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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 43 I N T E R N A T I O N A L S P O T L I G H T Spain came back from its narrow first- round loss to defeat Switzerland, 9-7½. After another day of rest, Ireland faced France. Ireland jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and increased it to 4-1 at the half. France rallied in the second half, outscoring Ireland 4-3 but it wasn't enough to erase its first-half deficit. Ireland won 7½-5. Azerbaijan then took on Slovakia. Azerbaijan dominated the first half, outscoring its opponent, 7-1. Slovakia fought back in the second half with six tallies, but Azerbaijan added four more to take the 11-7 victory. The following day, Italy and Germany battled it out. Germany took an early lead but Italy came back with the 3-2 edge by the half. Italy increased its lead to 5-3 in the third. Germany outscored Italy 2-1 in the final chukker but fell just short of tying, 6-5. The next match had Spain topping Austria 9-5½. Austria led 3-2 after the first but was silenced the next two chukkers for a 8-3 Spain lead. The teams traded goals in the last period, keeping Spain ahead for the win. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, over 80 people, including players coaches, managers and organizers, traveled to Rome to attend a papal audience in Piazza San Pietro. With the large number of Argentines in polo, the chance to be in the audience with Pope Francis was welcomed with great enthusiasm. Later that day, Ireland crushed Slovakia, 12-3½. Ireland led from beginning to end, holding an 8-1 advantage at the half and 10-3 in the third. The Netherlands vs. France match was much closer with Netherlands jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes. France responded with three unanswered goals in the second for a 4-3 halftime score. The teams traded goals in the third for Netherlands to maintain the one-goal lead. Netherlands edged France 3-2 in the fourth, ending with Netherlands ahead, 8-6. The following day, Switzerland got the best of Austria, 7-5. Switzerland led 5-3 Italy's Tomas Joaquin, Gualtiero Giori, Nicolas Lopes Fuentes and Martin Joaquin won the championship over Azerbaijan. The FIP's 12th European Polo Championships were held at the picturesque Villa A Sesta Polo Club in Tuscany, Italy. The teams paraded through the streets of Arezzo's center all the way to Piazza Grande. They spent a long time in the historical square, saluting the crowds and posing for photos.

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