Friday, 23 February 2018

Mahra wins the “derby” and earns a spot in the Quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/23/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Another exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club was held today for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018. Desert Palm defeated Bin Drai by 9 goals to 8 and Mahra beat Habtoor Polo in extra chukker 10 goals to 9. They were two very close matches, played with a lot of intensity and suspense till the very end. In the opening game Desert Palm played a great second half to turn over a match that was really complicated. Patron Rashid Albwardy´s team achieved to reduce a two goal gap and score a 3-0 in the fourth chukker and finished the great work in the last seven minutes for a 9 goals to 8 victory that keeps them with chances to qualify for the next round. 
 
Match Progression:
 
Desert Palm: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-6/ 8-6/ 9-8
Top Scorers of the match: Camilo Castagnola (Desert Palm) & Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) 5 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Mahra won the “derby” against Habtoor Polo in OT by 10 goals to 9 with Jerónimo del Carril scoring the winning goal for patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team that gives them a secure place in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup 2018.
 
It was a very tough match, even in actions and score. Chances were equal and anyone could have won, but it was that great action by Del Carril after winning the first OT throw-in that made the difference and gave Mahra the victory.
 
Mahra: 1-2/ 3-5/ 6-6/ 7-8/ 9-9/ 10-9
Top Scorer of the match: Bautista Urbina (Habtoor) 5 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will return to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club next Monday with the last qualification matches for Zone A.
Zedan Polo will play against Wolves from 2 pm followed by UAE Polo against Abu Dhabi from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Abu Dhabi wins and is the first team to qualify for the Semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018

 

02/22/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Abu Dhabi Polo won his second match in a row and is the first team to qualify for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 semifinals after an exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Abu Dhabi defeated Zedan by 14 goals to 6 and Wolves won his match against UAE Polo by 8 goals to 6 results that put Zedan and Wolves in quarterfinal games.
 
In the opening game Abu Dhabi had a superb team performance and achieved a deserved victory that was built from the very beginning of the match. Patron Faris Al Yabhouni´s team had a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes and remained unstoppable till the very end.
 
Match Progression:
 
Abu Dhabi: 4-0/ 5-3/ 9-4/ 13-6/ 14-6
Top Scorer of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 9 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Wolves Polo achieved another great victory against UAE Polo (they also beat them in the McLaren Cup) after a great teamwork and attitude. Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor´s team fought hard during all the game to overcome a tough opponent like UAE Polo.
 
Wolves: 1-1/ 3-2/ 5-3/ 7-3/ 8-6
Top Scorer of the match: Manuel Crespo (Wolves) 4 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2pm Bin Drai will play against Desert Palm followed by Habtoor Polo facing Mahra from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A last second goal gives Bin Drai a great victory



02/18/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai defeated Habtoor Polo by 9 goals to 8 in the third action day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A last second goal scored by Matías Torres Zavaleta gave Bin Drai the triumph in an exciting match.

The game had two well-marked moments. In the first half Habtoor Polo had the control of the actions and the score achieving a three-goal difference in the first 14 minutes. However, in the second half Bin Drai made a great comeback and the game leaned to his side. They closed the gap at the end of the third chukker and took the lead in the fourth. With the match tied in 8 goals and 30 seconds to go, Matías Torres Zavaleta had the chance to score and did not fail.
 
Match Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 0-3/ 2-5/ 4-6/ 8-7/ 9-8
Top Scorer: Matías Torres Zavaleta (Bin Drai) 4 goals.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will resume on Thursday with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2 pm, Zedan will play agains Abu Dhabi followed by Wolves against UAE Polo from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy
 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mahra strikes first in the Zone B of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/17/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra defeated Desert Palm by 10 goals to 9 in the second action day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Mahra takes the lead in the Zone B after winning a very tough match against Desert Palm. After two even chukkers (2-2/ 3-3), patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team (replaced today by Khalid bin Drai) played a superb third chukka that gave them the lead by four goals. Mahra kept a 4-goal gap also on the fourth chukker and seemed to close the game without risks. However, Desert Palm foursome made a great comeback in the last period to tie the game in 9 goals with 1 minute to go, time when Benjamín Urquiza, after a great individual action, scored the winning goal for Mahra Polo Team. 
 
Match Progression:
 

Mahra: 2-2/ 3-3/ 8-4/ 9-5/ 10-9
Top Scorers: Isidro Strada (Mahra), Bartolomé Castagnola and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) 6 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with another single match for the third action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Habtoor Polo will play against Bin Drai from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Abu Dhabi and Zedan had a successful premiere at the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/16/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Abu Dhabi Polo Team and Zedan Polo had a successful debut at the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 that kick off today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Abu Dhabi defeated Wolves by 8 goals to 5 and Zedan won his match against UAE Polo by 13 goals to 9 in an attractive double action day.
 
In the opening game of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, two full speed initial chukkers by Abu Dhabi, with a 3-0 and 5-1 in the score, made the difference for the rest of the game despite Wolves great effort to get back in the match.
 
Match Progression:
 
Abu Dhabi: 3-0/ 5-1/ 5-2/ 6-4/ 8-5
Top Scorer of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 6 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Zedan Polo Team, the McLaren Cup winners and defending champions of the Gold Cup, started the 2018 edition in the best way.
Patron Amr Zedan´s team played a great match, with a perfect foursome performance and ten goaler superstar, Pablo Mac Donough scoring 7 goals.
 
Zedan: 2-2/ 5-3/ 7-5/ 13-5/ 13-9
Top Scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) 7 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with a single match for the second action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Mahra Polo will play against Desert Palm from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy
 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

UAE Polo wins the Masters Cup 2018



02/15/2018: DUBAI, UAE: UAE Polo Team is the new champion of the Masters Cup, the second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, after defeating Habtoor Polo in the final by a 5.5 goals to 5. In a very close match, HH Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum team won the trophy thanks to a great goal scored by teenager Lucas Monteverde Jr. after going in disadvantage during almost all the game.
 
Both teams played at a very high level and offered a great spectacle in field 2 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Before the final Wolves defeated RA Polo by 5 goals to 4 and achieved the third place of the Masters Cup.
 
Match Progression
 
FINAL - UAE: 1.5-2/ 1.5-3/ 3.5-4/ 5.5-5
 
THIRD PLACE - Wolves: 1-1/2-3/ 3-4/ 5-4
 
The Julius Bär Gold Cup
The Julius Bär Gold Cup, the most important tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, will begin tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A double action day will open the tournament, starting at 2pm with Wolves facing Abu Dhabi Polo Team followed by Zedan Polo against UAE Polo from 4pm.
 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UAE Polo wins and makes it to the final of the Polo Masters Cup



02/13/2018: DUBAI, UAE: In the third action day of the Masters Cup, the second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, UAE Polo won his match against Mahra and is the first team to qualify to the final of this tournament. A double action day was held this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with UAE Polo defeating Mahra by 10.5 goals to 7 and Habtoor Polo winning against RA Polo by 9 goals to 4. With these results, Habtoor Polo, Mahra and RA Polo will decide the remaining spot in the final by a penalty shootout to be held tomorrow from 10 am at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams up to 10-goal handicap are taking part of this tournament.

Match Progression:

UAE: 1.5-2/6.5-3/ 8.5-5/ 10.5-7
Habtoor: 2-2/6-2/ 8-3/ 9-4

The Masters Cup will come to an end next Thursday 15th February with the final of the tournament from 4 pm at field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Before the final a round robin will be held from 2 pm.
 

Monday, 12 February 2018

RA Polo have a successful debut in the Polo Masters Cup



02/12/2018: DUBAI, UAE: RA Polo defeated Wolves by 6 goals to 4 in the second day of action at the Polo Masters Cup, the second tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018. RA Polo, patron Rashid Al Falahi´s team, had a successful debut in the tournament with a deserved victory in the match held this afternoon at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams up to 10-goal handicap are taking part in this tournament.

Match Progression:

RA Polo: 1-0/3-1/ 5-3/ 6-4

The Masters Cup will continue tomorrow with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2 pm the winners of the opening day, Mahra and UAE Polo will be face to face followed by Habtoor Polo vs RA Polo from 4pm.
 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018, the region’s premier polo tournament celebrates its second year on its ne



02/11/2018: DUBAI, UAE: The region’s largest polo tournament, held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, returns for its ninth edition to its new home ground, the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club in Dubailand. The live draw for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 fixture was conducted on Sunday, 11 February 2018 at The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman & CEO of the Al Habtoor Group Founder of the Gold Cup Series and Patron of the Habtoor Polo team was joined by Saman Habibian, Head GCC International at Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., Joseph Rogan, Prestige Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates), Santiago Torreguitar, Tournament Director at Emirates Polo Association, and Victor Zhuravskiy, CEO, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC.
 
Held under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will open its gates to the public on 16 February 2018 with the long-awaited final scheduled for 9 March 2018. For the fourth consecutive year, the tournament is sponsored by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private bank. The highly anticipated and must-see event on the international polo calendar will host hundreds of polo fans from across the UAE, VIPs, and socialites who will get the chance to enjoy the great ambiance of the five-star property. 
 
Eight internationally renowned teams will be playing in this year’s tournament, which is said to be “a true testament to great polo tournaments within the UAE.” Participation has been confirmed by the UAE Polo Team led by Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “With eight world class teams and a line-up of exceptional players, polo fans and guests are guaranteed to experience some exciting matches and top sportsmanship in the coming weeks.”
 
Saman Habibian, Head GCC International at Bank Julius Baer & Co. said, “This year’s edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup is very special as it cements the game’s status as the leading polo competition in the region. Through this platform, Julius Baer is very excited to support Dubai’s emergence as a premier hub for equestrian sports and events. Polo perfectly embodies a commitment to exceptional quality and a heritage of excellence – values that we look to bring to our clients every day. We wish the competing teams all the success and a great show for the fans.” 
 
Winners of the 2018 Julius Baer Gold Cup will not only be awarded a prestigious title and trophy, but they will also be given timeless gifts from the sponsors and patrons.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Victories by Mahra and UAE Polo in the opening day of the Polo Masters Cup



02/11/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra Polo Team and UAE Polo Team premiered with two deserved victories in the opening day of the Polo Masters Cup, the second tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018. Mahra was defeated by 8 goals to 6 to Wolves and UAE Polo beat Habtoor by 5.5 goals to 4 in a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams with up to a 10-goal handicap took part in this tournament.

Match Progression: 
Mahra: 2-0/4-1/ 7-3/ 8-6
UAE: 4.5-0/5.5-0/ 5.5-1/ 5.5-4

The Masters Cup will resume tomorrow with RA Polo facing Wolves from 3 pm at field 2 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
 

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