Report and photos by Gonzalo Etcheverry/DPGC 2017.
Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm won their respective matches for the third day of action of the McLaren Cup held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
Habtoor Polo remains unbeaten in the tournament after defeating UAE Polo by 9 goals to 7.5 while Desert Palm achieved their first victory in the Mc Laren Cup after defeating Wolves Polo by 13 goals to 6.
Desert Palm and Wolves opened the third day of the tournament with a match that started even but showed, from the second chukker onwards, a great team performance by patron´s Tariq Albwardy team.
A five goal gap in the second and fourth chukker gave them a wide margin to control the game and finally close it by 13 goals to 6.
Alejo Taranco (Desert Palm) was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) the MVP.
Desert Palm: 3-2/ 7-3/ 8-5/ 11-6/ 13-6
In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo defeated, after a great comeback in the fifth chukker, UAE Polo by 9 goals to 7.5.
Both teams played a great match, with full speed action and good polo level. UAE Polo, with Guillermo Terrera and Pablo Terrera replacing injured Lucas Monteverde and Matías Benoit, had a very good first half.
With Terrera and Hyde “on fire”, UAE took possession of the actions and the score.
In the second half, with Alfredo Capella playing at a great level and scoring almost every opportunity near the goalposts, Habtoor Polo closed the gap in the fourth chukker and completed the comeback in the last seven minutes for a great victory that keeps them unbeaten in the McLaren Cup.
Capella was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals and Juan Zubiaurre (Habtoor Polo) the MVP.
Habtoor: 0-1.5/ 0-2.5/ 2-4.5/ 5-6.5/ 9-7.5
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the debut of Mahra Polo in the tournament playing against Bin Drai from 4 pm.
Seven polo teams will be participating in the McLaren Cup 2017 18-goal handicap:
- Mahra Polo – Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor
- Bin Drai Polo Team – Patron: Saeed Bin Drai
- Habtoor Polo Team – Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor
- UAE Polo Team – Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
- Zedan Polo Team – Patron: Amr Zedan
- Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor
- Desert Palm Polo Team – Tariq Albwardy