St. Moritz – the Results.
The most famous of the winter snow polo competitions took place this weekend at St. Moritz. Holding a polo tournament on the lake at St. Moritz was an idea that Hanspeter Danuser and Reto Gaudenzi had in 1983. They saw their dream come to reality in 1985.
Now in its thirty third year this Swiss resort saw four teams compete to win the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2017. The Cartier team was captained by Chris Hyde, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel by Melissa Ganzi, Maserati by James Beh and Champagne Perrier-Jouët by Fabio A. Meier.
The matches on Friday 27 January saw Badrutt’s Palace beat Maserati 7:1 and Cartier beat Champagne Perrier-Jouët 6:2. The semi-final matches on Saturday confirmed Cartier and the Palace would be the finalists when respectively they beat Maserati 6:2, and Perrier-Jouët 6:2.
Sunday’s Final was a sunny day and both teams paraded the field, Cartier in their red shirts and Badrutt’s Palace in black, in front of the packed stadiums. The first chukka saw both teams locked together and matching each others plays. Palace came the closest to scoring with the only shot on goal, but the chukka remained at 0:0 on the bell.
The second chukka began with both teams teasing each others goal mouths. They seemed evenly matched and well-balanced with strong defense. But a penalty to Cartier gave them a chance to open their account and Chris Hyde made no mistake, 1:0. The Palace came straight back at Cartier and leveled the score. The game had come to life and two quick goals from Cartier ended the chukka 3:1.
The Palace came out for the third chukka with some catching up needed and capitalized on a run the length of the field to pull the first back. Then from the line out they leveled the score 3:3. But Cartier were not going to sit back and pushed the Palace’s defense until finally it cracked and Charlie Wooldridge popped the ball through the black and yellow posts to end the chukka 4:3 to Cartier.
The fourth and final chukka opened with the Palace getting a shot on goal but it went wide. This proved to be costly when, moments later, Cartier won a penalty and Chris Hyde took the score to 5:3. There were three minutes left but the Palace saw the game slipping away from them. Cartier scored two goals in quick succession (7:3) to kill hopes for the Palace getting themselves back level. With the clock ticking down Palace were able to pull one back, but then the bell rang out ending the match with Cartier the winners 7:4.
In the runners-up match Champagne Perrier-Jouët beat Maserati to win the La Martina Cup.