Metropolitan Intervarsity Polo 2014 – Tianjin, China

Metropolitan Intervarsity Polo 2014 – Tianjin, China

Posted on: September 16th, 2014

10th – 21st July 2014

Following the success of the inaugural tournament in 2013, the Oxford University Polo team was invited back to Tianjin for the second Metropolitan Intervarsity Polo Tournament. This year the competition for the crown was against teams from five of the world’s most prestigious universities – Harvard, Yale, Stamford, Cambridge and London.

The first four days of competition saw competitive play from all sides and led to a tense a fifth and final day. Yale battled it out with Stanford to secure their first victory, and fifth place, with 7.5 goals to 5. The subsidiary final saw a tough battle between Oxford and Harvard. In the previous match, Harvard had defeated Oxford following a strong second half comeback. This time however the Oxford team pulled out all the stops. The team of Tomas Reynal, Elli Gilje, Jerome Kamm and Lawrence Wang took their revenge to win the match with a convincing 9 goals to 5, securing third place.

The championship game of the tournament presented a tough line-up of Cambridge, with a 0.5-point handicap, against the London team. Cambridge fought hard until the last but had to concede their championship crown to the University of London. The Oxford team’s Lawrence Wang was proud to receive the award for the “Most Improved Player”.

The tournament was kindly hosted by the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club and was a fantastic experience for all the university polo clubs. The whole event was incredibly well organized, and saw top play on both beautiful horses and pitches. The annual fixture is a growing event that seeks to raise awareness of the sport in China. It has been successful attracting Chinese elite as well as large groups of university alumni.

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