The Dubai Challenge Cup, fourth leg of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, came to an end with a thrilling final on Friday, March 19, as UAE Polo reigned victorious over Battistoni. UAE secured the 7-6 win thanks to a spectacular golden goal scored by Jacinto Crotto. The win gave Sheikha Maitha’s team their third title of the year, having previously won the Polo Masters Cup and the EMAAR Polo Cup (they also qualified for the finals of the Dubai Silver Cup and the IFZA Gold Cup, the latter title which they claimed in 2020).
The Dubai Challenge Cup took place at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, in Dubai, and saw eight teams, up to 10 goals, compete.
THE DUBAI CHALLENGE CUP WAS STREAMED LIVE ON POLOLINE TV.
FINAL DUBAI CHALLENGE CUP: UAE POLO 7-6 BATTISTONI
UAE POLO: Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum 0 (1 goal), Raja Abuljabain 0 (1), Lukin Monteverde 3 (2), Jacinto Crotto 7 (2). Total: 10.
BATTISTONI: Alessandro Barnaba 0, Pierre Jauretche 3 (4 goals), Maxi Malacalza 3, Tomas Iriarte 4 (2). Total: 10.
Score UAE Polo: 2-0, 3-3, 5-4, 6-6, 7-6.
MVP: Tomás Iriarte.
BPP: El Overo Z7 Pereza, played by Lukin Monteverde.
Umpire: Peter Wright.
SUBSIDIARY FINAL: DUBAI WOLVES 9-5 TRATOK – HESKETH
DUBAI WOLVES: Mohammed Khalid -1, Habtoor Al Habtoor 1, Tomas Beresford 6, Kian Hall 3. Total: 9.
TRATOK / HESKETH: Kim Roche -1, Santos Iriarte 1, Tomas Palacios Bacque 3, Manuel Plaza 6. Total: 9.
FIFTH PLACE MATCH: BIN DRAI 6-5 BAYLANDI
BIN DRAI: Khalid Bin Drai 1, Rashid Bin Drai 1, Bautista Alberdi 3, Gregorio Gelosi 5. Total: 10.
BAYLANDI: Louisa Farrington 0, Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Guillermo Cuitiño 5, Ed Banner Eve 5. Total: 10.
SEVENTH PLACE MATCH: AM POLO 7-7 IFZA MAHRA
AM POLO: Sheika Alia Al Maktoum 0, Faisal Yabroudi 0, Pali Urquiza 4, Benjamin Panelo 6. Total: 10.
IFZA: Khalaf Al Habtoor 0, Tariq Al Habtoor 1, Segundo Amadori 4, Jacinto Amadori 5. Total: 10.
The Dubai Gold Cup Series continues with the Dubai Cup, for teams up to 8 goals. The tournament begins on April 9 and concludes on April 16.