Four teams are entered for the Royal Pahang Classic, the second of three tournaments in the 2017 RMPA International League, and the first to be held in Malaysia this year. Thai Polo are back to defend the Royal Pahang Classic title they won in 2016 when they defeated La Sarita in the final.
Teams this year are:
Thai Polo will be missing their patrons as both Dato’ Harald Link and his daughter Caroline are unable to play. Singapore’s SEA Games player Vinod Kumar will play at No 1 for Thai Polo, while Juan Pedro Girou will make his Malaysian debut. The fearsome combination of Raul Laplacette and Carlos Pando have dominated the RMPA International League for the last three years, and they will be trying to make it a fourth title on the trot.
Asad Jumabhoy is indisposed so his son, young Ali Jumabhoy gets his first International League start. Guy Gibrat pairs with 2015 MVP Juan Losada in an exciting side that features the newly married Ameer Jumabhoy in attack. Ameer will use the Royal Pahang Classic as a last tune-up before the SEA Games Polo Tournament next month.
RMPA President Dato’ Mohamed Moiz fields a strong La Familia team. He will give games to Malaysian SEA Games players Shaik Reismann and Tengku Shazril, while Gines Bargallo and Tomas Gandara will provide the firepower.
Host club Royal Pahang field a team with a two-prince attack, with Prince Hassanal and Prince Muhammad in front of the exciting Tomas Llorente and Chilean World Champion Matias Vial.
The draw for the Royal Pahang Classic 2017 was conducted at the Royal Selangor Polo Club on Sunday 11th June 2017.
The Thai Polo Open in January was the first International League Tournament, with honours were shared between Thai Polo and La Familia. Royal Pahang also did very well at that tournament, just missing out on a place in the final but earning very good league points.