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9th FIP Polo World Cup 2011
ZONE D Playoffs
Malaysia, June 13 - 25,
June 14, 2011
Malaysia upset New Zealand 19 - 8 in the third game of the FIP Polo
World Cup - Zone D playoffs being played in Malaysia.
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Malaysia pushed themselves to the limit to snatch a narrow 9-8
win over much touted New Zealand in their opening match for a
flying start to their campaign in the Asian-Australasian-African
Polo Championships at the Royal Pahang Polo grounds in Pekan.
Royal Malaysian Polo Association president Tengku Abdullah
Sultan Ahmad Shah, who left the royal box to stand among the
Malaysian supporters on the field despite the drizzle, jumped
for joy when the final whistle was blown.
"This is a very sweet victory for Malaysia. We have never played
any of these teams in such a tournament before. So this win
means a lot," said Tengku Abdullah, who hugged the players and
team officials after the win.
"We showed tremendous fighting spirit. The players played their
guts out and never gave up even when the chips were down. I hope
the players can keep up the momentum for our next match which is
I am very proud of the Malaysian players. I am also proud of the
Malaysian supporters who turned out in full force to lend
support. This is the true spirit if Malaysia.”
The victory over New Zealand is all the sweeter for the
Malaysians as the Asian-Australasian-Africa Championships, also
serves as the Zone D Qualifier for this year's FIP Polo World
Cup Finals in San Luis, Argentina, from Oct 11-25.
Huziani Yunos (Handicap 4) was the toast of Malaysia with five
goals – scoring a goal each in the first three chukkas and ended
it with a brace in the fourth chukka. Local boy Edham Shahruddin
(4) scored two while Tengku Ahmad Shazril and skipper Shaikh
Reismann scored one each.
New Zealand’s Andrew Parrott (5) also scored five goal for his
team while Kit Brooks scored two and Gary Vickers one.
The top three teams here will qualify for the Finals. Malaysia
have set a high target to winning the title or at least finish
in the top three and make their first ever World Cup Finals.
New Zealand finished runners-up at the last Qualifier held in
New Zealand and made it to their first ever World Finals held in
The match was tied at 6-6 after the third Chukka after Malaysia
surrendered a 6-4 lead.
"I was very nervous when we allowed New Zealand made it 6-6 and
even led 8-6. But it also brought out the best from our players.
This is the sort of fighting spirit from the players that makes
me proud. It is fantastic start to the tournament," added Tengku