09 February 2019, Dubai UAE: It was an excellent day for polo fans at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club during the Silver Cup Final 2019. Attended by His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, spectators were treated to a brilliant display of the Sport of Kings as Mahra Polo played against Zedan Polo for the Hildon Cup and the UAE Polo competed with Ghantoot Polo for the Silver Cup title and trophy.
The first match had Zedan Polo team take on an early advantage with a 2.5 goal lead. The team kept their position all the way through to the fourth chukker with Amr Zedan, the team's patron, contributing 4 goals. Mahra was able to take the lead with a goal delivered by Pelayo Berazadi which resulted in a score of 8.5 - 8. Both teams dashed to score their winning goal and it was Rauli Laplacette who brought home the victory for Zedan closing the game at 9 goals to 8.5.
Zedan Polo team – 4 – 1.5 | 6 – 3.5 | 7 – 4.5 | 8 – 6.5 | 9 – 8.5
Top Scorer: Pelayo Berazadi, 5 goals
Guests of the Final enjoyed watching from the sidelines under gazeboes while the little ones got on free pony rides and played in the kids area. Prizes with a total value of AED 10,500 were given away to fortunate guests at the Run - N- Hunt game and the picnic area was in full swing with vendors serving delicious treats.
The Final of the Silver Cup 2019 was intense, fast-paced, with equally strong teams and well-mounted horses. The first chukker had seen the teams in a tie at 2 – 2 and UAE polo had the lead at the end of the second chukker. Ghantoot brought in a consecutive goals and took the game in their favour with 7 goals to 5 by half time. As the fourth chukker rolled, Tomas Panelo from UAE Polo team scored 2 goals only to be matched by Ghantoot which kept them in the lead. The crowd cheered as Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the team's patron, closed in on Ghantoot with a goal followed by another one from Alejandro Muzzio which had the teams tied at 9 goals each. With three minutes left on the clock, both teams raced to break the tie and ultimately, Muzzio scored the winning goal for the UAE Polo team.
UAE Polo team: 2 - 2 | 5 - 3 | 5 - 7 | 7 - 9 | 10 - 9
Top scorer: Alejandro Muzzio and Juan Gris Zavaleta, 4 goals each
His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum awarded the winners of the Silver Cup 2019 with Zedan Polo team as the winner of the Hildon Cup 2019 (subsidiary final) and UAE Polo team as the champion of the Silver Cup. Martin Donovan was given the Most Valuable Player award and Ariel as the Best Playing Pony.
The Silver Cup is sponsored by Marmi Group, a company that operates in the Marble & Granite industry that satisfies the demands from the luxury end of the market; its sister company PROW, a One-Stop Services Provider that offers a comprehensive set of services and solutions and offers system integration and professional IT and ICT services; and Hildon Water, an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, giving it the highest quality of bottled water.