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Nov 2017

Volume XV - Issue 1.

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16 DEC 2017 -- POLO IN BURMA AFTER 80 YEARS
Polo is set to return to Burma in a historic setting after 80 years. Yes, there have been a lot of changes in Myanmar over the past 4-5 years, but we didn't expect this one. We are trying to hold an Thailand Myanmar Friendship Exhibition Polo Match in Burma... Let's see if we can do it -- BURMA POLO

13 NOV 2017 -- POLO CALENDAR UPDATE
We now have dates from 3 polo clubs for the 2017-2018 season -- Thailand Polo Schedule

20-27 JAN 2018 -- ALL ASIA CUP SET TO RETURN
The All Asia Cup is back again. It is unclear if it will be 6 or 8 teams. Apparently, this year, the handicap level will be 4-6 goals. The All Asia Cup was inaugurated so all the teams in Asia could play together and show a united face to the world of their commitment to improving the level of polo in Asia, so that one day polo might return as an Olympic Sport as it was last played in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. For more information -- tpa@siampolonews.com 

08-11 MAR 2018 -- KINGS CUP ELEPHANT POLO RETURNS TO BANGKOK
The Royal Office has confirmed the dates for the 2018 King's Cup Elephant Polo. Same venue as last year. Last year's final was a mighty duel between King Power and Mekhong with the Mekhong team taking the King's Cup in the final seconds of the match. This year will certainly prove to be no less exciting.

OCT 2017 -- POLO ESCAPE POSTS POLO SCHEDULE FOR 2017-2018 SEASON
Polo Excape is primed and ready for the new season. They have already posted their dates. The exciting development is to see that almost all of their events are low goal or 2-4 goal, which is perfect for the level of polo in Asia. If you are interested in improving your skills, then get in touch with polo@poloescape.com to join some events -- Thailand Polo Schedule

29 AUG 2017 -- MALAYSIA DEFEATS THAILAND 9-8 FOR GOLD MEDAL
It was an exciting game for everyone. The previous day, we saw Brunei upset Singapore to take the Bronze Medal, and everyone was expecting Thailand to do the same with Malaysia. But Malaysia was on fire. The dominated the first chukka and took a strong lead. Thailand came back very strong in the second chukka, and seemed to be on track to overtake the Malaysians, but Malaysia was too quick, and they several times were able to send an unmarked man downfield to receive a pass and convert for a goal. It was hot and humid, and it seemed to be a game where conditioning would become all important. There were 2 controversial calls in front of the opposing goal. One should have given Top a hit from the spot, which instead was taken out to 30 yards. Top put it in anyway, but the real neck turner was the Malay defender riding straight over the ball right in front of goal as Top was setting up to tap in. This seemed to stop the Thai momentum, and from then on Malaysia controlled the game. Thailand came back in the final chukka to close the gap to one goal, but the time ran out and Malaysia had the Gold, and Thailand would be awarded the Silver for SEA Games Polo 2017.

24 AUG 2017 -- SEA GAMES POLO ACTION
The games are on. We have been following the Thailand team. On Day 1, Thailand soundly defeated Singapore 11-6. On Day 2, Thailand had a victorious meeting with Brunei with a final score of 10-3. All eyes are on Saturday morning's match at 9:00 AM between Thailand and Malaysia. This is the match that everyone has been talking about. Malaysia has been playing polo for close to, if not over, 100 years, and Thailand for the past 16 years. There is a lot of depth to the Malaysian team coming from different clubs, but the Thailand team coming from one club. Malaysia took the gold in 2007 SEA games, but indeed, anything could happen this Saturday, as we watch these two teams size each other up. Don't miss it.

JUL 2017 -- INDONESIA IN MONGOLIA
The Indonesian Polo Team was on the wild Mongolian Tundra this past summer at the Ghengis Khan Polo Club. They have sent us several photos of their expeditionary polo adventure, and we will be sharing them with you shortly.

25 JUN 2017 -- SEA GAMES POLO SCHEDULE
The draw has been completed for SEA Games Polo 2017 in Malaysia with the following details:


 

20 JUN 2017 -- INDONESIA & PHILIPPINES WILL NOT JOIN SEA GAMES IN MALAYSIA
The sad news from Indonesia is that they will not be able to bring a polo team to SEA Games 2017. The reason is that Malaysia decided to change the handicaps down to a reasonable level too late, so they were not able to make plans in time to join the games. We are not sure of the reason that Philippines could not join, but the result is that it looks like 4 countries will be competing in the SEA Games 2017 -- Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. (In the 2007 SEA Games held in Thailand, there were 5 teams -- Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines).

04 JUN 2017 -- SEA GAMES HANDICAP CONFIRMED 4-6 GOALS
The Malaysian Organizing Committee for Polo in the 2017 SEA Games has confirmed to TPA that the 2017 SEA Games Polo will be held at the 4-6 Goal Handicap Level. Khun Top has confirmed that a letter from Malaysia was received sometime in May to confirm this very good news. This decision leads the way for possibly a record 6 teams competing in this playing of the SEA Games in Malaysia. Malaysia is to be commended for this excellent decision to keep the SEA Games inclusive of all the polo-playing countries in ASEAN and further the long-term goal of preparing Asia for the day that polo will once again be played in the Olympics as it last was in 1936.

28 MAR 2017 -- SEA GAMES POLO HANDICAP DRAMA
There are a lot of rumors at the moment that Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, and possibly Philippines may withdrawal from polo in the 2017 SEA games in Malaysia if the handicap level of the games is not changed. The general feeling is that the first SEA Games in 2007 was held at the 2-4 goal level, and it would be a good progression for polo in Asia if the handicap for this games was at the 4-6 goal level. The whole point of the SEA games is to be inclusive of all the polo playing nations in ASEAN. With the handicap currently set at 5-8 goals, some of the countries are feeling that they will not have a chance to compete fairly. The very good thing about the recent Ambassador Cup played at VS Sports Club is that we had the honor of seeing several respected and distinguished Malaysian players join us on the field with the 2 Malaysian teams that joined the tournament. Khun Top is currently drafting a letter from the TPA to send to the organization committee for the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. We expect that a similar letter may be forthcoming from the Indonesian Polo Association and possibly from Brunei. Stay close and we will keep you posted on the developments of this Asian Polo Saga as the deadline draws ever closer. UPDATE (28 March): TPA has written a letter to the Malaysian Olympic Council Secretary General about the SEA GAMES Handicap -- VIEW TPA LETTER

28 JUN-02 JUL 2017 -- THE ELEPHANT STORY 4th Annual ELEPHANT POLO Invitational IN SURIN
To Support the Village of Moo Baan Chang and The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation
In June 2017, We will have the most exciting and evenly matched teams that elephant polo has ever seen. We expect a mesmerizing tournament in Moo Baan Chang with now 4 amazing teams (both on and off the pitch). Please find below useful information for this years tournament. For more information -- Email Jason -- elephantpolo@mac.com
FLIGHTS
JUNE 28th -- NOK Air: DD 9608 DMK-BFV 14:20-15:25
JULY 2nd -- AIR ASIA FD3521 BFV-DMK 13:45-14:40
HOTEL
The host hotel and only hotel in Buri Ram is the gorgeous AMARI BURI RAM where we will have a block of rooms for Elephant polo. Number of rooms 30 rooms. Contact Khun Nuntana at Nuntana.l@amari.com to book your rooms from the room block. Rooms will be payed for by you and are not part of your team fee. Rooms include breakfast.
SCHEDULE
We will spend the whole day at the pitch and elephant village so pack for a full day out.
JUNE 28 Wednesday -- ARRIVAL DAY -- 7:00pm Arrival Dinner
JUNE 29 Thursday -- depart for pitch
game 1
game 2
lunch -- Elephant Village Activity
game 3
depart for hotel
JUNE 30 Friday -- depart for pitch
game 1
game 2
lunch -- Elephant Village Activity
game 3
depart for hotel
JULY 1 Saturday -- depart for pitch
game 1
game 2
lunch -- Elephant Village Activity
game 3 -- PITCH PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!
JULY 2 Sunday -- departure day
TEAMS

CITIBANK
Darren Buckly
Robert Mullis
Wanvisa Komindr
 

HATHIBROS
Simon Race
Marko Nichols Marcy
Ale Race
Nigel Lea

KILTS AND SARONGS
Stewart Easton
Chris Stafford
Cameron Humphries
Paul Ebdale

THE ELEPHANT STORY
Ed
Seng
Taweesak
Jason

24-25 MAR 2017 -- PATRON'S CHALLENGE AT POLO ESCAPE
The Kalaan Brothers will be back in Thailand for this exciting event between Axus, Kuppa, and Polo Escape. Several new faces and of course delicious fare and friends. Everyone is welcome

AXUS
Windson Rao
Brian Xu
Rodrigo Bauzada
Diego Echavarry
 

POLO ESCAPE
Robin Lourvanij
Naveen Singh Tanwar
Brian Orosco
Fernando Rivera
 

KUPPA
Cliff Punyanitya
Mint Chaiyakul
Daryl Yeap
Angad Kalaan
Uday Kalaan

20-25 MAR 2017 -- SIX TEAMS TO PLAY AMBASSADOR CUP AT VS CLUB
After hearing that 11 teams were coming to play at the Ambassador Cup and that there was no room for Polo Escape to join, we now have 6 teams to play in the Annual Ambassador Cup at VS Sports Club.
DAY 1 -- The Paisano Dragons defeat Selangor, and King Power take down SPP.

PHOTOS BY JAMES HAND MADE TEAM

 
Khun Tom lofts the ball towards goal -- Pablo turning onto attack for SPP team


Saladin and Santi cross sticks at Filipinas battles Selangor under the lights

DAY 2 -- An exciting match where SPP surprise the attack mounted by James Beh and his team. It came down to penalties, and SPP taking advantage of the opportunities given to them. The Filipinas team with a very exciting match against Selangor. Saladin and Anthony going at it until the final bell and Filipinas left standing.

PHOTOS BY KHUN NARONG

 
Khun Tal goes for the under-the-neck reverse back angle offside shot and scores -- Khun Top and James Beh battle hard for supremacy on the field

 
Anthony Garcia is "Jai Rai" as he hooks Khun Ploy's dreams for a goal -- The Paisano Dragon charging ahead down field for a goal against Filipinas

DAY 3 -- King Power in a very heated match against BP, but an early lead sees them through to victory. Paisano fight valiantly against Filipinas, but Filipinas control the field and the secret weapon up front delivers a lethal shot at the end of the second chukka to signal the end for Paisano.

DAY 4 -- And what a day it was... Two very exciting subsidiary finals for the thousands of fans. First was the Malaysian contest between BP Polo and Selangor Polo Club. Back and forth until the final bell with Selangor winning by a single goal 7-6. The game kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Then to the big field, where SPP faced off against Paisano Dragons. SPP started with a 1/2 goal on handicap, and they scored the first goal to take the lead to 1.5, but then the dust never settled. The Dragons would surge, the SPPs would reply. Always the game was within a half point, but SPP never relinquished the lead. In the final chukka, SPP sealed the deal and fired in two more goals to claim a 7.5 - 5 victory over the Dragons.

THE FINAL -- The theme was "Blue Jeans" and dressed in blue everybody was... Delicious food and fun for everyone. The Final began at 6pm with King Power and Filipinas on the field. King Power controlled the entire game without question. Filipinas managed to coordinate a bit in the final chukka for a 8.5-8 closure. The King Power team was the same team that may play the SEA Games in Malaysia, so if they go, it could be an interesting meeting. After the game, a delicious buffet on the edge of the field with musical extravaganza performances by Thai and Philippine Singers.

GROUP A

GROUP B

KING POWER
Khun Top
Khun Tal
Khun Tsu
Khun Nat

BP POLO
James Beh
Marc Hogberg
Rizal Ramli
Jorge Aun

SPP
Captain Russell
Tom Claytor
Pablo Caceres
Gaston Carrozo

FILIPINAS
Secret Weapon
Alex Vecinal
Santi Lujan
Anthony Garcia

SELANGOR
Chupita
Mohamed Zekri
Mohamed Moiz
Saladin Mazlan

PAISANO
Khun Ploy
Ronnie Lim
Santi Galland
Che Pieroni

Monday, 20 Mar
5pm -- Paisano vs Selangor
6:30pm -- King Power vs SPP
Snacks
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Tuesday, 21 Mar
5pm -- SPP vs BP
6:30pm -- Filipinas vs Selangor
Asado
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Wednesday, 22 Mar
5pm -- King Power vs BP
6:30pm -- Filipinas vs Paisano
Glen Bar Pullman Hotel
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Friday, 24 Mar
5pm -- Between 3rd Place teams -- Selangor claims 5th place.
6:30pm -- Between 2nd Place teams -- SPP takes 3rd place.
Chip kap Dip
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Saturday, 25 Mar
6:30pm -- FINAL between King Power and Filipinas -- KING POWER WINS AMBASSADOR CUP 2017
Buffet Dinner
 
9-12 MAR 2017 -- MEKHONG WINS 2017 KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO IN BANGKOK
It was one of the greatest Finals we may have ever seen on the Elephant Polo field as Mekhong mounts a tremendous comeback in the last 2 minutes of play and captures the King's Cup away from 3 time Champions King Power -- http://www.anantaraelephantpolo.com/news/mekhong-clinches-royal-cup-from-king-power-to-take-the-kings-cup-elephant-polo-2017.html

This year, we had 10 teams on the field as Elephant Polo returned to downtown Bangkok https://goo.gl/maps/zBLxAZ1a7b82 
With second place going to King Power, 3rd place to Casillero del Diablo, and 4th place to the Johnie Walker Blue Label team from Sweden.
After a very well-attended and successful tournament in 2016. King Power won the King's Cup in 2016 -- 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 


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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.
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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.
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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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