Played against the magnificent backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Engadin Valley at Lake St. Moritz, Cartier held off Maserati, 4.5-4 in the championship final of the 34th St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup.
On Sunday, in front of a packed house of 7,000 fans, the 16-goal team of Rommy Gianni, 1, of Italy; new teammate Juan Cruz Greguoli, 4, of Argentina, Dario Musso, 6, of Argentina; and Chris Hyde, 5, of England jumped out to a 3.5-1 halftime advantage and never relinquished the lead to win the coveted Cartier Trophy for the second consecutive year.
In what is expected to be a hotly-contested, physical championship, Cartier will defend its title against Maserati Sunday in the 34th St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup.
Cartier (Rommy Gianni, 1; Juan Cruz Greguoli, 4; Dario Musso, 6; Chris Hyde, 5) advanced with wins over Badrutt's Palace Hotel, 5-2, on Friday and Maserati, 3.5-2 on Saturday.
Maserati (Zhanna Bandurko/Raya Sidorenko, 0; Gerardo Mazzini, 6; Hissam al Hyder, 6; Robert Strom, 5), defeated crowd favorite Azerbaijan Land of Fire (Rashad Hasanov, 2; Eichin Jamali, 3; Lala Laplacette, 5; Adrian Laplacette, Jr., 6), 2-1.5 in its tournament opener.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, runners-up to Cartier last year, will be among favorites when the 34th annual St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup Tournament gets under way Friday.
The foursome of Melissa Ganzi, 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada of Argentina, 6-goaler Juan Bollini and 2-goaler hometown favorite Tito Gaudenzi will represent Badrutt’s.
Ganzi, the USPA Florida Circuit Governor and president of Grand Champions Polo Club, will make her third appearance in the only high goal polo tournament played on snow.
On a day of historical firsts, Bendura Bank won the 16th Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbuhel 2018 with an impressive 10-6.5 victory over Engel & Volkers on Sunday.
In front of a packed house, the talented trio (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Tito Gaudenzi, 3, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8) won their Kitzbuhel debut tournament. Trailing 6.5-6 after three chukkers, Bendura Bank scored four goals in the final chukker to knock off Engel & Volkers (Kutlay Yaprak, 0, Augustin Kronhaus, 7, Adrian Laplacette Jr., 6).
With the stunning Tyrolean Alps and Wilder Kaiser Mountains as a backdrop, the 16th annual Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup begins Friday on the outskirts of Kitzbuhel.
The field for the world's largest polo tournament on snow includes defending champion Team Corum and Team Bendura Bank that features Grand Champions Polo Club's Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Melissa Ganzi, USPA Florida Circuit Governor and Grand Champions President along with event co-founder Tito Gaudenzi.
In front of a record crowd on the private beach of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, Porsche San Diego won the second annual Polo America Beach Polo Cup.
The team of Riley Ganzi, Juan Bollini and Mike Azzaro defeated Westime (Melissa Ganzi, Lucas Lalor, Alejandro Novillo Astrada), 9-6, on Sunday.
Teenager Riley Ganzi scored five goals in the final and nine goals overall in two games and was unanimous choice for Most Valuable Player honors. At 17, Ganzi was the youngest player in the 16-player field.
“I didn’t have any expectation of whether we would make it to the final,” said Ganzi, a senior at Boca Raton St. Andrew’s School. “I knew Juan and Mike would be great teammates. I was definitely hopeful.
The iconic Hotel del Coronado and Pacific Ocean will serve as breathtaking backdrops when Aspen Valley Polo Club tries to defend its title in the second annual Polo America Beach Polo Cup that begins Friday.
Some of the best players in the world, including Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Mike Azzaro, and Argentine 8-goal rated brothers Alejandro and Nacho Novillo Astrada, will compete in a beautiful setting on the hotel’s private white sandy beach.
Aspen Valley Polo Club will be represented by Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Pablo Dorignac. Three other teams, San Diego Porsche, Westime and U.S. Polo Assn. will challenge for the title.
Aspen Valley Polo Club, the nation’s fastest growing polo club, ended its’ most successful season in club history this past weekend.
Travieso won its’ second tournament of the summer polo season capturing the season-finale Carbondale Classic on Sunday with an 11-8 victory over Casablanca, the club’s winningest team this season.
Travieso (Mike Azzaro, Teo Calle, Tony Calle, Carlitos Gracida) took control of the game early and never trailed against Casablanca (Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Stewart Armstrong, Juancito Bollini) to win the five-team, two-day tournament.
Gracida was named Most Valuable Player for the game and Lucas Lalor, a member of three winning teams this season and one of the most consistent players, was selected Most Valuable Player for the eight-week season.
Aspen Valley Polo Club's summer polo season comes to a successful end this week with the Carbondale Classic.
Five teams will compete in the two-day tournament.
Action begins Friday at 11 a.m. MST, Flexjet plays Casablanca in a regulation six-chukker game at Sopris Field. At 5 p.m. at High Mesa, a round-robin between Tonkawa, Travieso and Los Amigos will be played.
The subsidiary (11 a.m.) and final (1 p.m.) areSunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Casablanca won its third tournament of the summer polo season Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
The foursome of Grant Ganzi, Tony Calle, Juancito Bollini and Stewart Armstrong won the Rocky Mountain Open with a 12-9 victory over La Karina (Melissa Ganzi, Brian Boyd, Juan Bollini, Alejandro Novillo Astrada).
Casablanca has now won more tournaments than any other team this summer. Going into the five-team, two-day tournament Casablanca and La Karina each had won two tournaments. Casablanca also won the Basalt Handicap and Craig Sakin Memorial.
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Carbondale, Colo. 81623
Polo Hotline 970-710-1663