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Mon 24th Jun 2024

Occitanie Lift Polo Nations Cup

MVP Simon Zavaleta scores seven of his teamís goals

Six nations, including three newcomers to Chantilly, ten teams, 25 games and 10 days of tournament action ended in the exciting Final won by the French team from Occitanie on Sunday 23 June at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly.
Occitanie took control from the outset, which left little room for Lahore Pakistan to respond, with Tito Ruiz Guiñazo kept out of the play by Occitanie’s strategy as Simon Zavaleta revealed, "We had a plan for Tito, to neutralise him at all costs. Nobody was going to mark him in particular, but as soon as someone was near him, he had to be taken out of the plays.” Their plan worked well and also freed up Simon Zavaleta who scored seven of his team’s eight goals, which saw him chosen as the Most Valuable Player, he later commented, "On an individual level, it is a great reward, but this is above all a team performance. There were five of us who won this title, including Nicolas Corti Maderna, who replaced me in the Semi Final when I was ill, and who qualified us for this Final". 
Unbeaten in the tournament, Occitanie led until Lahore Pakistan got dangerously close in the final chukka,7-6, but Ramiro Zavaleta scored a brilliant goal to extend their lead and secure the victory, 8-6, Isabelle Larenaudie’s first Polo Nations Cup title. 
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The Polo Nations Cup Final Teams:
Occitanie (12): Isabelle Larenaudie (0), Jules Legoubin (3), Simon Zavaleta (5) & Ramiro Zavaleta (4)
Lahore Pakistan (12): Haider Naseem (0), Elena Venot (2), Hilario Ruiz Guiñazu (3) & Tito Guiñazu (7)
Photograph: Occitanie, winners of The II Polo Nations Cup. By © Pascal Renauldon - R&B Presse

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