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Charity Polo in Chantilly

Sun, good polo and a quality concert: the recipe has once again worked well for this 2015 edition of the Charity Cup for Hadassah at the Polo Club de Chantilly. The magic happened: it was a great day of sport, artistic and generous.

It all started with an amazing match between the Swiss Lynx Polo Team and the German team of Los Nocheros. Beside the two captains who determined the nationality of the teams, there were two French professionals and four Argentine players on the field. Brieuc Rigaux, trained at the Polo Club of Chantilly, was leading the Lynx team game, while the Argentine Valentin Novillo Astrada organized the German team.

With a fluid team play, Lynx made the difference right from the first period with a 60 yards penalty converted by the Argentine player, Ernesto Trotz, who doubled the stake with a goal complicated to score because of the angle, despite the closeness of the pole.

Then, both teams gave blow for blow in the next two periods, but the gap was going to grow wider during the last two chukkas, with two goals scored by Thierry Vétois and Brieuc Rigaux in fourth period, and a huge penalty by Ernesto Trotz at 60 yards, where the ball mounted up in the air and put the final nail in fifth period: 8-4.5, an undisputable score unlike the one of the qualification game where both teams had already faced and split by this small gap of half a goal in favor of Los Nocheros.

Incredible and deserved victory then, especially as the award for the best horse of the tournament went to Lady Saga, thoroughbred mare Brieuc Rigaux bought from a racing stable and has formed itself for the polo, something increasingly common in the high-level polo where speed has become a major element.

A lavish concert by the Trio L.E.J preceded the prize-giving ceremony. Three (exquisite) female voices accompanied by a single cello and a simple percussion, who revisited particularly some Stromae or Moriarty songs, sometimes with humour, but who offered also their own creations full of inventiveness and originality. The three young ladies have also clearly brought their magic touch to this day whose benefits were entirely donated to the Hadassah Foundation. The Hadassah Foundation strives for the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, first medical institution in the Middle East nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 in recognition of his commitment to human values and Jewish-Arab cooperation.

The polo season keeps going on next week at the Polo Club de Chantilly with the kick-off of the Laversine Cup – Elie de Rothschild Challenge, an exact same level tournament, and the Persian Cup, a game opposing French to Iranian players. It’s in Persia, about 2,600 years ago, that the polo has supposedly been created, so the return of Iran in the worldwide polo domain has an emblematic and moving aspect.

The teams:
Lynx Polo Team (+12)

Cyril Coste (0)
Thierry Vétois (+3)
Ernesto Trotz (+4)
Brieuc Rigaux (+5)

Los Nocheros (+11)
Sebastian Schneberger (+1)
Philip De Groot (+1)
Valentin Novillo Astrada (+5)
Santiago Zubiaure (+4)

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