Fantastic Italy at the European Polo. At the third final in three editions of the continental appointment, the blue triumphed in theU.S. Polo Assn. FIP Ladies European Polo Championship, at the Polo Club La Mimosa in Pogliano Milanese. In the final the Italian team prevailed over England for 6.5-6, thanks to the handicap half-goal. In the final for the third and fourth place, Ireland won over Germany 5-3 on penalties, with the game not being played due to the difficult conditions of the playing field after the abundant rain that had had at the beginning of the morning. forced to postpone the final for first and second place from 9 to 10. The English Heloise Wilson Smith was awarded as the best player of the league.
A thrilling finale
The final was particularly exciting, on a field that held up very well despite the heavy rain that fell on the La Mimosa club early in the morning. England, who had to recover half a handicap goal, immediately started strong with Heloise Wilson Smith, very good at exploiting Italy’s defensive indecision in the opening stages. The landlords however reacted promptly, particularly with Camila Rossi who transformed a free kick from 40 yards and closed the first chukker at 1-1. The English took the stage in the second set, in which Emma Tomlinson Wood first scored, on a free-kick from 40 yards, and then with Millie Hughes, who put in an amazing shot from Wilson Smith at the edge of the goal. In the swing of the result, Italy moved up to 3-3 with two other goals from Rossi, but it was England who closed the fourth chukker 4-3 ahead with a penalty converted by Wood. The Italians, however, were the protagonists of a fifth chukker to be framed, with three goals scored again from Rossi and from the other native Maitana Marré. On the score of 6-4 for the Italians there was the extreme reaction of England, with two other goals scored by Wilson Smith and Hughes, but at 6-6 the team led by Franco Piazza contained the last attempts of the opponents and won it for 6.5-6 thanks to the handicap. “It was a difficult week, due to the injury suffered by Costanza Marchiorello in the first match against England – the words of the veteran Ginevra Visconti, who had contributed to winning the 2017 gold in Chantilly and the 2018 silver at Villa a Sesta – The girls, however, were all very good, from Camila Rossi to Alice Coria and Maitana Marré, and the final victory repays us for all the problems that we had to face. Obviously our triumph is dedicated to Costanza Marchiorello, who followed us live from the clinic where she is still hospitalized after the fracture of her left malleolus.”.