Both Desert Palm and Habtoor Polo teams remain unbeaten as they battled it out on the fields of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club against Zedan and Mahra Polo teams respectively. Thus, they both qualified to the semifinals of the competition.
In the first match, Camillo “Jeta” Castagnola took the first 2 goals for Desert Palm Polo team, and the team stayed with a 3-goal lead until the third chukker. The team ended the match with a win against Zedan with 9 goals to 4.
The second match saw a strong defense demonstrated by both teams. Habtoor Polo took the lead against Mahra with Facu Sola scoring the first goal by the second chukker. Halfway through the match, Hugo Lewis scored a goal with a pass from Tommy Beresford whilst Mahra team drove home 2 goals from Pelayo Berazadi and a last-second goal from Tariq Al Habtoor. Habtoor kept the lead in the last two chukkers and finally closed the game at 7 goals to 5.
DESERT PALM 9-4 ZEDAN
Desert Palm: Rashid Albawardi 2, Jeta Castagnola 5 (8 goals), Bartolito Castagnola 6 (1), Facha Valent 5. Total: 18.
Zedan: Amr Zedan 0, Gato Gándara 5, Santiago Laborde 6, Rauli Laplacette 7 (4 goals). Total: 18.
Score Desert Palm: 2-0, 4-1, 4-1, 6-1, 9-4.
HABTOOR 7-5 MAHRA
Habtoor Polo: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Hugo Lewis 3 (1 goal), Facundo Sola 9 (6), Tommy Beresford 6. Total: 18.
Mahra: Tariq Al Habtoor 1 (1 goal), Diogo Gallego 5 (1), Jaime García Huidobro 7, Pelayo Berazadi 5 (3). Total: 17.
Score Habtoor: 0‐0, 2-0, 5-2, 6-3, 7-5.
The Silver Cup will continue on Tuesday:
11am: Abu Dhabi Polo vs. Ghantoot Polo
4pm: UAE Polo vs Dubai Wolves
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.