Ghantoot ran out the champions of the IFZA Gold Cup, the most prestigious polo tournament in Asia and the Middle East, following a 11-7 victory against UAE Polo at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Ghantoot made an impressive comeback in the third chukka to dominate the match. They showed spectacular team play, securing a significant goal advantage which allowed them to take the title.
The Subsidiary Bentley Cup final went to Bangash after they claimed victory over Dubai Wolves by CAFU.
The tournament saw eight teams, up to 18 goals, compete.
GHANTOOT – ROAD TO THE FINAL:
12-9 vs Habtoor
13-8 vs Bangash
12-10 vs IFZA Mahra
13-9 vs Habtoor (Semifinal)
11-7 vs UAE Polo (Final)
THE IFZA GOLD CUP WAS STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV:
GHANTOOT: Nasser Al Shamsi 1, Cesar Crespo 4 (4 goals), Pablito Llorente 6 (1), Marcos Araya 7 (6). Total: 18.
UAE POLO: HH Sheikha Maitha 0, Lukin Monteverde 3, Tomas Panelo 7 (7 goals), Guillermo Willington 7. Total: 17.
Score Ghantoot: 1-3, 2-4, 8-4, 8-5, 11-7.
MVP: Cesar Crespo.
BPP: Jota Pichot, played by Cacu Araya.
Top scorer of the tournament: Benjamín Panelo (36 goals).
BENTLEY CUP FINAL: BANGASH 10-7 DUBAI WOLVES BY CAFU
Bangash Polo: Haider Bangash 0, Federico Von Potobsky 5, Benjamin Panelo 6 (8 goals), Jacinto Crotto 7 (2). Total: 18.
Dubai Wolves by CAFU: Habtoor Al Habtoor 1, Kian Hall 3 (1 goal), Tommy Beresford 6 (3), Alejandro Muzzio 8 (3). Total: 18.
Score Bangash: 2-2, 4-4, 5-5, 7-6, 10-7.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series continues with the 10-goal Dubai Challenge Cup (March 13-20).