Yesterday, the German polo national team sponsored by Polo POLO+10 faced France, the host of the Polo European Championship. Expectedly, Julien Reynes (+2), Florent Garaud (+2), Corentin Lepape (+2) and Adrien Le Gallo (+2) were enormously strong on local ground. Also Moritz Gädeke (+3), Sven Schneider (+3), Caesar Crasemann (+1) and Peter Kienast (+1) of the German team showed a good performance and caught up to a draw again and again. Shortly before the end of the third chukker the French gained a 2 goal lead (5-3) thanks to a free-kick. Moritz Gädeke yet managed a goal to 5-4, but with another goal France finally secured the victory (6-4).

Moritz Gädeke: “The match was mainly decided in the first two chukkers. Through their tactical play the French took the wind out of our sails and took especially Sven and me out of the match. Thus we were a bit disorganized in the beginning. From the second chukker we got better, but just didn’t come up in front of the goal. But we caught up again and again and the team played well. France was better positioned and very well mounted.”

Tomorrow, Germany play against the Netherlands the last group match at 3.30 pm. After that, the match on Friday is particularly important. If Germany wins the match, they are in the final of the Subsidiary Cup.

Moritz Gädeke: “I have rarely seen such equalized teams in a European Championship. Every team is well staffed on any position. This shows the results so far: All matches ended up by narrow margins.”

It’s already certain, who moves from group A into the final round: With two victories, France and Italy made it already to the top four. In group B there were played two matches so far, but everything is still open.


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Schedule and results:
Thursday, 4th September 2014
03:00pm Italy vs. Germany 8:7
04:30pm France vs. Netherlands 5:4

Friday, 5th September 2014
15:00am Austria vs. England 5:8

Saturday, 6th September 2014
11:00am Spain vs. Ireland 4:6

Sunday, 7th September 2014
02:00pm Italy vs. Netherlands 5:3
03:30pm France vs. Germany 6:4

Monday, 8th September 2014
02:00pm Spain vs. England
03:30pm Ireland vs. Austria

Tuesday, 9th September 2014
02:00pm France vs. Italy
03:30pm Netherlands vs. Germany

Wednesday, 10th September 2014
02:00pm England vs. Ireland
03:30pm Austria vs. Spain

Friday, 12th September 2014
11:00am 4th Zone A vs. 3rd Zone B (Match 1)
12:30am 3rd Zone A vs. 4th Zone B (Match 2)
02:00pm 2nd Zone A vs. 1st Zone B (Match 3)
03:30pm 1st Zone A vs. 2nd Zone B (Match 4)

Saturday, 13th September 2014
11:00am Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
02:00pm Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match Spiel 2

Sunday, 14th September 2014
02:00pm Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 4
03:30pm Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4


The Teams:
Zone A

Netherlands (+8)
Jim Souren (+1)
Pablo Van Den Brink (+2)
Alexander Van Andel (+2)
Nick Grooss (+3)

Italy (+8)
Edoardo Ferrari (+2)
Giacomo Galantino (+1)
Matias Bertola (+1)
Julio Coria (+4)

Germany (+8)
Moritz Gädeke (+3)
Sven Schneider (+3)
Caesar Crasemann (+1)
Peter Kienast (+1)

France (+8)
Julien Reynes (+2)
Florent Garaud (+2)
Corentin Lepape (+2)
Adrien Le Gallo (+2)

Zone B
England (+8)
Max Dear (0)
Olly Tuthill (+4)
Jack Mesquita (+1)
Freddy Dear (+3)

Spain (+8)
Mario Gomez Duran (+4)
Nicolas Alvarez Cervera (+3)
Yago Espinosa De Los Monteros (+2)
Luis Aznar Oriol (0)

Ireland (+8)
Richard Fagan (+1)
Sebastian Dawnay (+4)
Max Hutchinson (+2)
Stephen Hutchinson (+1)

Austria (+8)
Walter Scherb (+1)
Martin Bleier (+2)
Diego Braun (+4)
Robert Kofler (+1)