Expectations were running high in the crowd on the final day of the inaugural “Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2012”, as the home team, Hong Kong, China, progressed to the finals to play against South Africa.
After the rousing national anthems, the game was officially started by FIP President Mr. Eduardo Huergo, who threw the ball into the field. Hong Kong, China dominated the first chukka, with Guillermo Terrera and Martin Inchauspe both scoring. South Africa’s Tom de Bruin opened the scoring for South Africa in the second chukka, but Hong Kong, China dominated possession, with Terrera scoring again. Martin Inchauspe scored again to extend Hong Kong’s lead. Tom de Bruin scored a penalty towards the end of the chukka, but Guillermo Terrera scored a penalty also, to bring the home side up to 6:2 at half time. Having defended for most of the game thus far, South Africa started to threaten more in chukka 3, although Hong Kong, China’s Guillermo Terrera performed a dramatic penalty save to secure Hong Kong’s lead. South Africa found their stride in chukka 4, and put the home side under severe pressure, however Hong Kong, China maintained their lead, and finished the game 7:4.
The playoff for 3rd and 4th place was between England and Argentina. After the teams’ national anthems were played, Mr. Gustavo Martino, Argentina’s ambassador to China, was given the honor of starting the game by throwing the ball into play. It was a very close match, with both teams remaining within one point of each other, and England edging ahead 4:3 at halftime. The lead switched between the two teams throughout the rest of the game, but England managed to emerge victorious at the end, sealing an 8:7 win.
“Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2012” – Final Results
1st Place: Hong Kong, China
2nd Place: South Africa
3rd Place: England
4th Place: Argentina
“Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2012” Quarter-Finals
In accordance with the rules of Snow Polo World Cup, the 18 games to compete for the quarter-finals have now been completed, and eight teams will proceed to the quarter-finals for elimination rounds.
After six days of vigorous competition, each team has shown its strengths, but it is the remaining eight teams who now have the chance to win Asia’s very first Snow Polo World Cup.
For the quarter-finalists in Zone 1, England won all three of their qualifying matches, so they go through on top, followed by South Africa in second place. Hong Kong, China goes through in third place, followed by Argentina.
Chile came out on top in Zone 2, closely followed by France. In third place is Australia, which leaves New Zealand as the final team to proceed to the quarter-finals.
Results for “Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2012” from February 2 – 7, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012:
Game 1: Hong Kong, China 4 : India 2
Game 2: Argentina 4 : USA 4 (penalties 8:7)
Game 3: England 7 : South Africa 6
Friday, February 3, 2012:
Game 4: France 5 : Brazil 2
Game 5: Australia 3 : Italy 3 (penalties 3:2)
Game 6: Chile 5 : New Zealand 3
Saturday, February 4, 2012:
Game 7: England 6 : Hong Kong, China 6 (penalties 2:0)
Game 8: South Africa 2 : Argentina 2 (penalties 3:2)
Game 9: USA 9 : India 4
Sunday, February 5, 2012:
Game 10: Chile 6 : France 2
Game 11: Brazil 7 : Australia 8
Game 12: Italy 4 : New Zealand 4 (penalties 2:3)
Monday, February 6, 2012:
Game 13: England 5 : USA 4
Game 14: Hong Kong, China 7 : Argentina 6
Game 15: South Africa 9 : India 2
Tuesday, February 7, 2012:
Game 16: Brazil 4 : New Zealand 6
Game 17: Italy 6 : France 8
Game 18: Chile 4 : Australia 3
The quarter-finals will begin on Thursday February 9.
First Game: England vs New Zealand
Second Game: Hong Kong, China vs France
Third Game: South Africa vs Australia
Fourth Game: Argentina vs Chile
The qualified teams will then proceed to Semi-Finals this coming Saturday on February 11. The champion will emerge in the final, which will be held on Sunday February 12.
Information on “Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2012”
Opening hours: Gate opens at 11am
Match Time: 1pm to 4pm
Address: No.16 Hai Tai Hua Ke Ju Lu Bin Hai Gao Xin Qu, Tianjin 300384, China
Official website: www.snowpoloworldcup.com