Both Zedan Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams had a successful day at Dubai Silver Cup matchday 5 as they won against Mahra and Habtoor Polo teams, respectively. Zedan got off to a flying start with 4 goals in the first chukka from Raul Laplacette and they kept the momentum up to half time where they went into the break at 7-2. Laplacette with 6 goals to his name in the first half and Diogo Gallego and Pelayo Berazadi having one each for Mahra Polo team. The second half of the match saw Zedan stretch their advantage to 9-4 with goals from Laborde and Martin “Gato” Gandara. The 2 goals from Tariq Al Habtoor and Pelayo Berazadi weren’t enough to get Mahra back into the game in this one-sided situation.
The second match did not disappoint with a flurry of goals at the start of the game. Facundo Sola scored 4 goals and Hugo Lewis had 1 sending Habtoor Polo team into an early lead – 5 goals to 2. It wasn’t until the 3rd chukker when there were more goals from Desert Palm which came from Camillo “Jeta” Castagnola who scored 4 goals before the half time buzzer and ending the third chukker at 6-5. The tournaments leading goal scorer added 3 more in the second half and Desert Palm took the win at 10 goals to 7. Their results see both teams into the semis next week.
ZEDAN 9-4 MAHRA
Zedan: Raja Abuljebain 0, Gato Gándara 5 (2 goals), Santiago Laborde 6 (1), Rauli Laplacette 7 (6). Total: 18.
Mahra: Tariq Al Habtoor 1 (1 goal), Diogo Gallego 5 (1), Pelayo Berazadi 5 (2), Jaime García Huidobro 7. Total: 18.
Score Zedan: 4-0, 6-1, 7-2, 9-2, 9-4.
DESERT PALM 10-7 HABTOOR
Desert Palm: Jeta Castagnola 5 (7 goals), Rashid Albawardi 2 (2), Facha Valent 5, Bartolito Castagnola 6 (1). Total: 18.
Habtoor: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (1 goal), Hugo Lewis 3 (1), Facundo Sola 9 (5), Tommy Beresford 6. Total: 18.
Score Desert Palm: 1-3, 2-5, 5-6, 7-6, 10-7.
The Silver Cup will continue on Friday:
2pm: Ghantoot Polo vs UAE Polo
4pm: Abu Dhabi 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.