Dubai Challenge Cup: End of season
Dubai Challenge Cup: End of seasonDubai Challenge Cup: End of season

Dubai Challenge Cup: End of season

Bin Drai retain title after beating Habtoor in the final

March 31, 2017
March 31, 2017
By Gonzalo Etcheverry

Bin Drai won the Dubai Challenge Cup after defeating Habtoor 9-8 at Al Habtoor Polo Resort. The win meant that Saeed Bin Drai's team retained the title claimed in 2016.

Both teams played a thrilling contest in front of a large crowd at the brand new polo club in Dubai.

Bin Drai got off to a strong start, displaying powerful team play and overwhelming Habtoor in the first two chukkers (4-0 and 5-0). 

Slowly, Habtoor got into the game, led by the skills of 10-goaler Nico Pieres. Habtoor outscored Bin Drai 3-0 in the third chukka and cut the margin down to two goals (3-5).

Habtoor battled back, but by the end of the fourth chukka Bin Drai were holding on to a narrow 7-6 lead.

Following a hard fought last chukka, Habtoor missed an opportunity to tie the match in the last minute. The bell rang and Bin Drai claimed the 9-8 win to keep the Challenge Cup for a second year in a row. 

Score Bin Drai: 4-0, 5-0, 5-3, 7-6, 9-8
Bin Drai: Francisco elizalde 3, Gregorio Gelosi 3, Raúl Laplacette 2, Saeed Bin Drai 1
Habtoor: Nicolás Pieres 4, Tomás Beresford 3, Juan Zubiaurre 1

MVP: Francisco Elizalde
BPP: Capacidad, owned and ridden by Nicolás Pieres
Amateur Top Scorer: Faris Al Yabhouni

The Subsidiary Cup went to Zedan, who took a 11-9.5 win over Abu Dhabi.

Score Zedan: 2-0.5, 5-2.5,  8-4.5, 11-7.5, 11-9.5
Zedan: Pablo MacDonough 7, Santiago Gómez Romero 2, Jerónimo del Carril 1, Tariq Al Habtoor 1
Abu Dhabi: Joaquin Pittaluga 4, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario 2, Faris Al Yabhouni 2, Kian Hall 1

Match photos, by Gonzalo Etcheverry

Around the field, By Ana Clara Cozzi

Socials, by Ana Clara Cozzi

Awards Presentation, by Ana Clara Cozzi and Gonzalo Etcheverry