Report and photos Gonzalo Etcheverry/DPGC 2017.
Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo will play the great final of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after winning today their respectives matches in the semifinals of this trophy.
It was an exciting day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Julius Baer defeating Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 9 goals to 8 and Zedan Polo winning their match against Bin Drai in extra time by 7 goals to 6.
Both games were really exciting, with a good level of polo and two outstanding peformances by 10 goalers superstars Nicolás Pieres and Pablo Mac Donough in the winning teams.
In the first match of the day, Julius Baer made a great comeback in the third chukker to close a 4 goal gap and played an excellent second half to defeat a very tough opponent.
With Pieres playing a superb fourth chukker, scoring a couple of goals to give Julius Baer the lead, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team finally achieved a tough victory by 9 goals to 8 and the ticket to the Julius Baer Gold Cup final.
Nicolás Pieres and Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) were the top scoreres of the match with 5 goals each.
Julius Baer: 1-3/ 2-6/ 5-6/ 8-6/ 9-8
The second semifinal of the Julius Baer Gold Cup was pretty much the same. Bin Drai taking the lead in the first two chukkers and a great comeback by Zedan Polo in the third chukker to tie the game in 5 goals apiece.
In the second half actions were really even with score stucked in 6 goals apiece during 14 minutes.
That took the match to extra chukker were Pablo Mac Donough scored the golden goal after a great action to give Zedan Polo the victory by 7 goals to 6 and the ticket to the final.
Pablo Mac Donough, with 6 goals, was the top scorer of the match.
Zedan: 1-4/ 3-4/ 5-5/ 6-6/ 6-6/ 7-6
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue Friday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final between Zedan and Julius Baer Team. Before the great final, Mahra and Wolves will be playing the Bentley Cup Final.