Spain defeated the Austrian team with an 8:2 in the European Championship Finale at Sotogrande and is therefore European Champion 2012. Even if they are leaving the pitch with the second place the Austrians Walter Scherb, Gerhard Hermann, Martin Bleier and Diego Braun can be more than proud of themselves. In the preliminary round they defeated Italy, Ireland and Germany – an awesome and surprising performance. While the Spanish couldn’t score the deciding goals in the first chukka and Austria was holding up to the second chukka, which ended with a score of 3:1. In the third chukka the Spanish pulled ahead with 7:2. A victory with ostentation for the favorite Spain: Gerhard Herman of the Austrian team is still satisfied. “We haven’t thought of being so successful. An inspiring impulse for the Austrian polo sport.“ Hermann, who expanded his Polo Club Schloss Niederweiden last year and already hosted his first tournament, wants to go on successfully in the upcoming season 2013.

In the petit finale the Irish asserted themselves against Italy with a 5:4. Germany finished after four lost games on the last place of the 9th FIP Polo European Championship 2012. The differences in quality of the horses were too big. The German team with Christopher Kirsch (TC), Steve Rose, Federico Heinemann and Dominik Velazquez played exclusively on rented and totally unknown horses. „The result shows drastically that polo is a sport of the horses,“ said Kirsch. To run up the flag, to be part of it and reach the best result possible – that was the mission of the German team in Sotogrande – and it was fulfilled.

The Results:
Friday, 7th of September 2012
17.00 pm

Italy Italien Flagge

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Irland Flagge Ireland – HPA

4

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2
18.15 pm

Austria Österreich Flagge

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Spanien Flagge Spain

6

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7


Saturday, 8th of September 2012
18.00 pm

Austria Österreich Flagge

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Italien Flagge Italy

7

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5


Sunday, 9th of September 2012
12.00 pm

Germany Deutschland Flagge

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Irland Flagge Ireland – HPA

9

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10


Monday, 10th of September 2012
17.00 pm

Germany Deutschland Flagge

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Österreich Flagge Austria

4

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8
18.15 pm

Spain Spanien Flagge

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Italien Flagge Italy

7

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2


Wednesdy, 12th of September 2012
17.00 pm

Spain Spanien Flagge

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Deutschland Flagge Germany

15

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3
18.00 pm

Ireland – HPA Irland Flagge

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Österreich Flagge Austria

7

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6


Friday, 14th of September 2012
17.00 pm

Ireland – HPA Irland Flagge

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Spanien Flagge Spain

4

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10
18.15 pm

Italy Italien Flagge

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Deutschland Flagge Germany

8

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2


Sunday, 16th of September 2012
11.00 am

Ireland – HPA Irland Flagge

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Italien Flagge Italy

5

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4
12.30 pm

Spain Spanien Flagge

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Oesterreich Flagge Austria

8

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2



The Pointtable (after the Preliminary Rounds):

Team

Victories

Lost

Points

Goals

Concede Goals

Goal Difference

Spain

4

0

8

39

15

24

Austria

2

2

4

27

23

4

Irland

2

2

4

23

29

-6

Italy

2

2

4

19

18

1

Germany

0

4

0

18

41

-23




The Standings:
Spanien Flagge 1. Spain (+8)
Yago Espinosa de los Monteros (+1)
Luis Domecq (+1)
Pelayo Berazadi (+4)
Gonzalo Entrecanales (+2)

Österreich Flagge 2. Austria (+8)
Walter Scherb (+1)
Gerhard Hermann (+1)
Martin Bleier (+2)
Diego Braun (+4)

Irland Flagge 3. Ireland – HPA (+8)
Stephen Hutchinson (+2)
Max Hutchinson (+2)
Richard Fagan (+1)
Santiago Torreguitar (+3)

Italien Flagge 4. Italy (+8)
Alberto Galantino (+2)
Giacomo Galantino (+1)
Goffredo Cutinelli (+3)
Edoardo Ferrari (+2)

Deutschland Flagge 5. Germany (+8)
Steve Rose (0)
Dominik Velazquez (+2)
Federico Heinemann (+2)
Christopher Kirsch (+4)


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