The welcomed sun shone down on the picturesque Gstaad-Saanen Airfield for the final day of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Gstaad on August 21st. 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.
This year’s Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad saw record spectators 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.
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. Guests were kept at the edge of their seats in this tightly contested final. Both teams played valiantly with Hublot getting the win. Special honors were bestowed:
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)
Shilai Liu of Team Hublot commented, “The other team was 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. I have really enjoyed the event here, the club and the whole arrangement is fantastic.”
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. 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.
High Flying Entertainment
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.
For the Polo Club Gstaad which was founded in 1995 and held its first tournament in 1996, it was a beautiful ten year anniversary.
Keep up-to-date with all the information ahead of next year’s event at www.polo-gstaad.ch
Credit : Amélie Bès