Mahra strikes first in the Zone B of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018
17/02/2018
Mahra defeated Desert Palm by 10 goals to 9 in the second action day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Mahra takes the lead in the Zone B after winning a very tough match against Desert Palm. 
After two even chukkers (2-2/ 3-3), patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team (replaced today by Khalid bin Drai) played a superb third chukka that gave them the lead by four goals. Mahra kept a 4-goal gap also on the fourth chukker and seemed to close the game without risks.
 
But Desert Palm foursome made a great comeback in the last period to tie the game in 9 goals with 1 minute to go, time when Benjamín Urquiza, after a great individual action, scored the winning goal for Mahra Polo Team. 
 
Match Progression:
 
Mahra: 2-2/ 3-3/ 8-4/ 9-5/ 10-9
Top Scorers: Isidro Strada (Mahra), Bartolomé Castagnola and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) 6 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with another single match for the third action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Habtoor Polo will play against Bin Drai from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
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