Polo Players Edition

SEP 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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44 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Münster. There were top German players like Thomas Winter, Heinrich Dumrath, Max Bosch, Sven Schneider, Moritz Gaedeke, Patrick Maleitzke and Sebastian Schneberger. Top Argentinian players like Valentin Novillo Astrada, who won the Polo World Champion title in Azerbaijan in June, Augustin Kronhaus, Micky Duggan and Marcos Riglos also participated. The Dutch came with Pablo van den Brink and Alexander van Andel. The Swiss Stefan Locher and Cedric Schweri were there as well as the Belgians Gery de Cloedt with his sons Léon and Lucien, who together with Marcos Riglos formed the team SX-Capital. Games were played over three days. On the first day, Oeding-Erdel defeated Factory Hotel 11-6½, Cilian defeated Top Magazin 10-4½; iLive edged SX-Capital 9- 8 and Knubel got the best of Homann Immobilien 7½-6. The second round of games saw first- round losers playing off in the first two games while winners played the last two games. Münster's Schneberger made it to the final with his Oeding-Erdel team, also known as Los Nocheros, consisting of Laura Gissler, Niklas Steinle and Valentin Novillo Astrada, where they ultimately fell to Team Cilian's Clarissa Marggraf, Steffi von Pock, Manuel Elizalde of Spain and Max Bosch, 6-2. The tournament winners took home the big trophy. The event was family-friendly and everyone was welcome. Schneberger, creator of the Polopicknick said, "The Polopicknick is not a fancy event with champagne and snacks, but a place where people can meet in a relaxed atmosphere. We also want to address those who have not had any contact with polo sports before. "Polo is a fast team ball game with body contact. You can see right away that it's a tough and cool sport—very tactical and yet body-conscious. However, three referees take care that nothing happens to the horses and the players. Each player has four to six horses per game, which must be changed in between, so that the horses do not have to run to exhaustion." Rated 1 goal, Schneberger has been Cilian's Max Bosch, Clarissa Marggraf, Steffi von Pock and Manuel Elizalde celebrate. Cilian's Steffi von Pock battles iLive's Joao Novaes. SX-Capital takes on Top Magazin. Eight teams competed in the event.

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