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29 March 2013
Zedan Polo Find Winning Formula In 8-7 Defeat Of Bin Drai in HH President’s Cup
Ghantoot Suffer Narrow Defeat To Abu Dhabi In Local Derby
Abu Dhabi 29th of March 2013: Defending champions, Zedan Polo Team came back from an opening round loss to put together a narrow victory over Dubai side, Bin Drai in the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup held at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club until April 5
Saudi Arabian side, Zedan headed by team patron, Amr Zedan found their stride in the prestigious tournament thanks to the high-scoring antics of their nine-goal Argentine Open star, Nachi Heguy who scored six times.
Mariano Uranga and Billy Healy scored once each to make up the rest of Zedan’s goals.
For Bin Drai, JJ Brane scored four times while Emirati patron, Rashid Bin Drai got three.
In their opening match of the tournament, Zedan had been beaten by hosts Ghantoot in a 7-5 clash, but the side’s patron said his team had now hit on a winning formula.
“That was exactly what we were hoping for,” said Zedan after the match. “We have been working towards this tournament all season as we want to defend our title. It’s a long road and every team in this competition has a chance of winning, but this has been our focus for a while.
“We played well today and I hope that we can continue like this throughout the rest of the tournament. We have one of the best players in the world in Nachi, but every member of our team plays an important role on the field.”
In the second game of the evening, Abu Dhabi triumphed over Ghantoot in a narrow 9-8 victory.
Ghantoot’s Ali Al Marri said his side, the current Dubai Gold Cup champions would be back to winning ways soon.
“As always that was such a close game and it’s hard to lose by such a small margin – just a few things different and it would have been our victory. But we know that we can beat any team in this tournament and we look forward to our next game and putting this loss behind us,” he said.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup is the most prestigious tournament hosted at the Royal Club. The grand final will be held on April 5 and the game will open to the public and free to enter.