UAE Polo and Ghantoot Polo - Top Contenders for the IFZA Gold Cup 2021 Trophy
02/03/2021

DUBAI, UAE

Replays: Abu Dhabi Polo vs. UAE Polo | Ghantoot Polo vs. Habtoor Polo

Two out of the four most powerful teams in the Dubai Open 2021 paved their way to the final scheduled on the 5th of March. 

Tomas Panelo, nicked the first goal for UAE Polo that was directly matched by Alfredo Cappella from Abu Dhabi Polo and the first chukker closed at a tie. UAE Polo carved a 5 goal lead by the end of the second chukker which they extended to 6 goals by halftime. In the critical situation, Abu Dhabi raced to narrow the gap in scores in the last two chukkers but the goal lead of UAE Polo was enough to seal the win at 12 goals to 6.

Match Progression: 1 - 1 | 6 - 1 | 9 -3 | 10 - 5 | 12 - 6
Top scorer: Tomas Panelo, 5 goals

A fervid match ensued in the next half of the afternoon as Habtoor Polo faced Ghantoot Polo. On the first chukker, Llorente Jr. claimed the first and second goal trailed by another back to back goals from Marcos Araya which gave Ghantoot Polo a headstart in the game. The flurry of goals plus the strong defense from Ghantoot placed Habtoor Polo in a difficult position despite several attempts from Facundo Sola to level the scores.


The following chukkers played in a similar trend ultimately ending the game at 12 goals to 9 in favour of Ghantoot Polo.

Match Progression: 4 - 0| 7 - 2 | 9 - 5 | 12 - 7 | 13 - 9 

Top Scorer: Marcos Araya, 7 goals

GOLD CUP TITLE SPONSOR

International Free Zone Authority (IFZA)

Strategically situated in Dubai, of the world’s most powerful business gateways, the International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) is your single point of contact for all Free Zone business formation and administration services. IFZA provides local and international businesses the ideal platform, infrastructure and location that optimize the benefits of the UAE’s strategic geographic position, world-class infrastructure and business and tax-friendly environment. IFZA provides competitive Free Zone Business License packages, efficient incorporation services and an expert team with up-to-date knowledge on rules and regulations to ensure that your client’s business foundation is laid in a timely and secure manner.

Website: https://www.ifza.com/

 

SUBSIDIARY CUP TITLE SPONSOR

Bentley Emirates

Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE, displays its iconic range of Bentley Vehicles at the Gold Cup Polo 2019.

Bentley Emirates, the largest Bentley Dealer in the world and is the main sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2019. Part of the well-established, Dubai based business conglomerate Al Habtoor Motors, the Prestige Cars Division is the official dealer of some of the world's coveted marques in the UAE. Al Habtoor Motors is the sole authorized retailer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1983 and has the world’s largest Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Habtoor Motors also hosted one of the world’s largest Bentley Aftersales facility as well the world’s first Bentley Café located in the heart of Dubai Marina.

Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.


For more information visit: www.dubai.bentleymotors.com

 

OFFICIAL APPAREL SPONSOR


U.S. Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States founded in 1890, making it one of the oldest sports governing bodies. With a global footprint of $1.7B and worldwide distribution through 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 180 countries worldwide.

Website: https://www.uspoloassnglobal.com/

 

CO-SPONSORS

Hildon Water:

Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.

Website: www.hildon.com

 

Diamond Lease:

Diamondlease L.L.C, a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Habtoor Group, was established in 1996 to offer automotive rental and leasing solutions, as an alternative to owning and maintaining vehicles, to Corporate and Individual customers in the UAE. Diamond lease serves more than 700 companies and multinational conglomerates operating in UAE, handling and managing their transportation requirements.

 

Diamondlease is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with a fleet of over 8400 vehicles. It was the first local Car Rental Company in UAE to receive an ISO certification and has proudly held the accreditation since 1999. In recognition of its sound business ethics and outstanding customer service, Diamondlease was one of the first car rental companies to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) in 2003. Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Travel Awards being adjudged the “Best Car Rental Company” – Local Brand for 7 years in a row.

Website: www.diamondlease.com

 

MEDIA PARTNERS

Polo Line TV:

PLTV is the first online streaming polo site, broadcasting over 25 tournaments LIVE per year around the globe, reaching +200k viewers. The production and edition of exclusive content makes PLTV the most comprehensive polo channel in the world.

Website: https://www.pololine.tv/

 

 

Al Badia:

Since 2008, Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world, Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact, it is a tribute to the age-old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.

 

Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines. Besides being a specialized lifestyle magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf & Middle East.

Al Badia is a good platform to showcase premium brands, as it has a wide readership comprising sports enthusiasts, socialites, eminent personalities, celebrities and the royalty.

Website: http://www.albadiamagazine.com/

 

Sport 360 X:

Sport360X is a leading digital publisher and sports consultancy agency. Known in the region for almost a decade as the leading sports publisher in Arabic and English, Sport360X is the embodiment of sporting passion. We represent the voice of sports fans, creating unique and engaging content consumed by millions every month. Building on this expertise and passion, Sport360X also helps others tell their sporting story. Combining knowledge with creativity, Sport360X offers a wide-range of sports related services such as strategy and brand development, content creation, events and conferences, athlete and influencer management, and much more. 

Website: http://www.sport360x.com/

 

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Dubai Sports Council:

Dubai Sports Council is the official government body responsible for the development of the sport sector in the Emirate of Dubai. Under the Chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and its 14 Board Members; the Council supervises the work of nine local clubs in Dubai, six of which practice a variety of individual and or team sports, such as football, handball and archery; in addition to the chess club and a club devoted for those with special needs.

 

Since its inception in 2006, with the vision of creating a unique sporting community, the Council organizes various annual major Sports Championships and Conferences, in cooperation with multiple International/National sports bodies and Dubai Government Entities, such as the Dubai International Sports Conference, Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup and the FINA Diving World Series; in an attempt to enhance the culture, knowledge and expertise of professionalism in all aspects of the field; from the overall preparation and/or execution of the event.

 

Dubai became the first Arab and Middle East city to host the Sport Accord International Convention in 2010, and stages the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the most prestigious Award of the Middle East Region. Though the Council works on various major international sports events, it does not overlook the importance of spreading the awareness of a healthier, more active lifestyle locally; and in order to achieve such objectives, physical activity programs and initiatives, such as the Dubai Pulse Physical Activity program, the Furjan District Championships and the Dubai Beach Soccer League, have all been designed to target the various communities within the Emirate.

 

Website: http://www.dsc.ae/

 

Emirates Polo Association:

Renowned for their beauty, loyalty, strength and intelligence, the Arabian horse is as much a part of Arab tradition as the camel or falcon. The love and respect for these fine creatures, and their descendants, has been evident first from the very formation of the United Arab Emirates.

 

His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late ruler of the UAE established Ghantoot Polo Club in 1994 as the only Royal facility in the UAE. Today the patron of the Ghantoot Polo Team, his son His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, continues his legacy through his love of the sport.

 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has long been captivated by the sheer power, elegance, speed and grace of horses and is heavily involved in many equestrian sports.

 

The UAE’s first polo club dates back to 1974, and today there are four active polo clubs between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai – Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Desert Palm Polo Club, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.

 

Website: https://www.emiratespoloassociation.com/

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