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Mon 19th Feb 2024

47th NZ Polo Open

Win for Team Brinks

The 47th NZ Open was played yesterday, Sunday 18 February at Auckland Polo Club under sunny skies with a crowd of over 4,000. With polo players from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, England and Argentina the competition between the teams was fierce, and in the end it was Brinks who defeated Ecogas 9-8 to take the title. Champion pony went to Lola, owned by Ash Reader and played by James Harper, Best Retrained Thoroughbred went to Shooter, owned by Thomas Hunt and played by Paco O’Dwyer, whilst the Most Valuable Player of the match went to Bruce Fraser of Ecogas. A full report and social pages from the day will be included in the March issue of Polo Times, click here to subscribe today.
The 47th NZ Open Final Teams:
Ecogas (16): Paco O’Dwyer (7), Glenn Sheriff (5), Bruce Fraser (2) & George Cronin (2) 
Brinks (16): Matt van den Brink (1), Bud Sorby (3), Jimbo Fewster (5) & James Harper (7) 

Photograph: Team Brinks (Jimbo Fewster, James Harper, Bud Sorby & Matt van den Brink), winners of the 47th NZ Polo Open. By Selena Wright 

Sun 18th Feb 2024

U.S. Women’s Open Championship Final Delayed

New date yet to be announced by USPA

The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship between 9010 Polo and Buena Vibra was due to be played yesterday, Sunday 18 February, but has been postponed due to heavy rainfall. A new date for the Final, which will be played at the National Polo Center, will be announced by the USPA as soon as weather conditions improve. 
In the matches so far, Buena Vibra have scored more goals per game with 8 compared to 90201 Polo’s 6.3, their fouls per games average out at a very equal rate at 10 for Buena Vibra and 11.5 for 90210 Polo Team and the penalty shots made as a percentage are even closer with Buena Vibra slightly ahead with 56 percent conversion and 90210 on 55 percent. 
One thing is for sure, when the Final is played it will be a real contest between two impressive teams, so stay tuned for the date. 
The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final Teams:
Buena Vibra (21): Clara Cassino (8), Milly Hine (8), Valentina Tarazona (1) & Cory Williams (4) 
90210 Polo (21): Sarah Siegel-Magness (2), Mia Cambiaso (8), Cata Lavinia (7) & Meghan Gracida (4)
Photograph: The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship has been delayed. By USPA

Fri 16th Feb 2024

What’s On This Weekend?

Plenty of polo action across the globe

While The C.V. Whitney Cup qualifying rounds have already been completed and the Semi Finals set for Wednesday 21 February (Park Place vs Valiente & Coca Cola vs La Dolfina), there is still plenty of polo being played this weekend in Florida. 
The last league matches of The Ylvisaker Cup are still being played with four matches scheduled over the weekend: Clearwater vs La Fe/Dazos, SD Farms/Old Hickory Bourbon vs Mayer Ranch, Patagones vs 90210 Polo and Flying H vs BTA.
Following yesterday’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship Semi Finals, which saw 90210 Polo beat Grand Champions/ Work to Ride 10-7 and Buena Vibra beat La Fe 10-9, 90210 Polo and Buena Vibra will go head-to-head on Sunday 18 February in the Final. 
Action this week in The Dubai Gold Cup at Al Habtoor Polo Club has seen victories for Habtoor, Dubai Wolves and Bangash resulting in Semi Final spots for Dubai Wolves and Bangash. The league stages resume tomorrow, Saturday 17 February, with Mahra by AIX Investment Group vs Ghantoot and culminate on Sunday 18 February with two matches: Dubai Wolves by CAFU vs Bangash and Habtoor vs UAE Polo. You can watch the action live on Global Polo TV here
Photograph: Dubai Wolves beat UAE Polo to secure their Semi Final spot. By AHPC

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Mon 12th Feb 2024
C.V. Whitney Cup Weekend Results
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Mon 5th Feb 2024
Habtoor Secure IFZA Silver Cup
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Thu 1st Feb 2024
Gauntlet of Polo Draw
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Joe Barry Memorial Final
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Sat 27th Jan 2024
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