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26 - 28 January 2018 | Switzerland
The first day of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, one of the oldest and the best snow tournament worldwide.
The first match was held between Cartier and Badrutt’s Palace, with Cartier commanding the match scoring a goal in the first few minutes by the triumphant Chris Hyde. Juan Cruz Greguoli displaying an impressive performance deterring efforts from Badrutt’s Palace. Cartier scored many goals. Alejandro Novillo Astrada took the lead over Hyde however despite many efforts from the Badrutt’s Palace, Cartier won the match with a final score of 5-2 leading with 3 goals.
The second match of the day was between Maserati and Azerbaijan Land of Fire.However, both teams had an irregular start both teams found their pace. The expert duo of Laplacette cousins, Adrian and Andrès ‘Lala’, supported by Captain Elchin Jamalli and Rashad Hasanov kept Maserati on edge.
The scoreboard was in Maserati’s favor, 2-1 1⁄2, at half- time, it looked like Azerbaijan would catch stride and might win the match. However, Maserati nearly took home the win, with an unchanged score with 2-1.5 securing them the Carlton Hotel Challenge.
The second day of the Snow Polo witnessed a match between Maserati and Cartier, Cartier was persistingly strong since the starting of the match. Dario Musso scored a goal followed by Juan Cruz Greguoli scoring a goal just about half-time, Robert Strom, and Gerardo Mazzini fired two consecutive goals.Cartier tried to catch up as the score read 2-1.5 at the beginning of the third chukka.
The third and final goal sealed the deal for Cartier and with that came a spot in tomorrow’s Final, The Cartier Cup. Azerbaijan Land of Fire took the arena against Melissa Ganzi’s Badrutt’s Palace, playing for the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Challenge.
From the beginning, the expert duo of cousins Adrian and Andrés ‘Lala’ Laplacette maintained the lead.At the start of the first chukka, Lala scored two goals while by halftime, Badrutt’s Palace made it on the scoreboard with an excellent goal from Alejandro Novillo Astrada, but with a winning penalty from Elchin Jamalli, player of Azerbaijan Land of Fire at half-time, the scores sat at 3-1. The third chukka was the decider for Azerbaijan Land of Fire, as they scored another four goals on the scoreboard and with only three goals in reply from Badrutt’s Palace, going into the fourth chukka, it felt like the match was over.
Commemorating the team’s success, Elchin Jamalli scored two goals for Azerbaijan Land of Fire to win the match 9-4. The third day saw the runners-up Badrutt’s Palace against Azerbaijan Land of Fire for the La Martina Cup. The extravagant duo Adrian and ‘Lala’ Laplacette scored many goals. By half-time, the scoreboard read 3-2 in Azerbaijan’s favor and the goal scoring didn’t stop there. Despite efforts from top goalscorer Melissa Ganzi and her team, the other team had luck on their side and by the final chukka, it looked like it was all over.However, Badrutt’s Palace came back fighting, with a goal in the final moments and Azerbaijan rode away from the winners 5-4.
The Final was a battle that reflected the three days of fierce challenges - The moment the first ball was thrown in, Dario Musso, Chris Hyde, Rommy Gianni and new Cartier teammate Juan Cruz Greguoli were out in force, notching up the initial goals needed against Maserati. In the first chukka, Maserati desperately trying to defend and not let the rival team score goals. Despite a goal-less first chukka, at halftime, Maserati with key players–
Hissam Ali Hyder with Robert Strom and Gerardo Mazzini resisted. In a great play, Strom dribbled through three Cartier players scoring a goal thus narrowing the gap between the scores to 3.5-3 going into the final chukka. In the final chukka of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2018, Hyde following a perfect penalty 4 goals, to put the scores to 4.5-3.With about 2 minutes on the clock, Maserati made one more attempt to even the scoreboard and with the successful goal, it looked like they might be successful.
Team Cartier won The Cartier Trophy and with it the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz 2018 – the third the consecutive win for Captain, Rommy Gianni and a monumental seventh win for The Chris Hyde.