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Wed 12th Jan 2022

Joe Barry Memorial Underway

Opening wins for La Fe & CK Shack

The Joe Barry Memorial features four teams, including Beverly Polo who recently won The Iglehart Cup. The Joe Barry Memorial was founded in 2005 in honour of Joe Barry, who passed away in 2002 and was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1999 and his polo career included six U.S. Open Polo Championship titles, three USPA Gold Cup titles, and the 1971 Coronation Cup in England. 
Last year’s winners, Lucas Escobar will this year join a new team, La Fe, while Matias and Kristos 'Keko' Magrini are featuring in CK Shack’s line-up. 
The action kicked off yesterday, Sunday 9 January, and saw La Fe defeat 2021 finalists Beverly polo, 12-11 and the second match of the day was a success for CK Shack, who despite a player substitution (Tomas Willans played for Dominic State), defeated Patagones 13-9. 
The tournament continues today, Wednesday 12 January, with CK Shack vs Beverly Polo and Patagones vs La Fe, all of the matches are being exclusively livestreamed on GlobalPolo.com.
The Joe Barry Memorial Teams:
La Fe (18): Lucas Escobar (4), Robi Bilbao (5), Francisco Elizalde (9) & Louis Devaleix (0)
CK Shack (18): Tomas Willans (2), Kris Kampsen (6), Matias Magrini (7) & Kristos 'Keko' Magrini (3)
Patagones (18): Joaquin Avendaño (3), Benjamin Avendaño (2), Santiago Wulff (5) & Tomas Garcia del Rio (8)
Beverly Polo (18): Bill Ballhaus (0), Lucas Diaz Alberdi (6), Jorge "Tolito" Fernandez Ocampo Jr. (7) & Hilario Figueras (5)
 
Photograph: La Fe vs Beverly Polo. By ©Global Polo Entertainment

Tue 11th Jan 2022

Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz Nearly Here!

37th edition scheduled for 28 – 30 January

In just over two weeks, six international teams will descend upon the beautiful Engadin Valley for the 37th edition of The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. The three-day tournament is preceded by a day of training matches on Thursday 27 January, followed by the players and sponsors presentation at the Kulm Hotel and a Fondue Night at Hotel Steffani, to kick off the tournament. 
Work on the frozen lake is well underway to prepare the surface which has to support the 185m x 90m polo field as well as the infrastructure for the event including the VIP tent and grandstands, which weighs a staggering 2,600 tonnes! 
Day One sees three matches played, the first time in the tournament history, with Azerbaijan Land of Fire vs Perrier-Jouët, Clinique La Prairie vs World Polo League and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel vs Casablanca and after day one there will be a team ranking from one to six, with the three winners proceeding directly to the Semi Finals, with the team in fourth position also progressing to the Semi Finals; the first ranked team will play the best losing team, the second ranked team will play the third.
The whole event will be adhering to the COVID "2G" rule (access limited to individuals vaccinated against or cured of covid-19) applies in all outdoor areas; in all indoor spaces and at all events, the stricter "2G-Plus" rule will apply (vaccinated/cured plus a negative PCR or antigen test). 
For those seeking some winter sunshine, polo and glamour in the birthplace of snow polo, look no further.  
 
Photograph: The 37th Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz begins in just over two weeks. By Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz
 

Mon 10th Jan 2022

Beverly Polo Lifts Iglehart Cup

First Final of IPC’s season

And we’re off! The first Final of the IPC 2022 season on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) was played on Saturday 2 January. The Iglehart Cup Final featured Beverly Polo vs La Fe in an extra chukka match which saw the scores tied frequently throughout and an injury (although he was able to remain in the match) for La Fe team patron, Louis Devaleix. 
Beverly Polo secured an initial advantage via early penalty opportunities and by half-time held a 6-3 advantage, however La Fe stormed back in the fourth chukka with three unanswered goals to equalise the scores. The two sides traded more goals and as they battled to gain the lead, the final was pushed into over-time, with Diaz Alberdi scoring the golden goal for Beverly Polo. Jorge ‘Tolito’ Ocampo Jr. was chosen as the Most Valuable Player after scoring eight goals in total and Francisco Elizalde’s nine-year-old chestnut mare Taita Milesima (Open Illuminado x Ellerstina Illusionada) was the Best Playing Pony. A full report will follow in the February issue of Polo Times, click here to gift a subscription to a friend. 
The Iglehart Cup Final Teams: 
Beverly Polo: (18) Bill Ballhaus (0), Lucas Diaz Alberdi (6), Jorge ‘Tolito’ Ocampo Jr. (7) & Hilario Figueras (5)
La Fe (18): Lucas Escobar (4), Robi Bilbao (5), Francisco Elizalde (9) & Louis Devaleix (0)
 
Photograph: Beverly Polo, winners of the Iglehart Cup. By David Lominska

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