Thailand Polo wins Royal Selangor International League Tournament
Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Last 23rd to 30th of May, Malaysian Polo International League starts in Kuala Lumpur with the first of 4 international tournaments.

This league is held in different clubs of Malaysia and like every year Thai Polo Club, Mr Harald Link and Kosmatos Nicholas‘s polo team,  supports the event. There were 7 teams of a handicap between 12 to 14 goals, the weather was as good as the polo on the field as Royal Pahang and Thai Polo Club squared off in the final of the Royal Selangor International Polo Tournament, the first RMPA International League Tournament of the year.

Raul Laplacette got Royal Pahang off to a good start with a brilliant hit from over 100 yards out.   It was goal for goal in the early stages as Thailand's Carlos Pando and Martin Espain combined well to thwart the Royal Pahang threat.

It was still deadlocked at 3 -3 at half-time, but Thailand Polo started to take control of the match after the interval. Nattapong Pratumlee and Mr Harald Link work together so they let the professionals score the goals. They led 5-3 going into the final chukka.  Led by His Royal Highness Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Royal Pahang tried to mount one of the famous comebacks in the last chukka.  SEA Games star Tengku Shazril had a chance in the last minute to tie the match but the ball ran agonizingly wide for Royal Pahang.

Thailand Polo held on to beat Royal Pahang 6 - 5 to win the BRDB Cup.

In the match for 3rd and 4th place, Ranhill Polo looked to be in control throughout the match, but it was stubborn Jogo Polo who kept on coming back.  Agustin Canales and Guido Mangino mounted a late rally to win the match 4 1/2 - 4 for Jogo Polo.

Festivities continue on Saturday at RSPC with "Polo on the Lawn", an exhibition match between the visiting players and top Malaysian professionals.  The fun and games start at 3.00 pm with a tea party on the lawn of the club.

5th, 6th and 7th places will be settled at Putrajaya on Sunday.





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