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HH President of UAE Polo Cup 2014

Tomorrow the HH President of UAE Polo Cup kicks off at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club. Until January 24th a total of eight teams with a team handicap of 16-goals will compete against each other at the polo club at the gates of Abu Dhabi. As an exclusive polo media partner and new media partner of the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, POLO+10 reports from one of the most renowned and prestigious clubs in the region.

As in the years before, the 14th edition of the tournament offers fans an exciting combination of international polo and family fun. The event will showcase talents of local players as well as international professionals. Among them are 9-goaler Lucas Monteverde for the UAE Polo Team and the 10-goaler Pelon Stirling, playing for Zedan Polo.

The tournament will be played under HPA rules. All games will consist of four chukkas except the Grand Final match, which will have five chukkas. The top two teams from each pool will play the semi-finals. In the event of a tie score, the winner will be determined by golden goal.

Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Ghantoot Polo Club: „HH President of UAE Polo Cup is a perfect event for our facility. The venue offers exceptional facilities and every year we witness thrilling polo action and an entertaining atmosphere. Over the years the success of the tournament has greatly been due to the continued support from our valuable partners. We are once again looking forward to high quality action and I extend a warm welcome to the players, officials, special guests and spectators attending this year’s tournament.“

Dr. Majdi Abdel Muhdi: „HH President of UAE Polo Cup is considered one of the finest and most prestigious polo tournaments across the Middle East. We are proud and honoured to once again lend our support to this annual event which has made its mark on the Emirate’s sporting and social lifestyle calendar.“

Among the family activities on offer during the Final Day will be shows supported by Sheikh Mohammed Sports and Physical Fitness Programme, a Dubai Police dog show, DJ music and adventure games. Also on the itinerary are a performance by the Abu Dhabi Police Band, a military sky dive show and a show by the UAE National Aerobatic Team – Al Fursan. The venue will host a picnic area, children’s entertainment playground and a food court, making it an ideal setup for adults and children to spend a special day.

The HH President of UAE Polo Cup is being organised by the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club (GRPC) and is hosted under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the GRPC. The event is presented by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and the Official Partner is Al Basti Equiworld.

Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was founded 1997. Set in 300 hectares of lush grassland, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club showcases world-class polo and equestrian facilities, including eight polo fields, stables for over 200 top-class polo ponies and a 2,000-seater grandstand equipped with VIP entrance, media facilities and business centre. The Clubs colonial style Clubhouse includes dining facilities with outstanding views of the polo field. The club is situated just 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi City Centre and 15 minutes from Dubai Marina.

The teams:
Group A
Bin Drai Polo (+16)
Mohammed Bin Drai (0)
Tomas Iriarte (+4)
Manuel Llorente (+6)
Raul Laplacette (+6)

Ghantoot Al Basti Polo (+16)
Nasser Al Shamsi (+1)
Diego Cossio (+4)
Juan Zavaleta (+7)
Oscar Colombres (+4)

UAE Polo (+16)
HH Shaikha Maitha (0)
Tomas Gagliardi (+2)
Ollie Cudmore (+5)
Lucas Monteverde (+9)

Al Habtoor Polo (+16)
Habtoor Al Habtoor (0)
Santiago Romero (+3)
Francisco Elizalde (+7)
Guillemo Cuitino (+6)

Group B
Abu Dhabi Polo (+16)
Faris Al Yabhouni (0)
Victorio Monteverde (+3)
Juan Storni (+7)
Alfredo Cappella (+6)

Desert Palm Polo (+15)
Tariq Albwardy (0)
Matias Machado (+4)
Santiago Laborde (+5)
Alejo Taranco (+6)

Zedan Polo (+16)
Amr Zedan (0)
Luis Gagliardi (+2)
Felipe Viana (+4)
Pelon Stirling (+10)

ADCB Team from Ghantoot (+16)
Ali Al Merri (0)
Juan Zubiaurre (+4)
Facundo Sola (+8)
Pelayo Berazadi (+4)

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