The Julius Baer Gold Cup continued at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with the tournament quarter finals. First, Abu Dhabi beat Zedan by one goal, before Desert Palm triumphed over Ghantoot.
Abu Dhabi broke into a fast lead in the first match, with goals from Santiago Gomez Romero and Alfredo Cappella. Zedan, not missing a beat, closed in on their opponents with goals from Raul Laplacette, taking the lead by halftime. The last two chukkas saw Abu Dhabi take the lead back and ultimately claim the 9-8 win, thanks to a final goal from Guy Gibrat.
In the second match, Desert Palm got off to a strong start and managed to maintain their position throughout the game. By the end of the third chukka the team had secured a huge 6 goal lead. Desert Palm scored additional goals in the fourth, further strengthening the team’s advantage. Ghantoot scored in the last, but it was too little, too late. Desert Palm ran away with the 11-6 win.
ABU DHABI 9-8 ZEDAN
Abu Dhabi: Faris Al Yabhouni 0 (1 goal), Guy Gibrat 5 (2), Alfredo Cappella 9 (3), Santiago Gómez Romero 4 (3). Total: 18.
Zedan: Santiago Laborde 6, Amr Zedan 0, Martin Gandara 5 (2 goals), Rauli Laplacette 7 (6). Total: 18.
Score Abu Dhabi: 3-1, 5-4, 6-7, 8-7, 9-8.
DESERT PALM 11-6 GHANTOOT
Desert Palm: Camilo Castagnola 5 (4 goals), Rashid Albwardi 2 (2), Rufino Bensadon 5 (3), Bartolito Castagnola 6 (2). Total: 18.
Ghantoot: Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (2 goals), Cesar Crespo 4, Ali Al Merri 1 (1), Martin Donovan 5 (3). Total: 18.
Score Desert Palm: 2-0, 4-1, 7-1, 9-2, 11-6.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues on Tuesday with the semifinals:
Abu Dhabi vs Habtoor
UAE Polo vs Desert Palm
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.