By Gonzalo Etcheverry
Zedan Polo won the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the Middle East polo season, after defeating Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo in a great final by 10 goals to 8.
Team made up by patron Amr Zedan, Martín Gándara, Octavio Olmedo and 10 goaler superstar Pablo Mac Donough played a great game in field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club to achieve the third trophy in a row in the same amount of seasons.
Zedan won the first Julius Baer Gold Cup in 2015, in 2016 they achieved the McLaren Silver Cup and this year they lift the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series after winning a very tough match against Julius Baer Team.
Teamwork and patience were the main keys of the winning team in a very even match.
Score remained even in the first two chukkers and despite Zedan took the lead from the third period onwards, Julius Baer Team always put pressure on them and till the last minutes victory was not secured.
Finally it was a 10 goals to 8 triumph for a team that didn´t started the season in the best way but, in the two most important matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup (semifinal and final), showed up with full potential and with Pablo Mac Donough playing in a superb level.
Octavio Olmedo was the MVP of the match and Gete Pintura, played by Pablo Mac Donough in the 2nd and 4th chukker the Best Playing Pony.
Habtoor Al Habtoor, Wolves Team patron, was the amateur top scorer and Alfredo Capella, from Abu Dhabi Polo Team, the professional top scorer.
Zedan Polo: 1-1/ 4-4/ 7-5/ 9-7/ 10-8
Bentley Cup Final
Mahra Polo Team, foursome made up by patron Rashid Al Habtoor, Isidro Strada, Juan Ruíz Guiñazú and Jerónimo del Carril won the Bentley Cup after defeating Wolves by 11 goals to 8 in the final.
Mahra Polo: 3-1/ 3-3/ 7-3/ 9-7/ 11-8