IT WAS PROBABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FINALE IN TWENTY-THREE EDITIONS OF THE HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP.
The final started with both the teams attacking from the start. The game got Incredibly intense to the point that the audience completely got caught up in game and greatly cheered from the side-lines. The final, which will be remembered as one of the greatest of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad had the audience on their toes from the starting. The final that 2000 spectators were engaged in was a fierce and passionate.
It was more than a fight; it was a battle! Clinique La Prairie attacked very strongly to the point where one could wonder if the game was not going to be one-sided: “In the beginning of the game, we did not really play well, concedes the happy captain of Banque Eric Sturdza. The other team started the game off very strongly and it began to look bad for us. But our team is like a good Swiss clock, it takes time to adjust, but once it runs, it runs with great regularity. “In short, in the score, this resulted in a unadorned 4-1 after the first chukker with two goals scored by the one who would be crowned the tournament’s top scorer, the Argentine Agustin Canale (15 goals in the end, 5 average per game). Things got better in the second period, when Banque Eric Sturdza came back to 7-5.
Marcelo Pascual, author of lightning accelerations, brilliantly organized the game of his team and scored the two goals that put the two teams to a tie in the last chukker with game ending at a score of 8-7 with Banque Eric Sturdza winning the match.
The final was headed by the game for the third place won by team Gstaad Palace defeating team Hublot by 8-4. Pedro Fernandez Llorente scored four goals for the victorious team. Friendship is the hallmark of this tournament, which has been supervised for thirteen years now by Pierre Génécand who managed to turn it into a huge event, supported by renowned sponsors – including Hublot, Gstaad Palace, Clinique la Prairie, Banque Eric Sturdza and Ferrai among others – while keeping a friendly atmosphere and bringing together a nice audience.
Progression Banque Eric Sturdza : 1/4 – 3/5 – 6/5 et 8/7
MVP : Hugo Barabucci (Clinique la Prairie), ARG, H5
Best scorer of the final : Marcelo Pascual (Banque Eric Sturdza), ARG, H5 – 6 goals
Best scorer of the tournament : Agustin Canale (Clinique la Prairie), ARG, H6 – 15 goals
Best playing pony : Besamento, pur-sang de 9 ans née au Brésil et appurtenant à son joueur Joao Novaes