The Hong Kong Polo Team (HKPT) played against the national Malaysia Polo Team for the inaugural Tempawan Cup, in a grueling challenge at the Royal Selangor Polo Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Taking place over two days, from Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th April, HKPT fought valiantly in the final, but the Malaysia Team proved to be a formidable force. Despite HKPT holding their ground and battling hard well into the 3rd chukka, they were forced to concede an early defeat at 2 minutes and 22 seconds when torrential rain forced the game into an early finish with a final score of Malaysia 9 to 4.5 HKPT. Matt O’Leary of the HKPT was awarded Most Valuable Player and said that the team couldn’t wait to come back again next year to compete again for the Cup, promising to be bigger, better and stronger.
In spite the unfortunate weather, the 200 VIP polo guests and supporters enjoyed the game, along with a champagne reception and high tea. The day finished on a high note with guests gathered in the club to shelter from the rain and dancing the night away to the band “Freeze”.
The President of the Royal Selangor Polo Club, Y. Bhg. Dato Mohamed Moiz, gave testimony to a thrilling game and a ‘sterling performance’ by the HKPT. Promising to fix an annual MPT vs HKPT competition into the calendar.
Dave Savage, President of Asia World Polo and of the Hong Kong Polo Team said:
“It is was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to compete against the Malaysian team for the 2017 Tempawan Cup at the beautiful Royal Selangor Polo Club in Kuala Lumpur. It was a challenging and exciting tournament against strong competition and we were very pleased to have with us a good number of our fans and supporters who travelled all the way from Hong Kong and beyond to cheer us on. I am very proud of how we performed in spite of not having any facilities in Hong Kong to train or practice. We are also thankful for the valuable support we received from our sponsor and tournament partners, in particular for this event were Option Group, Macey and Son’s Auctioneers and Valuers, Pegasus Agriculture, Aquila, Connexion D’Art and JetSolution. Each step we take brings us a little closer to our dream of bringing polo back to Hong Kong and the Sport of Kings to the people”.
HKPT TEAM | ROYAL SELANGOR TEMPAWAN CUP 2017
Shane Boyd (2)
Kwan Lo (-1)
Richard Cameron (-1g)
Matt O’Leary (3)
REIGNWOOD HONG KONG CHALLENGE CUP 2016 | MATCH DAY SPONSORS
Macey and Sons | Auction Partner
Option Group | Financial Services Partner
Pegasus Agriculture | Investments Partner
JetSolution | Aviation Partner
Connexion d’Art | Luxury Communications Partner
Aquila | Official Sports Apparel Partner
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