Players and team sponsors have been announced for the highly-anticipated 26-Goal World Polo League inaugural season.
Alegria: Freddie Mannix, 8, Facundo Obregon, 6, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Mariano Obregon, 6. Total: 25.
Audi: Marc Ganzi, 2, Nic Roldan, 8, Pablo MacDonough, 10, Kris Kampsen, 6. Total: 26.
Casablanca: Grant Ganzi, 2, Juancito Bollini, 4, Rodrigo Andrade, 9, Juan Martin Nero, 10. Total: 25.
Colorado: Rob Jornayvaz, 2, Juan Martin Zubia, 7, Diego Cavanagh, 8, Jero del Carril, 7. Total: 24.
Cria Yatay: Nacho Figueras, 6, Juan Cruz Merlos, 6, Pite Merlos, 8, Tommy Biddle, 6. Total: 26.
Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi, A, Pablo Spinacci, 6, Alfredo Bigatti, 8, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8. Total: 22.
Patagones: Gonzalo Avendaño, 2, Santi Wulff, 5, Tomás García del Río, 8, Santiago Toccalino, 8. Total: 23.
Scone: David Paradise, 0, Agustín Nero, 6, Alejandro Taranco, 8, Pelon Stirling, 10. Total: 24.
Valiente: Santi Torres, 6, Guillermo Terrera, 8, Adolfo Cambiaso, 10, Bob Jornayvaz, 2. Total: 26.
The new league will run from Feb. 6 through April 15.
The World Polo League, with 14 tournament-quality fields to play on, opens with the Feb. 6-17 All-Star Challenge. A first-of-its-kind draw party on Feb. 5 will feature team owners drawing out of a hat for all-star players. The first games are expected to be played Feb. 8, 9 and 10. The unique format will allow team owners a chance to play with a 10-goal player that they otherwise would not have been able to play with. The final will be on Feb. 17 at 4 pm at Grand Champions.
Remaining WPL tournaments:
-Founders Cup: Feb. 20-March 3
-Palm Beach Open: March 6-24
-Triple Crown of Polo: March 27-April 14
The WPL game finals will be held Sundays on Field Two at Grand Champions at 4 pm and semifinal games at Valiente Polo Farm, Fields One and Two. Several games will also be held throughout the week at various times. Admission will be free along with food and refreshments.
Dale Smicklas, WPL Commissioner, said the WPL rules will help speed up game and improve the flow of the game. The WPL is not using yellow cards. The game will be simple to follow from a spectator aspect and easy to officiate. There will be no fouls called in throw-ins unless absolutely necessary since no speed is involved at that point. Dangerous use of mallet or horse will be called at all times. The “no blocking” rule will not be enforced on knock-ins, but otherwise will be.