ROUND UP: Segway Polo in Paradise Tournament, 28th April – 1st May 2016
World Champions Host Another Successful Tournament in Barbados
The current World Champions of Segway Polo, Team Barbados, successfully hosted Segway Polo in Paradise last week at the UWI Hockey Turf. The second edition of the competition attracted players from the USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Local and foreign players were ranked and drafted into 9 teams of equal strength, which were named after popular Barbadian geographical locations.
Action got underway on April 28th. In the tournament opener, Lutz Dombdera of Germany lead Batts Rock to a 2-1 victory over North Point, while Morgan Lewis followed suit, edging Sandy Lane 1-0. Harrison’s Cave was the talk of day one however, racking up two convincing wins under the captaincy of local sharpshooter Daniel Hatch.
As the tournament progressed, Harrison’s Cave continued their dominance. The combination of Hatch, Nathan Angell (UK), Sonja Funke (Germany), Vijay Alrulraj (UK) and Nicholas Eastmond (Barbados) was clinical, registering the biggest wins of the tournament; 5-2 against Morgan Lewis and 4-0 against Bottom Bay. It was no surprise at the end of the round-robin that they were number 1 in the standings with 7 wins and 1 draw. Despite a slow start in their, Bottom Bay finished 6 points behind Harrison’s Cave in 2nd, while Batts Rock stole the final spot in the top play-off group, with just a 1 point cushion ahead of Farley Hill.
On the final day of play, Nevin Roach opened the scoring for Bottom Bay after a fantastic team build up, slotting the ball past eventual Goal Keeper of the tournament, Funke. Hatch equalised shortly after with a scorcher just inside the last post, beating Megan Scott (UK). This time around however, the combination of Roach, Daniel Ouro (Spain), Che Corbin (Barbados), Paul Davies (UK) and Scott proved to be the better. After heated exchanges on attack and stalwart defending by both teams, Roach eventually got the breakthrough his team needed. He completed a brace to give his team a 2-1 lead. Harrison’s Cave had no response and Bottom Bay was crowned Champions at the final blast of the whistle.
Head of the local organizing committee, Ralf Luther, pleased with the club’s efforts in hosting, is even further confident that with additional support, Segway Polo can contribute more to the island’s tourism sector.
“Every time we host this competition, we attract a good number of visitors and we’ve already got Nathan Angell and Megan Scott planning on returning to get married here in 2018 for the next edition.”
The Segway Polo Club of Barbados would like to thank the BTMI, Courtesy Rent-A-Car, Academy of Sport Cave Hill, What’SUP Paddle Boarding, Brand Fea, Totally Barbados, Earthworks Pottery, Pirate’s Cove, Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises and Rival Enterprises for their support.
Further details can be found at: www.segwaypoloclubbarbados.org
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