|Thu 8th Dec 2016|
St. Moritz Snow Polo Teams Announced
The most glamorous snow polo event only seven weeks away
Last year's victor Rommy Gianni has managed to bring not just one but two previous cup winners, English superstar Chris Hyde and Dario Musso, onto his team Cartier for the 2017 edition of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, with Charlie Wooldridge taking the final seat on the indisputably strong team.
Last year, Team Maserati snatched the Cartier Cup from title holder Cartier, this year, it will be the turn of James Beh and his sons Joevy and Garvy, together with Felipe Viana, to wear the colours of Maserati. For the Malaysian players, it will be their first time in St. Moritz, but they have already gained experience on snow, playing in Aspen.
Melissa Ganzi's Badrutt's Palace Hotel should not be made light of either. Ganzi spends her summers in Florida and winters in Aspen, Colorado, and is very experienced on snow. She showed an impressive performance at her debut in St. Moritz last year. Her team includes the only local player, Tito Gaudenzi, as well as the two world-class players Juan Bollini and the highest rated player in the tournament 9 goaler Agustin ‘Tincho’ Merlos.
The Swiss will be particularly keen to watch the progress of Perrier-Jouët with a line-up of brothers Luca and Fabio Meier, from Zurich Polo Club, who are teaming up with Pablo Jaurenche and Fabion Bolaterio.
Polo Times are Official Media Partners for this glamorous event. The Polo Magazine is publishing the souvenir event programme for our Swiss partners. Click here for the full team list, and click here to purchase tickets for the event.
Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2017 teams:
Cartier: Rommy Gianni (1), Charlie Wooldridge (2), Chris Hyde (6) & Dario Musso (7)
Badrutt's Palace Hotel: Melissa Ganzi (0), Agustin ‘Tincho’ Merlos (9), Juan Bollini (5) & Tito Gaudenzi (2)
Maserati: James Beh (1), Joevy Beh (4), Garvy Beh (4) & Felipe Viana (6)
Perrier-Jouët: Luca Meier (1), Fabio Meier (1), Pablo Jaureche (7) & Fabion Bolanterio (5)
Photograph: Chris Hyde will be returning to the frozen lake with team Cartier. Courtesy of Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz
Tue 6th Dec 2016
Fantasy Becomes Reality
The Newest Trend in Polo is Heating Up
The Argentine season is coming to an exciting climax with teams dropping like flies and just the last two clinging onto the possibility of the biggest win of them all. But that is not the only competition that is hotting up in Argentina. Earlier this season Fantasy Polo, the first online game for polo, was launched and there has been a fantastic reception to the interactive and competitive game. With over a thousand Fantasy teams signed up in just over a week and the number growing daily it has brought a whole new dimension to the sport, encouraging people to watch, research and follow polo and the players throughout the season to prove their knowledge of the game and win big prizes.
People from all over the world have been getting involved with the high goal season, picking their fantasy four-man team and avidly following their players as they perform in each real life match.
The Semi Finals offered two spectacular games with the big players making big Fantasy points. Juan Martín Nero and his nine field goals (100% shot on goal to goal conversion rate) plus his foul free game against Cría Yatay, saw him rack-up an impressive 54.75 Fantasy points, making him by far the biggest point scorer of the Semis. Polito Pieres, in his Ellerstina match against Alegría was not far behind on the goal scoring stakes with eight field goals and only one non-converted shot to goal. This means he scored more field goals than he made backhands in the whole game. Nicolás Pieres and Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset made an impressive 17 backhands each, while Ignacio ‘Iñaki’ Laprida was the biggest backhander of them all with 19. That’s 19 Fantasy points for those with him in their team. While teams often see winning throw-ins as a very important part of winning a game it is interesting to note that both finalists lost more throw-ins to their opposition, preferring to gain possession out in the open field. These statistics are not only a driving force behind the Fantasy Polo game, but also a way of modernising polo and pushing the boundries of the sport with regards to statistical analysis.
Now is the crucial moment for the game. With teams out of the running and injuries occurring late in the season, it’s important to stay clued-up about what’s going on so that you can use those transfers to their full potential. Read-up on your players and check that you’ve made the right choices. The fun thing about this game is working out the tactics and timing. The transfer system (swapping players in and out) is what the game is all about and it’s at this point in the tournament, with the Final just one week away, that people need to be switched on and mixing up their teams to stay on top of those leaderboards.
Katie Vickery says, “We have been overwhelmed with the response to the game. It’s what so many people are talking about and we hope that this will only increase as the competition heats up. We have big plans, so this is just the beginning. The US season starts in a month and will be full of polo, points and prizes.”
Photograph: Finalists Juan Martín Nero and Polito Pieres were big Fantasy point scorers of the Argentine Open Semi Finals. By Katerina Morgan
Mon 5th Dec 2016
Ellerstina Johor & La Dolfina Sancor Seguros
The stage is set for the 2016 HSBC Argentine Open
Last week’s games may have produced the predictable finalists for the 2016 HSBC Argentine Open, however the real story was the progress of the four remaining teams that played the Quarter Finals.
Fred Mannix’s Alegria Assist Card have had an exemplary tournament, smashing through the rounds, gaining in strength throughout the Triple Crown series. The Pieres family were ultimately their undoing on Sunday 4 December knocking them out of the tournament with a decisive 15-11 score. It may all be over for Alegria now, but it will be exciting to watch the team in the 2017 series, or whichever high goal circuit they continue on next, perhaps America and then to England?
Cría Yatay Colony had more of a mixed bag of results with losses early on in the tournament, but success against La Aguada Las Monjitas earned them a place in the Semi Final, only to be defeated a second time in The Argentine Open by La Dolfina with a sorry score of 27-4. La Irenita also upped their game in The Argentine Open despite only being a 29 goal line-up.
The stage is now set for the last game in The Triple Crown and it is no surprise that the two powerhouses of La Dolfina Sancor Seguros and Ellerstina Johor will do battle on Saturday 10 December at the Argentine Association of Polo’s grounds in Palermo. After Ellerstina’s win in The Hurlingham Open, La Dolfina will be focusing on making it a two out of three titles for the Argentine season. Ellerstina’s quad of Pieres players will be doing their best to frustrate their efforts. It’s all to play for! Click here for all the results and team lists.
Photograph: La Dolfina Sancor Seguros resoundingly defeated Cría Yatay Colony in the Semi Final. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com