HH Sheikha Maitha and Team give a good account of themselves at popular annual breast-cancer awareness event
After what seemed like an unrelenting summer, the new polo season at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club kicked off with a splash of colour and an all-action polo match on a wind-swept Friday afternoon.
The opening day of the 2018-2019 season at the UAE’s only Royal polo club is traditionally dedicated to Pink Polo Day, an initiative aimed at raising awareness about breast-cancer, something that Ghantoot has comfortably been supporting for close to a decade.
And so it was that hundreds of enthusiastic revellers came together at the picturesque club to soak up the variety of entertainment, a high-calibre polo match and above all join the crusade to fight the dreaded disorder.
History was made at Ghantoot when Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, skippered the frrst-ever all-woman Emirati team in an exhibition match against the gentleman’s team of skilled national polo players.
Shaikha Maitha and her Ghantoot A team comprising Shaikha Mozah Marwan Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum, Shaikha Alyaa Marwan Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum and Maryam Ahmad Hassani, finished on the losing side against Ghantoot Goes Pink, featuring Abdullah Bin Dasmal, Yousif Bin Dasmal, Faris Al Yabhouni and Ali Al Merri.
Despite being defeated there were plenty of positives that the women’s team took home having kept a strong presence and stayed in the game against the more experienced and skilled Emirati men’s team.
Shaikha Maitha looked the standout player in Ghantoot A where she scored three scintillating goals, one in each of the first three chukkers.
It goes without saying that the girls team will come back stronger in their next match after working on their movement and co-ordination, something that will help raise their standard of play.
Abdullah Bin Dasmal and Faris Al Yabhouni showed that they will be a force to reckon with during the rest of the polo season when they struck six goals each.
“These are early days and we have a lot to look forward to,” said Bin Dasmal. “Full credit to Shaikha Maitha and her team, they made a promising start. Obviously they need the experience, but that will come in due course.
“I’m happy with the way I played and felt out there.
Shaikh Sultan Bin Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the chief guest and distributed the prizes to the winners.
Pink Polo Day is an initiative fronted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council 0ADSC) and supported by the Health Authorities and the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare (YSW).
Proud health partners, The Pink Caravan, Beverly Hills medical clinic & Al Rahba Hospital conducted free health checkups for all attendees on the day.
The entire Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was awash in the colour pink, which has become a strong symbol of breast cancer awareness.
The Dubai Police Band took advantage of the occasion to deliver a smart performance that emphasized and brought to the forefront their hidden talents.
The Pink Garden and Pink Souk were also a big hit among the many hundreds of enthusiasts who visited Ghantoot making the event the huge success.
Also returning to support Pink Polo day for the third consecutive year were Maserati Premier Motors.
Ghantoot A — Beverly Hills Polo Club
1) Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
2) Sheikha Alyaa Marwan Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum
3) Sheikha Mozah Marwan Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum
4) Maryam Ahmad Hassani
Ghantoot B — Goes Pink
1) Abdullah Bin Dasmal
2) Yousif Bin Dasmal
3) Faris Al Yabhouni
4) Ali Al Merri
Pink Polo Day Sponsors:
Governing Partner– Abu Dhabi Sports Council
In Association With– General Authority For Sports
Team Sponsor– Beverly Hills Polo Club
Official Car – Premier Motors Maserati
Official Hotel – Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Official Partner – Sobha Realty
Official Supporter – Ahmed Al Maghribi
Official Supporter – Bin Ham Travels
Official Supporter – Maison Samira Matouk
Official Supporter – Beverly Hills Medical Center
Official Supporter – Rahbha Hospital
Official Supporter – Ahalia Hospital
Official Supporter – Noor Al Wasl Clinic
Official Supporter – Al Manara Pharmacy
Official Supporter – Premier Events & Management
Official Supporter – Al Adiyaat Magazine
Official Supporter – Nails Time Spa & Salon
Official Supporter – Mah
Official Supporter -Oka Flowers
Official Supporter – Italian Factory
About Pink Polo:
Pink Polo, an awareness campaign initiative organized by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club is a fun day out created to support breast cancer awareness in the UAE. Built around a polo exhibition game, the day also hosts various of activities each year; giving a variety of entertainment options for the entire family including fun activities; magic shows; balloon release; football games; field shows; dancing shows; photo sessions with polo players and reserved picnic areas.
The key feature: the “Pink Health Education Area”, is a centre point where guests have the opportunity to talk to medical experts, learn self-examination techniques and other free medical checks.