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Jan 2017

Volume XV - Issue 1.

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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 -- 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. We are sure Hugh Denholm was there, so we will update you shortly.

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.

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 in Argentina. We are not sure what tournaments the 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. 

2-4 DEC 2017 -- HONG KONG TEAM JOINS 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 from Korea to Singapore and all quarters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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."

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, a record number of teams have applied for the honor of competing in the King's Cup -- www.anantaraelephantpolo.com  http://www.anantaraelephantpolo.com/news/king-power-clinches-royal-cup-in-nail-biting-final-at-elephant-polo-2016.html  \

 

 


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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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