The most prestigious polo tournament in region opened with two exciting games – Abu Dhabi Polo vs. Ghantoot Polo and Dubai Wolves vs. AM/UAE Polo teams.
The first goal was scored by Martin Donovan, an angle shot which gained Abu Dhabi Polo team its one-goal advantage at the end of the first chukker. Marcos Panelo Jr. raked in the first goal for Ghantoot Polo team that was matched by Alfredo Cappella during the second chukker. The advantage was still in favour of Abu Dhabi Polo by half time and Faris Al Yabhouni, patron of the team scored a goal during the penultimate chukker. Pablo Llorente of Ghantoot Polo was able to steal the lead briefly but the Abu Dhabi managed to end the fourth chukker with a two-goal advantage. The determining chukker had Ghantoot Polo close in on its opponent but the time wasn’t enough and the game ended with 10 goals to 9 in favour of Abu Dhabi Polo team.
Match Progression: 1 – 0 | 2 -1 | 4 – 3 | 8 – 6 | 10 – 9
Top scorer: Marcos Araya, Ghantoot Polo, 5 goals
The second match between Dubai Wolves and AM/UAE Polo was a close one from start to finish. The first goal was delivered by Juan Gris Zavaleta for Dubai Wolves and the teams were tied by halftime from a goal by Habtoor Al Habtoor. Both teams defended its position with a goal each from Santiago Cernadas and Juan Gris. The win was imminent for Dubai Wolves at the fifth chukker however Jacinto Crotto scored two fast goals that paved the victory for AM/UAE Polo that resulted in a final score of 5 goals to 4.
Match Progression: 0 – 1 | 2 – 1| 2 – 2 | 3 – 3 | 5 – 4
Top scorers of the match: Santiago Cernadas, Jacinto Crotto, Habtoor Al Habtoor, Juan Gris Zavaleta, 2 goals each
The Standard Chartered Gold Cup will continue on the 19th of February, Wednesday with a match between Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo teams at 14:00 and at 16:00 UAE Polo will play against Bangash Polo team. Catch the action live in Field 3 at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club or watch it online on Pololine TV’s livestream.Email This Post