Argentina reigned victorious in the Final of the inaugural Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup, coming out on top over a world-class line up of polo teams, including England, Hong Kong and the USA. Marcus Araya led the scoring for the South Americans notching up an impressive seven goals in the two-round tournament; his team crowned champions in the Final after a 9-8 win over the USA, alongside teammates Santiago Cernadas, Juan Ambroggio, and Raul Laplacette.
A host of polo’s top players took part in the 24-goal competition which was played out at China’s most exclusive venue, the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, from the 1-5 October. 65 goals were scored in total across all of the four matches, in what was a fiercely contested and highly exciting tournament, as teams looked to stake a claim to a total of the $430,000 sponsorship on offer.
Argentina were victorious in a spectacular end to the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup today, Friday 5th October, claiming a 9-8 win in the Final over the USA, at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.
A flurry of goals marked the beginning of the match, both teams converting a total of nine between them in the opening two chukkas. Argentina fell behind early on, with a double strike from US Captain Mike Azzaro setting the pace. The lead didn’t last long as the Argentines began to take control of the game, levelling by the end of the first chukka, and subsequently scoring four unanswered goals in the second after the USA had initially gone ahead, making it 6-3.
The third chukka broke the trend, as neither team could find a way past their opponents in a goalless seven minutes. Usual service resumed in the second half though as both teams converted penalties, before the Americans staged a fantastic comeback, bringing themselves to within a goal of the South Americans as time ran out in the penultimate chukka.
Argentina captain Juan Ambroggio and USA captain Mike Azzaro with the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup trophy. Both players will face each other tomorrow, Friday 5th October, in the Final of the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, starting at 14:00HKT.
Polo’s brightest young talent from around the world were on show at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club today, Thursday 4th October, as Under-16 teams from Argentina and England contested the Youth Final of the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup, with the South Americans taking the title in a thrilling 7-5.5 win.
Both teams had overcome difficult fixtures in the semi-finals to reach the international youth showpiece, providing an exciting atmosphere as the players prepared to face off. Argentina’s one goal handicap advantage meant England started the match 1.5 points the better, which is how the score line remained for the entire first chukka, as both teams cancelled each other out in a goalless opening. Juan Nagore and and Joaquin Sanchez Herreo made sure this would not continue to be the case, each scoring within two minutes of the second chukka and taking the Argentines into the lead. England duly responded with a brace from Ed Banner-Eve, retaining their lead at the end of the first half.
Hong Kong recorded an impressive 8-6 victory over England today, Wednesday 3rd October, in the Subsidiary Final of the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup, securing $80,000 worth of sponsorship money and third place in the international competition.
Kicking off at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, it was Hong Kong who started the better of the two teams, taking an early 2-0 lead inside the first four minutes, with Jose Donoso and John Fisher both converting scoring opportunities for the Asian side. As the opening chukka drew to a close, England’s James Harper got his team back into contention, finding a way through the opposition defence to halve the deficit.
The second chukka saw Hong Kong look to retain their two goal advantage, John Fisher scoring on both occasions, but England would not go away, hitting back after each of Fisher’s goals, thanks to a double from captain, James Beim. The game continued to follow the same pattern as Hong Kong twice increased their lead only for England to take the teams back to within a single goal of each other moments later.
Two international polo heavyweights, England and Argentina, met today, Tuesday 2nd October, in the second of the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup semi-finals at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Club in China. In a thrilling end-to end match, the Argentines were eventually victorious, beating their rivals 10-8 to go through to Friday’s Final against the USA, and the chance to take home $200,000 in sponsorship money.
England started the match the strongest, storming ahead into an early 4-2 lead, with two goals from Captain James Beim, and strikes from both Oliver Cudmore and Mark Tomlinson, giving them a commanding position at the end of the second chukka. Argentina made sure the English advantage was short-lived however, with an emphatic run of six unanswered goals which included a hat-trick from Santiago Cernadas, and braces from both, Juan Ambroggio and Argentine Captain, Marcos Araya. This took the score to 8-4 in the South Americans favour, as the game entered its penultimate chukka.
Only a penalty shootout could separate the two teams in the opening game of the highly anticipated Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club today, Monday 1st October, with the USA converting three penalties to Hong Kong’s one, to claim the victory after an 8-8 draw in normal time.
In a hugely exciting and fiercely contested fixture, Hong Kong held a slender lead for the vast majority of the six chukka game, before goals from Chris Mackenzie and John Fisher opened up a three point gap going into the final three minutes. With the game looking likely to be over, the USA hit back three times to level the match, thanks to goals from Mason Wroe, Jeff Hall and Mike Azaro, and may have even won it as a shot hit the post in the final seconds. Penalties then ensued, which saw Wroe, Hall and Kris Kampson all convert their efforts for the USA, whilst only Hong Kong’s Jose Donoso could score from the spot, as Fisher and Mackenzie missed their chances, giving the USA team the win.
Azaro of the USA led the scoring with five goals to his name, whilst Hong Kong’s 8-goal player John-Paul Clarkin hit four for the opposition team. Remarkably, Hong Kong ended three of the six chukkas in front, taking the lead on seven separate occasions, with the USA only coming out on top in the penalty shootout.
Excitement in the world of polo is building, as teams from the leading polo nations of England, Hong Kong, USA and Argentina head to China to contest the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup at the country’s most exclusive polo location, the stunning Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, which is situated just over an hour out of Beijing.
Following on from the FIP Snow Polo World Cup Invitational held in February, the Federation of International Polo (FIP) sanctioned 24-goal handicap tournament, will showcase some of the sport’s top polo players in a two-stage competition, with Hong Kong facing the USA on 1st October and England meeting Argentina the following day. The winners will then go through to the final on 5th October for the chance to claim the $200,000 sponsorship on offer, with a third place play-off with additional sponsorship for the national association’s also taking place on 4th October.