Bin Drai team shine in AHPRC League at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club - GulfToday

Bin Drai team shine in AHPRC League at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club


Members of the Bin Drai celebrate with the trophy.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The week-long AHPRC tournament had seen five teams compete on the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

The conclusion of the tournament featured round-robin games at the Subsidiary Final. Tariq Al Habtoor opened the first match with a goal for Mahra Polo but Ignacio Garros reciprocated this with consecutive goals and took the lead for Ankora Polo by the end of the first chukker.

The team carried the 1 goal lead through to the end of the second, taking their first win at 4 goals to 3.


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Ankora Polo faced Hesketh Polo team at the second match and the teams were in a tie by the end of the first chukker. An exchange of goals from both teams occurred during the second chukker and teams were relentless and kept the game in a tie. Even with the 30-second extension, the game still ended with 3 goals for each team.

Tomas Palacios Bacque scored the first goal through an assist from Lauren Dickson from Hesketh Polo team during the last match. Guillermo Li put Mahra Polo in the game with a goal that was matched by Tomy Iriarte which moved the lead back to Hesketh. Iriarte's penalty shot on the second chukker sealed the win for the team at 3 goals to 1.

The final featured teams which both had won two league matches. The heated game had seen the Bin Drai Polo team score the first goal courtesy of Cristobal Sanchez Duggan. Dubai Wolves attempted to chalk one up on the board but the opponent's defense proved strong until the penultimate chukker.

The Bin Drai team showed dominance throughout the game with Mohammed Bin Drai extending the lead with another goal. The gap in scores was enough to secure the win for Bin Drai at 4.5 goals to 1.

Philippe D'Amat, General Manager of Al Habtoor Polo Resort hotel awarded the teams of the day with Rashid Bin Drai as the Most Valuable Player and Pimienta, ridden by Habtoor Al Habtoor as the Best Playing Pony.


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