|Tue 21st Oct 2014|
New title sponsor for The British Open announced
Jaeger-LeCoultre will take over from Veuve Clicquot as the title sponsors of The Gold Cup
Cowdray Park Polo Club have announced Jaeger-LeCoultre will become title sponsor of The Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship in 2015 with a long term commitment to the Club and the tournament.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has been Official Time Keeper at Cowdray Park since 2006 in a significant partnership, which has seen the iconic Reverso watch become the recognisable face of the scoreboard on Lawns 2, the pitch where the Final of The Gold Cup is played. The luxury timepiece brand has also supported Cowdray Park’s long-standing and popular HPA series of tournaments, ranging from 8 to 18 goal handicap and indicating the company’s interest in all levels of the sport.
Chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club Chairman Peter Barfoot says: “Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to polo is unquestionable and the brand has established a solid reputation throughout all levels of the sport. We feel privileged that Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen The Gold Cup at Cowdray Park as the means to take their support to the very highest level.”
Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Director UK Market and Global Strategy adds: “Extending our deep and close relationship with Cowdray Park Polo Club to encompass the title sponsorship of the world famous Gold Cup is a thrilling prospect for us. We hope to work closely with the club to promote the exciting sport of polo and increase its audiences.”
The 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship will open on 23 June with the Final taking place on Sunday 19 July.
Photograph: The 2014 Finalists, King Power & Dubai line-up infront of the Jaeger-LeCoultre scoreboard. By Dominic James
Tue 21st Oct 2014
La Pampa win The Malaysian International Women's Tournament
British players Sarah Wiseman and Claire Brougham help team win coveted trophy
The Finals of The Malaysian International Women’s Tournament were delayed from their scheduled date of Saturday 18 October to Sunday due to rain. Claire Brougham and her team, La Pampa started their game with a 30-yard penalty goal converted by Sarah Wiseman, closely followed by a run down the field from Brougham to take the score to 2-0, whilst Paula Martinez scored the first goal for La Justina by shooting a safety 60 through the posts. In the second chukka, clever play from Sarah and Claire produced another goal just before Martinez scored again to bring the scoreboard to 3-2 in favor of La Pampa. Sarah’s horse slipped over behind the goal during a defensive play which meant a pause of five minutes during the second chukka before play resumed and La Pampa increased the goal margin by two. The third chukka didn’t produce any goals for either team leaving the score on 4-2 despite the best efforts from La Justina's Mumy Bellande, who missed a beautiful hit at goal from 30 yards not long before a foul was blown which marked the end of the chukka. The fourth started with a spot hit to goal that was tapped in by Paula Martinez. Some strong defence from Sarah and Claire resulted in a counter attack goal bringing the score to 5-3. Datin Norlin Khan took the ball from behind the halfway line to score an impressive goal for La Justina to narrow the gap, but the last minute attempt from her team wasn’t enough leaving the score on 5-4 and The Visa International Trophy going to La Pampa.
April Kent from Moyne Polo Club in Ireland and her team of Sunny Hale, Jennifer Too and Chloe Kiely won The Jaeger-LeCoultre Cup for the Subsidiary Final against Tu Polo. Paula Martinez won Most Valuable Player and Jennifer Too won the Most Valuable Patron award from Jaeger-LeCoultre, which included two tickets to The Argentine Open and passes to the Jaeger-LeCoultre hospitality tent.
Photograph: La Pampa win The Visa International Trophy at the Royal Selangor Polo Club, Kuala Lumpur. By Claire Brougham
Tue 21st Oct 2014
Lovelocks Polo Stud win Copa El Remanso
Despite an impressive early lead from La Alegria CentraLab, Lovelocks Polo Stud claimed a 9-6 victory
The Final of The Copa El Remanso 22 goal tournament was played in Lobos, Argentina on Sunday 19 October between Lovelocks Polo Stud (Brad Mallett (4), Manuel Plaza de Ayala (6), Federico Von Potovsky (6) and Manolo Fernandez Llorente (6)) and La Alegria CentraLab (Adrian Laplacette (6), Andres Laplacette (5), Pablo Miguens (5) and Simon Crotto (4)).
As a 20 goal team, La Alegria were given two goals on the scoreboard before the ball was thrown-in and used that to their advantage, holding down the attack of their opposition, Lovelocks whilst Adrian Laplacette slotted through three further field goals to end the first chukka 5-0.
Manuel Plaza de Ayala and Brad Mallett clawed two goals back for Lovelocks in the second, with Plaza de Ayala also converting a spot penalty at the end of the chukka to take the score to 5-3, still in La Alegria’s favour. Von Potovsky took the goal tally to 5-4 in the third, but Simon Crotto scored before the bell to take Alegria’s lead to two goals again. It was a slow fourth chukka with only one goal being scored by Ernesto Fernandez-Llorente who had taken to the pitch to replace an injured Brad Mallett. Von Potovsky levelled the scores for Lovelocks in the fifth and then scorched to the other end of the pitch to take Lovelocks into the lead for the first time in the match, 7-6.
Alegria missed an early chance to draw level at the start of the sixth, which Lovelocks subsequently capitalised on, scoring again to make it 8-6. A good clearance off the line from Plaza de Ayala denied Alegria another opportunity to close the gap, before he then scored straight away at the other end of the pitch to make the final score, 9-6 to Lovelocks Polo Stud.
Most Valuable Player was awarded to Lovelocks’ Federico Von Potovsky whilst Manuel Plaza de Ayala’s Tonina was given the Best Playing Pony prize.
The Subsidiary Final for The Copa La Sonada was won by El Remanso (Charlie Hanbury (5), Ollie Cudmore (5), Will White (2) and Juilo Arellano (8)). They beat El Carmen (Daniel Dartiguelongue (4), Juan Dartiguelongue (6), Luis Gotelli (6) and Gaston Dartiguelongue (5)) 10 goals to 7.
The Club would like to thank Lorgazo Motors for their support of the tournament and Manolo Fernandez Llorente, the Tournament Director.
Photograph: Lovelocks Polo Stud, winners of the 2014 Copa El Remanso. By Euan Douglas