Zedan and Bin Drai Polo will Play the Final
Zedan and Bin Drai Polo will play the Final after winning their respective matches in Semi Finals against UAE Polo and Wolves on Tuesday 2 February. Zedan defeated UAE Polo by 12 goals to 8 and Bin Drai Polo did the same with Wolves by 9-5. After two great Semi Finals, Zedan and Bin Drai, who have already played in the qualifying rounds, will meet on Friday 5 February for the deciding match of the first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. It was also a great day for the patrons with Amr Zedan (Zedan), Sheika Maitha (UAE Polo) and Saeed Bin Drai (Bin Drai Polo) scoring two goals each in their respective matches. In the first Semi Final, Zedan had to battle hard to defeat a tough line-up for the UAE Polo Team. Sheika Maitha´s team had a great start taking the lead by 4 goals to 2 in the first chukka and increasing the gap during the first minutes of the second period. That was until Pablo MacDonough fired up his 10 goal engine to score four consecutive goals which took Zedan into the lead by one goal at the end of the second chukka. In the second half, Zedan´s team managed to take control of the match to secure the victory and the ticket to the McLaren Cup Final. Pablo MacDonough was the top scorer of the match with 8 goals and Jack Hyde, with 3 goals, was the top scorer in UAE Polo.
In the second Semi Final, things were a little easier for Bin Drai, despite the continuous defence of the Wolves team. In the second half, the talented Guille Terrera led Bin Drai´s team to the victory with a great performance, well supported by his teammates. Raúl Laplacette with 4 goals was the top scorer of the match and Diego Araya, scoring 3, the top scorer for Wolves team.
The McLaren Cup Final teams:
Bin Drai Polo: Saeed Bin Drai (0), Marcos Panelo (4), Guillermo Terrera (8) & Raúl Laplacette (6)
Zedan: Amr Zedan (0), Martin Gandara (4), Pelayo Barasadi (4) & Pablo MacDonough (10)
Photograph: Zedan vs UAE Polo in the McLaren Cup Semi Final. By Gonzalo Etcheverry