BMW Polo Masters & Night - St-Tropez/Gassin 25, 26 & 27 July 2013
The success of the BMW Polo Masters in Saint Tropez / Gassin is undisputed.
For more than a quarter of a century this event in the heart of Saint Tropez, owes its success to the organiser Jean Yves DELFOSSE, who has always known how to mix polo tournaments with festivities and cosmopolitan activities: such as vintage car parades, most elegant hat competitions, equestrian shows, artist exhibitions, live music... Pure and simply: sheer elegance and conviviality.
3 days of matches within a North African décor
Palm trees, sand dunes, dromedaries, a Berber tent and the Marrakech sun, was the décor of this 26th edition of the BMW Polo Masters & Night.
During this tournament of 8/10 goals, there were four International teams (English, French, Swiss and Argentinian) who crossed mallets on the Bourrian Domain in a battle to win the celebrated Guru Govind Singh medals. These famous military medals were awarded to worthy Indian warriors by General ALLARD, who was a famous Tropezian, who married an Indian princess and became a powerful Penjab man..
Team presentations in a magnificent backdrop in Saint Tropez: the HOTEL DE PARIS – SAINT TROPEZ
What could be better than a mythical hotel in Saint Tropez as a perfect setting to welcome the team presentations and encourage the players to rub shoulders and get to know each other around a cocktail, and to give the tournament an even greater sense of fair play. The likes of Claude SOLARZ, captain of JULIAN JOAILLIER team, returning for the second consecutive year, and who was present at the first tournament 26 years ago, rubbing shoulders with Lucas MEIER, the youngest player of the tournament, who was here for the first time.
A multitude of goals with very exciting matches during the selections for the semi-finals
After the selection matches, which proved a very clear-cut victory for the English team L’HOTEL de PARS, 8 to 5 ½ against the BMW team, and JULIAN JOAILLIER 7 ½ to 5 against the PEPINIERS DERBEZ, start the semi-finals.
During the first semi-final, the BMW team screeched ahead with 5 goals at the end of the first period. The 2 poles of strength, Clément DELFOSSE and Edouard PAN, try and keep hold of this lead, but they didn’t count on the solid JULIAN JOAILLIER team, lead by Claude SOLARZ and Pablo SIRVENT, who fought back slowly but surely to win 9 to 7 ½.
The 2nd match saw a very homogenous English team, Hôtel de Paris, in fine form and with highly tuned ponies that made their mark against the English Swiss team DERBEZ team scoring 9 to 6 ½.
Suspense filled finals with very close scores
The first was very intense between DERBEZ and BMW. In the last period BMW kicked in the turbo and were rewarded with 3rd place thanks to one goal 7 to 6.
The final was battled out up to the very last minute. Team Jean Louis JULIAN JOAILLIER lead by Captain Claude SOLARZ, his fan club in force, brought victory with a very close score of 7 to 6 against HOTEL de PARIS, expertly defended by the BACON brothers.
All the cavaliers were showered with gifts in the elegant prize giving ceremony, followed by an oriental evening in the Berber tent with guests, before enjoying the polo night Party.
The ladies CHARRIOL Cup under the golden Saint Tropez sunshine
During the first match of the Ladies CHARRIOL Cup, it is the CHARRIOL team who showed their force against the PLAGE des JUMEAUX team, with a winning score of 5 to 2.
During the final the PLAGE des JUMEAUX team bowed out to a clear victory of 4 to 9 opposite the CHARRIOL team, whose riders could leave with a stunning CHARRIOL St Tropez watch on their wrist.
The BMW Polo Masters & Night: an international polo tournament in a festive setting
A subtle mix of conviviality, sport, elegant competitions, art and music, in the soft Tropezian evening is the recipe for the BMW Polo Masters & Night.
Every day a parade of the finest vintage cars of the Riviera opened the tournament, alongside elegant women compete for the most beautiful hats, in rhythm to a group of young Dutch jazz players.
At the aperitif was a breathtaking show performed by the French flying cavaliers who presented a magnificent show with Arabian music and belly dancers to enable the spectators to travel even further into Berber lands.
Live music at the Polo Night Party completed each day under a star studded sky: the thousand and one nights of St Tropez and the Berber countries.
THE RESULTS OF TROPHEE GENERAL ALLARD & the LADIES CHARRIOL CUP
Thursday, July 25
5:30 p.m. : Match HOTEL DE PARIS 8 vs BMW 5 1/2 6:30 p.m. : Match JULIAN JOAILLIERS 7 1/2 vs DERBEZ 5
Friday, July 26
5:30 p.m. : Match JULIAN JOAILLIERS 9 vs BMW 7 1/2 6:30 p.m. : Match HOTEL DE PARIS 9 vs PEPINIERE DERBEZ 6 1/2 7:30 p.m. : Match Ladies Charriol Cup CHARRIOL 5 vs PLAGE DES JUMEAUX 2
Saturday, July 27
5:30 p.m. : Finale Ladies Charriol Cup CHARRIOL 9 vs PLAGE DES JUMEAUX 4 6:30 p.m. : Match 3 rd & 4 th place BMW 7 vs PEPINIERE DERBEZ 6 7:30 p.m. : Match 1 st & 2 nd place JULIAN JOAILLIERS 7 vs HOTEL DE PARIS 6
BMW POLO MASTERS & Night Trophée Général Allard
1st : JULIAN JOAILLIERS 2nd : HOTEL DE PARIS 3rd : BMW 4th : PEPINIERE DERBEZ
LADIES CHARRIOL CUP BMW POLO MASTERS & Night
1st : CHARRIOL 2nd : PLAGE DES JUMEAUX
The teams of TROPHEE GENERAL ALLARD tournament 8/10 hcp