The Final Day of the Polo Masters Cup 2019 was played on Saturday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, home of the Dubai Gold Cup Series. UAE Polo Team lifted the trophy proudly as they closed the tournament in a tight match against Bin Drai Polo team with a final score of 8.5 goals to 7. The Subsidiary Final was between AM Polo and Mahra Polo teams wherein both teams were at a tie by the end of the first chukker. Soon after, AM Polo had taken on the lead through the third chukker with a 4 goal advantage. The two goals brought in by Diogo Gallego and Pelayo Berazadi at the fourth chukker were not enough to secure the win, and AM Polo was declared the winner of the subsidiary match this year.
The Final match took off with a fast lead for Bin Drai with Andres Laplacette scoring 2 goals for the team. The lead carried through to half time as Bin Drai closed the second chukker with 6 goals to 3. The UAE Polo team had scored in a few goals on the third chukker with the Panelo brothers taking home the win with their consecutive goals and claimed the Polo Masters Cup 2019 with 8.5 goals to 7.
DUBAI MASTERS CUP FINAL: UAE POLO 8.5-7 BIN DRAI
UAE POLO: Habtoor Al Habtoor 1, Lukitas Monteverde 1 (2 goals), Tomás Panelo 4 (3), Benjamin Panelo 3 (3). Total: 9.
Bin Drai: Khalid Bin Drai 1, Mohamed Bin Drai 1, Ernesto F. Llorente 4 (2 goals), Andres Laplacette 4 (5). Total: 10.
Score UAE Polo: (0.5-0) 0.5-3, 3.5-6, 5.5-7, 8.5-7.
MVP: Benjamin Panelo.
BPP: Balada, played by Andres Laplacette.
SUBSIDIARY FINAL: AM POLO 9-7 MAHRA
AM Polo: Alya Maktoum -1, Alejandro Gowland 3 (2 goals), Maxi Malacalza 3 (3), Martin Gandara 5 (4). Total:10.
Mahra Polo Team: Diogo Gallego 5 (3 goals), Pelayo Berazadi 5 (4), Rashid Al Habtoor 0, Khalaf Al Habtoor 0. Total:10.
Score AM Polo: 2-2, 6-4, 9-5, 9-7.
FIFTH PLACE MATCH: BANGASH/KUWAIT 9.5-8 WOLVES DCC
Bangash/Kuwait: Alya Awlaqi -1, Ariel Ponzi 2, Stuart Wrigley 0 (2 goals), Federico Von Potobsky 6 (7). Total: 7.
WOLVES/DCC: Hugo Lewis 3 (1 goal), Ahmed Al Habtoor 0, Faisal Yabroudi 0, Tommy Beresford 6 (7). Total: 9.
Score Bangash/Kuwait: (0.5-0) 3.5-1, 5.5-3, 7.5-6, 9.5-8.
The next stop of the 2019 Dubai Gold Cup Series will be the Julius Baer Gold Cup, ultimate tournament of the competition, which will kick off next Tuesday.
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.