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Team BMW wins in Megève

The second stage of the BMW Polo Masters Tour in Megève came along with thrilling, fast moving, head to head battles, making very exciting viewing. In the final match of the 19th edition of the snow event Alexandre Sztarkman (+1), Robert Strom (+4) and Stanislas Clavel (+3) of team BMW won by a narrow margin, 8-7, against Laurent Dassault (0), Matthieu Delfosse (+4) and Patrick Paillol (+4) of team Mont D’Arbois.
Right up to the final chukka both teams stayed neck and neck finishing as a tie, 7-7. So an extra chukka was played to settle the match, the first goal was the deciding one. This was accomplished by team BMW and the trio emerged victorious. At the award ceremony the team received the coveted Groupe Edmond de Rothschild Trophy, hand crafted by the famous sculptor Pierre Margara.
Match for third place became a duel between father and son. Cyrille Costes (0), playing with Brieuc Rigaux (+5) and Thierry Vetois (+3) for team Fermes de Marie is the father of Edouard Costes (0), playing with Pierre Henri Ngoumou (+5) and Gaétan Gosset (+3) for team La Fer a Cheval. In the end Fermes de Marie with Cyrille Costes (0) won by 5-2 and was placed third.
Megève is where France‘s first snow polo tournament took place in 1996; after St. Moritz (1985) and Cortina (1989), Megève is one of the pioneering snow polo locations. 2014 will mark the nineteenth time this tournament has taken place. The snow polo event in Courchevel will take place from 30 January to 2 February 2014 and once again form the conclusion of the BMW Polo Masters Tour.

The standings:
1. BMW (+8)
Alexandre Sztarkman (+1)
Robert Strom (+4)
Stanislas Clavel (+3)
2. Mont D’Arbois (+8)
Laurent Dassault (0)
Matthieu Delfosse (+4)
Patrick Paillol (+4)
3. Les Fermes de Marie (+8)
Cyrille Costes (0)
Brieuc Rigaux (+5)
Thierry Vetois (+3)
4. La Fer a Cheval (+8)
Edouard Costes (0)
Pierre Henri Ngoumou (+5)
Gaétan Gosset (+3)

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