The Hong Kong Polo Team galloped to victory at the second edition of the Hong Kong Challenge Cup tournament against the Korea BMW and Korea Royal Salute teams at the Korea Polo Country Club. The team won the final against Korea Royal Salute by 5-3.
Captain Patrick Furlong led the team in a thrilling contest against the established Korea BMW and Korea Royal Salute teams at the Korea Polo Country Club at the second edition of the Hong Kong Challenge Cup. The game marked the Hong Kong Polo Team’s second tournament of the season together as they continue their international tour. The team was well represented and supported by luxury brand sponsors: Headline sponsor Stanley Gibbons Investment, Jaeger LeCoultre and Royal Salute.
Dave Savage, CEO of Asia World Polo and instigator of the Hong Kong Polo Team: “This weekend the Hong Kong Polo Team had a fantastic performance for the Hong Kong Challenge Cup at the Korea Polo Country Club (KPCC) on Jeju Island, South Korea. The team delivered an outstanding team performance across all lines, with a solid tactical plan and superb individual performances, particularly Jonathan Gabler (‘Jonno’) winning Most Valuable Player for the tournament and Russell Tyre (Russ) playing his debut game for the Hong Kong Polo Team.”
Patrick Furlong, team captain of the Hong Kong Polo Team, proudly spoke of the win: “It was a fantastic win for the team; the second successive win this year. I’m very pleased with how the team performed, demonstrating maturity and a cool head to deal with very tough opponents, and executing on the game plan superbly.”
Dave Savage thanked sponsors Stanley Gibbons Investment, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Royal Salute and presented the two runner-up team prizes. Dave also commended their host Club President JB Lee for providing world-class polo facilities and hospitality; and awarded him an honorary membership of the Hong Kong Polo Association, courtesy of their President Mr. Paul Chow. JB Lee presented individual trophies to the winners, along with the Hong Kong Polo Challenge Cup, which is safely back in Hong Kong for another year.
About Asia World Polo:
ASIA WORLD POLO brought Polo back to Hong Kong in December 2014 together with a world-class line up of partners establishing the first ever Hong Kong Polo Team for the world-class city. Following the Hong Kong team’s season warm-up match in Thailand in November 2014, they marked the start of the Hong Kong Challenge Cup tour with a thrilling win in Singapore against the experienced Singapore Polo Team, now followed by another victory at the Korea Polo Country Club.
The last time polo was played formerly in Hong Kong was under British rule, however it was played for hundreds of years in China during the Tang Dynasty to celebrate success and to teach warriors the art of horsemanship. ASIA WORLD POLO LTD are thrilled to have begun re-igniting this sport of kings in Hong Kong, firstly by establishing a Hong Kong Polo Team in 2014 and ambitioning for a Hong Kong Polo Club within the next 4 years.
David Savage, Asia World Polo Ltd: “Our intention is to raise awareness of this incredible sport, build a new community fan base and to ultimately reintroduce the exciting sport of polo into Hong Kong through events whilst catalysing the development of a Hong Kong Polo Club.”