Team Cartier wins the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz against Maserati with 4,5 – 4. The ‘Godfather of Polo’ Reto Gaudenzi, who is the man responsible for introducing the snow polo to the world and now is CEO and organiser extraordinaire of the greatest snow polo event on earth told us that, “God must be a polo player”. The almighty certainly must be a polo fan as not only has the ice been frozen to optimum depth, the snow has been crisp and plentiful, but also the sun has been warming the thousands of spectators gathered in the bustling Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz stands for the final day of thrilling snow polo.
The first match saw 2017 runners-up Badrutt’s Palace take to the arena against AzerbaijanLand of Fire for the La Martina Cup. Azerbaijan, fresh from their win against the same team yesterday, were keen to have a repeat performance. With luck on their side and the pristine arena ready for action, cousins Adrian and ‘Lala’ Laplacette were on their usual, vivacious form, expertly ferrying the ball up and down the arena to thunderous applause from the Azerbaijan fan-base in the stands. By half-time the scoreboard read 3-2 in Azerbaijan’s favour and the goal scoring bonanza didn’t stop there. Despite efforts from top goal scorer Melissa ‘hattrick’ Ganzi and her team, the boys in white had luck on their side and by the beginning of the final chukka it looked like it was all over. But, showing true resilience Badrutt’s Palace came back fighting, with a goal in the final moments, however it just wasn’t enough and Azerbaijan rode away the winners 5-4. Following the match, Enrico Roselli, CEO of La Martina Europe, presented the teams with their prizes to a roar from the Azerbaijani crowd. Ganzi said after the match, “I was the first woman to come to St. Moritz to play snow polo and it’s so amazing to see so many lady players now showing an interest and taking part. I feel like I had a little part to play in that – it’s a great feeling.”