Polo Players Edition

NOV 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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the players spent a long time in the historical square after lining up to salute the crowds, attracting the attention of passers-by and tourists trying to get closer to the horses and riders. The matches began on Sept. 20 with Italy taking on Spain in the first match. With the teams tied 2-2 after the first period, Italy jumped ahead 4-2 in the second. Spain came back within a goal in the third, 5-4, but a pair of goals by Nicolas Lopes Fuentes in the last chukker gave Italy the boost it needed for the 7-5 win. Next up, Azerbaijan faced Netherlands. Netherlands led 2-1 after the first chukker, but wouldn't reach the goal again until the last period. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan racked up goals to take the 7-3 win. The spread was even larger in Germany's match against Switzerland. Germany led 2-1 after the first and 6-2 after the second. It kept up the pressure in the second half, amassing seven more goals while holding Switzerland to two for a 13-4½ Germany win. The final match of the day had France topping Slovakia, 5-1½. After a scoreless first period, France took a 2-1½ lead, which it increased to 3-1½ then 5-1½ for the win. After a day of rest, the teams came back for Round 2. In the first match, Azerbaijan defeated France 8-4. Azerbaijan held a 6-1 lead in the first half and carried the momentum to the end. In Game 2, Ireland made its debut against Netherlands. After a 1-1 first chukker, Ireland jumped out front 6-2 in the second chukker. Netherlands rallied in the second half, topping Ireland 5-1, but a half-goal handicap given to Ireland pushed it ahead for the narrow 7½-7 win. Italy earned its second victory after trouncing Austria in its debut. Italy dominated from the first throw-in, taking a 4-0 lead in the first chukker and 7-0 lead at the half. It coasted to a 3-2 second half tally for the 10-3½ victory. The Federation of International Polo held its 12th European Polo Championships at the Villa A Sesta Polo Club in Tuscany, Italy, Sept. 20-30. Ten teams played off for the Quantocoin Cup. Another four teams played off in a women's division. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, the Villa A Sesta Polo Club is situated within a 2,700- acre wine and olive oil producing farm set in the enchanting Tuscan countryside. The club includes three regulation polo fields and a practice field overseen by Argentine field expert Alejandro Battro. The club also has 180 permanent stalls and room for another 280 temporary stalls as needed. Founded in 2000, the club is managed by Argentine Juan Luciano Bozzi, who also provides polo lessons along with pro Eduardo Menendez. The festivities got underway with players taking part in a parade through the streets of Arezzo's historical center all the way to Piazza Grande. Spectators applauded the players along the way and 42 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N DESTINATION: I TALY Italy wins FIP European Championships PHOTOS BY CYMON SKINNER The club includes three regulation-size polo fields and stabling for 180 horses.

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