The Semifinals of the Dubai Open 2019 comes to an exciting end as UAE Polo faced Desert Palm on the first match and Habtoor Polo competed against Abu Dhabi Polo team.
The first match saw both UAE Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams neck and neck all the way up to the third chukker closing it in at 6 goals to 5 in favour of UAE Polo. At the fourth chukker, UAE Polo created three-goal advantage as they scored four goals from Alejandro Muzzio, some penalty shots and a last second goal by Matias Benoit which ended the chukker at 10 goals to 7.
Desert Palm’s Bart Castagnola was able to score a goal at the last chukker but was offset by a goal from Alejandro Muzzio, 20 seconds short of the final buzzer. The match concluded with a final score of 11 – 8 in favor of UAE Polo.
UAE Polo team: 3 – 2 | 3 – 4 | 6 – 5 | 10 – 7 | 11 – 8
Spectators who came to see the last match of the semifinals were not disappointed as the competing teams delivered an intense match. The first chukker had seen Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of Habtoor Polo, score the first goal from the first line out and the team proceeded to hold the lead until the end of the second chukker at 6 goals to 3.
Facundo Sola and Alfredo Cappella traded in penalties for either side throughout and locked the fourth chukker at 10 goals to 9 with Habtoor Polo still on the lead. At the last chukker, Alfredo Cappella’s goal for the Abu Dhabi Polo team created a tie which was broken by Hugo Lewis placing the lead back to Habtoor Polo. The team held on until the end and took the win with a one-goal lead, 11 goals to 10.
Habtoor Polo team: 3 – 1 | 6 – 3 | 8 – 7 | 10 – 9 | 11 – 10
The Julius Baer Gold Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament continues with its Semi Finals on 5th March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. UAE Polo will play against Desert Palm Polo at 14:00 and at 16:00, Habtoor Polo compete with Abu Dhabi Polo team.
(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis)
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.