HB Polo and Dubai score wins in Hublot Gold cup play in Spain

HB Polo and Dubai score wins in
Hublot Gold Cup play in Spain

By Alex Webbe

Dubai (Martín Valent, Patricio Cieza, Luis Domecq and Adolfo
Cambiaso) and HB Polo (Ludovic Pailloncy, Sebastian Pailloncy, Ignacio
Toccalino and Pite Merlos) started the last high-goal tournament of the season,
the Hublot Gold Cup, at Sotogrande’s Santa Maria Polo Club Monday afternoon
with Dubai scoring a 9-7 win over Halcyon Gallery (Charley Hanbury, Jota
Chavanne, Guillermo Terrera and Max Routledge) while HB Polo downed Scapa
(Michael Redding, Jack Richardson, Eduardo Novillo Astrada and Marcos De Paola)
in a 10-7 meeting later in the day.

Adolfo Cambiaso and his Dubai teammates took Spain by storm
as they captured the high-goal season opening Bronze Cup title in a 12-9 win
over Scapa.  Scapa returned the favor in
Dubai’s opening game of the Silver Cup in a 9-7 decision and making their way
to the semifinals before losing to the eventual winner, Ellerston, 11-9.

After a sub-par performance in Silver Cup play, Dubai opened
Hublot Gold Cup play with a 9-7 win over Silver Cup finalist Halcyon Gallery.

Things should heat up this week with Dubai (1-0) meeting
Scapa (0-1) on Thursday in their first head-on-head meeting since the finals of
the high-goal Bronze Cup earlier in the season. HB Polo (1-0) will face Halcyon
Gallery (0-1) for the first time in the earlier game.  HB Polo will be looking to extend their winning
streak while Halcyon Gallery will try to stop the skid and register their first
win of the tournament.

Tuesday action will lead off with Silver Cup Champion Ellerston
(Johnny Williams, Ali Patterson, Gonzalo Pieres and Facundo Pieres) facing El
Rosario (Alejandro Penafiel, Valerio Zubiaurre, Milo Fernandez and Salvador
Ulloa).  Although El Rosario lost all
three of their Silver Cup matches, the powerful Ellerston team edged them in a narrow
11-10 win.  Ayala (Inigo Zobel, Guillermo
Willington, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Jauretche) will be meeting Royal Salute (Petrus
Fernandini, Alejandro Muzzio, Jaime Huidobro and Malcolm Borwick) for the first
time this year while (HH Sheikha Maitha Al Maktoum, Jack Richardson, Lucas
Monteverde and Pablo MacDonough) will try to score another win over Dos Lunas (A
Sainzde Vicuna, Jason Warren, Diego Cavanagh and Tomas Garcia Del Rio), a team
they beat in Silver Cup play by six goals, 16-10.