|Wed 25th Apr 2018|
APPL Takes Brazil by Storm
World Tour Continues in Southern Hemisphere
The All Pro Polo League (APPL) has continued its 2018 World Tour, setting down in Brazil for a weekend of exhibition polo at the Helvetia Polo Club in Indaiatube. Over the weekend 21 – 22 April, world class players such as David ‘Pelón’ Stirling, Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset and Facundo Sola took to the field to showcase APPL polo to the gathered spectators.
The international professionals were teamed up with four local 7 goal players to make up two competing teams – Caset and team mate Ignatiues Du Plessus teamed up with two local players, Pedrinho Zacharias and Willian Rodrigues, to challenge Sola and Stirling with their team mates Joao Paulo Ganon and Olavo Novaes. The tournament, was the perfect opportunity to showcase the APPL rule system to the Brazilian players, following an 18 year absence of any high goal Argentine professional in Brazil – the last Argentine high goal players to come to Brazil were the Heguy brothers in 2000.
On the first day of play, the two teams of 32 goals and 33 goals respectively played in an exhibition match to the delight of the gathered crowd. The following day, Caset and Sola then partook in a four team, 18 goal exhibition tournament with local players. Caset said after the weekend’s play, “Playing the APPL is always good fun and we are working to further polish the rules. In fact, after discussing it with Javier [Tanoira, founder of the APPL], we tweaked a rule before the games on Sunday. It is always positive to continue innovating and improving. I think Javier’s concept of an APPL World Tour is great. So far this year I have played the APPL in the US, now in Brazil and we hope to be able to organise an exhibition in Russia during the football World Cup. It is also likely that we will do something in England.”
Javier Tanoira continued, “Brazil has a very prominent polo culture. Those who play have a higher than average level of polo than other countries, so there are not necessarily many patrons. In most places, the only way to create good polo is by hiring foreign players, but the Brazilians can play good polo amongst themselves. Brazil is going to be a set fixture in the APPL World Tour. We are working together with the locals and we are very in sync with everyone there.”
The next stop on the APPL World Tour is France, at the Chantilly Polo Club later this year. For more information, please visit the website www.allpropololeague.com
Photograph: 10 goaler Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset challenging Sérgio Figueiredo for possession during the APPL World Tour stop in Brazil. By 30jardas