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Fri 30th Jan 2015

Wins for Cartier & BMW at Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz

First day of play is over in the Engadine Valley

Snowfall over night and temperatures plummeting to -13 didn’t affect a great first day of polo at The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. After last night’s team presentations at the Kulm Hotel’s Sunny Bar, the 16 players were ready to take to the frozen lake to kick-start the tournament. 

The first match of the day was between title-holders, Cartier (Jonathan Munro Ford, Max Charlton, Chris Hyde and Jamie Morrison) and Trois Pommes (Tutti Wolfensberger, Cedric Schweri, Pepe Riglos and Piki Diaz Alberdi). With a team handicap of 14, Trois Pommes started with a half goal advantage, but Cartier’s Max Charlton was quick to take the lead with a goal in the first chukka. Snow polo stalwart, Piki Diaz Alberdi then put his Trois Pommes team ahead adding a field goal to their tally and taking the scores to 1.5-1. However Chris ‘The Prof’ Hyde was keen that the Cartier team stayed on course to win their third Snow Polo World Cup, clocking up the winning shots to secure the low-scoring game 3-1.5. 
The second game was a much closer affair with both teams trading places on the leader board until the last minute. Badrutt’s Palace (Richard Fagan, Richard le Poer, James Harper and Max Hutchinson) faced lower handicapped team, BMW (Rommy Gianni, Paolo Netzsch, Dario Musso and Lucas Labat) and both were fighting for victory. At the end of the first chukka, the hotel team of Badrutt’s, were leading by a mere half goal with the scoreboard reading 2 goals to 1.5. Max Hutchinson increased their margin, but BMW’s Dario Musso was quick to reply with a penalty shot. Badrutt’s notched up a fourth goal, but an on-fire Lucas Labat scored twice in rapid succession to take BMW into the lead. Badrutt’s James Harper – playing his first tournament on snow – converted a penalty, but it was not enough to clinch the match and BMW rode off the frozen lake the winners 5.5 goals to 5.
Play continues tomorrow with Badrutt’s Palace versus Cartier and Trois Pommes versus BMW. 
 
Photograph: Jonathan Munro Ford, Chris Hyde and Jamie Morrison of the Cartier team after their first game in The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. By Richenda Hine. 
 

Thu 29th Jan 2015

St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup kicks off tomorrow

Four teams converge on frozen lake for coveted Cartier Trophy

The St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup, played on the frozen lake in the Engadine Valley in Switzerland, begins tomorrow Friday 31 January. Players and ponies have been arriving in St. Moritz throughout the week to acclimatise to the snow and temperatures before the first official practice chukkas today. Despite heavy snowfall creating construction problems for the organisers earlier in the week, lake conditions are being closely monitored and players will take to the snow polo pitch tomorrow.
The first game will start at midday for The Badrutt’s Palace Cup between team Cartier (Jonathan Munro Ford, Max Charlton, Chris Hyde and Jamie Morrison) and team Trois Pommes (Tutti Wolfensberger, Cedric Schweri, Pepe Riglos and Piki Diaz Alberdi). Having won the tournament for the past two years, Cartier will be looking to make it a hat-trick and will be a tough team for Trois Pommes to beat. The second match of the afternoon will be for The Slupinski Cup between BMW (Rommy Gianni, Paolo Netzsch, Dario Musso and Lucas Labat) and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel (Richard Fagan, Max Hutchinson, Richard Le Poer and James Harper). Play continues on Saturday before the big Final on Sunday 1 February. 
As official media partners of The St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup, alongside our sister publication The Polo Magazine, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@PoloTimes and @ThePoloMag) to keep up to date.
 
Photograph: Polo Times and The Polo Magazine are pitch-side at The St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup. By Richenda Hine. 

Thu 29th Jan 2015

Close call for England team at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club

Results in from first and second days of Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup

Title-holders, England were the first to take to the pitch against new competitors, Peru at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in China yesterday. Despite being one of the top-seeded teams in The Fortune Heights Snow Polo world Cup, the young squad of Jack Richardson, Max Routledge and Matt Perry nearly came unstuck as underdogs, Peru scored the first goal of the match and continued to apply pressure. Goals from team Captain, Jack Richardson and Matt Perry kept England in the game, but a goal from Peru’s Guillermo Li forced the match into extra time. Max Routledge kept his nerve to score the decisive goal, sealing a narrow victory for England with 6 goals to 5. 
Brazil then went on dominate Canada in the second match, notching up nine goals between them, whilst Canada’s Brandon Phillips managed to find the posts on one occasion, just saving his team from a goal-less league match. The last game of the opening day was an exciting one with Argentina and New Zealand trading places for the lead throughout. In the end, NZ Captain, Tom Hunt led his team to a 7-5 victory. 
Today’s games saw Hong Kong China (John Fisher, Pablo Jauretche and Juan Britos) overcome a strong Spanish side (Juan Clemente Marambio, Pelayo Berazardi and Santiago Marambio) to win the league opener for zone 2 of the tournament with a goal score of 4-2. Chile (Martin Zegers Greene, Alejandro Vial and Ignacio Vial Mazieres) then enjoyed a narrow 5-4 victory over the American (Delmer Walton, Tommy Biddle and Mike Azzaro) team whilst France (Clement Delfosse, Patrick Primael Paillol and Brieuc Rigaux) ran out clear winners over Mexico (Valerio Sotelo, Diego Solarzano and Carlos Hernandez), beating them 9 goals to 2.
Polo continues tomorrow with Brazil versus New Zealand, England versus Argentina and Canada versus Peru. 
 
Photograph: England’s Jack Richardson on the ball at The Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup. By Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. 

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Mon 26th Jan 2015
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Mon 26th Jan 2015
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Mon 26th Jan 2015
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Fri 23rd Jan 2015
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Fri 23rd Jan 2015
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Fri 23rd Jan 2015
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Thu 22nd Jan 2015
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Thu 22nd Jan 2015
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Tue 20th Jan 2015
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Mon 19th Jan 2015
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An intense and close Final keeps everyone guessing at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club

Mon 19th Jan 2015
DWB Holding conquer in Kitzbühel
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Wed 14th Jan 2015
PIPA International Snow Polo Championship Tour to start in Seefeld, Austria.
First 2015 event to be held 23 – 25 January

Tue 13th Jan 2015
New Zealand prepares for the historic Savile Tournament
Rangitikei Polo Club plays host to 24 teams at the end of the month

Mon 12th Jan 2015
Joe Barry Memorial Cup update
A busy weekend of 20 goal polo at International Polo Club Palm Beach

Mon 12th Jan 2015
Fun polo and friends at Ash Farm
Huge support gained for The Paul Sweeney Memorial Trophy

Fri 9th Jan 2015
A new-look Orchard Hill secure a win in Joe Barry Cup
League stages of 20 goal continues at International Polo Club Palm Beach

Thu 8th Jan 2015
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Thu 8th Jan 2015
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Thu 8th Jan 2015
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Thu 8th Jan 2015
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International Polo Club Palm Beach begins competitive 20 goal tournament

Thu 8th Jan 2015
Teams announced for New Zealand Test Match
England will face the home side at Kihikihi Polo Club

Wed 7th Jan 2015
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Mon 5th Jan 2015
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