The Dubai Polo Gold Cup (DPGC) organisation officially kick-started the high-goal season with the Silver Cup’s annual launch during the customary press conference and live draw which took place on Monday, January 18th, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
The Silver Cup forms part of the DPGC Series, which enters its eleventh year and is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) are onboard as the Title Sponsor of the tournament, while Al Shirawi Contracting LLC joined as Main Sponsor.
Five tournaments fall under the umbrella of the prestigious DPGC Series:
IFZA Silver Cup (18 goal handicap): January 22 – February 5.
Polo Masters Cup (6-8 goals): February 7-12.
IFZA Gold Cup (18 goals): February 14 – March 5.
Dubai Challenge Cup (8-10 goals): March 13-20.
Dubai Cup (6-8 goals): March 31 – April 9.
THE DUBAI GOLD CUP SERIES WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV.
The DPGC Series in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category. It is on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The DPGC series started in 2009 with tournaments carrying a handicap of 10-12 goals and has grown to host teams playing in 18-goal handicap matches.
Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, founder of the DPGC Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo Team, said: “We are in high spirits about hosting our high-goal season after a long withdrawal from sporting events in the past year. We will be seeing new and returning faces on the polo field in the coming days. Top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Facundo Sola [ranked 18th in the world], Alfredo Capella Barabucci [ranked 27th], who are both 9-goal handicap players; Alejandro Muzzio [ranked 30th]; and many others who have come directly from the Argentine Open will be playing on our fields.”
He added: “We are very grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, partners and the unbeatable enthusiasm of six polo teams participating in the Silver Cup 2021 tournament. I am particularly honoured to welcome International Free Zone Authority as the Title Sponsor of the Silver Cup 2021. Having the backing of one of the UAE’s leading Free Zone Authorities in our quest of delivering world class polo in the Middle East is a great testament to our tournament’s success.”
The Silver Cup is played under the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) banner, with strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires. The tournament falls under World Polo Tour’s WPT Cup Category. The Silver Cup winners are awarded 60 points, finalists take 30 points, semi-finalists receive 15 points, and the rest of the players are given 8 points.
IFZA SILVER CUP FIXTURES & TEAMS:
BANGASH POLO: Haider Bangash, Benjamín Panelo, Jacinto Crotto, Federico Von Potobsky.
HABTOOR POLO: Mohammed Al Habtoor, Facundo Sola, Felix Esaín, Juan Jauretche.
ZEDAN POLO: Amr Zedan, Manuel Plaza, Jerónimo Del Carril, Simon Prado.
UAE POLO: Sheikha Maitha, Lukin Monteverde, Tomás Panelo, Temy Willington.
IFZA MAHRA: Tariq Al Habtoor / Rashid Al Habtoor, Isidro Strada, Segundo Amadori, Jacinto Amadori.
DUBAI WOLVES BY CAFU: Habtoor Al Habtoor, Alejandro Muzzio, Tommy Beresford, Kian Hall.
Friday, January 22:
2pm: Bangash vs UAE Polo
4pm: Habtoor vs IFZA Mahra
Saturday, January 23rd:
4pm: Zedan vs Dubai Wolves by Cafu
Monday, January 25th:
4pm: Habtoor Polo vs UAE Polo
Tuesday, January 26th:
2pm: Zedan vs IFZA Mahra
4pm: Bangash vs Dubai Wolves by Cafu
Friday, January 29th:
2pm: Bangash vs IFZA Mahra
Saturday, January 30th:
2pm: Zedan vs UAE Polo
4pm: Habtoor vs Dubai Wolves by Cafu
Tuesday, February 2nd:
2pm & 4pm: Semifinales.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH:
2pm: Hildon Cup Final
4PM: IFZA SILVER CUP FINAL