The anticipation builds as the season approaches the Silver Cup Final 2019. The semifinals on Tuesday saw two exciting matches at the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
The afternoon opened with the game between Ghantoot Polo and Desert Palm Polo which took off with a quick lead for Ghantoot and ended the first chukker with 6 goals to 1. The team maintained its significant lead against Desert Palm through to half time at a 6 goal advantage. Efforts by the Castagnola brothers brought the scores in for Desert Palm; however, the excellent delivery of goals from Juan Gris Zavaleta kept Ghantoot ahead and bagged the win at 15 goals to 9.
An exciting game ensued with a face-off between two strong contenders of the Silver Cup – Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo. Both teams demonstrated a strong play and edged each other to a tie at 3-3 by the end of the second chukker. Tomas Panelo broke the tie from UAE Polo by the third chukker. The team kept the momentum and brought in 4 more goals by the fifth chukker both from Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio which closed the game with a score of 9 to 6 in favour of the UAE Polo team.
GHANTOOT 15-9 DESERT PALM
Ghantoot: Yousef Bin Dismal 0, César Crespo 4 (1 goal), Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (9), Martín Donovan 6 (5). Total: 18.
Desert Palm: Camilo Castagnola 5 (4 goals), Rashid Albawardi 2 (1), Martín Valent 5, Bartolito Castagnola 6 (4). Total: 18.
Score Ghantoot: 6-1, 7-3, 10-4, 11-7, 15-9.
UAE POLO 9-6 HABTOOR
UAE Polo: HH Sheikha Maitha 0, Vizcacha Benoit 6, Tomás Panelo 4 (6 goals), Alejandro Muzzio 8 (3). Total: 18.
Habtoor: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (1 goal), Hugo Lewis 3, Facundo Sola 9 (4), Tommy Beresford 6 (1). Total: 18.
Score UAE Polo: 1-1, 3-3, 4-5, 8-6, 9-6.
The Silver Cup will come to and end on Friday:
1:30pm, Hildon Cup Subsidiary Final: Mahra Polo vs Zedan Polo
4pm, SILVER CUP FINAL: Ghantoot Polo vs UAE Polo
THE DUBAI GOLD CUP SERIES IS STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV HERE.
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series:
-Silver Cup (18-goal): January 25 – February 8.
-Polo Masters Cup (10-goal): February 10-15.
-Julius Baer Gold Cup (18-goal): February 18 – March 8.
-Dubai Challenge Cup (18-goal): March 15-30.
-Dubai Cup (8-goal): April 2-12.