The XI. FIP WORLD POLO CHAMPIONSHIP SYDNEY 2017 has come to an end. This event will be recorded as one of the best World Championships in the history of the tournament. Sydney Polo Club, the organizers, delivered a world-class event on which no detail was left to be improvised, everything was organized to perfection. After Argentina emerged victorious from a nail-biting final match with Chile, the day closed with a show and the reassurance that Australia and most precisely Sydney, are destinations where you can find the best polo in the world, combined with excellent hosts.
The day started with a match for the third spot, between England and USA. The temperature in Sydney was quite high at that time. It was a game without many goals, which had several pauses. The USA was on the winning streak until the last chukka, where England got the game to a tie. During the supplementary chukka, England scored the golden goal and won the third spot 6-5.
England: Ed Banner-Eve, Satnam Dhillon, Henry Porter, Peter Webb
USA: Matias Gonzalez, Jesse Bray, Felipe Viana, James Wright
“The quality of the horses here in Australia was fantastic; I am amazed at the quality. You never saw horses turning or leaping; it’s brilliant. We are thinking of taking a couple (of the horses) back to England for the high goal.
Obviously, about winning, we just had to keep going: keep pushing, keep fighting, and we did it. This last match was very hard.
It’s a tough game; emotions are always high. It gets a bit passionate between us on the pitch, but it is what it is. We got a good lesson in Australia in polo; we were surprised by the fast pitches. We did mess up against New Zealand, but we won a lot of games. We should have been in the finals if we didn’t mess up the game against New Zealand. We played against Chile, and we beat them quite convincingly It is great to be third, but that wasn’t the objective.” – Satnam Dhillon, England Polo Team