The Dubai Open officially kicked off with the first day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, which featured two games. Desert Palm took on Mahra Polo first. The match was hard fought, and tied by the end of the second chukka. By the end of the third, Desert Palm had taken a 4-goal advantage, and secured control of their opponents to assure a 14-4 win. Camilo Castagnola scored six of his team’s goals.
The following match saw Abu Dhabi Polo and Silver Cup winner UAE Polo battle it out. The match was tied 5-all at half-time, but subsequent goals from Tomas Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio in the last two chukkas sealed UAE’s position as the winner, with a final score of 11 goals to 7.
DESERT PALM 14-4 MAHRA
DESERT PALM: Camilo Castagnola 5 (6 goals), Rashid Albawardi 2 (3), Facha Valent 5 (3), Bartolito Castagnola 6 (2). Total: 18.
MAHRA: Tariq Al Habtoor 0, Diogo Gallego 5 (3 goals), Jaime García Huidobro 6, Pelayo Berazadi 5 (1). Total:18.
Score Desert Palm: 2-2, 3-3, 7-3, 11-4, 14-4.
UAE POLO 11-7 ABU DHABI
UAE POLO: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (2 goals), Matías Benoit 6, Tomás Panelo 4 (3), Ale Muzzio 8 (6). Total: 18.
ABU DHABI: Raja Abuljebain 0, Guy Gibrat 5 (2 goals), Alfredo Cappella 9 (5), Santiago Gómez Romero 4. Total: 18.
Score UAE Polo: 3-2, 4-3, 5-5, 8-6, 11-7.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues on Wednesday:
2pm: Habtoor Polo vs Zedan Polo
4pm: Ghantoot 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.