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Sad­dle up for the 2013 Malaysian Ladies Polo Cham­pi­onships

BAZAAR re­turned to the Royal Se­lan­gor Polo Club for the Malaysian Ladies Polo Cham­pi­onships 2013, pre­sented by Visa. “This is the sec­ond year of this tour­na­ment, and it has al­ready de­vel­oped into one of the best ladies tour­na­ments in the re­gion,” said His Royal High­ness Tengku Ab­dul­lah, pres­i­dent of the Royal Malaysian Polo As­so­ci­a­tion.

Bat­tling it out this year were four teams: Jennzilla, But­ter­fly Twists, La Bo­heme, and La Pampa-GTM, with the lat­ter two mak­ing it to the fi­nal. Jennzilla had put up quite a fight through­out the cham­pi­onship but in the end were de­feated with a score of 1 – 6.5 by But­ter­fly Twists, who went home with the Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Cup.

A heavy bout of rain had spec­ta­tors wor­ried for a while but the skies soon cleared. The two fi­nal teams went head to head for the Visa Cup, which ul­ti­mately went to La Pampa-GTM with 4 – 4.5.

“We’re so happy that we won,” en­thused Melissa Tiernan. “There was great team play; we all worked to­gether re­ally hard. The con­di­tions were not ideal but we pulled through. Good job for both teams!”

“This is un­be­liev­able! I never thought that we could beat La Bo­heme; they were the cham­pi­ons last year and they have the best polo player in the world, Sunny Hale,” shared polo pa­tron Fazila Filippi, who was con­cerned for the team’s safety see­ing the con­di­tion of the field af­ter the rain. “Of course, credit goes to my two pros, Claire Don­nelly and Sarah Wise­man, for such in­ter­na­tional game. They kept go­ing non-stop from chukka num­ber one to chukka num­ber four, and en­cour­aged me and Melissa Tiernan to keep hard at it. It was a real mo­ment; here we thought we were the un­der­dogs of the four teams, and we emerged cham­pi­ons!”

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