XI FIP Ladies Update
Polo Club de Chantilly, May 2, 2017 – As France has now dominated Italy it now remains the only undefeated team in the first European Polo Federation Women’s Polo Championship, there is still one more step to take to reach the final this Sunday …..England.
But the latter is no longer really the scarecrow that everyone thought at the beginning of this tournament. This afternoon, Germany had the better of the favourites, on a very close score, certainly, 3 to 2 ½, but England fell. The reason: the lack of homogeneity in their team composed of two experienced players, Lottie Lamacraft and Lucy Coddington (h5), but accompanied by two players who were less so. they suffered due to this, meaning it was difficult even with their better players, which the Germans did not deprive themselves of. The German team which was much more balanced finally won a game and retains all chances of passing in to the final, if of course, they beat Italy on Friday (at 1:30 pm).
A team from Italy who stood up to France in the first period, before being overwhelmed by the teams game which built over the course of the matches: finishing 8 to 4 for the French women who have all scored goals today. It was thought that the doors to the final on Sunday were open to them. It was without counting on the exploit of the Germans.
It will be necessary to beat the English women on Friday (at 15H00), which is in the realm of ‘very possible’ if Caroline Anier and her teammates retained the lesson of the Germans: to control and neutralise the two English pillars. A victory would mean direct access to the final; A defeat would lead the Blues to a penalty shoot-out to decide between Germany (if they beat Italy), England and France which would then each count two victories and one defeat. A scenario that these ladies want to avoid at all costs. So it is crucial that the biggest number of fans attend this Friday the Chantilly Polo Club (in Apremont) to push this beautiful team towards this final dream.
There are still three other fine days to the championship (Thursday for men, Friday for women and Saturday for the semi finals) before the two great Sunday finals. A festive day where the public is expected and with a surprise: a small equestrian show directed by Mario Lurashi, the stunt rider for films.
France: Caroline Anier (3 goals), Charlotte Garaud (3), Adèle Renauldon (1) and Léa Siboni (1)
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