|Tue 24th Jan 2017|
Joe Barry Memorial Final
La Indiana defeat Mt. Brilliant
On Sunday 22 January, the crowds at International Polo Club, Palm Beach witnessed a true match of two halves in the Joe Barry Memorial Final. La Indiana, finalists in the 2016 Queen’s and Gold Cups in the UK, formed a staggering and ultimately insurmountable attack upon Mt. Brilliant. Although Mt. Brilliant were the first to chalk up a goal on the scoreboard with a penalty 2 conversion from Jason Crowder, La Indiana railroaded Mt. Brilliant into submission with a staggering seven consecutive goals, with Mt. Brilliant only able to add one more goal to the scoreboard by the end of the second chukka. With the scores reading 7-2 at the start of the third chukka, some may have expected La Indiana to offer some mercy, but the relentless goal scoring continued until the half-time whistle with the scores reading 11-2 in favour of La Indiana.
However, Mt. brilliant weren’t about to go down without a fight, and although the scores were more of a trickle than a flurry, their teamwork resulted in a 13-6 score moving into the sixth and final chukka. With all to play for and a seven goal deficit, Mt. Brilliant finally found their stride with four goals from Crowder closing the gap to just 13-10. Sadly for Mt. Brilliant it was too little too late and with no more goals crossing the backline, La Indiana claimed the 2017 Joe Barry Memorial Trophy with a final score of 13-10. After the match, La Indiana’s Jeff Hall commented, “We played really well for three chukkas. We knew that at 11-2 stuff starts to unravel. It’s hard to stay focused even though we were trying to tell ourselves 0-0 every chukka”.
At the presentations, La Indiana’s Mike Azzaro was named Most Valuable Player and the Best Playing Pony was named as Africano, ridden and owned by Raúl Colombres.
Next-up on the US circuit is the last of the 20 goal tournaments, The Ylvisaker Cup, where six more teams will join the existing eight teams which have already competed for the Joe Barry Memorial and Herbie Pennell Cup.
Joe Barry Memorial Trophy Final Teams:
La Indiana (20): Michael Bickford (1), Raúl Colombres (6), Mike Azarro (6) & Jeff Hall (7)
Mt Brilliant (20): Bo Goodman (1), Jason Crowder (6), Santiago Chavanne (7) & Julian Daniels (6)
Photograph: La Indiana, winners of the 2017 Joe Barry Memorial Trophy. By David Lominska/polographic.com
Mon 23rd Jan 2017
Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup
Argentina secure victory
Over the weekend the hopes and dreams of the England team were dashed by Hong Kong in the Semi Finals of the 2017 Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup on Saturday 21 January at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. It would seem that Hong Kong are the unbeatable team for England, as Hong Kong defeated our boys in the Final of the 2016 tournament. Despite the best efforts of the Brits, the final score rested on 8-7, narrowly dashing their hopes of winning the 2017 title. The second Semi Final saw another close game, with Argentina just pipping South Africa to the post, with a score of 6-5, and securing their place in Sunday’s Final. These results meant the Subsidiary Final was played between South Africa and England, and despite the best efforts of England, it was yet another defeat, with a final score of 5-3 in favour of South Africa.
As Final day dawned revealing bright blue skies, it was 2016 champions Hong Kong who faced Argentina, whose previous best result was second place in 2013 also against Hong Kong. The Argentine team came out with a vengeance, determined to secure their place and champions, and a fast-paced display of polo ensued. Following four frenetic chukkas, the final score rested at 6-5 in favour of Argentina, denying Hong Kong a fourth championship title.
Photograph: Argentina defeated reigning champions Hong Kong in the Final. Courtesy of Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club
Wed 18th Jan 2017
Snow Polo World Cup Day 2
Results from today’s matches
The England team are doing us all proud at the FIP Snow Polo World in Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, China with another win. Following on from yesterday’s 6-5 victory against Argentina, today England faced the mighty Australia, and although the match wasn’t quite as high scoring, England managed to secure a 3-1 win. This double win combination means England have secured themselves a place in the Semi Finals on Saturday 21 January.
In the Semi Final England will face either 2016 champions Hong Kong or the USA, who are scheduled to play each other tomorrow, Thursday 19 January. Today’s action also saw South Africa qualify for the Semi Finals after defeating USA 5-2, and the outcome of tomorrow’s match between Argentina and Australia will decide which team will take on South Africa in the Semi Finals.
FIP Snow Polo World Cup 2017 Teams:
Jack Archibald (5)
Dirk Gould (5)
Matt Grimes (5)
Reserve: Jake Daniels (4)
James Harper (6)
Jack Richardson (6)
Ali Paterson (4)
Reserve: Dave Allen (4)
Santiago Cernadas (6)
Francisco Menendez (6)
Diego Braun (4)
Reserve: Dylan Rossiter (4)
Hong Kong (16)
Gaston Moore (6)
Matias Val (6)
John Fisher (4)
Reserves: Alejandro Val (6) & Henry Fisher (4)
South Africa (16)
Jannie Steenkamp (3)
Chris MacKenzie (6)
Tom de Bruin (7)
Reserve: Gareth Evans (6)
Shane Rice (4)
Pelon Escapite (6)
Tommy Biddle Jr (5)
Reserve: Patrick Uretz (4)
Coach: Joel Baker (2)
Photograph: England and South Africa have qualified for Saturday’s Semi Finals. Courtesy of Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club