May 27, 2017

HUBLOT TEAM TAKES MIAMI BEACH WOMEN’S POLO CUP

 By Alex Webbe

 

Hublot’s Tara Lordi scored six goals, but none as important as the winning goal in a second

overtime shootout to defeat a tough AMG-Mercedes team in the finals of the 2011 Miami Beach

 Women’s Polo Cup on Thursday afternoon for the opening day of the AMG Miami Beach Polo

 World Cup and the sands of South Beach.

 Hublot (Tara Lordi, Melissa Hornung and Angela York) took an early 3-1 lead, but AMGMercedes

 (Anis Jamaludin, Costanza Marchiorello and Natascha Baecher) battled back to score

 three goals, tying at 4-4: Hublot’s Tara Lordi scoring the tying goal to force the first overtime

 period.

 After five minutes without a score, the teams settled on a shootout, with every member of each

 team getting a penalty shot opportunity.

 Anis Jamaludin put the first shot wide for AMG-Mercedes while Hublot’s Melissa Hornung

 connected for a goal. Costanza Marchiorello’s second shot also went wide for a second AMGMercedes

 miss. In a winner-take-all attempt, Hublot’s Tara Lordi connected for the tie-breaking

 goal and a well-deserved Hublot Championship 5-4 win. Lordi was named MVP for her efforts.

 In Bracket I play, The Raleigh Hotel (Stephanie Kraml-Suttle, Libby Scripps and Valerie

 Biehl) scored a tournament opening win over Gilt City (Abi Beaux, Aimee Waters and Kristina

 Gustafson), 3-0 before shootings down Jet Blue (Paula Chermont, Debra Atwell and Katherine

 Campos) in the finals with a 2-0 score. The Raleigh’s Libby Scripps taking MVP honors.

 Merchant Hub (Whitney Ross, Cristina Hosmer and Jeanne Blackwell) scored a 6-3 win over

 Gilt City in the Bracket I consolation match.

 Panama Jack (Lynn O’Connor, Debbie Nash, Jennifer Williams and Amy Deupi) bounced back

 from a 5-2 opening loss to AMG to record an 8-0 win over Grey Goose (Bobette Martin, Scarlet

 Davenport and Uneku Atawodi) in the Bracket II consolation round of play.

HUA HIN BEACH POLO

Beach polo action on the Hua Hin Beach in Thailand

The first beach polo event in Thailand took place on April 11th in a two chukker exhibition match between the Thai Polo team and the distinguished team of Royal Pahang of Malaysia in a fund raising effort for the Princess Mother’s Charities.

With all of the pomp of England’s Cartier Day, a marching band of Thai children from Hua Hin led the parade of 60 horses through the center of the quaint little town and directly onto the beachfront of the Intercontinental Hua Hin resort to take part in the opening ceremony.

Activities began with a horseback fashion show that included many Thai celebrities, socialites and children among the guests, showing off Burberry, La Martina as well as La Perla beachwear.

A 300 meter fundraising horse race took place on the beach, following the horseback fashion show, with ten horses competing for the winning spot before the polo games got underway.

As a prelude to the feature match, a children’s game took place.  The fast-paced and exciting competition featured a young Thai Polo team and a Beach polo team.

During the main event, Mr. Harald Link’s Thai Polo team found itself on the short end of a 5-4 score, with Royal Pahang, cheered on by Prince Abdullah,  raising the cup at the end of the game.

With the onset of the evening, the Bangkok Symphony entertained the guests, who danced to the music in the waning light of the day that was capped by a delightful barbeque dinner in the well appointed gardens of the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.

The Lalit Suri Beach Polo Exhibition Match in Goa, India

Beach Polo in Goa, India-2009

The first event of its kind in India took place on December 31, 2009 in the Lalit Suri Beach Exhibition Polo Goa hosted by Mrs. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group.  Marking the introduction of the sport of beach polo to a country steeped in polo history and traditions, the event attracted a host of well-known Indian players who took the field (beach) to pit their skills against one another in the spectacular setting of the InterContinental The Lalit Goa Resort’s Raj Baba Beach.

Previously limited to such exotic venues as Miami, Dubai, Punta del Este, to name a few, beach polo’s debut in India was quite well received.

Twenty highly trained polo ponies were brought in from Delhi for the 1pm exhibition match that attracted some of the country’s more notable players.  In an effort to make the exhibition match as comfortable as possible for the spectators, noted polo commentator Pradeep (Bogey) Rao was on hand to report and comment on the action on the beach.

The Exhibition Match was played between The Lalit Red Team (Jai Shergill, Navin Khanna and Angad Kalaan) and The Lalit White Team (Dr. Pawandeep S Kohli, Ransher Singh and Uday Kalaan). The thrilling match, which was umpired by Preetinder Singh, saw The Lalit White Team escape with a 5-4 victory.  A sand game arena and a tiered viewing gallery were specially created for the event, much to the appreciation of a host of VIPs and onlookers.

Honorable Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Digambar Kamat, was the Guest of Honor for this extremely exciting and unique event, and said “I would like to congratulate & compliment Mrs. Jyotsna Suri for putting the beautiful Raj Baga Beach on the world map of Beach Polo.”
Mrs. Jyotsna Suri confirmed the commitment of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group by stating, “We are committed to make this an annual festival in Goa and would be back on a much larger scale, next year. The idea is to bring about a huge awareness for this region of Goa with this unique event and also to encourage participation from the local communities thus catapulting the area into a holistic tourist attraction.”

Hublot Scores Exciting Win in World Cup Finals

By Alex Webbe

A seven goal performance by Argentinean Matias Magrini lead the way for the Hublot team as it scored an exciting 11-9 over the previously undefeated AMG side in the finals of the 2010 AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

Hublot jumped out with a quick 5-0 lead in the opening chukker getting 3 goals Guille Usandizaga and a long 2 point goal from Magrini before AMG got on the scoreboard.

Pelon Escapite scored the first goal for AMG followed by a penalty conversion from team captain Michael Liss to win the chukker with Hublot ahead 5-2. Three consecutive goals from Magrini opened the second chukker of play as AMG struggled to break through the Hublot defense.

Nacho Figueras who had been so effective for the AMG offense in the opening rounds of play scored 3 goals for AMG, with Usandizaga heading a single goal for Hublot to end the chukker. Hublot rode off the field with a commanding 9-5 half time lead.

Both defenses tightened in the third chukker with Escapite scoring for AMG followed by another goal from Magrini. Hublot continued to control the game holding on to a 10-6 advantage going into the final chukker of play.

Magrini notched his seventh point of the game on a penalty conversion in the fourth chukker just before AMG mounted a final rally. Three straight goals from Escapite brought AMG to within striking distance but Hublot controlled the ball for the final 30 seconds of the game preserving the 11-9 win in the 2010 AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup. Magrini lead all scores with 7 goals and was named Most Valuable Player for his efforts. His 10 year old chestnut mere, Crucera, was honored as Best Playing Pony in the event.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE 11, SETAI 6

John Gobin scored the first two goals of the match as Bombay Sapphire defeated the Setai 11-6 in the Carl Fischer International Challenge Cup at the beach area of the Miami Beach Polo Club. A combination of Gobin and Luis Escobar accounted for 10 of the 11 goals with Angela York, playing the first 2 chukkers for team captain Lance Vetter, scoring a single goal in the second chukker.

Bombay Sapphire held a 6-3 half time lead as the Setai fought to stay in the game. Bombay went up 8-4 at the end of three and got 3 straight goals from Gobin to lock the game up in the fourth and final chukker of play.

MORGAN STANLEY 5, FERRETTI 3

In a low scoring event, Morgan Stanley got 4 goals from Brandon Phillips to defeat Ferretti 5-3 in the Fleischman Memorial Cup at the Miami Beach arena. Ferretti struggled throughout the match to mount a consistent offense as it was shut out in both the second and fourth chukkers. Simon Garber and Phillips closed out the scoring with single goals in the Morgan Stanley win.

Bombay Sapphire to defend beach polo title

March 11, 2010

Last year’s Miami Beach Polo World Cup Champions will be returning to the sands of South Beach to defend their 2009 title in one of the strongest fields ever assembled.

The Bombay Sapphire team will return intact with team captain Lance Vetter (0), John Gobin (8) and Luis Escobar (8).  This is the same team that scored three consecutive wins in last year’s competition to wrest the championship from the Audi polo team that seemed to have a stranglehold on it-winning the cup the previous three years.

“I think John (Gobin) is the best player in the field,” said Vetter, “and with the addition of Luis (Escobar), I felt like we had a team that could win it all.”

The draw for playing order seemed to confront the Bombay Sapphire team from the onset.  Its first game would be against the powerful Audi team, and surprise, surprise, it was Bombay Sapphire that rode off on top of a 6-4 win.

“It was one of the best days of my life,” said Vetter, reflecting on the win.  “We realized that once we had dealt with Audi, we were on the fast track, and our intensity on the beach escalated.

Bombay Sapphire’s next contest was a relative cake walk as the team rolled over Comcast/China Grill Management in a one-sided 11-3 victory.  The team had amassed a 2-0 record and was averaging a tournament high of 8.5 goals per game.

Their opponent in the finals emerged in the shape of a Black Watch/Nespresso team that boasted the talents of Kris Kampsen (7), Ralph Lauren Model/Pro Polo Player Nacho Figueras (7) and 18-year-old female phenom, Isabella Wolf (1).

Kampsen got Black Watch/Nespresso on the scoreboard first, but two goals from Escobar and a third goal from Gobin had Bombay Sapphire up 3-1 after the first chukker of play.

Two more goals in the second chukker gave Bombay Sapphire sitting on five goals while Isabella Wolf’s single goal accounted for all of the Black Watch scoring as the half ended with Bombay Sapphire ahead 5-2.

The pace picked up in the third chukker with Kampsen and Figueras trying to find the magic they had displayed earlier in the tournament.  Kampsen’s three goals and near shutout defense by his teammates had Black Watch/Nespresso trailing 6-5 with a final chukker to play.

Kampsen scored the first goal of the sixth chukker to even it at 6-6 as both teams struggled to control the ball.

Hard ride-offs and great defense by both sides had the score tied until the final seconds of play.  Bombay Sapphire’s John Gobin stole the ball and managed to push it through the goal posts with 12 seconds on the game clock.  As both tams rode back to the center for the throw-in, time expired with Bombay Sapphire taking the 2009 Miami Beach Polo world Cup 7-6 to the delight of a cheering crowd.

John Gobin accounted for four goals in the course of the final game and was named Most Valuable Player in a vote by the players.  His 12-year-old Chestnut mare, Reina, received Best Playing Pony Honors that were presented by American Polo Horse Association president, Sunny Hale.

AMG SOUTH BEACH WOMEN’S POLO CUP II RESULTS:

April 29, 2010

Completing first day of beach polo, AMG scored consecutive wins over Merchant Hub (6-2) and Morgan Stanley (4-1), to capture the 2010 AMG South Beach Women’s Polo World Cup. Sunny Hale was named Most Valuable Player while Ashley Van Metre’s horse, Pampiano, was honored as Best Playing Pony. In the consolation Hublot scored 5-1 win over Merchant Hub with Tiffany Busch and Valerie Biehl scoring two goals apiece in the effort.

In Division II played Panama Jack wins over Grey Goose (4-2) and W Hotel (7-1). Angela York was named Most Valuable Player and her horse Loon received Best Playing Pony honors. In the consolation round Bombay Sapphire defeated Grey Goose (2-0) with Stephanie Kraml Suttle scoring both goals in the win.

Beach tournament play will continue Friday April 23rd with the onset of the VI annual AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

AMG MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP VI RESULTS:

AMG 10, Morgan Stanley 9

Hublot 16, The Setai 6

Bombay Sapphire 9, Feretti 3

Saturday, April 24

AMG 7, The Setai 4,

Morgan Stanley 12, Bombay Sapphire  11
Hublot 7, Feretti 5

Sunday, April 25

Morgan Stanley 5, Feretti 3  (for the Julius  Fleischmann Memorial Cup)

Bombay Sapphire 11, The Setai 6 (for the Carl  Fisher International

Challenge Cup)

Hublot 11, AMG 9 (for the 2010 AMG Miami Beach  Polo World Cup)

World Cup:  MVP-Matial Magrini (Hublot); Best  Playing Pony-Crucera (owned

and played by Matias  Magrini)

AMG Miami Beach Polo – Nacho Figueras

Pro Chukker “Official” Ball of IBPA

"Official" ball of the IBPA

March 11, 2010

The International Beach Polo Association has named the Pro Chukker “Arena Master” inflatable ball as the “Official” tournament ball of the association.

“The construction, properties and quality control exhibited by Pro Chukker in the production of the Arena Master allows the IBPA to name the Arena Master as the Official ball of the International Beach Polo Association,” said association chairman Alex Webbe.

“It is important that the ball employed in beach polo competition exhibit both durability and continuity of manufacturing standards in the production of the ball.  It is also of paramount importance that the ball is sturdy enough to withstand the vigorous play demanded in beach polo competition,” Webbe added.

“Pro Chukker was created to design and manufacture equipment that would allow the sport of polo to be played at its highest level,” said founder Michael Moertl.  “In line with this philosophy, it is our great honor to have had the Pro Chukker Arena Master chosen as the official ball of the International Beach Polo Association, an organization devoted to showcasing the best in high-goal polo around the globe,” he added.

Pro Chukker was established in 2007 and is based on Los Angeles, California.  It is now an international supplier of both polo equipment and apparel.