Fast snow polo action and extraordinary side events – this summes up the PIPA Snow Polo World Cup tournament at Bad Gastein last weekend! After three days of fast polo with many goals, Team Auto Frey England 2 with crowd pleaser Tim Ward made it and won the title. However, also the four Austrian players played very well and showed, that Austrian polo scene is alive and that they can compete with other nations.
Everything was ready at Bad Gastein: the perfectly prepared snow polo field at the local riding club, the VIP tent, the polo ponys and lots of spectators – only the weather god acted like a party pooper. So the players had to play under heavy rain on the first gameday. However, despite the difficult conditions, all players showed great polo and 45 goals on day 1. On the second day, the rain was gone and the fantastic crowd – motivated by “the Voice of Polo” Jan Erik Franck – even showed the famous Laola-Wave! The only ones who were not that satisfied were Benjamin Darroux and Edith Kelz from Team Happy Horse Austria, who showed great polo but lost their first two games very tight and due to late goals.
On day three Bad Gastein showed it most beautiful side with magnificent sunshine and a fantastic atmosphere. Hundreds of spectators (some newspapers talked about approx. 600 spectators) gathered around the snow polo field and saw two tight games with all in all 51 goals. In the end, Team Auto Frey England 2 with Tim Ward and Inge Keeling could win all of their three games and thus became the well deserved winners of the PIPA Snow Polo World Cup 2017 at Bad Gastein. However, also much respect to all other teams, especially the two Ladies from our Poloschool at Kumberg/Graz, Austria.
1. Team Auto Frey England 2 (Ward, Keeling)
2. Team Engel & Völkers Argentina (Velazquez, Hochuli)
3. Team A Quechua England 1 (Newman, Kaukal)
4. Team Happy Horse Austria (Kelz, Darroux)
Team Happy Horse AUT – Team A Quechua ENG 1 6:6 1/2
(Kelz, Darroux) (Newman, Kaukal)
Team Auto Frey ENG 2 – Team Engel & Völkers ARG 11:6 1/2
(Ward, Keeling) (Velazquez, Hochuli)
Team Happy Horse Austria – Team Auto Frey Engand II 11,5:13
Team A Quechua England I – Team Engel & Völkers Argentinina 9,5:12
Team Happy Horse Austria – Team Engel & Völkers Argentina 11:12
Team Auto Frey England II – Team A Quechua England I 15:13,5
Day 1: https://aquechuapolo.pixieset.com/day1badgasteinpipasnowpoloworldcup2017/
Day 2: https://aquechuapolo.pixieset.com/day2badgasteinpipasnowpoloworldcup/
Day 3: https://aquechuapolo.pixieset.com/day3badgasteinpipasnowpoloworldcup2017/
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