The last qualifying matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup were held on Saturday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and Zedan, after defeating Bangash by 8 goals to 7, completes the semifinals line-up.
Patron Amr Zedan’s team had to fight until the very end in a very even match to join Abu Dhabi, Bin Drai Polo and Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo in the next stage.
With the four teams already qualified the matches in the next round will be the following: Bin Drai Polo will face Zedan and Abu Dhabi will play against Julius Baer Team.
In Saturday’s match, Pablo MacDonough was vital in Zedan’s victory, scoring 6 of the team’s 8 goals.
Zedan: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-3/ 5-4/ 8-7
In the first match of the day, Mahra defeated Abu Dhabi by 11 goals to 7 in a fast-paced, high-quality game of polo.
Mahra needed to win and wait for a Bangash victory to keep any chances to make it to the semifinals. They did their part, defeating a tough opponent, but Zedan’s victory left them no chances to qualify.
Mahra will next play in the Bentley Cup Semifinals against Desert Palm Next monday.
Jerónimo Del Carril (Mahra) was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Alfredo Capella the top scorer in Abu Dhabi with 4 goals.
Mahra: 0-2/ 4-3/ 8-3/ 10-5/ 11-7
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will contnue next monday 6th March at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Bentley Cup Semifinals.
Startng at 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Desert Palm followed by UAE Polo against Wolves.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup semifinals will be held next Tuesday 7th with Bin Drai playing against Zedan followed by Abu Dhabi against Julius Baer Team.
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Another exciting double action day was held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017. Habtoor Wolves and Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo defeated Mahra and Bangash Polo Team.
In the first match of the day, for sure one of the most exciting matches of the season till now, Wolves defeated Mahra by 10 goals to 9 in a match that was decided in the last action of the game.
A great goal by Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario gave Wolves the “in extremis” victory after a great comeback in the ffh chukker.
Mahra had the control of the match in the first half but Wolves never gave up and achieve to close a 3 goal gap in the fourth chukker to enter the last period one goal above (7-8).
In the last 7 minutes Wolves reaction was accomplished with Manuel Crespo scoring to even the match in 9 goals and the last action by Ferrario for the very celebrated triumph by Habtoor Wolves Team.
Wolves: 3-2/ 3-5/ 4-7/ 7-8/ 10-9
In the second match of the day, Julius Baer Team by Habtoor, with ten goaler Nicolás Pieres playing at a superb level, defeated Bangash by 11 goals to 8.
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor’s team played a great first half and achieved a comfortable 5 goal gap in the score (9-4). But Bangash fought hard to close the gap and managed to put some pressure on Julius Baer Team in the fourth chukker.
But Nico Pieres appeared with all his talent in the last seven minutes to warrant a deserved victory by 11 goals to 8.
Julius Baer: 4-2/ 7-4/ 9-4/ 9-5/ 11-8
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues next Tuesday with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Starting at 2pm, UAE Polo will play against Zedan followed by Desert Palm against Abu Dhabi Polo Team.
Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi Polo Team started the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017 in the best way by achieving two great victories against Desert Palm and UAE Polo in the double action day held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Dubai’s first luxury polo and equestrian community located in Dubailand.
Bin Drai defeated Desert Palm by 10 goals to 3 while Abu Dhabi won against UAE Polo by 12-10.
In the first match of the day, Bin Drai, team made up today by Tarik Al Habtoor, Gregorio Gelosi, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette needed the first two chukkers to warm up but from the third period onwards, and with the engines at full speed, they had the control of the actions and the score for a deserved 10 goals to 3 victory.
Francisco Elizalde was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals.
Bin Drai: 1-0/ 2-3/ 5-3/ 7-3/ 10-3
The second match of the day showed a much even and tough game, with two teams playing in a great level and the final score decided in the last minutes.
UAE Polo, winners of the McLaren Cup, started in a great shape and led the score in the first two chukkers. But a comeback by Abu Dhabi, with a 5-0 in the third chukker, gave them the lead from half time till the end of the game.
UAE Polo kept behind in the score by 1 goal and put a lot of pressure on Abu Dhabi. But patron Faris Al Yabhouni’s team, with Alfredo Capella playing at a great level, handled the situation and secured the victory in the last minutes with two consecutive goals for a 12-10 triumph.
Capella was the mvp and top scorer of the match with 10 goals (8 penalties).
Abu Dhabi: 1-3/ 3-5/ 8-5/ 9-8/ 12-10
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues tomorrow with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Starting at 2pm, Mahra will play against Wolves Polo followed by Julius Baer Habtoor Team against Bangash Polo.
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