Habtoor and Bin Drai progress to Dubai Challenge Cup final

Sport360 staff 14:49 30/03/2016
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Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai will contest the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2016 after winning their respective semi-finals at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.

Bin Drai defeating UAE Polo by nine goals to six, while Habtoor Polo beat Zedan by 11-9.

In the first match of the day Bin Drai had came firing out of the blocks in the opening chukker, going up by two goals in seven minutes. This early lead was to become crucial at the end of the game.

UAE never gave up and pushed hard to get back in the game but Saeed Bin Drai, Tomás Iriarte (who suffered two hard falls luckily without consequences), Matías Torres Zavaleta and Raúl Laplacette used their superior experience to control the closing stages of the match and seal a three-goal win.

MATCH PROGRESSION:

Bin Drai: 2-0/ 3-2/ 5-3/ 7-6/ 9-6

The second semi-final was arguably the game of the season.

Habtoor Polo played with great team work to neutralize the threat of Zedan’s star player Pablo MacDonough and take the spoils.

After a great comeback in the second half from Zedan, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor’s team powered away from to secure a well-deserved berth in the finals.

MATCH PROGRESSION:

Habtoor: 2-4/ 4-5/ 7-6/ 9-9/11-9

The Dubai Challenge Cup concludes on with finals day on Friday.

Edrees and Wolves will play the in the Bentley Cup at 2 pm, with the Dubai Challenge Cup final to follow at 4 pm.

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