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Nov 2019

Volume XVI - Issue 1.

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Welcome to SIAM POLO PARK -- the first and most beautiful polo club in Thailand -- Come join us for weekend chukkas or beginners lessons -- Contact Polo Manager NICO


15-16 NOV 2019 -- SIAM POLO PARK WINS THE GENTLEMAN'S CUP
Khun Tal made a sudden appearance to join the Gentleman's Cup, and he was on form. This was the first Gentleman's Cup ever to be held in the Kingdom of Thailand, and Tal's Siam Polo Park was hungry to claim it. We had 3 teams on the field. Black Dog had been resurrected by the Pope's envoy Saint Nicolas himself after 5 years of oblivion, and they did not take this sitting down. Maple Leaf appeared for the first time from Singapore, and they startled everyone with their Canadian prowess. There was a fantastic asado on Saturday night, and Nicolas Pieroni gave a riveting speech, followed by Khun Tal, thanking everyone for coming and supporting the tremendous makeover of Siam Polo Park -- the first and most beautiful polo club in Thailand.

SIAM POLO PARK
Jamie D
King Ed
Tal
Saint Nicolas

BLACK DOG
Eric
James Bean
Tom
Jamie

MAPLE LEAF
David
Tui
Olivier
Damian

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SEP 2019 -- NEW POLO MANAGER AT SIAM POLO PARK

Nico Pieroni has been appointed Polo Manager in charge of the first and most beautiful polo club in Thailand -- SIAM POLO PARK. His appointment comes directly from Khun Tal, and he will report directly to Khun Tal and Khun Top. We had a brief chat with Nico, and his vision for the club is a "Fun & Learning" Polo Club for beginner players to come and learn the game. Nico has spent the past three years instructing polo in Singapore, and playing in medium goal tournaments, and he is keen to promote the club and bring it back to life. His wife Flaca, is also a keen enthusiast of Polo and will be organizing some culinary specialties for polo players "apres polo." If you are keen to learn polo, or if you are passing through Thailand and want to play some friendly Club Chukkas, then email NICO -- nico@argentinapolo.com

LA TAQUERIA "NEXT" -- POLO STICK REPAIR SHOP OPENS AT SPP
There is a brand new polo stick repair shop at Original Siam Polo Park. Damian has opened this shop under the command of the Siam Polo Park manager to help players repair broken sticks and to outfit them with new sticks. To our recollection, this is the first time that we have ever seen a dedicated polo stick repair shop at the club. Damian also has some other polo items in his workshop, so stop by if you need some stick work.

COMING THIS SEASON -- "POLO CLUB CAFE" @ SPP
The breaking polo news this year will be the grand opening of the POLO CLUB CAFE at the old and original Siam Polo Park near Pattaya. We are currently waiting for the "memo" to be approved, but the idea has been well received by the commanders at King Power. The idea is that after polo practice or weekend chukkas or weekday lessons, the beginners and visiting players can sit and look out over the field with a nice cup of coffee, or perhaps a hot dog or sandwich. This will be a GIANT STEP FORWARD for Polo in Thailand. Flaca is chomping at the bit to get cracking. If you have any ideas... Send her a "memo."

OCT 2019 -- NEW POLO CALENDARS UP
We have received the polo calendars from B.Grimm and Polo Escape, and they are up on the Siam Polo News Calendar for the 2019-2020 season. Nico is working on the polo calendar for SPP, but he is planning 4 low goal tournaments for this year. One of the first tournaments on the 15-16th November will be the "Gentleman's Cup" -- an invitational to the original resident polo players in Thailand. It may be a bit slow, but will be historic nonetheless. We also hear that Nico may be bringing the newly formed Hong Kong Polo Team to the club. We now have the last polo calendar dates from TPA with the VSSC tournaments. We have heard that the ALL ASIA CUP is back in action this year... Last year, the TPA said that it would be rotated between different countries in Asia, but now, it seems it is back in Thailand. There is a rumor that there will be 10 teams in the All Asia Cup. We will keep you updated.

NEW DATES FOR ALL ASIA CUP
The All Asia Cup is set to return this year. The dates have changed and now it is going to be in February. The TPA is handling this one, so we will let you know anytime we hear any news. Nico Curto will be bringing the Indonesian Team up to Thailand to practice 2 weeks before the tournament to get the guys acclimatized and ready. Indonesia is the only other country that has ever won the All Asia Cup other than Thailand. This is why people have come to respect the All Asia Cup, because in it's beginnings, for the first two playings, it was seen to be completely fair -- as all the horses were put into a pool and drawn equally our of a hat, the dates of the All Asia Cup never changed, and the umpires were completely fair. Let's see how it goes this year under the TPA.

25 NOV-10 DEC 2019 -- SEA GAMES POLO IN PHILIPPINES
The SEA GAMES 2019 polo action will return this year to Philippines. Anthony has confirmed the dates of 25 Nov to 10 Dec. We hear that 4 teams are taking part -- Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Brunei. For some reason, the Thailand team who first started polo in the SEA games has decided not to participate. Singapore has also said that they will not be making the tournament this year. Brunei is on high after their sensational Bronze performance, so they will be flying their horses from Brunei to Philippines and will definitely be the team to watch in this years action. If we hear more, we will let you know.

3-5 JAN 2020 -- "TRI-NATIONS CUP" (PRACTICE CHUKKAS)
The Tri-Nations Cup will return next year with three teams battling it out -- Korea, China, and USA will field teams at SPP for the coveted "Tri-Nations Cup." These are basically enthusiastic "Practice Chukkas" to keep the event low key, but rest assured the fans will be in the thousands to watch the progress of China and Korea on the polo field. We will let you know who is coming in short order.

16-18 JAN 2020 -- WWF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE CUP
This will be our biggest tournament at the original Siam Polo Park this year. It is the famous Endangered Wildlife Cup. Already, every single player in the Gentleman's Cup has confirmed. It was previously planned to be 4 teams, but now it may be 6 or 7 teams. The following teams have said that they are coming:
- Khun Tal will Captain the "Polar Bears."
- Black Dog will return as "Black Rhinos."
- Siam Polo Park will return as "Snow Leopards."
- Fast Fish will play as "Indo-Chinese Tigers."
- Polo Escape will represent the "Asian Elephants."
- Maple Leafs will be the "Mountain Gorillas."
- Axus is on standby...
The Play may be 3 days if we have all these teams. A donation of 10,000 Baht will be made to each WWF Thailand and to Father Ray Orphanage after the event. This tournament aims to bring attention to some of the wildlife in the world that are under the threat of extinction and to promote the cause for their survival. We started this tournament years ago, and it was very popular, but then seemed to disappear. Rest assured, the Endangered Animals are now back at the Original & Ancient Siam Polo Park. Stay tuned, and we will let you know who is coming.


 

 

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CONTACTS
AT VS SPORTS CLUB
Polo Manager: Lucas Lujan -- mobile: 0901015353. tpa@siampolonews.com
Post Address: VR Sports Club, 88/1-7 moo9 OnNut-Teparaj Road, Preng, Bangbo, SamutPrakarn 10560 Thailand.
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CONTACTS AT SIAM POLO PARK (the first & most beautiful polo club in Thailand)
Polo Manager: Nico Pieroni -- mobile: 0930301284. nico@argentinapolo.com
Post Address: 100 M.9, T.Pong, A.Banglamung, Chonburi 20150. Fax: 66+38734940.
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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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