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The Rainbow Final

A real mixture on the winner’s podium: 16-year-old Caesar Crasemann (Team Captain), Naomi Schröder and the two Argentineans Santos Anca and Adrian Laplacette are the new German champions in High Goal Polo. Yesterday, their team Allianz Kundler won the Engel & Völkers Maifeld Polo Cup 2014, the most important title in German polo, on the Berlin Maifeld against the Tom Tailor team of Uwe and Tahnee Schröder, Gastón Maíquez and the South African Chris Mackenzie.

This win means that Caesar Crasemann’s dream of defending the title has come true. Last year he and his young team mates from Hamburg, Caspar Crasemann, Heinrich Dumrath and Adrian “Biny” Laplacette, delivered a sensational surprise success against the “old timers” and won themselves the title. “It is simply overwhelming,” Caesar said to POLO+10 shortly after the prize giving ceremony. Not only did he win the title, but the young talent was also awarded the Most Valuable Player prize. Santos Anca’s ‘Mono’ won Best Playing Pony.

Caesar was taught by Thomas Winter at the WIN Polo Schule in Hamburg and often trains in Argentina and Mallorca. Even in the third chukka, Tom Tailor just held the lead with a score of 5-4. However, after a dream goal from Adrian Laplacette Allianz Kundler turned the tables and secured the win with a final score of 11-8.

Just in time for the final chukka the Berlin heavens opened, and rain squalls swept the spectators and things on the tables out of the spectator rows, but delivered a stunning rainbow over the Berlin Olympic Stadium just in time for the final bell. Great cinema, not only in terms of the matches. Seven Days poloevents and the Gädeke family have since 2010 developed the Berlin Maifeld Polo Cup into one of, if not the, most beautiful polo tournaments in Germany. Excellent organisation with incredible attention to detail really thrilled the spectators. Of whom, a great deal more came than in the previous year – an absolute record. There is a justified hope and anticipation that the Polo European Championships could be held in Berlin in 2016. As Dirk Gädeke said to POLO+10, Berlin will apply this autumn to host the European Championships in two years time.

Results from final day:
Two cups were played for: The Engel & Völkers Cup for the first four places of the German High Goal Championships and the Tom Tailor Cup for the places from fifth to eighth.
Match 1: Engel & Völkers vs. Eltec 6:3,5 (Tom Tailor Cup: 3rd/4th Place)
Match 2: Perrier-Jouët vs. Juwelier Reuer 9:7 (Engel & Völkers Cup: 3rd/4th Place)
Match 3: Land Rover vs. Getränke Lehmann 8:7 (Tom Tailor Cup: 1st/2nd Place)
Match 4: Allianz Kundler vs. Tom Tailor 11:8 ( Engel & Völkers Cup: 1st/2nd Place)

1. Allianz Kundler (+12)

Naomi Schröder (0)
Santos Anca (+6)
Adrian Laplacette (+5)
Caesar Crasemann (+1)

2. Tom Tailor (+12)
Gastón Maíquez (+7)
Christopher Mackenzie (+5)
Tahnee Schröder (0)
Uwe Schröder (0)

3. Perrier-Jouët (+12)
Matthias Grau (0)
Thomas Winter (+4)
Tim Ward (+4)
Tatu Gomez Romero (+4)

4. Juwelier Reuer (+12)
Harald Link (0)
Lucas Labat (+6)
Bautista Urbina (+6)
Piero Dillier (0)

5. Land Rover (+11)
Marie-Jeanette Ferch (0)
Heino Ferch (0)
Ignacio Garrahan (+4)
Pablo Jauretche (+7)

6. Getränke Lehmann (+11)
Nico Wollenberg (+1)
Moritz Gädeke (+3)
Sven Schneider (+3)
Marcello „Tuky“ Caivano (+4)

7. Engel & Völkers (+11)
Rackham Schröder (0)
Christoper Winter (+3)
Eduardo Anca (+6)
Oliver Winter (+2)

8. Eltec (+12)
Max Bosch (+3)
James Miller (+1)
Marcos Riglos (+5)
Christopher Kirsch (+3)

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Photos of Uwe Schröder’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Uwe Schröder was nominated by Dieter Holzer for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Captain of the Tom Tailor teams rose to the challenge and had a bucket of ice cold water poured over his head at the prize giving yesterday.
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