Teams battle in HH The President of the UAE Cup
Desert Palm maintained their unbeaten record in the prestigious HH President of the UAE Polo Cup as with a 14-12 victory over Habtoor as hosts Ghantoot outplayed Zyedan 10-3 for their first victory.
Following four days of thrillingmatches at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo club, the six participating teams look evenly matched and the race for the semifinals remains open, with only three matches remaining in the round-robin stage on Saturday.
Ali Al Marri, who replaced Yousef Bin Dasmal on the Ghantoot team, grabbed the opportunity to impress fans when scoring five goals, half the number his team pumped in against a lackluster Zeydan.
Juan Zavaleta, an eight-goal player, and Martin Donovan (5) offered strong support to keep Zeydan on the backfoot for most of the 35-minute matches, featuring five chukkers.
Ghantoot will now need to defeat the strong UAE team of HH Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in their final league match to book their ticket to next week’s semifinals.
Desert Palm, who are virtually guaranteed a place in the last four of the 18-handicap tournament, meet Zeydan, who will also looking to pull of a win.
Abu Dhabi, who have lost both their matches, come up against Habtoor who need a win to progress.
Meanwhile, a well-coordinated Desert Palm featuring Rashid Al Bawardi, Camilo Castilo Castagnola, Refino Bensadon and Benjamin Castagnol, led 13-8 going into the final.
However, Habtoor staged a strong fightback with a pair of goals by Facundo Sola and Tomy Beresford. But it was a case of leaving it late with their winners holding on for victory.
The tournament is being broadcast live on television to audiences across the UAE while in addition Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club are providing live streaming of the games on their website at wwww.presidentpolocup.ae
Ghantoot Polo Team defeated Zeydan 10-3
Desert Palm Polo Team defeated Habtoor Polo Team 14-12
- What: HH The President of the UAE Polo Cup – Year of Tolerance
- Presented by: Premier Motors Maserati
- When: March 13th to 29th.
- Where: Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
- Entrance: Free to the public
- Governing Partner Abu Dhabi Sports Council
- In association with Emirates Open Association
- Presented by Premier Motors Maserati
- Sobha Realty
- Golden Tulip Al Jazeera
- Beverly Hills Polo Club
- Ahmed Al Maghribi
- Noor Al Wasl Clinic
- Beverly Hills Medical Center One Day Surgery
- Premier Events Management
Venue and how to get there
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
P.O.Box 7144, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Maktoum Highway, Exit 399