Press release

TEAM HUBLOT WIN THE HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP GSTAAD 2016

24 Aug 2016

The welcomed sun shone down on the picturesque Gstaad-Saanen Airfield for the final day of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Gstaad. The clear blue skies presented the scenic views of the famous Swiss Alps, the perfect backdrop for Switzerland’s premier summer Polo Tournament. The packed crowds were treated to a gripping final which saw Shilai Liu’s Team Hublot claim the coveted trophy with a score of 6.5-6.

The sound of Ferrari engines echoed across the valley as the match ball was carried onto the pitch by Pierre Genecand, President of the event, signifying the start of the highly anticipated final between Team Hublot and Team Banque Eric Sturdza. Team Hublot put their stamp on the game early as the tournament’s highest handicapped player, Marcos Di Paola, displayed his nimble stick work to carry the ball across the line and put his team into the lead. A scintillating first chukka from Team Hublot saw them stretch ahead on the score board to 3.5-0 and give them a lead they would not want to relinquish.

Team Banque Eric Sturdza stayed hot on the heels of their opposition and as the tempo increased it was clear that this side were not going to give up on the chance to be crowned champions. Olavo Novaes’ impressive work rate was rewarded with a spectacular goal, much to the delight of the guests who were keen to witness a tightly contested final.

In the opening minute of the third chukka Team Banque Eric Sturdza stepped up a gear creating some notable chances. Nico Lopez Fuentes showed off his enviable skills to score a breath-taking goal and put his side back in contention. In the final moments of the third chukka Team Banque Eric Sturdza were awarded a 30-yard penalty, Brazil’s Olavo Novaes stepped up to the spot, and as tension grew among the spectators, Novaes looked as a cool as ice hitting the ball neatly through the posts to put his side in front for the first time in the game. Another goal in the fourth chukka pushed Team Banque Eric Sturdza even further ahead but Team Hublot responded fast as Marcos Di Paola scored two goals in quick succession to take back the lead with less than one minute left on the clock. There was no time for Team Banque Eric Sturdza to fight back and in a nail biting finish Team Hublot were victorious with a final score 6.5-6.

TEAM GSTAAD PALACE WIN RUNNER-UP FINAL

Earlier in the day the pressure on the pitch ramped up, as home favourites Team Gstaad Palace faced Team Polo Friends in the runner-up final on the hallowed turf. Despite both teams creating numerous chances it looked like neither would be able to convert in the first chukka, however in the final seconds an impressive interception allowed Octavio Olmedo Guerra to put Team Polo Friends into an early lead. The attacking play of the match undoubtedly came from Guerra who independently charged up the field, outpacing his rivals with immense power to smoothly steer the ball through the posts and extend Team Polo Friends lead to 3-2 as they headed into the third chukka.

Once again the crowds were treated to a drama filled final chukka, both teams constantly jostled for possession of the ball, displaying their tenacity and passion. With one-minute left on the clock Team Gstaad Palace edged closer to victory as Felipe Llorente added to his tally to take them into the lead, but a converted penalty from Guerra allowed Team Polo Friends to draw level with only 45 seconds left to be played. The atmosphere was tense as the teams headed into a sudden death fifth chukka and it was Team Gstaad Palace who had the edge with a golden goal from Juan Pepa allowing them to claim a narrow 7-6 victory.

VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT OFF THE PITCH

Fly7 treated guests to two world-class air displays featuring the Sky Dance Air Show Team. The crowds gasped as the Swift-S1 glider plane produced breath-taking acrobatic moves, elegantly shooting across the sky in spectacular fashion.

In between matches the spectators were able to take a breather from the polo and browse the luxury shopping village which featured luxury stands including My Style Bags, Hotspring Spas and for those with a sweet tooth, the Du Rhone Chocolatier.

Throughout the day kids enjoyed a variety of activities including the petting zoo, bouncing castles and tightrope walking.

This year’s Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad saw record crowds in attendance. With three-days of action packed polo including two sudden death chukkas, it was one of the most closely fought tournaments in the history of the event. Keep up-to-date with all the information ahead of next year’s event at www.polo-gstaad.ch

Most Valuable Player:

Nico Lopez Fuentes (Team Banque Eric Sturdza)

Top Goal Scorer:

Marcos Di Paola with 15 goals (Team Hublot)

Best Playing Pony:

Cocinera (Team Hublot)

Quotes:

Team Hublot, Shilai Liu: “The other team were strong, we did not expect to win today. Just like yesterday we were able to win in the last seconds. I am so proud of my team, they all played super today.

THRILLING FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP, GSTAAD TOURNAMENT

21 Aug 2016

Saturday 20 August 2016

The 21st edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup opened its gates on Thursday 18th August, as crowds from across the globe descended upon the Gstaad-Saanen airfield to witness what is promised to be a thrilling weekend of Polo.

This year welcome’s not only new teams, but also an enhanced VIP experience. The new lay-out includes extended decking, increased space in the fine dining area and the VIP car park which allows guests to park just metres away from the tent along with the Ferrari car park dedicated for the Ferrari car owners. The exhibition village walk way has also been extended so that all guests are able to walk undercover should the rain make an appearance.

DAY ONE: TEAM POLO FRIENDS SET THE BAR HIGH IN THE QUALIFIERS

Team Polo Friends, new to the tournament this year, showed they are a force to be reckoned in the opening game, securing a mammoth 11-4 victory over Team Banque Eric Sturdza. Juan Jose Storni dazzled on the pitch with his intricate skills, scoring a hat-trick to put his team into an unbeatable position. Team Banque Eric Sturdza fought valiantly but were unable to catch up with the opposition and had to settle for a loss.

The second match of the day was a much closer battle as home favourites, Team Gstaad Palace, took on Team Hublot, the first-ever Chinese Team to compete at the tournament, and narrowly claimed a win with a score of 6-4 ½. Despite some outstanding defence from Marcos di Paola, the formidable pairing of Patrizio Cieza and Juan Pepa were unstoppable, showing off their aesthetic skills to keep Team Gstaad Palace ahead throughout the duration game.

DAY TWO: PARADE DAZZLES STREETS OF GSTAAD

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup, would not be complete without the traditional parade through the picturesque village of Gstaad, held on Friday. Surrounded by the theme of red and gold flooding the cobbled streets to welcome the new Chinese Team, spectators enjoyed the glorious sun that beamed down as they waited for the parade to begin.

The deep tones of the traditional Swiss Cow Bells marked the start of the proceedings, followed by the echoes of the rhythm drums and the roaring of the Ferrari engines, paving the way for the players. Team Hublot, led by the Captain Shilai Liu, owner of the Tang Polo Club in Beijing, were first to appear on their, dressed in kit from head to toe. The Chinese flags were waving amongst the onlookers to welcome him and his team to the tournament for the first time. As the rest of the teams followed, along with the flawless marching band, sweets and biscuits were thrown to the public, much to the enjoyment of the kids who scrambled to claim their prize.

DAY THREE: DRAMATIC SEMI-FINALS DAY SEES TEAM HUBLOT AND TEAM BANQUE ERIC STURDZA THROUGH TO TOMORROW’S FINAL FOLLOWING STUNNING VICTORIES

The rain only made a brief appearance as record crowds from across the globe arrived for the penultimate day of the tournament. The Ferrari engines thundered onto the pitch, as Pierre Genecand, President of the event, presented the match ball in true glamourous style to mark the start of the first semi-final.

Team Gstaad Palace, winners in 2013, emerged on the pitch first to take on Team Banque Eric Sturdza. With the rivalries clear for all to see, the opening chukka was played in a fierce and fast fashion. It was Team Banque Eric Sturdza’s, Olavo Novaes, who engineered his side into an early lead with a spectacular aerial shot in front of the posts. The Argentinian pairing of Llorente and Cieza combined superbly and a long pass from Cieza enabled Llorente to flick the ball across the line and level the score to 1-1 heading into the second half of the match. The battle was on.

Despite Team Gstaad Palace’s best efforts, Team Banque Eric Sturdza dominated the final two chukkas and could not be caught claiming their spot in the final with a final score 7-4.

Team Hublot came out in full-force to take on Team Polo Friends in the second semi-final of the day. The game was adrenaline fuelled from the outset but it was Team Hublot that raced ahead in the first chukka with Antonino Menard scoring from an acute angle to give them a 2-0 lead. Thursday’s star player, Juan Jose Storni, once again showed off his trickery and intricate skills and was rewarded with a goal to close the gap on their rivals.

Spectators were treated to a dramatic final chukka as Team Polo Friends looked as though they were on the verge of an epic come back with the unrivalled pairing of Guerra and Labat adding two goals to their tally to take the score to 6-5. At full time scores were level at 7-7 resulting in a nail biting fifth sudden death chukka to be played. In just three seconds the hero was Marcos di Paola as he fired the ball up the pitch and volleyed it through the posts to clinch Team Hublot’s place in tomorrow’s final.

Tomorrow’s highly anticipated final between Team Banque Eric Sturdza and Team Hublot begins at 15:00, with the subsidiary final between Team Gstaad Palace and Team Polo Friends starting at 13:30. Entry is free and doors open at 11am.

Quotes:

Team Banque Eric Sturdza, Cedric Schweri: “Into the final for the first time in four years, we are delighted. The team is gelling so well, we didn’t expect to win today, especially with a completely new team but it has paid off.”

Team Hublot, Shilai Liu: “That was a tough game, the Team Polo Friends played very well. The game was tight, but we were lucky to score the golden goal fast, giving us the chance to play the final. Will try our best tomorrow to win.”

Gstaad prepares for Polo and dresses in the colours of China!

18 Aug 2016

This year’s tournament, taking place on the Gstaad-Saanen airport field from 18-21 August, is set to bring a brand new experience for spectators, as for the first time ever the event welcomes a team from China. The beautiful grounds of the airfield will not only be transformed into the hallowed polo pitch but will also follow a red and gold colour theme to honour the Middle Kingdom. Off the pitch the village will be joining in with the spirit of the tournament continuing with a full red and gold colour renovation.

Team Hublot will be led by Mr Shilai Liu, owner of the Tang Polo Club in Beijing, who has accepted Pierre Genecand’s invitation to play in the Swiss Prealps. The team will face stiff competition from Team Gstaad Palace, led by Juan Pepa (ARG), Team Banque Eric Sturdza, led by Cedric Schweri (SUI), and finally ‘Team Polo Friends’, led by co-captains Piero Dillier (SUI) and Andy Bihrer (SUI).

The teams include an array of world-class players to ensure that spectators are treated to an impressive display of skills and fiercely competitive matches. Polo Club Gstaad is thrilled to be welcoming two of the world’s top players, Marcos di Paola (ARG) playing for Team Hublot with an impressive handicap of 8, and Olavo Novaes (BRA) with a handicap of 7 playing for Team Banque Eric Sturdza. Team Gstaad Palace includes an even spread with all 4 players bearing a handicap from 2 to 5. Finally, the spectators’ interest for Team Polo Friends will be the two Captains, Bihrer and Dillier, showing off their intricate skills in action.
The festivities begin on Thursday 18th August at 11:00 with the official polo village opening and the action on pitch getting underway with the first two matches of the tournament being played. The spectacular Grand parade will take place on Gstaad Promenade on Friday 19th August at 16:00, the streets will be flooded with players and their horses, officials in carefully decorated horses-carriages and marching bands. On Saturday 20th August matches will resume at 13:30 where the horse and rider combinations will battle through the semi-final matches vying for a place in the prestigious final. In order to celebrate the venue with their guests from China, the VIP tent will be dressed with Chinese decorations and Gstaad Palace will serve Chinese specialities throughout the event, including the highly anticipated Polo Night on Saturday evening. On Sunday 21st August, the unmissable Final matches will start at 13:30 which will see one team crowned the winners of the respected trophy.
Aside from the world-class polo, guests are treated to entertainment off the pitch too, with a fantastic glider air show presented by Fly 7 ahead of the matches on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of August 2016 at 13:00.
The Polo Tournament is open to the public and is free of charge. Children will not be forgotten and will enjoy a special child care facility, the “Kinder-Paradise” offering lots of fun activities on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11am until 5.30pm. To celebrate the new partnerships with Garage Zénith S.A., Ferrari Official Dealer, a special VVIP parking will be organised for those wanting the VIP experience for their Ferrari cars.
The event is honoured to count on the renewed support of Hublot, Gstaad Palace, and Banque Eric Sturdza SA, some of the most renowned brands in their field.

Gstaad welcomes China 18-21 August 2016

15 Apr 2016
Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2015 - Team SIR Vs. Team E.I. Sturdza

Hublot Polo Gold Cup 2015

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)

Team E.I. Sturdza Investments Funds and Team SIR have tied in first place of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad

16 Aug 2015

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 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. In order to preserve the safety of the players and the 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 – who is competing in the tournament for the 16th time – and home player Michael Brüggler; 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 the 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, 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.

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.

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

16 Aug 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

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

16 Aug 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.”

Celebrating 20 years of high-level Polo in Gstaad!

22 May 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad: 13th – 16th August 2015

Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2014 (SUI)

Taking place on the Gstaad-Saanen airport field, the only flat field in the entire area, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup is celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2015, and has proposed a special Jubilee edition for the occasion.

Some of the best Polo players in the world and the hundred or so horses they are bringing with them, will trample on the grass carefully kept all year long for this sole purpose. Ideally positioned in the European Calendar, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup has rapidly became a must for top players such as Olavo Novaes (BRA) Handicap 8, who has decided to return to Gstaad and play again this year. Pierre Genecand, President of the event, has decided to add a Swiss themed special show to the 20th edition of the tournament on Sunday afternoon, just before the Final starts.

“I have been President of the Gstaad Polo since 2006 and each new edition is a pleasure for me. It is of course challenging and expensive to maintain high-level sports events in Switzerland, but it is essential for the prestige of the country. It also enables visitors to discover a new sport with their family. This year, I can guarantee that the show will surprise our spectators. I am very grateful to our sponsors who have been with us for years. An event is nothing without its partners.”

Hublot SA, Title Sponsor since 2008, will again sponsor the event in 2015. Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA, Gstaad Palace, E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds and Sir Service d’Intervention Rapide SA will be the 4 Team Sponsors in 2015. Vicomte A., McLaren Geneva, Perrier Jouët and Nespresso have also renewed their support to the event. Worth noting also, the arrival of a new sponsor, Fly 7 a private jet company based in Lausanne, promising some spectacular surprises over the weekend.

Each year, over 6000 spectators attend the competitions as well as the traditional Players’ parade through Gstaad on Friday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday, the VIP tent will welcome the cooks of the Gstaad Palace Hotel and treat over a 1000 lucky guests with an array of delicious gourmet food. For the youngest visitors, a gigantic Kindergarten with dedicated carers, will make sure they also have a great time in Gstaad.

The famous Gala night on Saturday August 15th will no doubt be the highlight of the weekend again. The party, led by the DJ of the GreenGo, Gstaad Palace famous night-club, will last well into the small hours.

In 2014, E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds crowned the team’s first participation with a victory. What shall this year’s outcome be? All shall become clear on August 16th, 2015 in Gstaad.

Programme :

Thursday 13th                    11h – 17h Official Village opens; qualifiers matches.

Friday 14th                         16h Players’ Parade through Gstaad

Saturday 15th                    11h- 17h Official village opens; lunch and semi-final matches

20h Polo Night

Sunday 16th                       10h-17h Official Village opens, match for 3rd and 4th place, Special anniversary show and Final.

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Notes to editors:

– The Polo Club Gstaad was founded in 1995 and the first polo tournament was held in 1996

– In 2006 Pierre Genecand became President of both the Club and the Tournament.

– In polo, handicaps vary from -2 to +10 (+10 being the best level). Only 11 players, all Argentinians, have a +10 handicap

– The Polo Village will be open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

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

ComPeaR Sports Management:  Mrs Magali Dubois Vaucher, press@pologstaad.ch Tel: +41 22 556 77 67

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

TEAM E.I. STURDZA INVESTMENT FUNDS WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP GSTAAD FINAL 2014

25 Aug 2014

Press Release

Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad – 21st to 24th August, 2014

Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2014 (SUI)

Sunday 24 August 2014

The glorious sun began to shine just in time for the conclusion of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad Tournament. Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds played spectacular polo to steal the title away from last year’s winners Team Gstaad Palace in a stunning final, winning by 5 goals to 3.

 

The game was a fierce battle from start to finish. Both teams showed their sheer determination, as the riders and ponies jostled for the upper hand. Eduardo Menendez (ARG) displayed his envious skill, producing two impressive goals to give Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds an early lead. Team Gstaad Palace stepped their game up a gear in the 3rd chukka, creating some notable chances, only to be denied the rewards due to three unbelievable on-the-line blocks from Frankie Menendez (ARG). Victory was in sight for Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds as they entered the 4th chukka with a five-goal lead. However Team Gstaad Palace showed they were not willing to give up their title without a fight. Jeronimo Fanelli (ARG) scored three breathtaking goals to bring Team Gstaad Palace back into contention with two minutes still on the clock.

 

The unstoppable combination of the Menendez brothers, who have been playing together since they were three years old, proved just a little too much for Team Gstaad Palace as Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds secured the victory and was crowned champion of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad Tournament.

 

The third place play off was decided by penalties, due to a waterlogged pitch as result of an excessive downpour of rain throughout Saturday evening. The atmosphere was tense for this unusual determining of 3rd and 4th place. Team Vicomte A.’s patron Michael Bruggler (SUI) stepped up to take the first penalty with a hard hit, allowing the ball to travel cleanly through the posts. This set the trend as Team Vicomte A. kept their lead in all three rounds. Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA stayed hot on their rival’s heels, trailing by just a single goal as they entered the final round. One shot away from victory Juan de Ezcurra (ARG) took his time, creating suspense among the spectators, an impressive strike through the posts, took his team to victory. The final score was 9 goals to 5.

 

Most Valuable Player:

Eduardo Menendez (Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds)

 

Top Goal Scorer:

Eduardo Menendez (Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds)

 

Best Playing Pony:

Coppola (Frankie Menendez – Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds)

 

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad Tournament has fulfilled its reputation of being one of the best high-goal tournaments in Europe. This past weekend has seen three days of magnificent polo competition in the picturesque setting of Gstaad. This year crowds were bigger than ever, creating a buzzing atmosphere throughout the Tournament. It is therefore no surprise that the Teams, Spectators and Tournament Organisers alike are eagerly awaiting the 20th edition in 2015 – more information on the Hublot Polo Gold Cup can be found at www.pologstaad.ch, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pologstaad , or on twitter at www.twitter.com/pologstaad.

Quotes

Vicomte A. Team Captain Michael Bruggler: “This penalty strikes exercise was a little bit unusual; it was a real mental challenge. Before the start I was nervous about it, but at the end I was satisfied with my personal performance, with 3 out of 3 goals.”

“This Gstaad experience was fantastic, I have played at a lot of venues in Europe but this is my first time in Gstaad. A special mention must go to Pierre E. Genecand who is doing an admirable job with perfect organisation throughout the whole event.”

E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds Team Captain Mohammed El Sewedi: “That was a really nice final. Despite the fact we had an early lead, we had to fight all the way to the end. From the first chukka we had to keep pushing really hard and Team Gstaad Palace came back really strong during the last chukka.”

“Winning this beautiful tournament in Gstaad, is incredible, I am already looking forward to coming back again next year and defendingi our title.”

Gstaad Palace Team Captain Gualtiero Giori: “It is a shame! Despite a strong final chukka we missed the victory. We were not lucky at all, hitting the goal posts twice but that’s the sport! We have enjoyed the tournament and want to congratulate Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds on their fantastic performance in the final.”

Fiercely contested semi-finals at the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Tournament

23 Aug 2014

Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2014 (SUI)

The spectators at the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad tournament were treated with two captivating semi-final matches on the third day of an action packed tournament. Team Gstaad Palace beat Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA, in what could be argued the hardest fought match of the tournament so far, with a final score of 7-5.5. In the second semi-final, despite a noble fight from Team Vicomte A., it was Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds who came out on top with a winning score of 7-4.5.

Team Gstaad Palace looked hungry to defend their 2013 Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad title, setting the pace in the first semi-final match with threatening attacks, charging down the field. Jeronimo Fanelli (ARG) proved to be a formidable force as he scored two striking goals, catapulting Team Gstaad Palace into an early lead. A penalty gave David Bernal (ARG) an opportunity for Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA to make their first mark on the game. Successfully slotting the ball between the posts, Bernal’s goal clearly spurred the team into a valiant come back ending the first chukka half a goal behind Team Gstaad Palace 3-2.5.

Team Gstaad Palace looked to be striding towards victory as they entered the 4th chukka with a 6-3.5 lead. However Team Banque Baring Brothers SA came back fighting fiercely with two goals from Pedro-Fernandez de Llorente, in a matter of minutes putting them back into contention, once again trailing by just half a goal. Despite this magnificent fight from the worthy side of Team Banque Baring Brothers SA, Jeronimo Fanelli (ARG) sealed the deal as he streaked away successfully with the ball to bring the final score to 7-5.5. Team Gstaad Palace now has the chance to defend their title in the prestigious Hublot Polo Gold Cup Final held tomorrow at 15:00.

In the second semi-final of the day, despite an admirable fight from Team Vicomte A., the pressure proved to be too much for them against the adept Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds. The spectacular performance of Eduardo Menendez proved to be unstoppable, scoring five out of Team E.I Sturdza Investment Funds’ seven goals in the match, allowing them to stride ahead of their opposition.

Entering the final chukka with a 3.5 goal advantage E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds remained in charge adding one more goal to their tally to claim their second victory of the tournament and earn a place in tomorrow’s final with a 7-4.5 triumph.

Team Gstaad Palace will now face Team E.I. Sturdza Investment Funds in what is set to be a tense final at 15:00 to determine which Team will be crowned the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad 2014 Champion. Team Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza SA play Team Vicomte A. in the 3rd place playoff at 13:30.

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