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A Royal Victory: England Crowned Champions of the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2014

TIANJIN, China, Jan. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- England, the nation that gave polo its famous moniker 'the sport of kings,' reclaimed its crown today with a hard-fought win over Hong Kong China in the final of the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2014.

After a thrilling four chukkas, England trotted off the field 6 - 5 the victors, and in so doing, denied their opponents Hong Kong China a third successive championship victory. Jubilant, the English trio of Max Routledge, Jack Richardson and Max Charlton had finally settled the score against their fierce rivals Hong Kong China, a team that had beaten them on almost every occasion at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.

In the previous two Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cups, England had drawn Hong Kong China at the semi-final stages, and on both occasions were dumped out of the competition, with Hong Kong China going on to win the title. In last year's Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup final, they met again, and once again, Hong Kong China triumphed, beating the English 11 - 7.

Summing up the reasons for this year's success, England coach Alan Kent cited discipline and teamwork. "They are a young team but they bonded very well together," said Kent, delighted with the way his side had performed. "We have got better with each game," explained England captain Max Charlton. "Today we went out there and just gave it everything."

Hong Kong China's Facundo LLorente was magnanimous in defeat. "England are a great team. We played well but they played a bit better - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose."

In front of an expectant home crowd, Dr. Richard Caleel, President of the Federation of International Polo, had the honour of throwing the ball in to set in motion the grand final of the 2014 Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup.

It was local favourite John Fisher who opened the scoring for Hong Kong China, capping off a powerful charge by Facundo LLorente. England's Max Routledge then denied Hong Kong China a second with a trademark save on the line, a let-off that spurred the English to get into the game. Clever approach play by Jack Richardson earned a 30-yard penalty, which Max Charlton squeezed just inside the post to even the odds.

The pendulum started to swing England's way, Jack Richardson adding a second to push ahead of Hong Kong China. Then, a hush of concern rippled around the polo field - Richardson, taking a nasty knock to the head, lay un-horsed and prone on the snow. After medical attention, he was deemed fit to continue, and to a round of applause from the crowd, retook the field to play out the final seconds of the chukka.

England's Richardson and Charlton linked up well to break the deadlock in a free-flowing second chukka, nosing ahead 3 - 1. Hong Kong China put themselves back in it with Facundo LLorente picking up Terrera's pass to stroke the ball between the posts. At the halfway stage of the match there was still everything to play for, England edging Hong Kong China by three goals to two.

The fearless English trio stepped on the gas in the penultimate chukka, adding three more goals to their tally, two courtesy of Max Charlton and one from Jack Richardson. Meanwhile, their efforts to shadow the pony of Guillermo Terrera were paying dividends, the eight-goal polo master having little room to stamp his authority on the match. Facundo LLorente did manage to put a goal on the board for Hong Kong China, but the home side had left themselves with a great deal to do, going into the final chukka trailing 6 - 3.

John Fisher rallied the troops with a penalty goal for Hong Kong China early in the final chukka. Then followed a let-off for the home side, as Jack Richardson's run at goal was saved on the line by the stick of Facundo LLorente. Turning defence into attack, LLorente broke through the English lines to score on the 30-second bell, but it wouldn't be enough. England clung on to run down the clock, the final buzzer after ten days of fierce competition music to their ears: signalling that England, at last, had won the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup.

In an all South-American subsidiary final, Chile triumphed over Brazil with the narrowest of victories to clinch third place and cap a very respectable tournament of snow polo. Tied at nine goals each after a chaotic quartet of chukkas that saw Brazil come back from four goals down, the game went to a fifth sudden death chukka, with neither team able to score. Ultimately, Brazil were left to rue their wastefulness from the 30-yard penalty line, missing two chances to seal the win and instead having to contest a penalty shoot-out. Chile kept their nerve to score all three of their goals to Brazil's two.

At the tournament's closing ceremony, Dr. Richard Caleel, President of the Federation of International Polo, congratulated England on their victory, and expressed his thanks to all involved for staging such a world class event.

England's Jack Richardson was the proud recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award, a testament to the skill and courage the young polo star had exhibited throughout the tournament. As is the polo tradition, the ponies had their deserved moment in the limelight, with the Best Pony Award given to Negro, ridden by Hong Kong China.

With the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2014 concluded, polo fans in China and around the world can now look ahead to an exciting programme of events coming later in the year at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, including the Metropolitan Polo Classic 2014, the Metropolitan Intervasity Polo 2014, and the FIP Super Nations Cup 2014.

The results so far:

Wednesday, 8 January 2014


Results:

Hong Kong China vs Spain

6 - 4


Australia vs Chile

0 - 4


England vs Mexico

5 - 1




Thursday, 9 January 2014


Results:

New Zealand vs USA

3 (4) - 3 (3)


Canada vs France

3 - 5


Brazil vs South Africa

3 - 2




Friday, 10 January 2014


Results:

England vs Australia

4 - 3


Hong Kong China vs Chile

5 - 4


Mexico vs Spain

4 - 3




Saturday, 11 January 2014


Results:

South Africa vs France

1 - 2


New Zealand vs Canada

4 (1) - 4 (2)


Brazil vs USA

4 (2) - 4 (3)




Sunday, 12 January 2014


Results:

Chile vs Mexico

3 - 4


Australia vs Spain

4 (1) - 4 (2)


Hong Kong China vs England

5 - 3




Monday, 13 January 2014


Results:

Canada vs Brazil

1 - 2


France vs USA

3 - 4


New Zealand vs South Africa

3 (3) - 3 (2)




Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Results:

Hong Kong China vs USA

7 (2) - 7 (1)


Brazil vs Mexico

6 - 5




Thursday, 16 January 2014


Results:

New Zealand vs Chile

6 (2) - 6 (3)


England vs France

4 (3) - 4 (2)




Saturday, 18 January 2014


Results:

Hong Kong China vs Brazil

9 - 7


Chile vs England

4 - 6




Sunday, 19 January 2014


Results:

Chile vs Brazil

9 (3) - 9 (2)


England vs Hong Kong China

6 - 5

Information on Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2014

Gate opens: 12:00 noon
Match Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Address: 16 Hai Tai Hua Ke Ju Lu Bin Hai Gao Xin Qu, Tianjin 300384, China
Enquiry: (86) 22 2372 8877 or email [email protected]orldcup.com
Official website: www.snowpoloworldcup.com
You may wish to catch the matches:

Enclosed: Score Sheets

Team List

AUSTRALIA



Handicap

Player 1             

Edward Goold

4

Player 2

Kelvin Johnson

5

Player 3 

John Baillieu

7



16

Reserve

Dirk Gould

5

BRAZIL




Handicap

Player 1             

Gustavo Garcia

4

Player 2

Willian Rodrigues

6

Player 3 

Renato Junqueira

6



16

Reserve

Luis Roberto Ribeiro

1

CANADA



Handicap

Player 1             

Brandon Phillips

5

Player 2

Marcelo Abbiati

5

Player 3 

Todd Offen

5



15

Reserve

Robert Stenzel

3

CHILE



Handicap

Player 1             

Ignacio Vial Mazieres

4

Player 2

Juan Eduardo Jaramillo

6

Player 3 

Matias Vial

6



16

Reserve

Maximiliano Silva

4

ENGLAND



Handicap

Player 1             

Max Routledge

5

Player 2

Jack Richardson

5

Player 3 

Max Charlton

6



16

Reserve

Richard De La Poer

5

FRANCE



Handicap

Player 1             

Clement Delfosse

4

Player 2

Pierre-Henri N'Goumou

5

Player 3 

Brieuc Rigaux

5



14

Reserve

Edouard Pan

4

HONG KONG CHINA



Handicap

Player 1             

Facundo Fernandez LLorente

4

Player 2

John Fisher

4

Player 3 

Guillermo Terrera

8



16

Reserve

Ramon Castilla

3

MEXICO



Handicap

Player 1             

Julio Gracida

5

Player 2

Valerio Aguilar

5

Player 3 

Carlos Gracida

6



16

Reserve

Diego Solorzano

4

NEW ZEALAND



Handicap

Player 1             

Angus McKelvie

5

Player 2

Christopher Brooks

5

Player 3 

Sam Hopkinson

6



16

Reserve

Tom Hunt

5

SPAIN




Handicap

Player 1             

Mario Gomez

4

Player 2

Pascual Sainz de Vicuna

6

Player 3 

Martin Itturaspe

6



16

Reserve

Ignacio Domecq

3

SOUTH AFRICA



Handicap

Player 1             

Chris MacKenzie

5

Player 2

Leroux Hendriks

5

Player 3 

Gareth Evans

6



16

Reserve

Bradley Mallet

4

USA



Handicap

Player 1             

Del Walton

3

Player 2

Pelon Escapite

6

Player 3 

Thomas Biddle Jr.

6



15

Reserve

Joel Baker

2

Partners of Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2014:

TITLE SPONSOR


Fortune Heights

http://www.fortuneheights-tj.com



HOSTED BY


Federation of International Polo

http://www.fippolo.com

Chinese Equestrian Association

http://equestrian.sport.org.cn/



ORGANISED BY


Tianjin Sports Bureau


Tianjin Polo Association


Hong Kong Polo Development and Promotion Federation




CO-ORGANISED BY


Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club

http://www.metropolitanpoloclub.com



OFFICIAL GLOBAL MEDIA PARTNER


Equestrio China

http://www.equestrio.com/china



OFFICIAL LIVE BROADCASTER


now TV           

http://www.nowtv.now.com  



OFFICIAL JERSEY SUPPLIER


La Martina

http://www.lamartina.com

SOURCE Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club

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