15th Berenberg Polo Derby: Hamburg polo highlight celebrates anniversary
- Six teams and more than 100 ponies expected
- Recognised as one of the leading polo events in Germany
Hamburg. It is the year of anniversaries in the Berenberg world. In 2015, not only is Germany’s oldest private bank celebrating its 425th birthday, the Berenberg Polo Derby is also being staged from the 15th time. It is also something of a tradition for Germany’s oldest private bank to issue the invitation to the Hamburg Polo Club in Klein Flottbek. This is where top players from Argentina and German internationals will be doing battle for the prestigious silver trophy on 27 and 28 June. The encounters will be at the very highest class of the sport, known as High Goal.
“Yet again, we’re matching our promise to present the very best in polo in our 425th anniversary year,” says Dr. Hans-Walter Peters, Spokesman for the Managing Partners of Berenberg. “It’s been our pleasure and privilege to support polo since 2001, with Hamburg acting as the focal point of our polo-related activities.” The Berenberg Polo Derby features top class encounters at international level, emphasizing precision and dynamism, fairness and team spirit. Representing the very highest level of polo, there is no question about the tournament’s inclusion in the German Polo Tour, an umbrella for the biggest German tournaments.
Six teams of four will be competing with each other. Once again, spectators will have the chance to enjoy top-drawer polo featuring German and Argentine players. Team Pegasus will be starting with Gastón Maiquez (Handicap +7), Uwe Schröder (0), Lukas Diaz Alberdi (+4) and Christian Badenhop (+1). A German-Argentine mixed double forms Team Rumöller, with the polo players Naomi and Tahnee Schröder (both 0) joining forces with Santiago Marambio (+6) and Santos Anca (+6). Team Berenberg is entering the fray with Christopher Winter (+3) joining Jo and Sven Schneider (0, +3) and the Argentine Eduardo Anca (6). Christopher Kirsch (+3), captain of the German national side and tournament organiser, will feature for Team Porsche along with Pedro Fernandez Llorente (+5), Patrick Maleitzke (+3) and Estelle Wagner (0). Team Meissler is largely a family affair with Caesar, Caspar and Daniel Crasemann (+2, +3, 0), ably supported by the Argentine Adrian Laplacette (+6). Hamburg-based players are also included in Team Lanson in the form of Matthias Grau (0), Thomas Winter (4) and Heinrich Dumrath (+3), plus the Argentine Tatu Gomez Roemero (+4).
The six teams will bring more than a hundred ponies with them to the Hamburg Polo Club in Klein Flottbek: in the High Goal, some of the mounts are even changed during the course of a chukka, each of which lasts up to seven and a half minutes.
Besides being a sporting challenge, the tournament is also an extremely popular social event and family festival enjoyed by an ever growing number of people. “The visitors’ enthusiasm is enormous, which reaffirms the wisdom of our decision to continue promoting polo in Germany in general, and Hamburg in particular, in our role as main sponsor,” comments Peters. Numerous spectators are expected to make their way to the Hamburg Polo Club’s ground at Jenischstraße 26 in Klein Flottbek over the finals weekend on 27/28 June. The matches will take place from 2pm to around 6pm. Tickets cost 15 euros each, with half-price entry available for concessions. A special offer has been created for families, with a family ticket for two adults and two children costing just 20 euros.
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