Ancora wins the UAE National Day Challenge Polo Cup 2022
The Saudi Ancora team was crowned the National Day Polo Challenge Cup, which was organized by the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club at the Sultan Bin Zayed Stadium in the Ghantoot Club, under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Club, as part of the country’s 51st UAE National Day celebrations. In the final, the Ghantoot team came in the runner-up, and the Al Habtoor team came third.
The closing ceremony was impressive, enjoyed by the audience, with the participation of folklore bands, Abu Dhabi Police musicians, small pony horses and camels. The audience also enjoyed the closing day matches of the event.
The final round of the championship witnessed the application of the American polo system, which provides the opportunity for the participation of the largest number of teams due to the flexibility of the system, which witnessed the application of a regulation of disengagement between the three teams participating in the three-round system from one round.
The matches resulted in Ghantoot tied with Ancora, the leaders, with a goal for each team, after an exciting and equal match, and Ankora scored Khaled Al-Omran, and Ghantoot Nasser Al-Shamsi, and Ancora tied with Al Habtoor with two goals for each team, and Lancora Kelly and Khaled Al-Omran scored, and Habtoor Nicholas and Diaz.
In the third match, the Ghantoot team succeeded in defeating Al Habtoor 4-3, and Nasser Al Shamsi and Ali Al Marri scored for the Ghantoot team (two goals each), and for Al Habtoor Diaz Al Berdi and Raja Abu Al Jaban. The matches were refereed by Oscar Colombus.
At the end of the tournament, Saeed bin Hofan Al Mansoori, Vice Chairman of the Club, and Khalid Saeed Al Marzouqi, Executive Director of the Club, crowned the three teams. Match referees, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Emirates Heritage Club and Abu Dhabi Police were also honored.
The honors included the sons of Fahd Al Qubaisi, the polo player, as the best Emirati outfit on the occasion of the National Day, and the sons of Dr. Walid Al Muhairbi came in second place.