SAN Miguel and Globalport are out to provide the early fireworks in the opening of the 2015 GlobalPort Philippine Polo Championship on Tuesday in two venues in Batangas.
Reinforced by Argentinians Mariano Obregon and Santi Lujan, Mikee Romero’s GlobalPort side is slightly favored over Polo Escape when they clash at 2:30 p.m.
The fourth member of GlobalPort is long-hitting Adrian Garcia who is known for his all-around game.
“We have to play smart to achieve our goal which is to win convincingly. If we win by a big margin, our desire to win the title will also increase,” said Romero, who once again showed his persuasive power by luring some of the richest and influential businessmen in the Asian region to the tournament.
That’s also the target of Iñigo Zobel’s San Miguel when it takes on Los Tamaraos at 3:30 p.m. with the former determined to add the Globalport tournament to its growing list of titles.
With Zobel scoring two early goals, San Miguel won the Philippine Open Polo Championship last year by beating Globalport, 9-4.
With all six participating teams – the other two are Tang Polo-China and Thailand’s King Power – playing only two games in the elims, Romero said they ought to start strong to boost their confidence.
Romero said they have already put that loss behind them and are eager to avenge the defeat.
Romero’s optimism is understandable following a positive session the other day.
“The chemistry is almost there,” he added.
Like Globalport, San Miguel is also beefed up by Argentineans Gregorio Gelosi and Guillermo Cavanagh. The other member of the team is Alfie Araneta.
Leading Polo Escape are Robin Lourvanijo and Miguel Ayala while Cole Aguirre, Gus Aguirre and Lucas James will spearhead Los Tamaraos.
The six teams will be divided into two zones with Globalport-Philippines, Tang Polo-China and Polo Escape-Thailand comprising Zone 1 while Zone II will be comprised of San Miguel, King Power-Thailand/UK and Tamaraos-Australia.
The top finishers in both zones will clash in a winner-take-all final on Sunday.