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.
 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Zedan Polo wins the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final


 
10 March 2017, DUBAI, UAE - By Gonzalo Etcheverry: Zedan Polo won the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after defeating Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo in a great final by 10 goals to 8.
 
Team made up by patron Amr Zedan, Martín Gándara, Octavio Olmedo and 10 goaler superstar Pablo Mac Donough played a great game in field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club to achieve the third trophy in a row in the same amount of seasons.
Zedan won the first Julius Baer Gold Cup in 2015, in 2016 they achieved the McLaren Silver Cup and this year they lift the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series after winning a very tough match against Julius Baer Team.
 
Teamwork and patience were the main keys of the winning team in a very even match.
Score remained even in the first two chukkers and despite Zedan took the lead from the third period onwards, Julius Baer Team always put pressure on them and till the last minutes victory was not secured. Finally it was a 10 goals to 8 triumph for a team that didn´t started the season in the best way but, in the two most important matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup (semifinal and final), showed up with full potential and with Pablo Mac Donough playing in a superb level.
 
Octavio Olmedo was the MVP of the match and Gete Pintura, played by Pablo Mac Donough in the 2nd and 4th chukker the Best Playing Pony.
Habtoor Al Habtoor, Wolves Team patron, was the amateur top scorer and Alfredo Capella, from Abu Dhabi Polo Team, the professional top scorer.
 
Match progression:
Zedan Polo: 1-1/ 4-4/ 7-5/ 9-7/ 10-8
 
Bentley Cup Final
Mahra Polo Team, foursome made up by patron Rashid Al Habtoor, Isidro Strada, Juan Ruíz Guiñazú and Jerónimo del Carril won the Bentley Cup after defeating Wolves by 11 goals to 8 in the final.
 
Match progression:
Mahra Polo: 3-1/ 3-3/ 7-3/ 9-7/ 11-8

 
 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo will play the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final




7th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE: Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo will play the great final of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after winning today their  respectives  matches in the semifinals of this trophy.

It was an exciting day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Julius Baer defeating Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 9 goals to 8 and Zedan Polo winning their match against Bin Drai in extra time by 7 goals to 6.
Both games were really exciting, with a good level of polo and two outstanding  peformances  by 10 goalers superstars Nicolás Pieres and Pablo Mac Donough in the winning teams.

In the first match of the day, Julius Baer made a great comeback in the third chukker to close a 4 goal gap and played an excellent second half to defeat a very tough opponent.
With  Pieres  playing a superb fourth chukker, scoring a couple of goals to give Julius Baer the lead, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team finally achieved a tough victory by 9 goals to 8 and the ticket to the Julius Baer Gold Cup final.
Nicolás Pieres and Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) were the top  scoreres  of the match with 5 goals each.

Match progression:
Julius Baer: 1-3/ 2-6/ 5-6/ 8-6/ 9-8

The second semifinal of the Julius Baer Gold Cup was pretty much the same. Bin Drai taking the lead in the first two chukkers and a great comeback by Zedan Polo in the third chukker to tie the game  in  5 goals apiece.
In the second  half  actions were really even with score  stucked  in 6 goals apiece during 14 minutes. 
That took the match to extra chukker were Pablo Mac Donough scored the golden goal after a great action to give Zedan Polo the victory by 7 goals to 6 and the ticket to the final.
Pablo Mac Donough, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Match progression:
Zedan: 1-4/ 3-4/ 5-5/ 6-6/ 6-6/ 7-6

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next  friday  at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final between  Zedan  and Julius Baer Team. Before the great final, Mahra and Wolves will be playing the Bentley Cup Final.
 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Wolves and Mahra will play the Bentley Cup Final




    6th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE: Wolves Polo and Mahra won today their respective matches for the semifinals of the Bentley Cup at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and will play next friday the final of this trophy.

Wolves defeated UAE Polo by 10 goals to 8 and Mahra achieved the victory against Desert Palm in extra chukker by 8 goals to 7

In the first match of the day, Wolves and UAE Polo played a come and go game with plenty of great actions. Team made by Ahmed Al Habtoor, Hugo Lewis, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario and Manuel Crespo played two great chukkers (2nd and 3rd) to achieve a 4 goal gap but in the fourth period UAE made a great comeback to put some pressure on the final chukker.
In the last seven minutes Wolves scored three consecutive goals for a 10-8 victory and the ticket to the Bentley Cup final.

Match progression:
Wolves: 0-1/ 5-2/ 6-2/ 7-6/ 10-8

In the second semifinal of the Bentley Cup, Mahra and Desert Palm held a very tight game that was decided, after a great goal by Isidro Strada, in favor of Mahra by 8 goals to 7.
From the very beginning both teams showed their intentions to achieve the remaining place in the final with a close score during all the match.
After a 7 goal apiece score in the fifth chukker the game went to OT. In the second action of this period Isidro Strada caught the ball in the 60 yards in attack to finish the action with a great goal and give Mahra the victory and the chance to play the final of the Bentley Cup next friday.

Match progression:
Mahra: 1-2/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 6-5/ 7-7/ 8-7

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals.
Starting at 2 pm, Bin Drai will be playing against Zedan followed by Abu Dhabi against Julius Baer Team.
 

Sunday, 05 March 2017

​Zedan makes it to the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals


4th March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: The last qualifying matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup were held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and Zedan, after defeating Bangash by 8 goals to 7, completes the semifinals schedule.

Patron Amr Zedan´s team had to fight till the very end in a very even match to join Abu Dhabi, Bin Drai Polo and Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo in the next stage.
With the four teams already qualified the matches in the next round will be the following: Bin Drai Polo will face Zedan and Abu Dhabi will play against Julius Baer Team.
In today´s match, Pablo Mac Donough, ten goaler superstar, was vital in Zedan´s victory scoring 6 of the 8 goals of his team.

Match progression:
Zedan: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-3/ 5-4/ 8-7

In the first match of the day, Mahra defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 7 in a full speed high level polo game.
Mahra needed to win his match and wait for a Bangash victory to keep any chances to make it to the semifinals. They did the homework and defeated a great opponent but finally Zedan´s victory left them no chances to qualify.
Mahra will play now the Bentley Cup Semifinals against Desert Palm next monday.
Jerónimo Del Carril (Mahra) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Alfredo Capella the top scorer in Abu Dhabi with 4 goals.

Match progression:
Mahra: 0-2/ 4-3/ 8-3/ 10-5/ 11-7

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next monday 6th March at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Bentley Cup Semifinals. Starting at 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Desert Palm followed by UAE Polo against Wolves. The Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals will be held next Tuesday 7th with Bin Drai playing against Zedan followed by Abu Dhabi against Julius Baer Team.
 
 

Sunday, 05 March 2017

​Julius Baer Team joins Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai Polo in the Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals



3rd March 2017, DUBAI, UAE by Gonzalo Etcheverry: Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo defeated UAE Polo in their last qualifying match and made it to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup together with Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai Polo.
Julius Baer Team defeated UAE by 12 goals to 9 and Desert Palm defeated Wolves by 9 goals to 6 in the second match of the day held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

Julius Baer and UAE Polo played an exciting match, vital for their chances to qualify to the semifinals. 
Both teams knew that victory was the ticket to the following round and patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team showed great concentration and teamwork from the very beginning.
A 3 goal gap at half time gave lot´s of confidence to Julius Baer Team, but they knew UAE Polo was going to fight hard to comeback in the match. And so they did. HH Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum´s team put a lot of pressure in the last two chukkers but Julius Baer Team, led by the outstanding ten goaler handicap, Nicolás Pieres, kept a high level and perfect teamwork to achieve the deserved victory by 12 goals to 9 and the ticket to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
Nicolás Pieres, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the match.

Match progression:
Julius Baer: 2-1/ 4-2/ 8-5/ 9-8/ 12-9

In the second match of the day, Desert Palm achieved their first victory in the tournament after defeating Wolves by 9 goals to 6.
Both teams played an enjoyable game with patron Tarek Albwardy´s team taking the lead by two goals from the second chukker and keeping the advantage till the very end of the match.
Manuel Crespo (Wolves) was the top scorer of the game with 5 goals.

Match progression:
Desert Palm: 2-2/ 5-3/ 7-4/ 9-6/ 9-6

The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow with the last qualifying matches at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Abu Dhabi followed by Zedan facing Bangash Polo.
 
 

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