The qualification matches for the Dubai Open continued on Saturday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
The first match saw Dubai Wolves take an early 2-1 lead against Habtoor Polo. Goals from Hugo Lewis, Facundo Sola and Tommy Beresford quickly gave Habtoor the advantage. Early in the third chukka, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor scored a solid goal, in spite of Raja Abuljabain’s attempt to block the shot. Both teams scored consistently until the penultimate chukka, where Habtoor held their two-goal advantage. In the last chukker, Facu and Hugo both scored to seal the deal for Habtoor.
The second match between Ghantoot and Zedan was one-sided from the start. The game concluded 10 – 4 in favour of Ghantoot.
HABTOOR 9-5 DUBAI WOLVES
Habtoor Polo: Tommy Beresford 6 (1 goal), Facundo Sola 9 (3), Hugo Lewis 3 (4), Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 (1).
Dubai Wolves: Marcos Araya 7 (4 goals), Manuel Crespo 7 (1), Raja Abuljebain 1, Justo Cuitiño 3.
Score Habtoor: 1-2, 4-2, 6-4, 7-5, 9-5.
GHANTOOT 10-4 ZEDAN
Ghantoot: Juan Gris Zavaleta 8 (3 goals), Cesar Crespo 4 (2), Yousef Bin Dismal 1 (1) (Replaced by Ali Al Merri, 1, and 1 goal), Martin Donovan 5 (3).
Zedan: Santiago Laborde 6 (1 goal), Amr Zedan 0 (1), Martin Gandara 5, Rauli Laplacette 7 (2).
Score Ghantoot: 2-0, 5-0, 6-2, 7-3, 10-4.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continuew on Monday:
2pm: Mahra vs Abu Dhabi Polo
4pm: 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.