The semifinals of the Silver Cup at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club were as exciting as ever, and now anticipation builds as final approaches.
Action on Tuesday began with a match between Ghantoot and Desert Palm. The former claimed an early lead, and concluded the first with a 6-1 advantage. Ghantoot maintained their position, and finished the first half with the six goals up. Efforts for Desert Palm by the Castagnola brothers were reflected in the score, but conversions from Juan Gris Zavaleta kept Ghantoot ahead, and they secured the 15-9 win.
An exciting game ensued, with a face-off between two strong contenders for the Silver Cup title – Habtoor and UAE. Both teams demonstrated strong play and battled hard to a tie the match 3-all by the end of the second. Tomas Panelo broke the tie for UAE Polo in the third, and the team maintained momentum scoring four more goals by the fifth, from both Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio. UAE closed the match with a 9-6 victory.
GHANTOOT 15-9 DESERT PALM
Ghantoot: Yousef Bin Dismal 0, César Crespo 4 (1 goal), Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (9), Martín Donovan 6 (5). Total: 18.
Desert Palm: Camilo Castagnola 5 (4 goals), Rashid Albawardi 2 (1), Martín Valent 5, Bartolito Castagnola 6 (4). Total: 18.
Score Ghantoot: 6-1, 7-3, 10-4, 11-7, 15-9.
UAE POLO 9-6 HABTOOR
UAE Polo: HH Sheikha Maitha 0, Vizcacha Benoit 6, Tomás Panelo 4 (6 goals), Alejandro Muzzio 8 (3). Total: 18.
Habtoor: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (1 goal), Hugo Lewis 3, Facundo Sola 9 (4), Tommy Beresford 6 (1). Total: 18.
Score UAE Polo: 1-1, 3-3, 4-5, 8-6, 9-6.
The Silver Cup will come to an end on Friday:
1:30pm, Hildon Cup Subsidiary Final: Mahra Polo VS Zedan Polo
4pm, SILVER CUP FINAL: Ghantoot Polo VS UAE Polo
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.