Bin Drai took an impressive 11-6 win over UAE Polo to win the HH President of UAE Polo Cup on Sunday, March 27, at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Both teams were unbeaten in the tournament thus far, but in the final, Bin Drai dominated from the get go, outscoring UAE Polo 4-0 in the first chukka. UAE Polo fought hard to make a comeback, but Bin Drai played their best polo, led by MVP and top scorer Tomás Panelo. Bin Drai’s dominance was so overwhelming that they managed to secure an 11-4 advantage with only one chukka left to play. UAE Polo score a couple of goals in the last, but the damage had been done, and Bin Drai claimed the coveted title.
Prior to the main final, Abu Dhabi narrowly defeated Ghantoot by 9 goals to 8 to win the Subsidiary trophy.
The HH President of UAE Polo Cup saw six teams, up to 18 goals, compete.
THE HH PRESIDENT OF UAE POLO CUP WAS STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV.
HH PRESIDENT OF UAE POLO CUP – FINAL – SUNDAY, MARCH 27
FINAL HH PRESIDENT OF UAE POLO CUP:
BIN DRAI 11-6 UAE POLO
UAE Polo: Sheikha Maitha 0, Lukin Monteverde 5, Jacinto Crotto 7, Tomás Beresford 6. Total: 18.
Bin Drai: Mohammed Bin Drai 1, Cristóbal Sanchez Duggan 3, Tomás Panelo 7, Raúl Laplacette 5. Total: 16.
Score Bin Drai: 4-0, 7-3, 9-4, 11-4, 11-6.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Tim Bown.
Third Man: Santiago Torreguitar.
Amateur MVP: Mohammed Bin Drai.
Professional MVP: Tomás Panelo.
BPP: Irenita Chocolina, ridden by Raúl Laplacette.
Professional top scorer of the tournament: Tomás Panelo (26)
Amateur top scorer amateur: Mohammed Bin Drai (4)
SUBSIDIARY – ABU DHABI 9-8 GHANTOOT
Ghantoot: Yousef Bin Desmal 1, Kian Hall 3, Pablo Llorente 7, Marcos Araya 7. Total: 18.
Abu Dhabi: Faris Al Yabhouni 0, Segundo Amadori 4, Segundo Cernadas 7, Jerónimo del Carril 7. Total: 18.