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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44 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N at the half and held on for the win. Later, Germany defeated Spain, 7-5. Germany outscored Spain by a goal in each half. Azerbaijan got the best of Ireland with unanswered goals in the first and last period. The teams matches goals in the middle chukkers, putting Azerbaijan ahead 5-3½, and giving it its fourth win. Netherlands dominated Slovakia 8- 3½. Jose Santamarina scored the only two goals for Slovakia, the rest coming from handicap. The last day of playoffs had Germany beating Austria, 9-6½. Germany overcame the one-and-a-half goal handicap given to Austria by the second period and carried the lead until the end. Italy narrowly defeated Switzerland, 5- 4½, in its final match. It took Italy all four chukkers to overcome the one-and-a -half goal handicap to get the edge. In the consolation match for third place, Ireland took full advantage of the half-goal handicap it received to defeat Germany, 5½-5. Germany scored just a single goal in the first three chukkers but rallied in the fourth, scoring four more before running out of time. In the final, Italy jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Azerbaijan in the first seven minutes. The teams traded goals in the second but Italy turned up the pressure in the third with three goals by Nicolas Lopes Fuentes while holding Azerbaijan to just one. Azerbaijan outscored Italy 2- 1 in the fourth but it was not enough and Italy took the 8-4 win. Fuentes was high- scorer with six goals for Italy. It was the second win for Italy after it defeated England in 2005 in Amsterdam. For the second year, a ladies division was held with four teams competing: France, Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The action got started on Sept. 25, with Netherlands besting France 4-2, while Germany trounced Italy, 11-3½. Two days later, Italy redeemed itself with a 7-1 defeat of Netherlands while Germany overcame the two-and-a-half goal handicap given to beat France 6-4½. Germany enjoyed its third victory and advanced to the final after holding Netherlands to a single goal (added to its handicap) to win, 6-3½. Defending champion Italy earned the other final spot after getting the best of France, 7-3. Italy led 3-1 at the half and increased the lead in the second half for the win and the right to advance. In the match for third place, Netherlands ousted France 9½-3. In the final, Germany overcame the two-and-a- half goal handicap in the first seven minutes. It held Italy scoreless in the first half while racking up six goals. It went on to outscore Italy 3-2 in the second half for the 9-4½ win. A prize giving ceremony was held following the finals of both divisions. U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the USPA, partnered with Eurosport and Dsport to broadcast the men's final on October 8. In addition, U.S. Polo Assn. provided tournament jerseys for the teams and umpire shirts for umpires as well as apparel for event staff. An onsite pop-up shop was also available for polo fans. Germany's Laura Gissler-Weber, Eva Brühl, Maria-Luise Haupt and Sabrina Bosch defeated defending champion Italy in the women's division of the European Championships. In the consolation, Netherlands got the best of France.

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