a 40 yard penalty he missed again. There was a horse race down the boards, the ball went out but Hugo Lewis won it from the roll-in and sent a huge lofted shot towards La Indiana’s goal. There was a scrum as the white shirts tried to defend their goal but a mistake saw de Lusarreta push the ball over the line giving a goal away to King Power Foxes and the score moved on to 6-5. King Power Foxes had the lift they needed and Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres between them made short work of the next goal, Gonzalito carrying the ball through the posts at speed for 7-5. It became apparent that the former brilliant attacking team play that La Indiana had shown through the tournament was beginning to unravel as they tried desperately to put up a defense against the Pieres’ onslaught. Chukka 6 opened with the play fast and determined as Facundo sought every opportunity to find a way through the La Indiana defence. A great piece of play saw him escape from Roldan and Merlos while Gonzalito waited behind for the ball. A smart goal resulted and King Power Foxes moved on to 8-5. The umpires blew for the re-start of play with a throw-in which inexplicably saw all four La Indiana players off changing horses. King Power charged away and Gonzalito scored the goal which sealed La Indiana’s fate. There was no coming back and King Power had gained their second successive victory in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship."


OTHER LINKS

International Rules of Polo Argentine Polo Gear
History of Argentine Tango  Argentine Polo Horses
Argentina Polo Saddles Bridles Helmets Boots Gloves Kneepads Argentine Polo Mallets Sticks

 

CONTACTS AT VR SPORTS CLUB
Polo Manager: Lucas Lujan -- mobile: 0901015353. info@siampolonews.com  
Post Address: VR Sports Club, 88/1-7 moo9 OnNut-Teparaj Road, Preng, Bangbo, SamutPrakarn 10560 Thailand.
Map to VR Sports Club  Hotels nearby VR

CONTACTS AT SIAM POLO PARK (new field at VR Sports Club)
Polo Manager: Lucas Lujan -- mobile: 0901015353. info@siampolonews.com
Post Address: Siam Polo Park, 88/1-7 moo9 OnNut-Teparaj Road, Preng, Bangbo, SamutPrakarn 10560 Thailand.
Old Address (of former club): 100 M.9, T.Pong, A.Banglamung, Chonburi 20150. Fax: 66+38734940.
Map to Siam Polo Park  Hotels nearby VR

CONTACTS AT B.GRIMM THAI POLO CLUB
Club Manager: Khun Nara "Om" -- mobile: 0850436272. cha_om@hotmail.com
Horse Manager: Santiago Bachmann -- santithaipoloclub@yahoo.com
Post Address: 111 Polo Drive, Pattaya, Thailand.
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* apparently, not all are welcome here, so check first to see if you are welcome.

CONTACTS AT POLO ESCAPE
Polo Manager: Unknown -- polo@poloescape.com
Tournament Season: November - April
Post Address: No. 9 Moo 13, Tumbon Huay Yai, Amphur Banglamung, Cholburi, Thailand.
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