Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

UAE Polo and Desert Palm make it to the semifinals of the Mc Laren Cup 


UAE Polo and Desert Palm won today their respective matches for the quarterfinals of the McLaren Cup held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and qualified to the semifinals along with Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai.


Desert Palm defeated Zedan in OT by 8 goals to 7 and UAE beat Mahra by 9.5 goals to 7.

With this victories Desert Palm will play against Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo will face Bin Drai in the semifinals of the McLaren Cup to be held next wednesday at Al Habtoor Polo Resort.


Desert Palm, with patience and a perfect plan game achieved to stop superstar Pablo Mac Donough and his Zedan teammates.

Team made up by Tarek Albwardy, Martín Valent, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde had to work hard to stay in the game and after four chukkers they achieved to tie the match in seven goals in the fifth period to take the match to OT.

Martín Valent, after a great individual action, scored the golden goal for Desert Palm and put his team in the semifinals.


Match progression:

Desert Palm: 1-3/ 3-4/ 5-6/ 5-6/ 7-7/ 8-7


In the second match of the day, UAE Polo also came from behind to turnover a match that was really complicated.

Mahra played a great first half but in the last two chukkers UAE Polo, with Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera put their engines to work at full speed for a great comeback.

UAE won by 9.5 goals to 7 and achieved the final ticket for the semifinals of the McLaren Cup.


Match progression:

UAE Polo: 0.5-2/ 2.5-4/ 4.5-5/ 6.5-6/ 9.5-7


The McLaren Cup semifinals will be held next wednesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with the following matches: Habtoor Polo vs Desert Palm and UAE Polo vs Bin Drai.