St. Moritz 2017.
As it is the Christmas holidays we thought St. Moritz would bring a festive setting to this week’s article; held on a frozen snow covered lake, with a backdrop of mountains, St. Moritz typifies snow polo. Started in 1985 it was the first polo competition ever to be played on snow. Since then, the Snow Polo World Cup has reigned over the last weekend in January in St. Moritz.
Four teams with players from seven nations will be competing for the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz from 27 to 29 January 2017. Some 12,000 spectators are expected to attend the one and only high-goal polo tournament on snow. Azerbaijan, where the sport of polo originated, will be guest country. Three Swiss players will be taking part in the games. Last year’s victor Rommy Gianni (1/ITA) has managed to bring not just one but two previous cup winners, English superstar Chris Hyde (6/ENG) and Dario Musso (7/ARG), onto his Team Cartier. Another outstanding old hand, Charlie Woolridge (2/ENG), will also be playing in Cartier red. The team are indisputably strong favourites.
For all that, the result of the tournament remains wide open. Holding the position as the favourite can be a burden too as was spectacularly demonstrated last year when Team Maserati snatched the coveted Cartier Cup from title holder Team Cartier. This year, it will be the turn of James Beh (1/MAS) and his sons Joevy (4) and Garvy (4), together with Felipe Viana (6/URU), to wear the colours of Team Maserati. For the Malaysian players, it will be their first time in St. Moritz, but they have already gained experience on snow, playing in Aspen.
Melissa Ganzi’s (0/USA) Team Badrutt’s Palace Hotel should not be made light of either. Ganzi spends summers in Florida and winters in Aspen, Colorado, and is very experienced on snow. She showed an impressive performance at her debut in St. Moritz last year. Her team boasts the only local player, Tito Gaudenzi (2/SUI), yet again, as well as the two world-class players Juan Bollini (5/ARG) and Agustin Merlos (+9/ARG).
The Swiss will be particularly keen to learn the fate of Team Perrier-Jouët: Brothers Luca and Fabio Meier (+1 both of them), from Zurich Polo Club, are teaming up with Pablo Jaurenche (7/ARG) and Fabion Bolaterio (5/ARG). They will be playing the opening match against Team Cartier on Friday.
Tickets for the Chukker Club, VIP tickets for the tournament as well as the “Moritz-Baku Night” are available at www.snowpolo-stmoritz.com/tickets.