The rainy afternoon started with the Subsidiary match between Dubai Wolves and Shansal/PBS with each chukker on equal footing, score-wise. The Dubai Wolves earned their first three goals from Ahmed Al Habtoor and Justo Cuitino, while Shansal/PBS delivered consistent goals from each player and settled the penultimate chukker with a one and a half goal lead. The determining chukker had the Dubai Wolves grab the win from Shansal, as both Justo Cuitino and Marcos Araya contributed two goals and ended the match at 8 – 7.5.
The awaited Final of the Dubai Challenge Cup had two teams led by Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum. UAE Polo competed against AM Polo with the opening goal from the young Lukitas Monteverde followed by another one from Alejandro Muzzio which gave way for an early lead for the UAE Polo team. Sheikha Maitha closed the second chukker with a goal that gave them a three-goal advantage over AM Polo. The next two chukkers had seen a total of four goals from Guillermo Cuitino, but UAE Polo had kept its momentum of goals until the end. Monteverde scored the last goal for the team and closed the game with 8 goals to 5.
FINAL DUBAI CHALLENGE CUP: UAE POLO 8-5 AM POLO
UAE Polo: Alejandro Muzzio 8, HH Sheikha Maitha 0, Lukitas Monteverde 1, Benjamin Panelo 3.
AM Polo: Guillermo Cuitiño 6, Sheikha Alya Maktoum -1, Alejandro Gowland 3, Jorge Cernadas 4.
Score UAE Polo: 2-1, 4-1, 6-3, 8-5.
MVP: Lukitas Monteverde.
BPP: MDQ, played by Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum.
SUBSIDIARY FINAL: DUBAI WOLVES 8-7.5 SHANSAL/PBS
Dubai Wolves: Marcos Araya 7, Daniel Gariador 2, Justo Cuitiño 3, Ahmed Al Habtoor 0.
Shansal/PBS: Tomas Iriarte 4, Manuel Crespo 7, Yassien Shansal -1, Petra Spanko -1.
Score Dubai Wolves: 3-3.5, 5-4.5, 6-7.5, 8-7.5.
THE DUBAI CHALLENGE CUP WAS 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 (12-goal): March 15-30.
-Dubai Cup (8-goal): April 2-12.
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