Avenue Lodge in the conquest for the Barnes Trophy Pro Am
For the 6th edition of the BMW Polo Masters in Val D'Isère,for the first time an English team, led byPaul Knights , came and undermined the sacred Matthieu Delfosse (4).Wearing the Avenue Lodge colors they won the Barmes de l'Ours trophy against the Barmes de l'Ours team, who had held the title for the last 4 years
It took a 6th edition for Avenue Lodge to come and devour the title from the powerful Barmes de l'Ours team, led by Laurent Dassault (0) and his 2 experts in the art of snow polo, Matthieu Delfosse (4) and Patrick Paillol (4). It was an incredibly intense final match, a riveting dual that these two teams haven't had in a final for 3 years.
For the first time ever on the BMW Polo Masters Tour a 100% British team led by Paul Knights (0), Jonny Good (4) and Tim Bown (3), crossed the channel to come and win the Barmes de l'Ours trophy.
It was an extraordinarily impassioned final, both teams constantly neck and neck, (7/7) at the end of the 4 chukkas. It was during the extra chukka, called "Sudden-Death", where ruling states the game stops after the first one scores, the English Jonny Good, on a masterful back, hit the decisive goal, bringing victory to Avenue Lodge 8 goals to 7.
Third place on the podium went to the BMW team represented by Birger Strom (1), his son Robert (4) and his nephew Alexis Pouille (2), who won with 9 goals to 7 against the Hexis Energy Drink team.
1500 spectators gathered around the snow covered arena to rejoice in the show despite the particularly bitter wind. The BMW Polo Masters Val d'Isère - Barmes Trophy Pro Am is one of the most convivial winter tournaments. The arena, public, atmosphere and the parade down the snow covered main street, as well as the fabulous festival evenings are the basis of this stunning event supported by everyone at the Val d'Isère resort.
As Jean-Yves Delfosse, this trophy's organizer, confides « It's everyone together that enables us to create such a wonderful event and to keep it going ».
Next leg 23rd - 26th January in Megève, then in Courchevel.
Village de traditions authentiques qui tisse depuis des années des liens indéfectibles avec le cheval, Megève est le berceau du polo sur neige en France. Pour sa 19ème édition, Megève accueillera un tournoi de polo féminin ainsi qu’une démonstration de poney polo.
BMW Polo Masters Courchevel 2014
du jeudi 30 janvier au dimanche 2 février 2014
Station de tous les sommets, du plus grand domaine skiable, aux sommets du luxe, Courchevel accueillera la 4ème édition du tournoi de polo sur neige le plus haut du monde.