The Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup Sylt 2012 – Day 2
The final day of the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup Sylt saw huge crowds flock to the wide open beaches of Sylt in Germany as blue skies and warm temperatures produced perfect playing conditions for the six teams.
The Final featured the tournamentâ€™s two highest handicap players with Germanyâ€™s Thomas Winter (five) playing for the Lanson team up against Argentinean GastÃ³n Maiquez, a six handicap, two-time winner of the tournament, playing for Audi.
The match started slowly, with both teams wary of each other, and they went in at the half-way stage 4-3Â½ in favour of Audi. But the action exploded into life in the third chukka, with both teams exchanging quick goals to make it 5-4Â½ to Audi at the end of the third. The fourth was a classic; Winter backhanded a long goal to give Lanson the lead, but Christian Grimme responded quickly to retake the lead 6-5Â½. Audi then scored a further goal and had to fight to keep their lead as the Lanson team mounted an all out attack pulling one goal back to leave it 7-6Â½ going into the final minute. The crowd were standing on tip toes in order not to miss a single stroke, and somehow Audi managed to repel Lanson to maintain their half goal advantage and be crowned Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup Sylt 2012 Champions.
In the other matches played on the final day, the 3rd / 4th place play-off was won by KÃ¶nig Pilsner who defeated Maus Immobilien 6-3, and in the 5th / 6th place play-off, Team Julius Baer was defeated by Schloss GÃ¶hrde 6-7Â½.
This year the winning team was given a beautiful trophy from Tiffany plus a typical Swiss gift of a Jakobs cheese, from the western part of Switzerland.
The island of Sylt has experienced many destructive storms over the years, none more so than in 2011 when many parts of the island were washed away. Its tidal mudflats are now a UNESCO world heritage site, and over 50% of the island is under conservation. The Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup Sylt is regarded as the ideal information platform for the Sylt Costal Protection Foundation in helping to raise awareness and support for the islandâ€™s loss of land. At the end of the tournament this year, Julius Baer made a â‚¬10,000 donation to the Foundation to enable it to continue the great work which it carries out throughout the year.