Liechtenstein wins 2014 Beach Polo European Championship
presented by A Quechua, Jacques Lemans und LISAGEST
Wien / Lignano, 1. September 2014: More than 2.000 people came to see the big finals of the PIPA European Beach Polo Championship 2014. The final day was set to be perfect. The leading international press and the leading international sport media agenies were present, expecting polo at high level. And all four qualified teams showed fast and powerful polo. In the small final Slovakia defeated the Czech Republic 11:6. In the big final Liechtenstein won against Italy 8:0.
Every day the Beach Arena at Lignano Sabbiadoro was crowded which means that more then 6.000 people at site were watching the European Championship. Especially at the final third day, the entire event location was full of people. „We could hardly do our warm up training as people were everywhere!“ Gerardo Cosentino from Team Liechtenstein gushed. Nevertheless on time at 8.30 the small final between Slovakia and the Czech Republic commenced. The first chukker was even. Each team scored twice. During the second chukker Agardi for Slovakia scored three times and really gained momentum in chukker three as he then even made four goals in a row. The final score after a really attractive and enthralling fourth chukker was 11:6 for Slovakia.
„I have never played at such an incredible event and arena!“ said Ladislav Agardi during the interviews in the press corner.
In the big final Liechtenstein played Italy and started slowly as in chukker 1 only one goal was scored. Chukker 2 was the important one with three goals on the way to the EM victory of Liechtenstein defeating Italy 8:0 (1:0, 4:0, 5:0, 8:0). Gerardo Cosentino impressed with cool moves and incredible shots. His team mate perfectly managed the game of the Liechtenstein team. For the first time Liechtenstein could qualify for a PIPA European Championship event and thus the performance in this PIPA championship is a milestone for the development of the polo sport in the small princedom. Only this spring A Quechua World of Polo opened up the Polo school and club in Vaduz under the management of Oliver Muggli and Verena Marxer. Within this short time many good players were trained and developed who are now playing national and international tournaments.