Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Habtoor Polo and Mahra winners in the opening day of the Dubai Cup 2017


 
3rd April 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo and Mahra Polo began the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, in the best way by winning their respective matches against Dr. A-Bangash and Wolves.
 
It was a very attractive double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with Mahra defeating Wolves by 9 goals to 3.5 and Habtoor Polo achieving a 7 goals to 4 victory against Dr. A-Bangash. In both matches, winners took control of the game from the very beginning and kept a great polo level to guarantee a deserved victory.
 
Matches progression:

Mahra: 4-1.5/ 5-1.5/ 8-2.5/ 9-3.5
Habtoor: 3-1/ 6-2/ 7-3/ 7-4

The Dubai Cup, held by four teams from 6-8 goals handicap, will continue next Wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort. Starting at 4 pm, Wolves Polo will play against Dr. A-Bangash and from 5 pm Habtoor Polo will face Mahra.
 

Sunday, 02 April 2017

Bin Drai Polo wins the Dubai Challenge Cup


31th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Bin Drai Polo Team won the Dubai Challenge Cup after defeating Habtoor Polo in the final by 9 goals to 8 in an exciting match enjoyed by a huge crowd at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team wins this trophy for the second year in a row to close the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017.
Bin Drai and Habtoor Polo played a great match, with high polo level and full of excitement till the last seconds of the game.
 
Team made up by patron Saeed Bin Drai, Gregorio Gelosi, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette started the final in a great shape achieving a 5-0 difference in the first two chukkers.
Despite of the big gap in the score, Habtoor Polo, with 10 goaler Nicolás Pieres leading the team, kept the necessary calm to stay in the game and slowly started the comeback.
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team showed a great performance from the third chukker onwards to close the gap to one goal. But Bin Drai, despite of the pressure in the score, kept a great teamwork and with Francisco Elizalde “on fire” maintain the lead.
In the last minute of the game Habtoor scored and had the chance to tie the match, but finally Bin Drai achieved the victory by 9 goals to 8 to lift the Dubai Challenge Cup for the second year in a row.
 
Francisco Elizalde was the MVP of the final and mare Capacidad, owned by Nicolás Pieres and played in the 3rd and 5th chukker, was the Best Playing Pony of the final.
Faris Al Yabhouni, Abu Dhabi Polo Team patron, was the amateur top scorer of the tournament with 9 goals.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 4-0/ 5-0/ 5-3/ 7-6/ 9-8
 
Zedan Polo Team defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 9.5 to claim the Subsidiary Cup of the Dubai Challenge Cup. Zedan superstar Pablo Mac Donough was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals.
 
Match progression:
Zedan Polo: 2-0.5/ 5-2.5/ 8-4.5/ 11-7.5/ 11-9.5
Dubai Cup- Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017
 
From Sunday 2nd April till Friday 7th, the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, will be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort. Four teams, from 6 to 8 goals handicap, will be taking part of this tournament that will start next Sunday 2nd April from 3pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort. The teams of the Dubai Cup 2017 are: Habtoor Polo, Mahra Polo, Dr. A-Bangash and Wolves Polo.
 
 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Zedan wins and will play the Subsidiary final of the Dubai Challenge Cup against Abu Dhabi


 
29th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Zedan Polo Team defeated Bangash by 7 goals to 5 in today´s Subsidiary Semifinal of the Dubai Challenge Cup and will play the Subsidiary Final against Abu Dhabi next friday.
 
In today´s match, Bangash had the control of the actions and the score during almost all the game but in the last chukker superstar Pablo Mac Donough showed up to change things and give Zedan the victory. From the very beginning, patron Haider Bangash team fought hard to take control of the game and with a great teamwork achieved a 2 goal gap in the score, difference that kept till the fourth period. In the last 14 minutes Zedan, led by Mac Donough, closed the gap to 1 goal and kept on going in the last chukker for a final 7 goals to 5 triumph. Pablo Mac Donough was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Federico Von Potobsky the top scorer in Bangash Polo with 3 goals.
 
Match progression:
Zedan: 0-2/ 1-3/ 2-4/ 4-5/ 7-5
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup will continue next Friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the great final between Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai from 4.30 pm.
The Subsidiary Final, to be held from 2 pm, with have Zedan playing against Abu Dhabi.
 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai will play the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup


28th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai Polo Team will play next friday the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup after winning today their respectives matches for the semifinals of the tournament.
 
Bin Drai defeated Mahra by 13 goals to 10 and Habtoor did the same against Wolves by 8 goals to 4 in a great double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
With this results Bin Drai and Habtoor will be, like 2016 edition, the finalists of the Dubai Challenge Cup,  the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
In the first game of the day, Bin Drai Polo learned from the mistakes made in the last qualifying match against the same rival and had a great performance this afternoon.
From the very beginning patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team was concentrated and played at a great level to defeat the “never surrender” Mahra team.
Finally it was a 13 goals to 10 victory with Raúl Laplacette as the top scorer in the winning team with 6 goals and Jerónimo del Carril, also with 6, the top scorer in Mahra.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 4-2/ 6-3/ 6-6/ 10-8/ 13-10
 
In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo also had to battle hard to defeat always tough Wolves Polo Team. Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great second half, with 10 goaler Nicolás Pieres leading the team for a deserved triumph by 8 goals to 4.
Pieres was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals.
 
Match progression:
Habtoor Polo: 0-1/ 2-1/ 3-2/ 5-2/ 8-4
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup will continue tomorrow with the Subsidiary semifinal between Zedan Polo and Bangash Polo. This match will be held from 4 pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Wolves and Bin Drai Polo complete the semifinals schedule of the Dubai Challenge Cup


26th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  The penalty shootout held this morning at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club decided that Bin Drai and Wolves will play the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup along with Mahra and Habtoor Polo.
 
The penalty shootout was held by Abu Dhabi Polo Team, Wolves Polo and Bin Drai Polo with the last two teams going through the next stage.
The semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup will be the following: Habtoor Polo will play against Wolves and Mahra will face Bin Drai.
This matches will be held next tuesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Habtoor vs Wolves playing at 3 pm and Bin Drai vs Mahra from 4.30 pm.
 
Abu Dhabi Polo Team will play the final of the Subsidiary Cup next friday before the Dubai Challenge Cup final. The rival of Abu Dhabi will be the winner of the Subsidiary semifinal between Zedan Polo and Bangash Polo. This match will be held next Wednesday 29th March.
 
Next matches for the Dubai Challenge Cup:
 
Semifinals- Tuesday 28th March
3 pm: Habtoor Polo vs Wolves
4.30 pm: Mahra vs Bin Drai Polo
 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Mahra Polo wins and also makes it to the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup


25th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Mahra Polo defeated Bin Drai by 10 goals to 9 and is the second team to qualify for the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Mahra joins Habtoor Polo in the next stage of the tournament. The remaining two spots in the semifinals will be decided tomorrow, from 11 am at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, in a penalty shootout held by Abu Dhabi Polo Team, Wolves Polo and Bin Drai Polo.
 
In the first match of the day, Abu Dhabi Polo Team defeated Bangash by 9 goals to 5 and earned the right to play the penalty shootout.
Patron Faris Al Yabhouni and teammate Alfredo Capella were the top scorers of the match with 3 goals each.
 
Match progression:
Abu Dhabi: 2-1/ 3-1/ 4-3/ 7-4/ 9-5
 
The second match of the day was one of the best games of the tournament. Great polo (despite of the rainy day), two very different periods and an exciting last minute to decide the match in favor of Mahra.
 
Bin Drai started at full speed achieving a six goal difference at the beginning of the third chukker but Mahra made a great comeback to close the gap to 1 goal (6-7) at half time.
In the fourth chukker, patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team tied the game in 8 goals apiece and in the last period, with a great performance by Jerónimo del Carril (top scorer of the match with 7 goals), Mahra achieved an exciting last minute victory to qualify for the semifinals of the Dubai Challenge Cup.
 
Match progression:
Mahra: 1-3/ 1-6/ 6-7/ 8-8/ 10-9
 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Bin Drai had a successful premiere in the Dubai Challenge Cup


22nd March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: Bin Drai Polo defeated Zedan by 8 goals to 6 in today´s debut at the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team played a great second half, with a great comeback in the fourth chukker, to defeat the Gold Cup champions in a very tough match.
In Bin Drai today´s line up, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario replaced injured Francisco Elizalde.
 
After a 1 goal apiece first chukker, Zedan took the lead in the match and achieved a 3 goal difference at half time. But in the fourth chukker Bin Drai put their engines at full speed to, first tie the game (4-4), and then keep on going in the final period for a 8 goals to 6 triumph.
Raúl Laplacette in Bin Drai and Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan), with 4 goals each, were the top scorers of the match.
 
Match progression:
Bin Drai: 1-1/ 1-2/ 1-4/ 4-4/ 8-6
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Habtoor Polo playing against Wolves from 4 pm.
 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wolves defeats Abu Dhabi in a thrilling match


20th  March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  The third day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed showed an exciting match between Wolves Polo and Abu Dhabi.
 
Wolves defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 10 in a thrilling game that was decided in the last second of the match with a great goal scored by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario. Both teams played five even chukkers with the lead in the score changing constantly. Abu Dhabi achieved a two goal difference in the fourth chukker that seemed to give them a slight advantage for the final seven minutes.
But Wolves made a great comeback in the last chukker to turn things over. First with a great individual action by Tariq Al Habtoor to score the best goal of the match, then with two more goals by Manuel Crespo and finally the last second shot by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario for a celebrated victory by 11-10.
 
Manuel Crespo (Wolves) was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals and Joaquín Pittaluga the top scorer in Abu Dhabi with 4.
 
Match progression:
Wolves: 2-1/ 3-4/ 5-6/ 7-9/ 11-10
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues next Wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Zedan Polo playing against Bin Drai from 4.30 pm.
 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Habtoor Polo defeats Bangash in the second day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup


19th  March 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Habtoor Polo defeated Bangash by 11 goals to 7 in the second day of action for the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great second half, with superstar Nicolás Pieres in a brilliant afternoon for a deserved win in a match held at the main field of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. After two even chukkers, Habtoor Polo achieved to break away in the third period with a 3 goal gap difference that was vital for the rest of the match. In the last two chukkers, Habtoor Polo kept on going and despite Bangash efforts victory was already secure with a 4 goal gap in the last 7 minutes of the game.
 
The final score was 11 goals to 7 for Habtoor with Nico Pieres scoring 8 goals in the winning team and Federico Von Potobksy 3 goals in Bangash.
 
Match progression:
Habtoor Polo: 2-1/ 5-4/ 8-5/ 11-6/ 11-7
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Wolves Polo facing Abu Dhabi from 4.30 pm at field 2.
 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mahra wins in the opening match of the Dubai Challenge Cup


18 March 2017, DUBAI, UAE By Gonzalo Etcheverry:  Mahra Polo Team defeated Zedan Polo by 11 goals to 9 in the opening match of the Dubai Challenge Cup, the fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held under the patronage of HH Sheik Maktoum Bin Mohammed.
 
Both teams, winners of the recent Bentley Cup and Julius Baer Gold Cup, played an attractive and even game at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with a first half of full speed polo.
Goals were scored in almost every attack and a slight difference in favor of Mahra kept them in the lead. Only in the last minutes of the fifth chukker, after two consecutive goals, Mahra achieved to secure a hard worked victory. Isidro Strada (Mahra) and Alejo Taranco for Zedan were the top scorers of the game with 5 goals each.
 
Match progression:
Mahra: 3-2/ 4-4/ 8-6/ 9-8/ 11-9
 
The Dubai Challenge Cup continues tomorrow with another great match at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 4.30, Habtoor Polo will play against Bangash Polo in field 1.
 
 

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