Italy wins the 1st FIP Ladies Polo European Championship

The stage was set for the final of the 1st FIP European Championship. The local team was the team to beat after winning in their 3 group stage games. Italy on the other hand got their ticket to the final after a tense penalty shootout, eliminating heavyweights like England and Germany.

The Italian girls started playing a great game, showing that their win against Germany was not coincidence. Ginevra D’Orazio hit the ball really hard and made some amazing passes to her forwards. Caroline Anier, had a great game but could not overcome the great team work of Team Italy. In the end D’Orazio scored the championship’s most amazing goal by a long shot.

Final Score (Italy): 5-4

Teams:
Germany (12): Tahnee Schroeder 3, Maike Hoelty 3, Laura Gissler Weber 3 and Naomi Schroeder 3.
France (10): Léa Siboni 0, Adèle Renauldon 1, Charlotte Garaud 3 and Caroline Anier 6.
Italy (10): Ginevra Visconti 1, Maria Vitoria Marchiorello 3, Costanza Marchiorello 3 and Ginevra D’Orazio 3.
England (10): Suzannah Harvey 0, Angela Robb 0, Lottie Lamacraft 5 and Lucy Coddington 5.

In his final speech the FIP President congratulated all the teams and thanked all the athletes who had travelled from all over Europe to attend as well as their grooms and support staff who made it all possible. He also thanked Philippe and Benoit Perrier and all their staff for the wonderful organisation at the Chantilly Polo Club which he said had to be one of the finest Polo Clubs in Europe as well as the FIP Tournament Team under the direction of Alejandro Taylor & Felipe del Sel and the unsung heroes; the FIP Umpires Juan Jose Díaz Alberdi, Rafael Silva & Matias Baibiene.

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