Thailand Polo Newsletter

Nov 2014

Volume XII - Issue 1.



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For those of you who follow the polo action in Thailand, you will know that the gaucho Santi has named his guitar "Jessica" after one of Thailand's enthusiastic young female polo players. We may have to plan a "Jessica Cup" at some point, because Jessica has invited the gauchos and several distinguished guests to attend her birthday party this month. We will be on hand to cover all the action live and bring it to you.

It wouldn't be a King's Cup if we didn't move the dates around just a little bit. Now the King's Cup will be held from 19-24 Jan 2015. We still have 4 nations and 6 teams, but the HOT NEWS is this -- KING POWER will be entering 2 teams into next years High Goal English season -- The Queens Cup and The Gold Cup. Not only that, Khun Top will command one team, and Khun Tal will command the other. We do not yet know the official names of "King Power Top" and "King Power Tal", but rest assured, the action will be relentless. Maybe, we will even see a match between King Power and Thai Polo live in UK. The King's Cup this year may be a training run for the English Hi-Goal action to come. Whatever happens, you know it will be exciting. Stay tuned.

Khun Mikee won through to absolute victory in the SPP season opener at VRSC. There were a host of new players on the field. Captain Gerry Gan and Styn are now freshly minted 1 goal players from Singapore Polo Club, and they were excited to show their skills to the fans. We also had players from Brunei, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Mikee was the most prepared with his Powerhouse from Philippines, and the action was riveting. We will share the final teams and the action when we get them.

The field was resplendent with many new Thai players this past Saturday. Khun Julesak has been recruiting heavily amidst his Bangkok constituency and we were all treated to 2 chukkas of enthusiastic play between Green and Blue. The Green Team consisted of - Belle, Knotty, RJ Doyle, Mike Welch and His Excellency Ambassador Domedej Bunnag, and they were up against the Blue team - Yong (lead singer of popular music band Armchair), Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Bote Jaroonsmith and Jules. Blue won through in the end with a scintillating score of 2-1. Last year, SPP gave 1,200 polo lessons, and from the looks of it now, this year, we could well reach 2,000 lessons. Many new Thai and International players have booked lessons and the enthusiasm seems to be on the rise. This past weekend, the beginners showed a good knowledge of the game and showed a lot of improvement on their riding. They then watched club chukkas and partook of the "Hornito Asado" as the sun set. The level of interest has been so strong, that now Polo Manager Lucas has set up a Beginners Polo Day on Friday every week. Friday will be reserved exclusively for beginners to play chukkas and improve their skills.

Blue team defeats Green Team of Beginners at SPP -- His Excellency shows us the South African "braai" during post-game asado

Anil and James in new SPP shirts -- C.J. from La Martina Central Embassy invite by Jules to see the epic game of Blue vs Green

21 NOV 2014 -- 2015 KING'S CUP UPDATE (15-18 GOALS)
Now we have 6 teams apparently coming to the King's Cup. Brunei is bringing 2 teams. Thailand will have 2 teams. Mikee will be bringing a Philippine team, and Shilai is bringing his China team. 4 countries and a total of 6 teams will be in this year's King's Cup. As we hear more details, we will let you know.

This was exciting news on Jeju island off the Southern tip of Korea, Korean polo took a giant leap forward and the sport was designated as an Exhibition sport in the 95th Korean National Sports Festival. There were 4 teams on the field -- Seoul, Gyunggi, Jeju, and Overseas Singapore. These teams competed valiantly with a host of ladies on the field. The exciting conclusion saw Seoul defeat Overseas Singapore 4-3 in the final to capture the Gold. The Korean team has been improving steadily and we hope we will see them on the field this season in Thailand.


For the first time in history -- 4 Korean teams on the field -- for the Korean National Sports Festival in Jeju, Korea

Our friend Torrey has shared the exciting news that Hong Kong is finally getting serious about polo and will be launching their own team into the Asian polo scene. November will see their fledgling team at the B.Grimm Thai Polo Club with an official launch of the HK Polo  Team at Boujis (Hong Kong) on 5 December. The ultimate goal is to have a proper polo club in Hong Kong, but then again, Rome wasn't build in a day... for more info --

08 OCT 2014 -- 2015 KING'S CUP WILL BE 15-18 GOAL
The TPA has announced that the King's Cup this year will be from 15-18 goals approximately. When they confirm all the details, we will let you know.

The ground thundered again up Tang Polo Club with 4 teams competing this year. Brian Xu took his team to Beijing to compete in this prestigious event. This year, Thailand did not send a team to the Open. We saw them in a very close final in the previous China Open, but the Thai Gaucho Miguel Diaz was on the field for the Royal Salute China Team which has won the China Open every year so far. This year was no different, and Team China wins their 4th or 5th China Open in a row. Mikee Romero took his very strong team to compete in this event, but it was no match for the Tang Dynasty which continues to rule the China Open.

Private Bank Team
Brain Xu
Eduardo Venturino
Diego Gomez
Philippines Team
Mikee Romero
Liu Nan
Anthony Garcia
Benjamin Urquiza

China Team
Liu Shilai
Norman Peng
Miguel Diaz

British Team
Stuart Wrigley
Viscount Melville
George Meyrick
Toby Copson


King Power wins Kings Cup Elephant Polo 201428-31 AUG 2014 -- KING POWER WINS KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO
It was perhaps the worst King's Cup Elephant Polo we have ever had. The rain was torrential, and the field was a swamp. Games were cancelled; penalty shootouts were endless. The high heels sunk deep into the mud, yet the spirits were indomitable.16 teams from all over the world were determined to have fun, so the party went on in the tents, led by Hong Kong's vivacious Louis Roederer team. The final day saw PWC All Blacks, The Peninsula, Audemars-Piguet, and King Power into the semi-finals. The Final came down to a penalty shootout between King Power and Powerhouse Audemars-Piguet. It was a very nailbiting shootout with Angad Kalaan missing a shot in the first round, then Khun Bung missing. The second round, Khun Nat hit the post. Uday Kalaan pulled right, Marc Williams topped it. All breaths were held as Khun Bung drove the final ball through for King Power and King Power captured its second Kings Cup Victory. This year NBC Nightly News captured the action, and the total amount raised for Thailand's Elephants now exceeds US$1 million raised through Elephant Polo.
SEEDINGS (Subject to Change based on submission of Horse Polo Handicaps of new teams and TEPA decision)
1 - Audemars Piguet - Oliviero Bottinelli, Uday Kalaan, Angad Kalaan, Michael Goodwin

2 - Kingpower Duty Free - Tom Claytor, Nattapong Pratumlee, Sathit Wongkraso
3 - Ruang Chang - Ed Story, Jason Friedman, Taweesak Keereekaew, Prakorn Saejaew

4 - Peninsula Bangkok - Sangjay Choegyl, Mark Hogberg, Tarik Stafford, Tim Edwards

5 - BBL - David Wildridge, James McBride, Alexander de Lisle
6 - Arabian - Wael Soueid, Steve Thompson, Stuart Allen, Kristin Grube

7 - CDD - Stijn Wilkers, Ali Reda, Gerry Gan, Mario Aguado
8 - JW Blue Label - Chris Stafford, Bjorn Richardson, Rikard Hogberg, Robyn Lourvanij

9 - Mercedes Benz - Leon Chu, Wee Tiong Han, Cameron Humphries
10 - PWC All Blacks - Paul Stitt, Charles Reichelman, Olo Brown, Bernie Fraser
11 - Anantara Ladies - Lars Kerfin, Carolyn Syangbo, Chitra Hepburn, Lucy Monro, Stine Edwards

12 - Sara Story Design - Sara Story, Katie Story, Taksenai Muentip, Todd Joyce, Chad Wold

13 - Citibank - Darren Buckley, Prab Thakral, Tim Beaumont, Tim Fontaine, Wanvisa Komindr
14 - Mekhong - Rob Mullis, Frank Constant, Cindy & Bryon Bishop, Jan Andersson

15 - William Grant & Son - Erik Anderson, Matthew Ma, Methinee Kingpayame & Husband, Farn Sriratthana
16 - Hong Kong - Rob Derry * player list and polo handicaps will potentially send this team way up the list.
Transport - All teams will have a team van to pick up and drop them off at respective venues from Wednesday 27th August to 31st August.
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EFG WEPA Legends Game & Moonlight Night - Saturday Night at VR Polo Club Bangkok SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR KINGS CUP ELEPHANT POLO 2014. For more information --

It was a nail-biter match all the way, with King Power's first British Gold Cup appearance with Top on the team. King Power had won all 5 straight to take them into the final against Dubai -- Highlights from Dubai and King Power semi-finals. Top scored 6 goals in the third King Power match against Enigma 13-9 (Guillermo Caset and Guillermo Willington playing for Enigma). Top was named "Man of the Match" and the fans went wild. Gonzalo Pieres and Marcos Di Paola were playing for King Power. This Final match with Dubai was certainly the event of the summer. Cambiaso won the Argentine Open for King Power in 2002 and has played for King Power in several King's Cups. However, this was the first time that King Power played against Cambiaso as he led long-time friends Dubai against the King Power team. Cambiaso showed superior tactics on the field and was able to draw penalties from the King Power team to tip the balance in Dubai's favor. It was a tremendous match, and we are sure that King Power will be back again. THE GOLD CUP ACTION on 20 JULY 2014 at 3pm -- View the Final King Power vs Dubai.

Polo photographer and former VR Equestrian instructor Nicole Grunwell has opened her own Gaucho Restaurant on the Eastern shore of Lake Maprachan near the Old Siam Polo Park. She promises a 10% discount to all official gauchos registered with the TPA and the food is guaranteed to be outstanding. Opening hours are currently Tues-Sat 4pm-10pm (until we sort the staff problems out and then we will be open for lunch too). Sunday Brunch (reservations only) 11-3pm buffet and tapas. Special events can also be organized. Email --

The Thai Polo action is set to continue in 2014-2015. Khun Robin has sent us the Polo Calendar for Polo Escape this coming season. Khun Santy sent an email query on behalf of B.Grimm Thai Polo, but we heard nothing further from him. The TPA has announced today that there will be two tournaments, so far, on the VRSC and SPP Polo Calendar this season. This is a dynamic rolling process, so as we find out more, we will let you know -- CHECK POLO CALENDAR PROGRESS

The Cambridge Challenge Heats Up At Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in China on Day 4 as Harvard upsets Oxford; Stanford defeats Yale, and London overthrows Cambridge. Metropolitan Intervarsity Polo 2014 - The Cambridge Challenge is currently underway at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. With four days down, there is one more to go until the final. Following the success of last year’s tournament, teams returning to compete in this year’s event include the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and Yale University. This year also sees the inclusion of two newcomers to the tournament, the University of London and Stanford University. Last year, Cambridge defeated Harvard in the final. Let's see who wins this year. 

The time had come. China pulled out all stops and launched the first ever World Beach Polo in Dalian, Northern China during the first weekend in July. International players arrived from all over the world, and entertained the fans to a tantalizing display of beach polo on the edge of a brand new marina ensconced by the beautiful features of a Parisian city in the making. The two women's teams took the field first with ladies from Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Thailand, and England. The Shangri-La team produced a solid victory and celebrated long into the night. The following day, 4 men's teams stepped up the pace with experienced players joining the rising ranks of China's new polo fraternity. Norman Peng exploded onto the sand pitch for Tang Polo causing all manner of lady spectators to lose their breath. There were spectacular aerial ball aerobatics from Lindo the Argentine, and the matches were breathtaking. As the dust settled, it was Tang Polo and advanced to meet Arnold & Son in the Saturday Final. From July 3-6, 2014, an all-encompassing event will visit the shores of Dalian, one that is set to become a reference for both the marine lifestyle and the king of sports! Since teaming up with the world-renowned experts from The Polo Life, creators of the Miami Beach Polo tournament and SoDalian will bring Beach Polo to the shores of Dalian for the first time ever. In order to offer visitors an amazing combination of polo as well as yachting lifestyle experiences, there will also be a large-scale yacht display near the tournament. By offering Beach Polo and a wide range of sea-related activities, this four-day event is dedicated to boost Dalian as a boating destination, an attractive costal city located on a strategic location, as well as to boost the yachting industry in the entire region -- Visit Dalian Beach Polo Page

The Ladies at work in the Dalian First Beach Polo in China -- Ladies Teams raise their glasses in the post game event

The Umpire Matias at work -- 16 yr old player Norman Peng leads Tang to victory and is then auctioned off for 100,000 RMB

Chris Giercke has announced that the Mongolia National Polo Team has started their season in the Mongolia Steppe. The club is located in the lush fertile grasslands near a national park. The Harrow School polo team visited the club earlier, and the Harrow Team's captain, D'Artagnan, is a member of the Mongolian National Team --

The King Power Hi-Goal team was one of 15 teams entered in this year's Queens Cup at Guards Polo Club in England. On 29 May, the King Power team met with Zacara at Billingbear Field, and the King Power team surged to an initial lead, only to lose by a single goal in the final chukka. There was some light rain during the match, and very fast play -- Watch the King Power vs Zacara match.. Khun Top has been sending reports, and the latest news is a thrilling come from behind victory in the last 2 minutes of play last night. The Queens Cup Final 2014 at Smith's Lawn was held between Zacara and Talandracas.

There were 4 teams of 3-5 goals and over 200 spectators at the Korea Polo Club for this famous competition. The Final was between Korea (Bach-a-mann, James, YJ, Tim) and Argentina (Rafael, JB, Rock, Rocky) with the ball traveling to all corners. As the dust settled, it was Korea Polo that lifted the Trophy for an outstanding weekend of polo. Congratulations to all visitors and players for fine sportsmanship and fun play.

JB has announced that the Pocari Sweat Cup will be held again at Korea Polo Club. Tarosan is the rising polo star in Japan, and his enthusiasm for the sport of polo may soon add another Asian country to the All Asia Cup held every two years in Thailand. JB has been working hard with Tarosan and the Pocari Sweat Cup is Taro's chance to shine and show what he has learned over the year. It is a great fun tournament and lot's of Pocari Sweat is on hand to keep the players refreshed.

The weather was beautiful in Beijing, China, and 4 teams suited to partake in this illustrious tournament on the Tang Polo calendar. The leading gaucho, Miguel Diaz, in fine form on the Tang team led his constituents to a riveting victory over the MD team in the final. There were all manor of spectators on the field to enjoy the weekends polo, and fun was had by all.

The International is back, and this time Sam Instone has come all the way from Afghanistan to captain the Dubai Team. Shy Ronnie is making his first appearance at VR this year with the Paisano Gauchos for Singapore. Captain No will be taking the reins of the Thai Team, and Mikee Romero will be back on form with his intrepid Global Port Team for Philippines. The action will be riveting, so don't miss it. Thailand reigns supreme on the final day, giving the International Club Series Cup to the Thai Team.

Thailand 5
Ploy -1
Noo 0
Jonathan Caceres 2
Antonino Menard 4
Singapore 3
Ronnie Lin -1
Anil Abraham -1
Juan M Andrada 2
Nicolas Pieroni 3
Phillipines 5
Mikee Romero -1
Jay de Jesus 1
Santy Galland 2
Saladin bin Mazlan 3
Dubai 4
Viktor Peterson -1
Sam Instone 0
Kristian Petersson 0
Lucas Fernandez 5

By command of the TPA, there was an "on field" annual TPA Handicap Meeting held at the conclusion of the frightful battle between Black Dog and defending Ambassador Cup Champions Crockfords which tied 8-8 over 6 chukkas and was to be continued on the following day. The TPA Handicap Committee was present, with Khun Robin in abstentia, and many hungry TPA committee advisors in attendance. All visitors who play in a TPA sanctioned Polo Tournament are entitled to an official TPA Handicap, which allows them to play polo in any country in the world with their handicap being recognized. This is the reason that this meeting is so important and why it must be held annually and updated when the committee deems necessary. The results from this TPA Handicap Meeting are now posted. We welcome your comments or corrections -- 2014 TPA Handicaps.

Russell admiring Ed's TPA Handicap Card -- Mau Toey, Mau Jack with the Mini-Maus on loan from Chiangmai Vet School

It is not often that you can see an avocado playing polo, but this is the rumor. We were honored to have a representative visit us during the final playing of Black Dog vs Ambassador Cup Champions. The representative came with Anil, who is our very own avocado from Malaysia, and he is keen to get as many polo playing lawyers on the field as possible sometime next season. Lucas informed the Legal enthusiasts that the key will be to make the tournament exciting and interesting for Khun Top and the gang. If the avocados find a way to involve lawyers in Thailand, promote King Power and polo in Asia, then there may be a chance to get the avocados on the field.

Miguel Diaz was bubbling with excitement after his first Chukka at the Tang Polo Club this season. Miguel is on board as a fully operational Gaucho in China, and he is excited to get the season going. All gauchos in China are not official until they do the "doma" up there. 6 goal "Filly" von Potobsky has done the doma, and he will be informing Miguel on the finer points of eating "Chee Jaw" -- the fine northern delicacy that qualifies a gaucho to enter the gates of the Forbidden City. Miguel is busy getting all the horses in shape and looking forward to some Chinese lessons. We will keep you posted on Miguel's progress just South of the Great Wall.

An amazing final 2 days of polo at VR and SPP. Equipe Francaise L'Oreal came onto form for their final day of play with a 8-4.5 victory over Singha team. Team Captain Clement said that they were playing for Olivier and Cecile, their loyal patrons who have brought L'Oreal to Thailand for the past 4 years. There were 3 exciting chukkas with both teams exchanging the lead until the final chukka when L'Oreal executed flawless team play and soared past the Singha team for a resounding victory. L'Oreal was presented "Les Chevaux d'Or par La Birmaine" and each player received a new whip from Argentina Polo so they could keep their horses in fine form and be ready for next year. Thank you L'Oreal for your excellent sportsmanship and very fine play in the Ambassador Cup and bon chance for next year.

Khun Edward, this past week, reminded us all that "perseverance pays off" as he not only scored the first goal for his Crockfords team in the Final of the Ambassador Cup, but it was an open offside backhand. No one was more shocked that Ed as the ball soared through the goal posts. Then we saw Khun Ed's team win through to claim the Ambassador Cup 2014 in a tremendous victory over King Power and the Thundercat Miguel Diaz. And if that wasn't enough, the TPA came through and presented Edward with his official TPA "handicap card" that he has been patiently waiting for for 2 years. The handicap card expires in 2 and a half months, but that did not dampen Ed's spirits, as he has been faithfully training and practicing at all three polo clubs in Thailand, and it all came together for him today. His teammate Russel Tyre was also pleased with his first podium performance in a hi-goal tournament in  Thailand. Khun Top told us that this is the only tournament he has never won, and he played will with his two new visiting teammates Khun Paitoon and Khun Kukin. It was a great match to watch and we had 3 visiting Ambassadors from France, UK, and Mongolia to grace the sidelines. The food and musical performance were tremendous. There was all sorts of activities and games to play and the snacks and drinks were delicious. Thank you to King Power and TPA for a command performance to present our guests with warm Thai hospitality. Auntie Anis was the most glamorous player of the tournament and we were indeed honored to have her in command of the Air Asia team.

A video summary of Ambassador Cup by JamesHandMade

The TPA Photographic Squadron has been commanded to take the field. All 4 photographers were positioned on all corners of the polo field for the first day of polo at Siam Polo Park and VR. These gentlemen are no strangers to fast and furious action. They are on the frontlines of the action and determined to capture and share the suspense with all the polo fans in Thailand and the world. This year, we will have a TPA Photo Contest and the best photo will be placed on the top of the page at the completion of the AMBASSADOR CUP. Stay tuned as these 4 fine photographers bring you all the action.
It has been confirmed. Khun Penny has promised Khun Edward, that after two years of patiently waiting, he will receive his TPA Handicap Card this month during the playing of the 2014 Ambassador Cup. Khun Edward was speechless. He could not believe his luck, and he is now very excited at the idea he may actually receive his official TPA Handicap Card directly from TPA this year at the AMBASSADOR CUP. However, on Day1, TPA informed us that the TPA Handicap Card Machine was broken, so there would be no TPA Handicap Cards after all. Edward was almost in tears. Then, Khun Emmy took control and said no more committees, meetings and emails, the TPA machine would be repaired and there would be TPA cards printed and presented to a few players at the Final. Hold onto your seats. The TPA Handicap Card action is more exciting and precarious than a game of polo. It will come down to the wire and anything could happen -- will the TPA Handicap Cards be ready at the Final or not. Come to the Gala Dinner and see for yourself. Khun Anil Abraham, our friend from Malaysia, has explained how important a TPA Handicap Card is when a player is traveling to different countries. He is really looking forward to his TPA Handicap Card too. TPA has announced that 6 teams will be playing in the Ambassador Cup -- including the 6 goal L'Oreal Team from France. After the Ambassador Cup, Miguel Diaz
will be traveling to China to work up there. He has his hat in hand and is ready to join the ranks of previous Thai Gauchos who journeyed to China, Agustine Andrada and Daniel Yanez.
Just in the nick of time, one day before the opening match, we received a list of teams for this years Ambassador Cup. Khun Aor was handing out invitations for the "Gala Dinner" on Day 1. If you want to join the dinner after Saturday's Final --

L'Oreal Team
Lucas Nottin (0)
Laurent Doumergue (2)
Clément Toussaint (2)
Julien Reynes (2)
Singha Team
Max (-2)
Tom (1)
Jon (2)
Santy G (2)
Crockfords Team
Edward (-1)
Russell (-1)
Santy (3)
Antonino (4)
SCB Team
Ploy (-1)
Andres (1)
Diego (3)
Miguel Ayala (3)
Air Asia Team
Anis (-1)
No (0)
Juan Cruz-Araya (3)
Lucas (4)
King Power Team
Miguel (5)
Top (1)
Kukin* (1)
Paitoon* (0)

THE ACTIONMax and Ed go Head-to-Head
DAY 1 -- Khun Max led the Singha Team head first into a determined Crockfords Team from UK. Singha took an early lead. It was a 1/2 goal game all the way into the final chukka, then Crockfords took it away and capped the Singha dreams of glory with a 6-3.5 victory. On Field 2, Equipe L'Oreal was on fire. They were leading 4-0 at the end Khun Paitoon receives "Kamlang Jai" from Khun Leeof the first chukka. Khun Top was looking rattled and the fans were stunned. Then The Thundercat Miguel Diaz slowly came into action and Khun Top led two sprints the length of the field putting the ball through the posts. L'Oreal continued to play very fine polo with crisp passes and solid line attack. They were looking unbeatable, but the Thundercat started to use the "tacticas" to draw fouls from the French team. The cries of "Reste Tu Calme" from the L'Oreal lines were very effective, but the Thundercat remained on line. Kukin Rosales came out of nowhere on several L'Oreal attacks and literally removed the ball from the mouth of the goal preventing 2 L'Oreal goals. At the final bell, King Power had climbed from 4 goals behind to capture a 8-7 victory over the L'Oreal team. Always the gentlemen, Equipe L'Oreal shook hands and prepared for action on Thursday.
DAY 2 -- Auntie Anis was back. We hadn't seen her for years, but she was back on the field with her Air Asia Team and came up against the full force of the King Power team in her first match. King Power remained on fine form from their L'Oreal victory and grounded the Air Asia team 6-4. A furious battle between SCB and Crockfords pitted Khun Ploy and her Brian Xu gauchos against La Manifestacion Antonino and Media Cancha Lujan. The SCB team battled through to financial victory for the banking giant 4-3. So far, all very close matches in the Ambassador Cup 2014.
DAY 3 -- The Singha team was on fire and delivered a devastating blow to the SCB team with a 1.5 goal victory. However, the placement is decided on goal difference and the 1.5 advantage over SCB was not enough to get Singha to the final. Auntie Anis was on fire and Air Asia was able to control the L'Oreal team and win over 2-1.
DAY 4 -- This was the match we were waiting for -- the Chevaux d'Or -- Battle for the Golden Horses between Singha and L'Oreal.
DAY 5 -- Saturday. The Subsidiary Final as Air Asia defeats soundly the embattled SCB team. The Final was a tremendous match between King Power and newcomers Crockfords from UK. Khun Top has never won the Ambassador Cup, and so the streak continued with SPP stalwarts Edward Batchelor and Russell Tyre playing very good matches with Santy and Antonino. Antionono was the Man of the match. .

King Power -- In "Top" formation

Equipe L'Oreal -- "Reste Tu Calme"

Antonino charges the goal -- (photo by Panupong)

Crockfords Double Teams the Singha Attack -- (photo by Panupong)

Thundercats come from behind against L'Oreal -- (photo by Panupong)

Khun Top on form with 2 sprints to goal -- (photo by James Hand Made)

Air Asia Lucas in pursuit of the King Power Thundercat -- (photo by James Hand Made)

Crockfords miss the goal against SCB -- (photo by James Hand Made)

The splendid and memorable James Ashton Trophy is the pearl of the calendar at Polo Escape. Each year, gentlemen and friends join to remember a great friend and fine ambassador to the sport of polo. James Ashton was the acting president of FIP and working very hard to promote the sport in Asia when he lost his life doing with he loved the most. Polo Escape held a moment of silence with the three teams and many friends. A delicious Seafood dinner and tapas with Champagne paid tribute to the memory of our friend. Congratulations to Brian Xu and his Axus team for a spirited victory.

AXUS 8 (winners)
Hormoz Verahramian -1
Brian Xu 0
Diego Gomez Echavarri 3
Dario Musso 6

Polo Escape 7
Jaime Miranda 0
Andrés Gomez 1
Miguel Ayala 3
Patricio Lalor 3

Kuppa 7
Robin Lourvanij 0
Jamie Woodward 1
Juan Manuel Ortelli 2
Uday Kalaan 4

Not many of us had ever heard of a "Thundercat" before, but Miguel Diaz -- reeling from double defeats in the Gold Cup -- rode onto the field with a new helmet today, and emblazoned on the back of the helmet was a "Thundercat." Their opponents, the Black Dog Team, did not take much note, until the ball was thrown in and all they could see was red Thundercat on the back of Miguel's helmet. It was a painful blow -- chukka after chukka -- with Edward, Max and Russell assisting Miguel on all quarters. The Black Dogs mounted a comeback as soon as Miguel left the field with Khun Ploy and Khun Anil narrowing the gap 6-7 by the final bell of Day 1, but the pain and terror lingered on. For those of you who have never seen a Thundercat -- like most of us -- have a look here, for the live Spanish Thundercat Version. Day 2 -- Verteran Black Dog Eric Barthe was called to order from his Northern Territory Base to assist the Black Dog team against the Thundercats. Eric got off to splendid form and the Dogs climbed past Thundercats when Miguel was taking his break off the field, then there was a major Umpire malfunction which reversed the direction of play and the team taking the penalty hit. It turned the tide against Black Dog. Then Edward Bachelor came onto form like we have never seen before. He was not fouling. He was riding Eric Barthe across, off and all over the field. He was terrorizing his mentor and instructor Khun Nat. He was passing dogs left and right and scoring goals repeatedly. No one had ever seen Edward like this. Russell was hitting long hits and Max drove Khun Tom head first into a goal post. It was a disaster for Black Dog and the Thundercats captured their first victory on the field at VR with a final score of 13-9 after 10 chukkas of play over 2 days. 

It was during the Hornito Asado after the Thundercats had stormed the field, that Anil Abraham presented the gauchos a bottle of 2001 Dom Perignon and announced that he wanted to bring a Malaysia National Team to play the 2016 ALL ASIA CUP. The gauchos fell silent. Anil said he would continue to practice and train with the gauchos to try to reach a 0 goal handicap by 2016 and then he would try to find some compatriots in Malaysia who love the game and would like to come and join the fun and spirit of the ALL ASIA CUP in Thailand. Anil said that he had played in France and Spain, but that he had been learning the most playing at SPP. No one is afraid to hit him a little bit, but then explain how he can play better. Good luck Anil. Thanks for the Champagne and see you at the All Asia Cup. In-Shallah.

Mikee Romero has confirmed that the Manila Open is on and Thailand is going. Khun Top and Khun Tal have confirmed that the Thai Team will travel for the first time to Philippines to compete in this prestigious match at Mikee's new polo field in Calatagan Batangas. 5 days of polo and the finals will be on 9 March after some eliminations. China will be sending a team as well. Mikee has further announced that he has completed his new polo field in Calatagan, Batangas, so all the visiting players will be invited there too to test the new field. The Manila Bulletin press release -- The resolve and elegance of Globalport-Pilipinas and San Miguel Corporation-Philippines will be put to a test as the Philippine Polo Open 2014, the country’s biggest polo event to date, unfolds on March 4 at the Calatagan polo fields in Batangas. “Expect fireworks right in the first day of competition as all six teams are eager to show their worth,” said Globalport-Pilipinas captain Mikee Romero. “We will be up against exciting teams but we are all ready to face the challenge. We have to prove that we are worthy of our new status.” The national teams, for one, are fully motivated to do it all the way not only because of their so-called “homecourt” advantage but beca
use of their burning desire to be the best in the region. Training for both teams was rigorous under the watchful eyes of several known strategists. “Some teams may have more experience than us but knowing we have the support of the crowd we will do our very best to make them happy and proud of us,” added Romero while attending the beautification of the field yesterday as they expect dignitaries and high-profile officials to witness the four-day event. Led by Iñigo Zobel, SMC-Philippines is hoping to start its title bid in the event presented by Manila North Harbour Port. Inc., AirAsia, Viber and San Miguel Corporation in grand fashion when it battles Ahmibah-Brunei, a team backstopped by the father and son tandem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah and Prince Bahar..Globalport-Pilipinas, on the other hand, takes on the Jim Donovan-led ADEC-USA, a team Romero considered as very talented and dangerous. Both Zobel and Romero have put a great amount of time and resources to make the event a reality as local polo players have long been dreaming of pitting their skills against experienced and well-decorated foreign rivals. Aside from Globalport-Pilipinas and ADEC-USA, also in Bracket A is China-Tang Polo of Shilai Liu while the other team in Bracket B is Thailand-Kingpower of Vichai Srivadhanpprabha, acknowledged as the godfather of the sport and one of the richest in the region. The six participating teams will be divided into two groups with each group playing a single round. The No. 1 team from both groups will advance in the one-game face-off on March 9. “Every game counts so we have to give our 100 percent each game,” said Romero, who is hoping that by staging the event the sport will continue to grow.
The Philippine Polo Open 2014 Finals were won by SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION - PHILIPPINES with Inigo Zobel against Globalport-Pilipinas with Mikee Romero and Khun Top. It was a pretty sound victory and the fans loved the match. The battle for the Subsidiary Final called the Northport Terminal Final was a nail biter. It was a down to the wire one goal victory by AHMIBAH ROYAL BRUNEI under the expert tutelage of Prince Jefri in a battle against Tang Polo club. News filtering through indicated that Khun Lucas suffered an injury in the first match and then King Power and ADEC USA were both out of the running. There was fantastic polo in the Philippines, and if we get some photos, we will share them with you -- TOURNAMENT SUMMARY --

Globalport (Pilipinas) - Final
Tang Polo (China) - Sub Final
ADEC (USA) - Out

Kingpower (Thailand) - Out
Ahmibah (Royal Brunei) - Sub Final
San Miguel Corporation (Philippines) - Final

Mikee Romero (Filipino) 0
Top Srivaddhanaprabha (Thai) 1
Gaston Beguerie (Professional-Argentine) 4
Rodrigo Bauzada (Professional-Argentine) 3
Tang Polo-China
Shilai Liu (China) 1
Nan Liu (China) 0
Johnny Caceres (Professional-Argentine) 2
Miguel Diaz (Professional-Argentine) 5
Jun Juban (Filipino) 0
Jim Donovan (USA) 0
Matias Orlando (Professional-Argentine) 3
Antonio Veloso (Professional-Filipino) 2
San Miguel Corporation-Philippines
Inigo Zobel (Filipino) 1
Tommy Bitong (Filipino) -2
Sam Hunt (Australian) 3
Juan Jaureche (Professional-Argentine) 5
Tal Srivaddhanaprabha (Thai) 1
Santi Juban (Filipino) 0
Santi Lujan (Professional-Argentine) 3
Antonino Menard (Professional-Argentine) 4
Ahmibah Royal Brunei
HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah (Brunei) 1
Prince Qawi Bolkiah (Brunei) 0
Prince Bahar Bolkiah (Brunei) 2
Ramiro (Professional-Argentine) 4

The King Power Juggernaut was back in action this past weekend. There were 4 teams in the Gold Cup, and the first match was shocker as SPP stalwarts Edward and Russell let the SPP team to an upset victory over Tang. The Black Dog team was ennobled by this magnificent play, and playing undercover as Mitavite, went full force up against King Power on field #2 under the lights. Their hopes were dimmed in the third chukka with Mitavite Commanders Meaw and Pink on the sidelines, and Nat and Lukas shattered their dreams of victory. Day 2 was a magnificent day of polo at the VR club. Spectators came for all parts of the world to watch this final day of Gold Cup action. The first match saw Mitavite come from behind and claim 3rd place victory over Tang Polo 7.5-6 on Field #1. Then the final on field #2, was a nail biter with King Power and SPP neck and neck for 4 chukkas. Mitavite Captain Jamie Woodward proposed a new rule, that if one is to dismount during the course of a match, he must clearly say "getting off" before striking the ground. If not, he must then buy a crate of beer for the other players. The motion was seconded and approved. Then in the final chukka, the two teams were tied 7-7 and King Power converted a goal to take the lead. Lucas then charged the line amidst a gathering of other players, and from the sidelines, Lucas and his horse somersaulted across the field. The fans went quite. Players and the ambulance gathered on the field. Lucas had ripped his shirt, but was helped to his feet and back on his horse. Play resumed, and King Power claimed victory in the 2014 Gold Cup. Jamie did take note at this point that no one, in fact, had heard Lucas proclaim "getting off" before hitting the ground, so It was agreed that he would be the first to buy a crate of beer in accordance with the new "getting off" rule. Khun Top arrived with an injured knuckle to present the prizes. TPA was on hand to capture all the action, and we thank the TPA photographic team -- Khun Narong, Khun Varanchai, and Khun Panupong for excellent photographic work. Khun Aor for delicious fare after two days of polo. Khun Kukin was presented a bottle of Black Label for grace under pressure adjudicating all polo matches brilliantly amidst constant queries from the "4 Voices" -- Miguel Diaz, Jamie Woodward, Lucas Lujan, and Santy Lujan. (a "Voice" being one that is heard throughout the match advising the umpire what to do). Thank you King Power for another tremendous GOLD CUP 2014. 

Second Place -- SPP TEAM

Third Place -- MITAVITE TEAM with Commander Pink

Lujan Brothers in the final

No and Edward battle

Kukin honored "Most Valuable Umpire" by Khun Top

Mitavite launches "Double Dog" tactics on Miguel


Vichai/Choi 0
Boon 0
Nat 2
Lucas 4

SPP TEAM (2nd)
Edward -1
Russell -1
Santy 3
Antonino 4

Jamie 1
Tom 1
Santy Curto 2
Jonathan 2

Noo 0
Shilai 1
Tsu* 1
Miguel 5

Saturday 1st:
Tang Team Vs SPP Team -- 16:45 (SPP Field) -- 8-8.5
King Power vs Mitavite -- 18:00 (VR Field) -- 10-5
Sunday 2nd:

Looser of the first match against looser of the second match -- 16:45 -- 6-7.5 (Mitavite wins)
Winner of the first match against winner of the second match -- 18:00 -- 7-8 (King Power wins)

Three Chinese Teams will come head to head during the Axus Cup in early February. Polo patrons are growing by leaps and bounds in China, and the three Chinese Patrons will bring the Great Wall to bear upon the Kuppa Team during the 3 days of play. Khun Robin reports, There will be 4 teams participating next week ( 6-9 Feb). It is an 8-10 goal tournament commencing Thursday 6th February. The matches start each day at 3.30 pm and we play Thursday and Friday; rest the horses on Saturday, and play finals on Sunday 9th. The Polo Escape Tournament Report -- "Team Tang wins the Axus Cup!" After three days of serious polo and friendly get-togethers, team Tang emerged undefeated. Shilai, Santiago Lujan, Santiago Galland and Miguel Diaz put on a strong show of horsemanship and polo skills. The event’s dark horse, Robin’s 8 goal team Kuppa, did well against the Chinese invasion but were obliterated by an unstoppable team Tang on the final day. Axus and Fast Fish, old friends and rivals, competed for bronze, with Brian’s team winning by a whisker in a tough match. Final standings: Winner: Tang (10 goal), Runner-up: Kuppa (8 goal), 2nd Runner-up: Axus (10 goal), 3rd Runner-up: Fast Fish (10 goal)


Axus Team
Brian Xu (Patron 0)
Andreas Gomez (1)
Diego Gomez (3)
Ignacio Tilouse (6)
Shilai (Patron 0)
Santiago Galand (2)
Santiago Lujan (3)
Miguel Diaz (5)
Fast Fish ( NDH /Shanghai )
Windson (Patron 0)
Le Roy (Patron 0)
Tommy Martinez (3)
Miguel Crespo (7)
Kuppa / PE
Robin (Patron 0)
Patrick Furlong (2)
Miguel Ayala (3)
Patricio Lalor (3)

A Mongolian Charge -- in the 2012 All Asia Cup9-18 JAN 2014 -- ALL ASIA CUP -- EIGHT TEAMS CONFIRMED
Eight teams have confirmed their participation in the 2014 All Asia Cup. This tournament is held to show the world that Asia is united in its commitment to improving the standard of polo across Asia, so that one day, polo may return as an Olympic Sport. The All Asia Cup will be held from 9-18 January 2014 with 8 national teams (2-4 goal) at the VR Sports Club and Siam Polo Park near Bangkok. The following teams have confirmed -- Indonesia, Brunei, India, Korea, China, Thailand, Philippines, Mongolia.  The All Asia Cup is famous because this tournament concentrates on a fair distribution of horses between the teams and unbiased umpiring from Senior HPA umpires. The horses are numbered, divided into categories, and drawn by the team captains from a hat. This tournament is played under HPA rules and officiated by Senior HPA Umpires. The Tournament is played with two Groups. Group A and Group B have 4 teams in each group. Each team will play all three other teams in their group. A win is 3 points. A tie is 1 point. The top two finishing teams on points will meet and play the Subsidiary Final and the Final on Saturday 18 January under the lights at VR Sports Club followed by a Gala Dinner. TEAM PLAYER QUALIFICATIONS -- All team members must hold a valid Passport from the country that they are playing for, or they must hold a Birth Certificate and ID number from that country. 

RESULTS 2014 -- INDONESIA Gold Medal -- INDIA Silver Medal -- THAILAND Bronze Medal.
RESULTS 2012 -- THAILAND Gold Medal -- INDIA Silver Medal -- MONGOLIA Bronze Medal

LivingPolo -- Polo+10 Magazine -- PoloLine -- Ham Polo Club article 2012 -- Video Highlights 2014

Points Tally after 11 Jan play
3        -              -              -        0
Summary Group A

Points Tally after 16 Jan play
0        -        6        -        3        -        9
Summary Final

courtesy of Mongolian Polo Team

It was a splendid final day to an impressive week of Asian polo at VR Sports Club on Saturday. There were several thousand fans from Bangkok and all over the world turned out in very fine dress to witness the exciting conclusion to the All Asia Cup. The first match was for the Bronze Medal and Thailand played a very solid match against Mongolia. It was a very good experience to see the tactics and anticipation that makes a solid polo team. Mongolia also put in young Doda for the final chukka to delight the fans, and everyone enjoyed the match. The Thais finished the match with 9 well-earned goals. The field was promptly stomped in by all the spectators and the final began with Khun Vichai throwing the ball in between Indonesia and India. India received a Silver Medal in 2012 and they were hungry for victory this time. The Indonesians were one of the 5 polo teams at the 2007 SEA Games, but this was their first appearance in an All Asia Cup. These 4 humble gentlemen played with their hearts and very precise planned plays kept them on the offensive throughout the match. Indonesia took an early lead, and this put India under pressure. India closed the gap and then Indonesia would score again and keep the momentum. At the final bell, Indonesia had won the ALL ASIA CUP 6-4.5 and the fans went wild. It was a wonderful conclusion to a weeks polo with 8 national teams from across Asia. The "Royal Salute" MVP awards went to Enkhtsetseg Gierke on the Mongolian team for for being a terrific mother to two of the Mongolian polo team players, to Abby Pathak of India for his performance on the India team, to Khun Top of the Thailand team for excellent leadership and planning of the All Asia Cup, and to Acep Krisnander of Indonesia team who was a sturdy force at #1 and also a gentleman player in their match against China. Thank you to all our sponsors, players and friends for a successful ALL ASIA CUP 2014. See you again in 2016.

Mongolian Skydiving Polo Team speed training for Sub Final against Thailand -- Prince Jefri, Khun Vichai, TPA President Kanoksakdi

The All Asia Cup "Big Guns" Khun Nat and Prince Bahar "Pookulan Kuat" -- Indo Team post game chat Prabowo Subianto may come to watch final

GROUP B - DAY 1 (14 Jan)
Thailand defeats China (8 - 5.5) -- Indonesia defeats Brunei (6 - 4.5)
Khun Vichai threw in the ball for the first match between China and Thailand. Khun Nat was having trouble hitting the ball between the posts, so Khun Top took his turn and drove home the first penalty goal for Thailand. China fielded Shilai and Nan along with Diligen and Bao Yin from Inner Mongolia. The highlight of the game was the appearance of "SaiSi" -- the first polo pony bred and born in the Kingdom of Thailand. All eyes were on the second match of the day as Brunei mounted their horses and prepared to take on the young Indonesia team. Brunei and Indonesia had never played a match together before. Immediately, you could see two very different styles of play. Brunei was cool and collected, thinking and passing. Indonesia was trying a fast aggressive game, but committing many fouls. Brunei took the advantage with the penalties, then seemed ready to seal the match as Prince Jefri was playing brilliant center position, backing on defense and passing forward to Prince Qawi on attack. Brunei was quickly leading 3.5 to zero, then Brunei #2 Abu Kasim carried the ball the length of the field, but just missed the goal by inches. This gave Indonesia Captain Novel the chance he needed to stop the Brunei momentum, and turn his team around. There were 4 chukkas of end-to-end runs, hard rideoffs and sprints to goal. Prince Bahar sent several passes half the length of the field, and one center field penalty shot all the way over the back line just outside the goal. It was an amazing game to watch, which could have gone either way, but at the final bell, Indonesia had captured their first victory in the All Asia Cup.

 Prince Jefri leads Brunei in a thrilling match against Indonesia -- Khun Top on Thailand's first homebred polo pony "SaiSi"  (photos by JamesHandMade Team)

Thailand's Nat and Indonesia's Novel cross sticks in full flight -- Brunei's "Khun Jimmy" and China's Diligen charge forward  (photos by JamesHandMade Team)

DAY 2 (15 Jan)
Indonesia defeats Thailand (4 - 3) -- Brunei defeats China (6 - 3)
One of the most furious battles that we have ever seen on a polo field was fought out today between Indonesia and Thailand. It was full on. Two 4 goal teams playing with all their hearts and tactics in front of a packed crowd on the SPP field. The score was tied at 2. Then Indonesia sneaked ahead. Thailand answered. In the 4th chukka, the score was tied at 3. No one on the sideline would utter a word. The Brunei Team could not leave their seats to go and prepare for their game. Indonesia carried the ball down and scored. It was Thailand's turn to answer. Repeated attempts by an excellent teamwork of Top and Nat blocking, carrying and backing up each other, released two attacks on goal with passes up to Khun Tsu and Khun Tal. The ball was just missing on the left and right. Acep did a head flip off of his horse, and the ambulance drove onto the field. He was out for nearly 10 minutes, but then he climbed back onto his horse. The battle continued, and at the final bell, as the dust settled, Indonesia had held onto their lead and claimed 3 points in All Asia Cup competition. The Thai team showed tremendous sportsmanship in thanking the Indonesia team and the umpires for a good game setting the absolute standard for honor and fair play in the ALL ASIA CUP. The action moved to the VR field as Brunei suited up to take on the China team. China scored off the throw-in. Then Brunei answered. Again, and each team answered. The score was 2-2 at the end of the first chukka, and all spectators were stunned at the China performance against a stilled and practiced Brunei team. Brunei then turned on the power and carried the ball down to score with a second goal from a penalty. As the lead increased, Brunei was able to control the ball more and settle down the pace of the game to hold onto their lead. A beautiful lofted goal by Prince Qawi brought the Brunei fans to their feat. The scoreboard clock malfunctioned and the "3rd Man" Pete McCormack leaped into action with his iPhone to save the day with precision backup timekeeping. Two excellent games on Day 2 for Group B. Tomorrow's match between Thailand and Brunei will be one of the highlights of the All Asia Cup tournament -- don't miss it.

A commentator "Ride off" during the match between Brunei and Thailand -- Princes Mateen, Hani, Arman, Jefri discuss Brunei tactics for All Asia Cup 2030

DAY 3 (16 Jan)
Indonesia defeats China (8 - 4.5) -- Thailand defeats Brunei (9 - 5.5)
An amazing day in the final day of playoffs for the All Asia Cup. China surged ahead of Indonesia and took a 2.5 goal lead in the second chukka. The crowd was aghast. Indonesia had lost their concentration. The Indonesia coach was speechless. China had surprised the Indonesians with half-chukka horse tactics. Fully legal, the Chinese were changing horses half chukka to keep the horses fresh and stun the Indonesians with Sun Tzu's "Bin Fa" (the Art of War) tactics. Then a careful and calm regroup and counter-attack began as the Indonesia team kept their nerve and stayed the course to narrow the gap to only half a goal by the end of the chukka. Indonesian "Kompassus" tactics were working and they increased their lead in the third chukka. Acep from Bandung had recovered nicely from his head-first aerial somersault on the previous day and was back up front to receive the passes from his team. China player, Nan Liu, lost his stick in the 4th chukka, and Acep showed excellent sportsmanship by stopping his horse, picking up the Chinese player's stick and handing it back to him. The crowd cheered and play continued. It was a very fine game to watch, and the Indonesia coach informed us that Prabowo Subianto said he will try to come to watch his team in the final on Saturday. Over on field 2, in front of the VR clubhouse, Brunei and Thailand rode onto the field. There was everything to play for. The winner of this game would advance to the Sub Final on Saturday. For the first time in the All Asia Cup 2014, there were two "Big Guns" (Pookulan Kuat) on the field at the same time -- Khun Nat for Thailand and Prince Bahar for Brunei -- and the guns were fully loaded and ready to go. It was a fierce battle. Khun Top led his team brilliantly. Goals flying from all directions. Khun Tsu was on form and shooting spectacular shots on goal. Khun Tal was in all corners driving and defending. The crowd was on their feet. Brunei deployed their "second team" to ride off the commentator and encourage the Brunei team to glory. Prince Jefri ran a charge down the left side of the field, across the goal, and under the neck for a goal. The "Big Guns" kept firing from the back line. The ball was racing over head like rockets in the air. No one could believe the fierce battle that ensued on the field. The Third Man, Pete McCormack, was going wild. He had never seen such a game. And then the final bell sounded. The "Big Guns" went silent, and the soldiers lay down their arms. Thailand had made it through to the Sub Final. There were big smiles on all teams for a match well played. Brunei announced that they would remain through Saturday to watch the Final and to cheer for Doda if she rides onto the field again. Another magnificent day of polo as THAILAND and INDONESIA advance from Group B to the Final.

Indonesia Team

Thai Team with TPA President



Brunei Team

China Team with Mentor

GROUP A - DAY 1 (9 Jan)
India defeats Mongolia (6 - 2.5) -- Philippines defeats Korea (8 - 1)
An extremely exciting day of polo with Mongolia scoring the first goal of the tournament against India. Everyone was impressed with this young team's performance. Abby said he was a bit worried after the first chukka, but Captain Shyam and the two Singhs showed the value of experience with good team play and consistency to win through in the end. JB and the Rocks with David, James and Jerry showed great pride as they led the Korean team onto the field for Korea's first ever appearance as a national team in an international polo competition. Some very nice teamwork and a tremendous learning experience for this young team with their new coach The Bach-a-mann watching from the sidelines. Philippines demonstrated that they will be force to consider in this tournament as their captain Mikee Romero soon to arrive and join the team for tomorrow's action.

Mongolia battles Philippines in Group A -- photo by Khun Meaw Akira

DAY 2 (10 Jan)
India defeats Korea (9 - 2.5) -- Mongolia defeats Philippines (5 - 4)
The Koreans were very pleased with their improvement today and scored two remarkable goals against the Indian Juggernaut. J.B. pointed out that the players were interchanging to give as much play time as possible to all 6 of the players. He also explained that they were concentrating on winning the ball at the throw-in, and passing the ball downfield. India showed consistent tactical superiority on the field, but team back Addy will be not be playing on Day 3, so anything could happen with their scheduled match with Philippines. The match of the day was definitely Mongolia and Philippines. Captain Mikee Romero was back on the field and in very good form. However, the Mongolians were on fire. The blood of Ghengis Khan coursing through their veins, D'Artagnan showed superior leadership skill organizing his young team on attack. Today, the Mongolians were anticipating and turning early to receive the back hand passes. Philippines trailing by 3 in the final chukka came within one goal, but the Mongolians fought to the bitter end and captured their first victory in the All Asia Cup. 

A Mongolian toast by His Excellency Ambassador Battumur to a successful completion of Group A -- photo by Rishi

DAY 3 (11 Jan)
India defeats Philippines (5 - 4) -- Mongolia defeats Korea (6 - 2)
Both India and Philippines played magnificent polo today. The game could have gone either way. Philippines missed two close goal attempts in the final chukka. Mikee played very well leading several charges to goal. Shyam Mehta was on very fine form wearing the #4 shirt for India and sending the ball down field for his team. The Brunei team had arrived on the field to survey the teams that they may meet in the finals. Fans from all corners had arrived on the field, and no one was disappointed. Congratulations to both teams. As if this would have been enough for the day, the action then began under the lights between Korea and Mongolia. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Korea is the most improved team in the All Asia Cup. Today's action was end-to-end with Koreans attacking then Mongolians counter attacking. All the Koreans played very well. Not many fouls, but the Mongolians picked up the pace in the third chukka and give themselves a 3 goal lead with 3rd Man Pete McCormack in tactical support. This was the moment that everyone had been waiting for, and Mongolia manager Chris Giercke ordered 15 year old Doda onto the field. The youngest player and first female ever to take the field in an All Asia Cup competition was given a standing ovation from Prince Jefri and the Brunei Team watching from the balcony, as she rode onto the field. Doda didn't miss a stride and contributed several excellent passes to the Mongolian charge. J.B.Lee lofted a 40 yard penalty in for Korea, and the Mongolians led a final charge as a huge Mongolian flag was raised on the side of the field behind His Excellency Battumur Chimeddorj, The Mongolian Ambassador, who had come to cheer his young team. Today's matches were possibly two of the best of the tournament, so far. India and Mongolia will advance to the Finals on 18 Jan 2014. Mikee Romero watched this final game and made the mistake of saying he still wanted to play more polo. Khun Vichai looked at him and said to Lukas, "bring more horses - 4 more chukkas." Vichai and Mikee's team in white then took on Top and Tal's team in blue in a pre-Group B teaser. Mikee had played a full 8 chukkas by the final bell, with a tied score of 8-8, and he was so exhausted that he couldn't remember which goal to shoot on. Then all the white and blue players joined the Mongolian Ambassador in a toast to his team and a successful completion of Group A in the All Asia Cup.

India Team

Philippines Team

Mongolia Team

Korea Team


All Asia Cup POLO & SOCIAL Itinerary 9-18 Jan 2014

Thursday 09th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
1pm – 3pm King Power Complex Press Conference + Horse Draw
3:30pm Depart from King Power Complex
4:30pm VRSC Mongolia vs India on SPP. Field
5:30pm VRSC Philippines vs Korea on VR Field
6:30pm – 7pm VRSC Rest/Shower after games
7pm – 8pm Return to Pullman to relax and refresh
8pm Pullman Wine Pub Dinner and drinks at Pullman Wine Pub

Friday 10th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm – 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm India vs Korea on SPP. Field
5:30pm Mongolia vs Philippines on VR Field
6:30pm - 7pm Rest/Shower after games
8pm VRSC Asado @ VRSC
11:00pm Monkey Bar Monkey Bar for drinks and nightlife.

Saturday 11th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm – 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm Philippines vs India on SPP. Field
5:30pm Korea vs Mongolia on VR Field
6:30pm – 7pm Rest/Shower after games
8:00pm Tenyuu Grand Dinner at Tenyuu Grand for Japanese food.

Sunday 12th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
Players are advised to have breakfast at the hotel prior to van pickup at 9:00am
9am Pullman Van pickup at Pullman hotel at 9am
10am Bangkok shooting range Gun Shooting at the Bangkok shooting range, firing a range of weaponry including: .38 mm, .45 mm .357 mm, 9 mm, shot gun and .22 Rifle
1pm – 2:30pm Parking Toys Parking Toys for lunch is close to the shooting range has a wide variety of food and beverages and live music. Also has private function rooms available
4pm Health Land Massage and spa treatment at Health Land to help players recover and relax from polo and the shooting range
7:30pm Londoner Sunday Carvery buffet at the Londoner, Sukhumvit soi 33
10:30pm RCA Route 66 at RCA for drinks and nightlife

Monday 13th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
Rest Day
Mongolia teams relaxes by going Skydiving
Photo: The gaucho Santy Galland "en el aire"

Tuesday 14th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm – 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm Thailand vs China on SPP. Field
5:30pm Brunei vs Indonesia on VR Field
6:30pm - 7pm Rest/Shower after games
8:00pm Asado Asado @ VRSC

Wednesday 15th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm - 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm Thailand vs Indonesia on SPP. Field
5:30pm Brunei vs China on VR Field
6:30pm - 7:00pm Rest/Shower after games
8pm Chao Phraya river River Cruise with a buffet dinner on the Chao Phraya river.

Thursday 16th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm – 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm China vs Indonesia on SPP. Field
5:30pm Thailand vs Brunei on VR Field
6:30pm – 7pm Rest/Shower after games
7pm – 8pm Return to Pullman hotel after both games are finished
8:30pm Pullman Deja Vu at Pullman for buffet dinner

Friday 17th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
Players are advised to have breakfast at the hotel prior to van pickup at 9:00am.
8am Pullman Hotel Van pickup at Pullman hotel at 8am
9am Grand Palace Arrive at the Grand Palace and explore the palace grounds.
12pm Lunch Take a break for lunch, location to be confirmed.
2pm Wat Pho Visit Wat Pho, where players can see the reclining Buddha and temple grounds
3:45pm Wat Arun Ferry across the river to see Wat Arun
5:30pm Pullman Return to Pullman hotel where players can relax and freshen up before dinner
10:00pm Kudeta Drinks and nightlife at Kudeta.

Saturday 18th Jan 2014
Time Location Details
2pm – 3pm VRSC Travel to VRSC to prepare for polo
4:30pm VRSC Subsidiary Final on VR Field
6pm Final on VR Field

Khun Top has confirmed on 10 Dec 2013 that the ALL ASIA CUP dates are confirmed 9-18 Jan 2014 -- no matter what government is in power in Thailand, the show will go on.

The Total Cost of the All Asia Cup per team is US$12,000 per team. This covers all Horses, Umpires, Team Jerseys, Dinners and drinks. A deposit of us$4,000 is due on 15 October to confirm your team in the All Asia Cup 2014. BANK DETAILS for deposit to Thailand Polo Association
. If you have any questions -- -- Team deposits received from Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Korea, Brunei (10 Oct 13).

If you would like to stay in the Pullman Hotel, the special room rate for polo players and team supporters is 3,600 Baht per night. The Team Van for each team will be 2,500 Baht per day (which includes driver all day). If you are interested in booking your hotel or team van, please Email TPA and tell them what date your team will arrive, so they can coordinate your pickup and hotel room.

SCB (tournament sponsor)
King Power
Crockfords Casino
Air Asia
Samart i-mobile
Network Aviation
Pullman Bangkok
Etihad Airways
Royal Salute -- Team MVP Player Award

The Press Conference for the All Asia Cup will be held on 09 Jan 2014 at 1PM at King Power Headquarters on Soi Rangnam in Bangkok.

GROUP A - will play on 9, 10, 11 January

Philippines exploded onto the Thai polo scene last year and have proved that they will be a sturdy contender in this year's All Asia Cup. Mikee Romero is a sportsman-businessman from the Philippines. He is currently the Chairman of Philippine companies: Globalport 900, Zest Airways, Air Asia Philippines, Pacifica, Inc, Harbour Centre Port Terminal and Manila North Harbour Port. He is in the 2013 Forbes Magazine’s Philippines List of Richest Businessman, landing number 26th. In Philippine sports, He headed the Philippine Olympic team during the 2012 London Olympics. He used to head the National Olympic Sports Associations of Shooting, Cycling and Basketball in the Philippines. Mikee has been playing Polo since 2010 bringing the Globalport Polo Team all-over the world. He plays competitive polo in the Philippines, Thailand, China, USA and UK. Antonio Veloso has played polo in the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand and around Asia. He was Captain of the Philippine team in the 2007 S.E.A. games in Thailand and is currently playing for the Global Port polo team. Alex Vicinal is a 1 goal player who comes from a family that has always been around training and conditioning of polo horses. Has worked and played in the Philippines, Australia, Korea and Thailand and is currently playing for the global port polo team. Gerry Asahan is the latest addition to the Philippines Team. He has been working with horses for many years, training and conditioning. He has been playing a little polo in Philippines at 0 goal and currently works for polo patron Jun Juban.

Mikee Romero (0)

Alex Vecinal (1)

Antonio Veloso (1)

Gerry Asahan (0)

Santi Juban (0)

JB Lee has been working tirelessly to have his team ready for the All Asia Cup. They have been growing rapidly and have recently held the first All Family Cup in Asia showing that polo is a family sport in Korea and that they are determined to improve their play. Korea realizes that this will be a good learning experience for them and their first international competition as a National Team. J.B. Lee is the owner of Korea Polo Country club, the only polo club in Korea. He started polo in 2005 at Singapore Polo Club, then immediately bought a land in Korea to make the fisrt polo club. He is the Chairman of Korea Polo Association. He is 53 yrs old, the oldest and highest handicapped player in Korea as of 2013. Rock Lee is the first son of J.B. Lee, studying in the states, and started polo in 2011. He has played many tournaments in Korea, including the 8 goal Royal Salute Cup, 6 Goal Governor's Cup, and has won most of his matches. Rocky Lee is the second son of J.B.Lee, also studying in the states, and started polo in 2010. At the beginning of Korea Polo Club, he stayed in the club for 6 months and helped his father to play with many visiting clubs like SPC, Nine Dragons Hill. James Lee is a 25 years friend of J.B.Lee, started polo in 2006 at Singapore polo club, but he had about 4 years blank term and started again in Korea Polo Club. He also played all the important polo matches in Korea, and has played in Thailand and Indonesia. He is working as a President of the petrochemical trading company Tychem, and now his son and daughter (both studying in the states) started horse riding to enter into the polo world. David Ko is the first local Korean who learned polo at the Korea Polo Club. Together with his good rival, Jerry Kwak, he is leading the next generation of Korean polo. David works for Skylake Incuvest & Co., as Director, and he has played in Argentina and Thailand.

Rocky Lee (0)

David Ko (0)

James Lee (0)

JB Lee (1)

Rock Lee (0)

Shyam Mehta will return with his Indian team who have proved time and again that polo is a gentleman's sport. We are honored to have them back on the field. Shyam Mehta is regular player in Thailand. A lawyer by profession, he has been playing for over 20 years in India, France, Singapore, England and Thailand. He was part of the Indian team that played in the Heritage Cup in England in August 2011 and placed 3rd. Shyam was the powerhouse behind organizing the Indian Polo Team to join the All Asia Cup 2012 where they received a Bronze Medal. Pratap Singh and Om Singh are two brothers from Rajistan who play off -2 and 0 goals. They attended the prestigious Mayo College in India, and this is their first time playing in Thailand. Pratap is known as the "Hari Potter" of India and are the up and rising stars to watch. Abhimanyu Pathak at 4 goals is 30 years old and  has been playing polo for almost a decade. A mercurial forward who can turn a match around single handed, he has represented the India in many international events and has driven them to many glorious victories. He went with the Indian Polo Team to Zambia to take part in the 14 goal polo tournament in July 2013. Om Singh is 30 years old and at 0 goal has 23 years of riding experience. Starting playing polo in school, Om has played in many countries like South Africa, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, Jamaica and Malaysia. He is a phenomenal rider and boasts a good seat.

Pratap Singh (-2)

Om Singh (0)

Abhimanyu Pathak (4)

Shyam mehta (1)

Fateh Singh (?)

The Mongolian Charge is set to return. Chris Giercke has just returned from the Mongolian Steppe to Kathmandu and has confirmed that his team will be ready. This time, the Mongolian team spent 4 months training with professionals in New Zealand, so we may have quite a surprise in store for us. The Mongolian Team will comprise of 6 players from -2 to 0 goals and they will interchange to gain international competition experience in the spirit of the All Asia Cup. D'Artagnan is 16 years old and has played and trained at the Genghis Khan Polo Club in Mongolia, He has international polo experience playing in India, New Zealand, France and England. D'Artagnan is presently a student at Harrow School in England, and is part of the Harrow School Polo Team. The Harrow Polo Team visited Mongolia in the summer of 2012. Bilguun Buyanjargal (Uune) is 21 years and has also been training and playing for the last 10 years at the Genghis Khan Polo Club in Mongolia. He grew up in the countryside riding a horse everyday herding for his family. He is currently a student in Ulaanbataar, the capital of Mongolia, and has recently returned from New Zealand where he was receiving polo training and this winter, he will be receive more training at the Opianga Polo Club in affiliation with the Wanstead Polo Club in the North Island. Rentsensharav Oldokh (Rentsen) is 13 years old and is the youngest polo player on the Mongolian team. For several years, he has been one of D'Artagnan's most loyal polo players and together the two young players have confronted many foreign visiting teams -- including a team from Harvard University in the summer of 2013 and a team from New Zealand. Rinchen is presently part of the Mongol team training in New Zealand, during the winter months, when polo is not being played in Mongolia. The All Asia Cup will be Rinchen's first visit to a country outside of Mongolia. Myagmarjav Adiya (Mamuna) was on the 2012 Mongolian polo team which finished with a Bronze Medal. He is a very experienced rider from the Mongolian Steppe who is thrilled to be representing Mongolia again. Dolgorsuren Bat-Oyun (Doda) is 14 years old. She is the daughter of a herding family living close to the Genghis Khan Polo Club in Mongolia. From age 6 to 12 years, she excelled in the Mongolian summer Nadaam competitions. She often defeated heavy competiton of older and much stronger boys. Two years ago, she got the attention of Harpreet and Satinder Garcha who adopted her into their polo family, and she was able to train and play in Singapore, India and Argentina. Last winter she was trained for three months in South Island, New Zealand with the familyof Garth Mackenzie. This special hosting by two prominent polo families has enabled Poda to excel, and she is expected to climb the handicap ladder rapidly when she continues her training this winter in New Zealand. Altangadas Tserendorj (Gadsaa) is 28 years old. He is the most senior player in the present Mongolian team. Originally, he specialized in training race horses and also stunt riding. He has been playing and training with the Genghis Khan Polo Club for the last 5 years.

D'Artagnan (0)

Uune Buyanjargal (0)

Mamuna (0)

"Mini Hu" Rentsen (-2)

Doda (-2)
Gadsaa (0)

GROUP B - will play on 14, 15, 16 January

The China team hails from Tang Polo Club in Biejing. Liu ShiLai is the founder of the Tang Polo Club. He started playing polo in 2005, and progressed rapidly from a -2 to a 1 goal. Mr. Liu is known as China's first registered member within the international polo association and is regarded as China's best player. Liu Nan is a very prominent figure around the Tang Polo Club, always seen training and playing chukkas. He has also played for over 5 years and holds one of the highest handicaps in China, playing off of 0 goals. He enjoys the sport of polo as it allows him to travel to many countries and experience new cultures. Norman Peng is Tang Polo Club's youngest player. He began to learn under the influence of his father who is also a prominent player at the club. He is known as China's firsh youth player and holds high hopes for the growing polo industry in China. Huo Gang, also known as "Mustang" is China's horse whisperer. He is also one of China's most experienced players, with his own 50 horse polo ranch in the beautiful mountains of Beijing. Mustang plays off a 0 handicap and is definitely one to watch in the All Asia Cup.

Shilai Liu (1)

Huo Gang (0)

Nan Liu (0)

Norman Peng (-1)

No Reserve

The Thai National Team is back on form. They have been practicing this summer in England and even had a foray on the backs of elephants during the King's Cup. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (Top) has represented Thailand and is a very talented player. He was on the Thailand International team for the 2007 SEA Games. He has also played with Prince Chales and Prince William in England. Top has played in Argentina, UK, Dubai and in many international tournaments. Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha (Tal) is an extremely keen polo player and has competed alongside his brother in many international tournaments including the UK, Argentina, Dubai and Philippines. Tal represented Thailand at the 2007 SEA Games when Thailand won the Bronze medal. Natthapong Pratumlee (Nat) is Thailand's highest handicapped player. He has played in UK, Argentina and USA. Where he studied under Reggie Ludwing for two years and is a player on the Thai Nation team. Thanasin Chuawangkham (Tsu) is from Mukdahan and has played for Thailand in the SEA games and in several international tournaments. During the summer, the Thai team travels to England to practice at the King Power polo club near Ascot. Satid Wongkraso (Boon) is an up and coming player. Satid was on the winning team at The Ambassadors Cup 2013.

Top (1)

Tal (1)

Nat (2)

Tsu (0)

Boon (0)

Probowo Subianto has directed the Indonesian National Team to prepare for the All Asia Cup. This team has been practicing hard and practicing in different clubs to be ready for this event. Novel Momongan is 29 years old. He was born in Mando, North Sulawesi. He has been playing polo for 7 years. He was on the first Indonesian team to compete internationaly at the 2007 SEA Games and he is Indonesia's highest handicapped player. He has competed an impressive number of international tournaments including the 200th Argentine Independence Cup at Nusantara in 2010, The 150 year Anniversary tournament in Kolkata, India, the 2013 Pocari Cup in Korea, and the BP Malaysia Cup in 2013. Acep Krisnandar is 34 years old and comes from Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. He has been playing polo for 7 years and was a member of the first International Indonesian team which competed in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand. He has joined his team on tour to India, Korea and Malaysia, and he is looking forward to joining the All Asia Cup in Thailand. Billy Lumintang is 29 years old and hails from Mando in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. He has been playing polo for 7 years, and has competed in Thailand for the 2007 SEA Games, two consecutive Argentina Ambassador's Cups in Indonesia, and in Korea, India, and Malaysia. Glendy Bujung is 25 years old and has been playing polo for 5 years. He has been a fast improving member of the Indonesia National Team accompanying his teammates to India, Korea, Malaysia and this will be his first competition in Thailand.

Novel Momongan (2)

Acep Krisnandar (1)

Billy Lumintang (1)

Glendy Bujung (0)

No Reserve

HRH Prince Jefri's AHMIBAH Polo Team was one of the first to confirm in this years All Asia Cup and we are looking forward to see them. DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran DiGadong Sahibul-Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah Ibni Al-Marhum Stultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'ad ul Khairi Waddien (HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah) plays at the Royal Brunei Polo Club. He is from the first generation of polo players in Brunei and the All Asia Cup is Prince Jefri's first polo tournament in Thailand. He is 59 years old and started playing in 1976. He will be playing #3 on his team. YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi Ibni DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Haji Mohamed Bolkiah (Prince Qawi) is the 39 year old first son of HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and stared playing polo in 1996. He took a break to work overseas, but then resumed playing actively in 2011 in Brunei and Malaysia. He is a member of the Royal Brunei Polo Club and the All Asia Cup will be his first tournament in Thailand. YAM Pengiran Muda Bahar Ibni DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran DiGadong Sahibul-Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah (Prince Bahar) is 32 years old and the second son of HRH Prince Jefri. He is a member of the Royal Brunei Polo Club and has participated in numerous international polo tournaments, including at Sotogrande in Spain and in the Gold Cup and Queen's Cup in UK. He plays off 1 goal and the All Asia Cup will be his first polo tournament in Thailand. YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Ali Yil-Kabir Bin PLCSN Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz (Pengiran Ali) is 37 years old and one of the up and coming polo players in Brunei. He is HRH Prince Jefri's son-in-law and started playing polo at the Royal Brunei Polo Club in 2000.

HRH Prince Jefri (0)

Prince Qawi (0)

Prince Bahar (1)

"Jimmy" Huzaimi Husin  (1)

Abu Kasim (1)

The Two top teams in each of the Groups will meet in the Subsidiary Final and the Final on the VRSC field. The two top teams will be decided on points gained during the three days of play in their group. Each team will play three times. A win is 3 points. A tie is 1 point, and in case of a tie, then goal difference and total goals scored will be applied.

SEE YOU AT THE ALL ASIA CUP -- Everyone Welcome. Admission Free.

Khun Nat training for All Asia Cup25 NOV 2013 -- KHUN NAT SETS WORLD RECORD WITH POLO STICK
It is official. On Monday, Khun Nat became the first person in the world to jump out of an airplane with a polo stick. Khun Nat is of course training for the All Asia Cup, and this is all part of his rigorous training regime. Khun Nat left the aircraft at 9,000 feet and was able to attain a speed of 200 kilometers per hour, before he deployed his parachute. Khun Nat has been running around the field after chukkas to train, but he explained to us that it was necessary for him to test the aerodynamics of his body at extreme speed in preparation for the All Asia Cup. "This is something that the other teams probably have not thought of," said Nat, "and this could be just the edge we need to win." On hand to certify the world record was Thai teammate Khun Bung, Former President of La Asociacion de Los Gauchos Timidos Khun Eric and SPP Gauchos Kukin and Santy. Khun Top is in Argentina with SPP Polo Manager Lucas playing high velocity polo in preparation for the All Asia Cup. Mikee Romero will be bringing his team to Thailand to have a look at some members of Thai National team in the Tri-Nations Cup on 30 Nov. This ia a fully TPA sanctioned event, so we will see the NEW TPA CARD machine in action in-shallah. The third team still remains a mystery. Khun Stijn was rumored to be coming, but as soon as he saw the picture of Khun Nat at 9,000 feet, he canceled his appearance until he could get a grasp of exactly what was going on up in Thailand. Kukin and Aor are working to assemble the 3 teams and this will be an exciting opportunity to see what Mikee's Philippines team will have in store for us at the All Asia Cup. If you want to see some pre-All Asia Cup action, don't miss the Tri-Nations Cup and learn more about the TPA 5 year plan.

21-22 DEC 2013 -- CHRISTMAS CUP
An amazing turnout of our new and old SPP members, the Christmas Cup promises to be an exciting tournament. The gauchos Santy Lujan, Miguel Diaz and Antonino are back on the field and in command of their Alphabet teams. Khun Stijn has updated us with a tournament roundup. Day 1 scores were 5-2 Blue (b) v Red (a) and 0-1 blue v Yellow (c) and Yellow v Red was in favor of yellow by a few goals but not sure of the score. On Day 1, Max took out Gerry with a full speed gallop hit behind the saddle at close to T bone angle. Gerry did a nearside shot away from his goal, then turned onto the new line and Max came from behind and couldn’t avoid him. Gerry landed on his ass literally and the horse flew over him without touching him so he came away without a very sore ass, which unfortunately took him out of play the next day. Max and his horse both also went down, Max’s horse rolled over his leg and put him on the sidelines for one chukka but he played the rest of the tournament. Could have been very ugly, but Santa Claus had an eye out for them I think. Day 2: 6-3 Blue (b) v Red (a) with Boon taking over from Gerry. Blue made a bit of comeback against yellow, Blue was 0-1 behind but ended up winning 5-1. It was rumoured the yellow team had been on an expedition the previous night, but that could just be vicious gossip. Yellow did then beat red (a), but again not sure of the score. So B was winner, Yellow c second and red (a) third. We got some nice Leicester City bags from King Power Claus. Photos here.

Antonino 4
Russell -1
Edward -1
Gerry 0
Santi Lujan 3
Stijn 1
No 0
Anil -2
Miguel 5
Ploy 0
Max -2
Richard 0

It was a dog eat dog match all the way. Edward brought his English Pit Bull and Black Dog didn't bring enough. Edward's first team appearance on the field with his Bangkok Terriers team and their new shirts, and it was a resounding victory after two days of play. Very close match with Black Dog Eric Barthe lending a hand to the Terriers on day one. James Bean playing tremendous polo and Khun Ploy proving lethally accurate in front. On the second day, both teams were shooting relentlessly on goal, with near misses on both sides. As the dust settled, it was the English Pit Bull left standing in the back of Ed's car. Great fun friendly match to get the horses ready for All Asia Cup.

Thailand Polo Association -- TPA 30-1 DEC -- TRI-NATIONS CUP
The Tri-Nations Cup is upon us. Three teams will be on the field. Mikee Romero is bringing his Philippines team to continue their training for the All Asia Cup. The Thai Team will be featuring Khun Ploy as she trains for the Ralph Lauren Dubai Women's tournament. There is a sudden entry from Myanmar. No one was aware that Myanmar had a polo team, but we are honoring Myanmar and their splendid efforts in hosting the 2013 27th SEA GAMES this month -- There are many exciting changes occurring in this country and we are confident that polo will be the sport to watch in Myanmar. There will be an asado and the TPA team will be there to check on everything and hand out NEW TPA CARDS. Teams -- PHILIPPINES: Mikee, Antonio, Alex, Matias -- THAILAND: Khun Ploy, Khun Tsu, Khun Nat, Khun Bung -- MYANMAR: U No, U Max, U Tom, U Santy. After Day one, there was an amazing battle between Thailand and Philippines which left all spectators stunned with the level of polo to expect in the All Asia Cup. Mikee Romero was in full control of his team and Antonio showing his vast years of experience. Then it was Myanmar's turn against Philippines. No one had ever seen a Myanmar team on the field before, and the battle was furoius. Two quick goals by Myanmar put the Philippines on their back heels. But they mustered up their forces and started to convert. Mikee drawing a fantastic foul in front of goal that he was able to convert. The two teams were tied, then Philippines scored a goal in the final seconds to take the lead 3-2. Then the ancient battle for Ayutthaya was played out between Myanmar and Thailand. Khun Nat was very confident as he strided onto the field. Suphan Galaya was playing at #1 for Thailand. The ball raced from end to end. Thailand was ahead in the last minute of play, then Myanmar gained an opportunity by foul and was able to walk through a Tsu, Bung, Nat defense and equalize in the last seconds of play. THE BATTLE WILL CONTINUE SUNDAY for the TRI-NATIONS CUP.

Philippines leading after Day 1

Thai and Myanmar draw on Day 1

La Banda performs

Khun Ploy will Captain TEAM ASIA LADIES TEAM in the Ralph Lauren UAE Ladies Polo International at Desert Palms. Khun Ploy has been training hard for this. On her Team Asia will be Khun Robin, Marina and the indomitable Sunny Hale. Ploy informs us that there will be 4 teams in this strategic event -- Asia, UAE, 2 European teams, and HH Sheikha Maitha herself will be Captaining the UAE team. This will be the first Ladies only tournament ever held in UAE. Allah Hu Akhbar Khun Ploy. The latest news from Po
lo Line -- -- On Day 1, Thailand defeated Europe B 10-5.5. Go Ploy.

Anil from Malaysia with M150 gets No to say "YES"

Tactical Advisors to Bangkok Terriers

Tsu with new haircut recovering from injury

Korea team traveled to China recently to play at the first polo club in China -- Nine Dragons Hill Polo Club -- to take on a China team and begin preparation for the All Asia Cup. The match lasted 2 days with 8 chukkas, Korea team (Rodrigo, JB, James, Daniel) overcame the China team (Tommy, Big Su, Dino, Windson) by 12 : 8. Lilian was on hand to witness the event. Big Su was looking magnificent in his jersey and Dino was on the field, so he must be in the good books with his polo-loving wife.

The Season is up and running in Thailand. Rain stopped the action on Saturday, but Sunday, Khun Top was on the field training for the All Asia Cup. He is about to travel to Argentina for 2 weeks of intensive training. Khun Edward was also on the field, and after 6 penalties on the previous Thursday, Khun Edward was promised a bucket of ice water if he could play 5 chukkas and not commit a single foul. Edward was on fire, with several spectacular nearside shots and no fouls. Khun Santy announced that it was his Birthday, so the bucket of ice water was shared between Ed and Santy. Khun Ploy was on hand to record all the action, and she is about to begin her role as hi-profile advisor to the TPA for publicity of the All Asia Cup.

The Back-a-man is back in Asia. This time Korea for the 2nd Korea Open. Taro San hailed his Pocari Sweat team back to the field with Federico Bachman 5 goals, James Lee 0, YJ Park -1, Daniel Kang -1 and defeated Royal Salute (Charlie Field, JB Lee, YK Chung, Tim Chang), and BMW (Ross Ainsley, David Ko, Jerry Kwak, Kevin Lee) by 4 to 3, 7 to 5. Second Place went to Royal Salute beating BMW by 4 to 2. In 2014, the 3rd Korea Open will be replaced by the polo match in "2014 National Sports Festival" to be held in Jeju. This polo game is designated as an Exhibition sport during the Festival.

Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup 2013 Gets Underway in October at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. Argentina, the world’s undisputed polo powerhouse, will return to Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in October to defend their crown against challenges from England, Hong Kong China and USA. The Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup 2013, one of international polo’s most exciting tournaments, will take place from 1 to 5 October at China’s Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. Hosted by the Federation of International Polo (FIP) and the Chinese Equestrian Association, this 24-goal handicap tournament is one of the highest-goal international tournaments in the world, making it a unique opportunity to observe some of the world’s finest polo players in action -- -- FINAL RESULTS -- Hong King China Crowned Champions of Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup 2013. The sport of polo made a triumphant return to its ancestral home of China today, as Hong Kong China defeated England 11 - 7 to clinch the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup 2013. The quartet of Dirk Gould, Joao Ganon, John Paul
Clarkin and John Fisher put in inspired performances to overcome an all-star England unit of Henry Fisher, brothers Mark and Luke Tomlinson and Nacho Gonzalez at the magnificent Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.

The China Open is heating up. The Final on Saturday will be China vs Philippines. On Friday, Philippines narrowly defeated Australia 6-5. The second match saw a decisive 9-6 victory for China over USA. The sole USA player had Visa problems and was unable to attend, so with a majority of Pakistani players, the USA team became a PAKISTAN team. So it will be a Royal Salute vs Bombadier final in the China Open. Standby for the exciting conclusion to the China Open 2013.

Royal Salute CHINA
Carlos Pando
Raul Laplacette
Harry Anthony
Christine Syddall
Andrew Williams
Martin Ingham
Filly von Potobsky
Anthony Garcia
Ahmen Tiwana
Anthony Garcia

The heavyweight of the polo world -- The King's Cup -- was held in Hua Hin from 28 August until 01 September. For the first time, we had 16 teams competing, and it was a tour de force all the way. King Power was the returning champions and they were on fine form, finishing all games with 13-18 goals a game. Mercedes was in high gear with their original command crew back. Audemars Piguet had some change in personnel due to Angads horse injury. Manclark was back, and had a very exciting tie finish with PTT and its new Swedish Hockey tactics. The Elephant Story was also an amazing team to watch as Ed Story was on fire and definitely this year's Most Improved Player as he scored relentlessly hat trick after hat trick. There was class as well, as the Victorian Troop led the Whisgars on to the field and Johnnie Walker Blue Label was on form. The All Blacks Price Waterhouse get better every year, and always entertaining to watch. The Arabian Knights had the best tent and were a pleasure to have on the field. The Devils and Mekhong all provided great entertainment and inspired play, but in the end, it was James Manclark's Bangkok Bank team that went from strength to strength in a Cinderella upset over King Power and then a solid victory over Mercedes. Well Done Bangkok Bank. See you all next year. For more information --

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