Mahra and UAE Polo won the last matches of the last qualifying round and completed the draw of the Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open) semi-finals.
In an exciting afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort, Mahra and UAE achieved both victories in extra chukka to take the remaining spots in semi-finals and will join Bin Drai and Zedan Polo.
Mahra defeated Abu Dhabi by 8-7with Isidro Strada scoring the winning goal and Alejandro Novillo Astrada as the Most Valuable PLayer and top scorer of the match with 6 goals.
Same excitement was seen in the match held by UAE Polo and Edrees, also decided in OT with Matías Benoit scoring the winning goal in patron Sheika Maitha’s team.
After a great comeback by UAE Polo in the fourth chukka, the score remained tied during 14 minutes. The game was decided in the last seconds of the extra chukka after Benoit’s goal. Lucas Monteverde was the top scorer of UAE and the match with 5 goals.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue today with one match of the Hildon Cup semi-finals. Ghantoot will play against Abu Dhabi at Ghantoot Polo Club.
On Tuesday, 8 March, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort, three matches will be held. First, Julius Baer Polo Team and Edrees will complete the Hildon Cup semi-finals.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup semi-finals will also be held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort on the same day with Zedan facing UAE Polo and Bin Drai playing against Mahra.
The teams include:
• Abu Dhabi Polo Team: Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
• Bin Drai Polo Team: Patron Saeed Bin Drai
• Edrees Polo Team: Patron Sultan Edrees
• Ghantoot Polo Team: Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
• Julius Baer Polo team by Habtoor: Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
• Mahra Polo Team: Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
• UAE Polo Team: Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
• Wolves Polo Team: Patron Ahmed M Al Habtoor & Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor
• Zedan Polo Team: Patron Amr Zedan
About Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open)
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), the UAE’s premier polo tournament, takes place from Friday, 19 February 2016 to Friday, 11 March 2016. A record number of teams vie for this year’s title. The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is part of the Gold Cup Series. It immediately follows the McLaren Cup 2016. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament, played under HPA rules, is now in its seventh year. It has grown significantly since inception.