Ghantoot and Desert Palm 2 make it to the final stage
Having won their Semi Finals earlier today, Tariq Albwardy’s Desert Palm 2 and HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Ghantoot teams will now face one another in the Final of The McLaren Cup.
Since 23rd January 2015, ten teams with handicaps of up to 18 goals fight for the McLaren Cup at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Until now, all teams have played two-out-of-three preliminary matches. Only three teams – Zedan Polo, Bin Drai Polo and Desert Palm 2 – remain unbeaten so far. UAE, Desert Palm 1 and Edress were defeated in all their matches. The other teams each won once.
It wasn’t exactly what the US team (Del Walton, Mike Azzaro and Tommy Biddle) had anticipated in the opening round of the 2015 Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup as they watched Chile (Martin Zegers, Tano Vial and Ignacio Vial Mazieres) jump out to an early 2-0 lead on first chukker goals from Ignacio Vial Mazieres.
Currently being played at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club from the 23rd January – 6th February 2015 is the McLaren Cup - the first tournament in the Gold Cup Series. Now in its sixth year, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Dubai Open) is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Played as two tournaments, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series features the McLaren Cup: 23rd Jan – 06th Feb, 2015 and the Julius Baer Gold Cup: 23rd Feb – 13th March, 2015.
Makers of polo helmets are being encouraged to incorporate both style and safety in their designs, after a survey of British players found that appearance rated more important than safety certification.