Ghantoot and UAE Polo Teams to Play at the Silver Cup Final 2019


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photos: Dmytro Trasevych | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)

The anticipation builds as the season approaches the Silver Cup Final 2019. The semifinals on the 05th of February saw two exciting matches at the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

The afternoon opened with a game between Ghantoot Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams which took off with a quick lead for Ghantoot and ended the first chukker with 6 goals to 1.  The team maintained its significant lead against Desert Palm through to half time at a 6 goal advantage. Efforts by the Castagnola brothers brought the scores in for Desert Palm, however, the excellent delivery of goals from Juan Gris Zavaleta kept Ghantoot ahead and bagged the win at 15 goals to 9.

Match Progression:

Ghantoot – 6 - 1 | 7 - 3 | 10 - 4 | 11 - 7 | 15 - 9
Top Scorer: Juan Gris Zavaleta, 9 goals

An exciting game ensued with a face-off between two strong contenders of the Silver Cup – Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo. Both teams demonstrated a strong play and edged each other to a tie at 3 – 3 by the end of the second chukker. Tomas Panelo broke the tie from UAE Polo by the third chukker. The team kept the momentum and brought in 4 more goals by the fifth chukker both from Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio which closed the game with a score of 9 to 4 in favour of the UAE Polo team.

Match Progression:

UAE Polo -1 - 1 | 3 - 3 | 4 - 5 | 8 - 6 | 9 - 6
Top Scorer: Tomas Panelo, 6 goals

The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will conclude on the 08th of February 2019. Mahra Polo and Zedan Polo teams will compete in the 
Hildon Cup Subsidiary Final at 13:30 and Ghantoot Polo will play against UAE Polo in the Silver Cup Final at 16:00.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in 
th UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | | for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

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