ABU DHABI: Ghantoot Polo team beat Bangash 9-8 while Al Habtoor edged past UAE Polo team as the 20th edition of the HH President of UAE Polo Cup got off to a perfect start at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club on Wednesday.
In another match, Abu Dhabi registered an easy win over Desert Palm 14-13.
The 2019 edition of the HH President of the UAE Cup was won by Desert Palm, who defeated the UAE Polo Team 10-8 in a thrilling final.
Held in the name of The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and under the patronage of Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the two-week long event has attracted some of the leading polo players in the UAE and from around the world.
Six teams are in fray at the prestigious 18-handicap tournament, which offers a lucrative prize purse of Dh 500,000.
The format for the event is a round-robin league with the two top teams qualifying for the Grand Final. The competing teams include hosts Ghantoot, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Desert Palm, Al Habtoor and Bangash.
The governing partner for the HH President of the UAE Cup is Abu Dhabi Sports Council and it’s being held in association with the Emirates Polo Association.
Event Sponsors include YAS Capital Investments, YAS International Properties LLC, YAS International Development, YAS International Holding, YAS International Investment and La Roche Pharmacy – Official Tournament Car : Maserati – Premier Motors.
Results of the opening day
Abu Dhabi 8 Desert Palm 3
Abu Dhabi: Faris Al Yabhouni 0 (1 goal), Cesar Crespo 4 (1), Alfredo Cappella 9 (2), Martin Donovan 5 (4). Total: 18.
Desert Palm: Yousef Bin Desmal 0, Ramiro Cordero 5 (1 goal), Martín Valent 5 (1), Manuel Toccalino 6. Total: 16.
Score Abu Dhabi: 1-0, 3-1, 7-1, 7-2, 8-3.
Al Habtoor 14 UAE Polo 13
Al Habtoor: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (1 goal), Félix Esaín 2 (1), Mín Podestá 7 (1), Facundo Sola 9 (11). Total: 18.
UAE Polo: Sheikha Maitha 0, Benjamin Panelo 4 (1 goal), Tomás Panelo 6 (4), Tommy Beresford 6 (8). Total: 16.
Score Habtoor: 3-4, 7-5, 9-8, 12-11, 14-13.
Ghantoot 9 Bangash 8
Ghantoot: Nasser Al Shamsi 1, Marcos Panelo 4, Pablo Llorente 6, Cacu Araya 7. Total: 18.
Bangash: Heider Bangash 0, Federico Von Potobsky 5, Manuel Elizalde 6, Juanchi Ambroggio 6. Total: 17.
Score Ghantoot: 1-1, 2-6, 3-6, 5-7, 9-8.
March 16: 3:30pm: Habtoor vs Bangash
March 17: Ghantoot vs Abu Dhabi: 2:30pm, Desert Palm vs UAE Polo: 4:30pm
March 20: 3:30pm: Ghantoot vs UAE Polo
March 21: Desert Palm vs Bangash: 2:30pm, Al Habtoor vs Abu Dhabi: 4:30pm
March 24: Semi-finals
March 27: Match for fifth place: 2:30pm, Final of HH President of UAE Polo Cup: 5pm