The Nations Cup Tournament held in January 2010 was the region’s 2nd international polo tournament organised in celebration of the sport and in support of the ‘Riding for the Disabled Foundation’, a charity providing facilities, training, and access to horses for disabled children in order to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals.
The association between the game of Polo and Jaeger-LeCoultre dates back to the 1930s when a timepiece that could withstand the aggression of a game of polo was created for the first time by the Manufacture in the Valllee de Joux. Today’s Reverso range features watches for both men and women and has been extended to include not only practical and classic pieces, but also high jewellery and statement watches. During the Desert Palm Nations Cup tournament, Jaeger-LeCoultre displayed an exclusive highlight of its current collections on the Desert Palm VIP terrace with timepieces from key ranges and with special focus on the Reverso Collection.
Throughout the week long tournament, Jaeger-LeCoultre took the opportunity to promote the game of Polo and reiterate the brand’s connection to the sport by inviting media and VIP guests for a true Polo experience and a chance to learn to play the sport of kings themselves. Following a tranquil poolside welcome, guests were kitted out in a Jaeger-LeCoultre polo shirt and cap and introduced to their horse. The exclusive clinics were conducted by in-house Desert Palm professional and Royal Salute Player Matais Machardo for the new found Polo enthusiasts.
The media day on Thursday 28th January was concluded by an exhibition match between the Duke of Argyle’s team, Royal Salute, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre team with a score of Royal Salute 2 versus Jaeger-LeCoultre 1.
On Saturday 30th January, the Jaeger-leCoultre polo clinic and lunch for VIP guests and their families took place prior to the final matches of the Desert Palm Nations Cup Polo Tournament. Guests continued their day with an exclusive invitation to join the Jaeger-LeCoultre delegation on the VIP terrace to watch conclusion of the Nations Cup unfold and enjoy the Royal Salute Tournament after-party.
The first Nations Cup final was played between Pakistan, captained by Mohammad Asif Hafiz, and Nigeria, captained by Prince Albert Esiri, ending with a victory for Pakistan. The second match saw the UAE team, sponsored by Jaeger-leCoultre and captained by Ali AlBwardy, and its opponents USA, captained by Alan Meeker, ending with numerous goals scored on either side. However, the UAE team proved stronger than their opponents – the final score on the Jaeger-leCoultre flanked scoreboard showed 8 (UAE) to 6 (USA).
In addition to the tournament trophies, a special prize was awarded by Jaeger-leCoultre to the two players most influential in the promotion and development of Polo in their home countries. The winners of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime pieces were captain of the Pakistan team Mohammad Asif Hafiz and captain of the USA team Alan Meeker.
Following the prize-giving ceremony His Grace the Duke of Argyll opened the Royal Salute after-party where Alan Meeker, Chief Executive Officer of The Conglomerate & Crestview Group of Companies and the Captain of the USA team, outbid the competition for the helmet worn by Adolfo Cambiaso in the 2009 Desert Palm Nations Cup in a charity auction. All proceeds of the auction were donated to ‘Riding for the Disabled Foundation’ in Dubai.
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