Sheikha Maitha, patron of UAE Polo, in action against Bangash Polo during their IFZA Gold Cup match.
Gulf Today Report
Habtoor Polo overcame Dubai Wolves by CAFU 7-6 in a thriller to reach the semi-finals of the IFZA Gold Cup 2021.
They defeated Dubai Wolves by CAFU by a mere one goal lead as both the teams battled hard in the first quarter-final match of the tournament played at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club on Friday.
Felix Esain started the game with two goals for Habtoor Polo matched by a goal from the patron of the opposing team - Habtoor Al Habtoor.
The following chukker saw Facundo Sola advance the lead for Habtoor Polo by three goals. Dubai Wolves by CAFU inched their way closer with two goals from Habtoor by halftime and Kian Hall set the game at a tie by the end of the penultimate chukker. As the play ensued, both teams rushed to break the tie and ultimately it was Facu's penalty shot that placed Habtoor Polo in the semi-finals of the IFZA Gold Cup.
In the anticipated Bangash Polo and UAE Polo match, Tomas Panelo scored first with an excellent open backhand but was equally matched by Federico von Potobsky ending the first chukker with one goal each.
Raising the stakes, the UAE Polo team owned the next two chukkers carving a three-goal lead by half-time. The Bangash Polo team slightly narrowed the gap in scores with two goals from Potobsky and Benjamin Panelo at the penultimate chukker. The UAE Polo team showed their caliber with two back to back goals from Panelo that sealed the win for the team at 12 goals to 9.
The semi-finals of the IFZA Gold Cup will take place on Tuesday, March 2. Abu Dhabi Polo will meet UAE Polo while Habtoor Pole face Ghantoot Polo.
The team kept their leading streak until halftime with a comfortable 5-goal lead. The Dubai Wolves by Cafu redeemed themselves in the succeeding chukkers with a flurry of goals from Carlos Ulloa and threatened to steal the victory with a last-second penalty.
The real estate and properties transactions valued at Dhs4.31 billion in total during the week.
The nail-biting clash saw both teams battling hard until the final minutes of the game. Finally, Ankora emerged the winner after prevailing over their rivals 6-5.
Samp Army’s Gujarat-born US team wicketkeeper Monank Patel produced three stumping and took three catches to lead his team’s victorious march past Team Abu Dhabi.
Former two-time singles Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva will join multiple doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic and Germany’s Sabine Lisicki as the three wild cards when the 26th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge gets under way this week.
"Hello everyone, after a year away from competition, it's time to come back. It will be in Brisbane the first week of January. I'll see you there," the 22-time Grand Slam winner said in a post on social media.
An array of talented stars will descend in Dubai during the course of this week in preparation for the 26th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge (AHTC) that is scheduled to take place at the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina.