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Team Hublot sort grand vainqueur de la Hublot Polo Gold Cup

21 aoû 2016

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Le soleil a brillé pour le dernier jour de la Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2016 et les spectateurs sont venus nombreux pour assister aux deux matchs de ce dimanche.

Au terme d’un match passionnant et très serré l’équipe Gstaad Palace parvint à s’imposer sur l’équipe Polo Friends qui se sera  pourtant défendue vaillamment.

La journée se poursuivit par la finale tant attendue du tournoi qui opposa le Team Hublot au Team Banque Eric Sturdza.

Après un match de très haut niveau, plein de rebondissements, la finale fut remportée par l’équipe Hublot, emmenée par le chinois Shilai Liu qui parvint à prendre le dessus sur le Team Banque Eric Sturdza au terme d’un match très serré. (6.5 – 6)

La parade des joueurs toujours aussi populaire

19 aoû 2016

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C’est sous un soleil radieux que les joueurs à cheval, les calèches, les sponsors et les officiels ont défilé sur la prestigieuse Promenade de Gstaad.

Le public s’était déplacé nombreux pour applaudir les joueurs et notamment l’équipe Hublot et son capitaine venu de Chine pour l’occasion.

les matchs reprendront demain samedi à 13:30. Le village officiel ouvrira quant à lui à 11:00.

A demain,

Victoires des équipes Team Gstaad Palace et Team Polo Friends

18 aoû 2016

Un premier jour de grand sport à Gstaad. Team Polo Friends gagne son match sur le score incroyable de 11 à 4 contre Team Banque Eric Sturdza.

le deuxième match a opposé des équipes plus équilibrées et c’est finalement le Team Gstaad Palace qui s’est imposé 6-4 1/2 contre Team Hublot.

Juan Pepa Capitaine du Team Gstaad Palace déclarait à l’issue de son match: « nous avons tous très bien joué mais mon frère Jorge mérite définitivement le titre de l’Homme du Match, aujourd’hui ».

Les premiers matches se jouent aujourd’hui à Gstaad

18 aoû 2016

Le tirage au sort pour déterminer quelles équipes s’affronteront eut lieu hier lors du Captain’s Meeting au Gstaad Palace. Les équipes s’affronteront dans l’ordre suivant:

Le premier match qui débutera à 13:30 verra s’affronter les Team Polo Friends et Team Banque Eric Sturdza.

Le second match qui débutera à 15:00 verra s’affronter les Team Hublot et Team Gstaad Palace.

En espérant vous voir au bord des cordes du terrain pour assister aux premiers matches qualificatifs!

 

 

(English) Gstaad welcomes China 18-21 August 2016

15 avr 2016

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For the first time in over 20 years of history, a Chinese team will take part in Switzerland’s only High-Level Goal polo summer tournament. The players led by their Captain Shilai Liu, owner of the Tang Polo Club in Beijing, will play for Team Hublot.

Hublot’s team, led by Shilai Liu, will be opposed by one Argentinian team, led by Juan Peppa, and two Swiss teams led by Piero Dillier and Cédric Schweri, a regular team captain in Gstaad.

Taking place on the Gstaad-Saanen airport field the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad has firmly established itself as one of the most important European summer tournaments welcoming, each year, some of the best players in the world.

Pierre Genecand, President of the Polo Club Gstaad is very much looking forward to this year’s edition:

“This year is going to be very special! Following Hublot’s initiative, I am thrilled to welcome a Chinese Team. Mr Shilai Liu has a fantastic Polo Club in Beijing. I was very impressed by the quality of the polo club and by his fantastic hospitality! I am honoured that he has accepted to come to play in Gstaad for Team Hublot. We will make sure to show him and his players what the Swiss hospitality is! This year’s event will definitively have a Chinese feel!”

 Hublot, Title Sponsor since 2008 will become again a Team sponsor in 2016. Banque Eric Sturdza SA and Gstaad Palace will also sponsor a team this year. The 4th team “Polo Friends” is being sponsored by private people or companies who wanted to support the event in an innovative way.

Pierre Genecand is proud to announce that the tournament’s reputation has attracted one of the world’s most prestigious brands, Garage Zénith SA an official dealership of Ferrari. Zénith will join forces on the event as one of the main sponsors. “Ferrari is such a powerful brand. The quality of their cars is very impressive and we are honoured that they have decided to support our event.”

Each year, over 6000 spectators attend the 3 days of competitions as well as the traditional Players’ parade through Gstaad on Friday afternoon. The famous Gala night on Saturday August 20th shall again be the weekend’s highlight. In the VIP tent, the team of Gstaad Palace will make sure guests have a fantastic time. The party will once again last well into the small hours.

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup always displays great sport with fiercely contested matches, every team vying for the much coveted trophy. What shall this year’s outcome be? All will become clear on August 21st 2016 in Gstaad.

Programme :

Thursday 18th August 11:00 Official Village opens; 13:30-16:30 qualifiers matches

Friday 19th August 16:00 Polo Players’ Parade through Gstaad

Saturday 20thAugust 11:00 Official village opens; 13:30-16:30 semi-final matches 20:00 Gala Night

Sunday 21st August 11:00 Official Village opens; 13:30 – 16:30 final & prize giving ceremony

TEAMS 2016

Team Hublot Captain Shilai Liu (CHN),

Team Banque Eric Sturdza Captain Cédric Schweri (SUI)

Team Gstaad Palace Captain Juan Peppa (ARG)

Team Polo Friends Captain Piero Dillier (SUI)

(English) 5 and a half months to go!

26 fév 2016

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Hello Polo friends!

Winter is still there and the snow is still covering our beautiful Gstaad village but the Polo Club Gstaad team is already hard at work to make sure everything is ready for the upcoming edition taking place from the 18th to the 21st August 2016.

We hope to surprise you with some news in the very near future!

Stay tuned!

Sunny wishes from Gstaad

TEAM E.I. STURDZA INVESTMENTS FUNDS AND TEAM SIR ARE CROWNED WINNERS OF THE 2015 HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP, GSTAAD

16 aoû 2015

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In unique circumstances Team E.I. Sturdza Investments Funds and Team SIR, new to the tournament this year, have tied in first place and will share the 2015 Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad Trophy.

Following much deliberation from the tournament officials the decision was made to change the format of the final of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad. Taking into consideration the safety of the players and ponies, the waterlogged pitch was deemed too dangerous to play a competitive match.

The crowds were not left unsatisfied, the announcement was made the final would be replaced by a 4-chukka exhibition match. The four team-patrons and the four best players of the tournament were split into two teams to play in a non-competitive manner.

One of tournament’s referees, Tony Keyte commented, “The pitch was too waterlogged to play a safe match and our top priority is the safety of the horses and the safety of the players. The decision was discussed at length with the players and the committee and everyone agreed an exhibition match would be the best option to replace the final.”

Pierre Genecand, President of the event, kicked off the exhibition match in true glamourous style, flying in on a Swift Copters helicopter to present the match ball. The unusual conclusion for the 20th edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad left spectators thoroughly entertained, as they witnessed some of world’s top polo players exhibiting their intricate skills.

The teams remained head-to-head throughout each chukka until the final whistle blew with a finishing score of 7 – 7. The best play of the match was undoubtedly the impressive teamwork between Hublot Polo Gold Cup favourite, Eduardo Menendez (ARG) – who is competing in the tournament for the 16th time – and home favourite Michael Brüggler (SUI); an aerial shot from Menendez opened up the field for Brüggler to accelerate down the pitch, and strike a powerful shot cleanly through the posts. Gasps echoed among the crowds at the unbelievable display of talent from both players.

The third place play-off was decided by penalties. Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA beat Team Gstaad Palace 5 – 4 to take third place position at the 20th edition of the tournament.

Team Gstaad Palace patron, Cedric Schweri (SUI), stepped up to take the first penalty, a smooth strike guided the ball cleanly through the posts, putting the first point on the score board. Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA had a chance to take the lead as Chris Falk (USA) approached the penalty spot, despite an accurate placement he was denied a goal due to his ball falling just short of the line. The highest handicapped player of the tournament, 8 goal, Olavo Novaes (BRA), asked the umpire to use his personally chosen ball and took his time arranging its position before the strike. With a high flick shot the ball soared through the centre of the posts, securing the lead for Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA. A wide shot form six goal player, Marcelo Pascual (ARG), meant it was all over for Team Gstaad Palace who finish the tournament in 4th place.

Off the field the 20th anniversary of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup celebrations continued. Spectators were wowed by the magnificent air display from Fly 7 Executive Aviation. It featured the Buecker Jungmann 131, designed and built in Germany in 1936, this Buecker is especially important to Switzerland as it was the first one to join the Swiss Army’s Air Force. To conclude the tournament a traditional Swiss-themed parade took place to mark the heritage of the tournaments home country.

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Notes to editors:

  • The Polo Club Gstaad sincerely thanks the co-sponsors of the event: McLAREN GENEVA, FLY 7, NESPRESSO, RUGENBRÄU, GSTAAD-SAANENLAND TOURISMUS, EQUESTRIO, PERRIER-JOUET and VICOMTE-A.
  • The Polo Club Gstaad was founded in 1995 and the first polo tournament was held in 1996
  • In polo, handicaps vary from -2 to +10 (+10 being the best level). Only a few players, all Argentinians, have a +10 handicap
  • The Polo Village will be open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am onwards

French and German copy available on request.

For all further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

ComPeaR Sports Management
Mrs Magali Dubois Vaucher, press@pologstaad.ch | Tel: +41 78 608 03 23

Polo Club Gstaad
Mrs Marianna Nagyova, info@pologstaad.ch | Tel: +41 33 744 07 40

(English) Adverse conditions make the final impossible

16 aoû 2015

After much deliberation, the officials of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad in agreement with the players have decided the following:

In order to preserve the safety of the horses and of the players, the final will be replaced by a 4-chukker exhibition match.

The 4 team-patrons and the 4 best players of the tournament will be split into two teams and will display their skills safely as the ground has been rendered way too dangerous for a real competition match.

There will be a tie for first place between Team SIR, newcomer to the tournament and Team E.I. Sturdza Investement funds, defending champions.

This decision was taken with a heavy heart as everone involved wanted to give the audience the best posssible polo competition but the safety of all partakers prevails!

(English) Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds to face Team SIR in the Final of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2015 Press Release

16 aoû 2015

The penultimate day of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad was met with heavy rain pounding down on the picturesque Gstaad airfield. Due to the adverse weather conditions and after much deliberation from the show officials, the decision was made to play a penalty shoot out to decide which teams would reach tomorrow’s highly anticipated final. After two tense battles Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds and Team SIR – who are new to the tournament this year – claimed victories and will face each other in the Final to compete for the coveted Hublot Polo Gold Cup Trophy.

Silence descended on the VIP terrace as the first penalty shootout got underway. Defending champions Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds proved too much for Team Gstaad Palace taking an early lead on the scoreboard. Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds’, Ignacio Bello, was the only player to score a 60 yard goal which helped secure his team to a 5 – 2 victory over last year’s runners-up Team Gstaad Palace.

The second penalty shootout was a closely fought contest which went right down to the wire. Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA were denied the early lead with Chris Falk’s strike falling just 5cms in front of the line. The deciding goal came from Matias Machado, he took his time as he approached the shot and with a look of determination in his eyes struck the ball cleanly, slotting it perfectly between the posts. The loud roar from Team SIR signified their delight at realising they had secured a place in tomorrow’s final. The final score 6.5 – 4.

On Friday the crowd-favourite ‘Player’s Parade’ returned to the streets of Gstaad. Despite the wet weather the streets were filled with spectators all hoping to catch a glimpse of the world-class polo players as they rode through the quaint village. Following the parade the players mingled with the crowds, sponsors and VIP guests alike at the Hublot cocktail party which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the tournament and 10 years since their flagship watch the ‘Big Bang’.

Quotes:

Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds captain, Mohammed El Sewedy said, “It is great to win but of course we are a bit disappointed that we could not have played a regular match for the semi-final. The other team was also strong and in the end it all comes down to a bit of luck. It was a wise decision to play a penalty shootout as the ground has already suffered from the rain.”

Team SIR captain, Andreas Tombor commented, “It feels great to make the final tomorrow, I am hoping for the victory, it would be fantastic to win in our first year of being here. Today it was risky as it comes down to luck rather than performances really. The weather conditions made the shots more difficult because of the wind and rain.”

Tenue traditionnelle suisse de rigueur pour la Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad, du 13 au 16 août 2015

04 aoû 2015

La très-attendue Hublot Polo Gold Cup réunira en août certains des meilleurs joueurs de polo du monde pour un week-end de grand sport. Cette année encore, quelques stars de la discipline feront l’honneur de leur présence : Olavo Novaes (BRA), Eduardo Menendez (ARG), Marcelo Pascual (ARG), qui apporteront leur aide aux 4 équipes en lice : Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza guidé par son capitaine Cedric Schweri (SUI), Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds emmené par Mohammed EL SEWEDY (EGY), Team Gstaad Palace conduit par Michael Brüggler (SUI) et enfin Team SIR et son capitaine Andreas Tombor (HUN).

Le niveau des équipes est constitué de façon homogène afin d’offrir aux spectateurs présents un show hors du commun et des matchs ardemment disputés.

Pour ce jubilé d’exception, présidé par Pierre E. Genecand, l’accent sera mis sur la Suisse et ses traditions. Au programme,  quatre jours de sport et de réjouissances dans une ambiance typiquement helvétique.  L’ouverture du village officiel, jeudi 13 août 2015, marquera le début des célébrations et des matchs qualificatifs. Vendredi 14 août à 16 heures, la grande parade traditionnelle des joueurs défilera dans les rues de Gstaad pour le plus grand plaisir des nombreux spectateurs.  Le sport reprendra  ses droits le  samedi 15 août, dès 13  heures, avec les deux demi-finales.  Afin de célébrer dignement ce 20ème anniversaire, le dimanche 16 août, les matches commenceront à 11 heures afin de laisser la place à  14 heures, à une parade exceptionnelle : fanfares, Dragons Bernois, show aérien et autres surprises attendent les spectateurs présents sur le terrain de l’aéroport de Gstaad-Saanen. Le spectacle n’aura pas lieu que sur le terrain : la tenue traditionnelle suisse sera de rigueur et sera fièrement arborée par le comité et les invités présents!

Les festivités seront naturellement également au rendez-vous de cette 20ème édition avec notamment, le samedi soir, la fameuse Polo Night qui devrait enflammer la tente VIP et se poursuivre tard dans la nuit!

Comme chaque année, le tournoi sera ouvert gratuitement au public. Un « Kinder Paradise » sera ouvert jeudi, samedi et dimanche de 11h à 17h30 avec de nombreuses animations afin que, petits et grands,  passent un moment d’exception. Une nouvelle fois, les plus grandes marques seront présentes à Gstaad pour le tournoi international de polo à commencer par Hublot, partenaire-titre de l’événement depuis 2008. La Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA, l’hôtel Gstaad Palace, E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds et SIR, seront eux  les sponsors des 4 équipes en lice.

Rendez-vous sur le terrain de l’aéroport de Gstaad-Saanen du 12 au 16 août pour souffler ensemble les 20 bougies de la Hublot Polo Gold Cup !