The RMPA International League started its 14th season in Malaysia last week. The RSPC Open marked the start of three legs in Malaysia, the RSPC Open (26th to 4th August), RMPA Classic, and RMPA International League Final. Collectively, they make up Malaysia’s high-goal triple crown.
While Thai Polo has dominated the league in recent years, the triple crown has never been won by any one team in fourteen seasons. That’s a mark of how competitive this league is.
Teams are great this year. Whilst the old favorites like Raul Laplacette, Gines Bargallo, Carlos Pando and Tomas Fernandez Llorente are back, it is the newbies, Juan Manual Garcia Grossi and Matias Torres Zavaleta who are killing it. Young Juan Manuel is a new pro, playing for Thai Polo, and is the talk of the handicappers after two outstanding performances. 7-goaler Matias plays for a rejuvenated La Sarita team in the first two tournaments of the RMPA International League. He goes home to Argentina after that to play the qualifications for the Argentine Open.
Agustin Andrada (pic above at the welcome dinner) was the star of the first game, scoring five goals. But on Sunday, Matias took it to a different level, scoring eight goals.
Thai Polo also won their first game and the final is already set for next weekend: La Sarita vs Thai Polo, in what should be an epic battle.
This season we started publishing goal scoring stats. Here’s the table after two games.
Adrian Tu assisted in keeping track of the scorers. An Equine Management graduate of UTM, Adrian is interning with RMPA to gain some practical experience in equine sports. Adrian has also volunteered previously in course designing, and he was able to help me at the STCEC show over the weekend, which I course designed as well. Wan Ming Ong blogs about her show here.
Next Saturday’s final should be a good day at the Royal Selangor Polo Club. Not only will we have two great games, but there will also be a Tent-Pegging Cup held after the matches. If you have never seen or tried tent-pegging, this is your big chance!
I’ll be giving a lesson on how to tent-peg on Thursday at RSPC for anyone willing to give it a try. Lances and targets are provided. All you need to do is B.R.O.H. (Bring Your Own Horse).
It is surprising to think it has been fourteen years already, since we started the International League. It is quite a feat to have had it run for so long. When we started, I was posting everything in Equestrian.Com.My. With the renaissance of polo in Malaysia, we changed its name to PoloEquestrian.com. When we started the league, Tun Dr Mahathir had just retired as Prime Minister and handed over to Abdullah Badawi. Now he is back. We are still around.