Report and photos by Gonzalo Etcheverry/DPGC 2017.
Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo achieved this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club two important victories in the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
Julius Baer Team defeated Bin Drai by 11 goals to 10 and Zedan did the same with Wolves by 10 goals to 9.
Tight victories in two exciting matches that began with patron Mohammed Al Habtoor’s team winning with some suspense at the end after a comfortable lead during almost all the game.
Julius Baer Team made a great first half, with full speed high level polo that gave them a 7-1 and 9-3 lead in the second and third chukker.
Bin Drai Polo Team had a great reaction in the fourth chukker to close the gap to 3 goals and in the final period pushed hard to tie the match. Finally Julius Baer kept the difference for a 11-10 triumph.
Juan Zubiaurre (Julius Baer Team) was the mvp and top scorer in the winning team with 6 goals and Raúl Laplacette, also with 6 goals, Bin Drai’s top scorer.
Julius Baer: 3-1/ 7-1/ 9-3/ 10-7/ 11-10
The second match of the day was much more leveled from the kick-off. Zedan Polo and Wolves fought hard till the end.
Patron Amr Zedan’s team, with Pablo Mac Donough playing at a great level, managed to control the momentum of Wolves team.
Mac Donough scored 7 goals in Zedan’s victory by 10-9. Manuel Crespo, with 5, was the top scorer in Wolves Team.
Zedan: 2-1/ 6-3/ 8-5/ 9-7/ 10-9
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue this Friday 3rd March with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Starting at 2pm, UAE Polo will play against Julius Baer Team followed by Desert Palm against Wolves Polo.