Oct 11, 2011
England defeated Chile 13-6 on day 2 of the
FIP Polo World Cup 2011 being played in San Luis, Argentina.
The second game on Day 2 matched defending champion, Chile
against England, which is always a complicated game. The match
was played in the spectacular setting of field 1 which has a
cement platform, a privilege few clubs in the world.
The game was very stluggish at first, with both teams committing
fouls. This made the first half of the match very slow. Luckily
there were no claims of any kind toward the referees, who did an
excellent job, as well as throughout the tournament. The game
was referred to by Peter Wright and Stephen Ferrari, with Martin
officiating Goti 3rd man. It was from the 4th chukker that
England began to feel the victory. A partial 4 to 1 had
stretched the difference. Chile would not be able to get closer
on the scoreboard.
England debuted with victory in the group B to defeat 13-7 to
rival group B Chile. Hardly had 42 seconds passed from the start
of the game that England scored from a penalty. Point to
highlight is that more than 70 percent of the goals scored by
both teams were through penalties throughout the match. The
English team finished the first chukker 2-1 up on the
The second period of the game the Chilean team was trying to
regain ground in the score and with a good performance from its
back Juan Sanchez, Chile team reached the goal twice and went on
to lead 3-2. England pressed in attack and with the conversion
of a new goal kept the game tied 3-3.
The third chukker was a chukker of development slow and cboring
by constant violations which both teams were at the time in
defence. In this chukker four goals were scored, 3 from the
England side and 1 on the Chilean side, all through penalties.
At half time England led the score 6-4.
After half-time break the teams returned to the field to start
the second half of the match. England led by Max Richardson
became took advantage and went on to dominate. In this chukker
England obtained their maximum difference so far to go ahead
In the last two periods the English players worked very well
collectively trying to maintain the lead and thus got their
first viscory in this World Cup. Chile tried hard with the
efforts of Philip Vercellino and Ignacio Vercellino, but despite
scoring two goals the game was won by England 13-7.
The English team deployed a classic polo which people like to
see, many back handers, tunnel passing, relays, etc.. Chile had
a few starts, but always based on two players of 5 goals, and
Juan Sanchez and Ignacion Vercellino.
Chile: Felipe Vercellino 2 (2 goals scored), Max Smith 2,
Ignacio Vercellino 5 (2), Juan Sanchez 5 (3)
England: Nick Britten Long 2 (1), Jack Richardson 3 (1), Max
Charlton 4 (10), Ed Hitchman 5 (1)
Chukker by chukker scores: 2-1, 3-3, 6-4, 10-5, 11-6, 13-7.