HH Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Khalifa Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan made his debut at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club when he featured in a thrilling 5-5 draw between Ghantoot A and B teams, a match worthy of the venue’s annual Al Amal Polo Day.
Al Amal Polo Day is an initiative that attempts to raise awareness and build support for children with special needs.
The event was staged under the banner of Year of Zayed.
Sheikh Tahnoon led Ghantoot A, which also comprised Faris Al Yabhouni, Ali Al Marri and Martin Donovan, against Ghantoot B, featuring Ahmed Bin Desmal, Yousif Bin Desmal, Nasser Al Shamsi and Bautista Begueerie.
Al Yabhouni fired Ghantoot A’s first goal with Yousaf and Begueeri giving Gantoot B the edge as the game sparked to life in front of a captivated crowd at the UAE’s only Royal Polo Club.
Ghantoot A drew level at 3-3 in the second chukker when Al Yabhouni, who looks to be in good form this season, Donovan scored as Yousaf helped himself to his second goal of the game.
It looked to be anybody’s match with the teams looking respectful of each other and were pleased to settle for a 5-5 draw after Yabhouni hit his third goal to emerge top scorer.
“It was a game the everyone expected, tough and competitive,” he said. “I think the draw was a fair result.”
The event was organized under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, who is one of the major supporters of polo in the UAE.
Mr Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Managing Director, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, thanked the players for delivering an entertaining match.
“We are delighted to have had HH Sheikh Tahnoon join us on this special occasion and participate in the exhibition polo match.”
“Events like Al Amal Polo Day are now well established on the UAE polo calendar. It allows us at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club to show that we care about our community and help children and their families in need.
“We are proud to have our sponsors, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Premier Motors, Maserati continue to show their support for prestige events like Al Amal Polo day, and we would also like to thank Holiday Group – Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Sobha Realty, Ahmed Al Maghribi and Noor Al Wasl Clinic for their valuable partnership,” he added.
“I have long believed that sport is a wonderful and easy way to spread the message of charities like Al Amal Polo Dayas it has the power to cut cross boundaries.”
Al Nuaimi also hailed the event a big success and reiterated that sport is the perfect way to spread the message of charities like Al Amal Polo Dayas it has the power to cut cross boundaries.”
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club made special arrangements to ensure that all the fans and families enjoyed a great day out with exciting activities like pony riding, live horse shows, magicians and face painting zones for kids.
There were also prizes, courtesy Maserati Premier Motors and Holiday Group – Golden Tulip Al Jazeera , that wereawarded to the Best Dressed Lady, Gent and Couple, in addition to the lady wearing the best hat.
Beverly Hills Clinic gave away gift Gift Vouchers worth Dh 600 while y Ahmed Al Maghribi gave away perfumes to delighted winners.
- Ghantoot A
- Sheikh Thanoon Bin Khalifa Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan
- Fares Al Yabhouni
- Ali Al Marri
- Martin Donovan
- Ghantoot B
- Ahmed Bin Desmal
- Youssef Bin Desmal
- Nasser Al Shamsi
- Bautista Beguerie
- UMPIRE:Manuel Toccalino
- OFFICIAL SPONSORS
- Governing Partner: Abu Dhabi Sports Council
- Official Car: Maserati Premier Motors
- Official Hotel Sponsor: Holiday Group – Golden Tulip Al Jazeera
- Official Sponsor: Sobha Realty
- Official Perfume: Ahmed Al Maghribi
- Official Medical Partner:Noor Al Wasl Clinic
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT GHANTOOT
December 8-21:Emirates Open Polo Championship
January 25: Red Crescent Charitable Polo Match
March 13-25: HH President of UAE Polo Cup
April 6: British Polo Day