Maserati Polo Tour
Maserati further reinforces its presence in the polo world by sponsoring all over 2016 some of the world’s most prestigious polo tournaments, from Europe to the USA and China, always in partnership with La Martina, official supplier of the Maserati Team.
Maserati Polo Tour 2016 in collaboration with La Martina gains speed in Dubai
Desert Palm wins 1st Maserati Dubai Polo Challenge
Dubai, 8 April 2016 – Acceleration combined with excellent off-road handling was the focus as the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 continued in Dubai, with the first Maserati Dubai Polo Challenge taking place at Desert Palm Polo Club. The winning team, “Desert Palm”, produced an impressive performance at this inaugural tournament.
Played over five days, four talented polo teams, featuring both professional and amateur players from the UK, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, produced both competitive and entertaining polo, much to the delight of Maserati’s guests. They were joined by a hand-selected audience of VIPs and special guests from the individual team sponsors, which included Gulfstream, Scavi & Ray and Desert Palm.
“While we are very familiar with thoroughbred horsepower from our cars, the game of polo adds a different level of excitement to the Maserati experience. We are delighted to share this with our guests and our special thanks goes to the teams and Desert Palm for making this such an exhilarating event,” explained Umberto Cini, Managing Director of Maserati Middle East, India & Africa.
The winning team, featuring Team Patrons Tariq Albwardy (UAE, Handicap 1) and Sam Instone (UK, 0) as well as Martin Gandara (ARG, 4) and Matias Machado (ARG, 4), narrowly won the final, only going ahead to win the match in the last chukka. Their opponents, Team Maserati, put up a strong fight on Desert Palm’s impressive hotel grounds, but could not score enough goals to put the match into extra time. Third place was claimed by Gulfstream, who beat Scavi & Ray in the Trident Trophy.
The Maserati Most Valuable Player prize was awarded to Nacho Gonzalez from the Maserati Team, while Castora, played by Matias Machado, was named the Equestrio Arabia Best Playing Pony.
Besides the actual horsepower on the field of play, Maserati had a fleet of vehicles with a different kind of horsepower on display. The special highlight was the Maserati Levante, which made one of its first appearances in the region. With the Levante, the Trident brand’s mission was not just to build an SUV, but to build a true Maserati, combining on-road handling typical of all Maserati cars with solid off-road capabilities and breath-taking Italian design.
The Maserati Dubai Polo Challenge was supported by the world's leading supplier of polo equipment, La Martina. Enrico Roselli, CEO of La Martina, said: "The Maserati Polo Tour always creates strong emotions. It is a celebration of our origins and our passion for the sport. Our partnership with Maserati and Guards Polo Club highlights the prestigious character of the event, showing once again the success of the combination of luxury and performance.”
The Maserati Dubai Polo Challenge also marks the start of a series of La Martina and Maserati #PoloStories videos revealing the secrets of polo from the unique perspective of top polo players. Ebe Sievwright, an Official Commentator at Guards Polo Club and founder of the Guards Polo Academy, was chosen as the ambassador and protagonist for the first episode of the series. The videos unveil the limited edition polo shirts dedicated to each leg of the Maserati Polo Tour and are available exclusively on the digital platforms of Maserati and La Martina.
In conjunction with the Dubai Polo Challenge, the two brands presented the spectacular “24K Gold Dubai Polo” - a unique polo shirt which blends sportswear with luxury: the stretch piquet fabric is embroidered with a 24-carat gold thread. The “24K Gold Dubai Polo” will be available exclusively at La Martina Stores in the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates and subsequently in the brand’s London and Milan flagship stores.
The Maserati Dubai Polo Challenge was organised by the UK-based Guards Polo Club, Europe’s leading polo club, which was founded in 1955 by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who remains the Club’s President to this day.
Maserati Polo Tour 2016 started with the “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” in full speed
With the technical support of La Martina
Sunday, 31 January 2016 - The Maserati Polo Tour 2016 began with a thrilling start at the “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” that took place on the frozen lake of St. Moritz from 29th – 31st January, where the Team Maserati captured the “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” Trophy.
Over the three day tournament, the 4 polo teams played entertaining and high-class polo matches to the delight of about 13,000 spectators. The favourable weather conditions transformed the polo field on the frozen lake of St. Moritz with its captivating snow-capped mountains in the background into a spectacular backdrop. Among the guests of the renowned “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” were a number of local and international VIP-personalities from business, politics and show business.
“We are delighted to have kicked off the Maserati Polo Tour with such a magnificent tournament” said Giulio Pastore, General Manager Maserati Europe: “There is something special about snow polo, that gives the thrill of the game an additional level of excitement, especially with such a unique atmosphere as here in St. Moritz”.
Enrico Roselli, CEO of La Martina, adds “It is always exciting for us to participate at the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, since we were among the creators of the tournament over thirty years ago. To share such an experience with Maserati came naturally, given our similar backgrounds characterized by a burning passion for sports and excellent performances”.
The Polo Team Maserati with Team Captain Rommy Gianni (Italy, Handicap +1), Luciano Vazquez (Spain, Handicap +2), Dario Musso (Argentina, Handicap +7) and Frankie Menendes (Argentina, Handicap +6) received the support and cheers from the audience to win the finals of the “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” over Team Cartier in a thrilling finish 5 to 4.
A demonstration of horsepower that continued from the lake of St. Moritz to the Polo Village, where Maserati displayed a Ghibli in Diesel version. In addition, VIP guests had the pleasure to experience the entire Maserati saloon range during the shuttle service from the village centre of St. Moritz to the Polo Village, testing the Q4 all-wheel drive system.
Maserati aficionados were also able to enjoy exclusive weekend packages ranging from a snow golf tournament, test drives on snow & ice, and the world-class Snow Polo with the Maserati Team to an exclusive Gala dinner.
The “Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz” marked the exciting kick-off of the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 and emphasized the long-lasting involvement of Maserati in the sport of polo. Accompanied by the successful partnership with the world's leading supplier of polo equipment, La Martina, the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 will bring many more highlights to this year’s international polo scene.
The protagonist of La Martina & Maserati collaboration for the current season is the iconic Polo Duvet, appeared for the first time on a polo field during the 2015 edition of the Snow Polo World Cup. It is a special “cashmere insulated” quilted outdoor polo to be worn during the warm-up sessions before the winter matches, when the uniform shirt, even though thermically insulated, was still too thin, whereas a simple outdoor jacket would be too bulky for the game. The Polo Duvet is worn over a polo and turtleneck shirt, it is taken off at the beginning of the match. Thanks to its technical characteristics and cool design, the Polo Duvet is perfect as a sportswear item to be worn beyond the polo field in-between seasons.
Detailed information on the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz can be found under the following link: www.snowpolo-stmoritz.com .
Following St. Moritz and Dubai, the third instalment of Maserati Polo Tour 2016 will take place in the UK in June.