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26 March 2013
Zedan Defeats Habtoor 10-8 In Opening HH President Of The UAE Polo Cup
Saudi Arabian Side Makes Strong Start In Title Defense
Abu Dhabi, 25th of March 2013: The HH President of the UAE Cup defending champions, Zedan Polo opened their account at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club this evening (Monday) with a winning performance against Dubai powerhouses, Habtoor.
Zedan, who were crowned the champions in this tournament last year, benefitted from the services of prolific nine-goal Argentine Open star, Nachi Heguy, who scored twice in each of the four chukkers to finish with eight goals to his name.
Billy Healy claimed one goal for the side and patron, Amr Zedan also got onto the score sheet in what was an exciting and fast-paced match. For Habtoor Polo, Guillermo Cuitino scored five times while Ezequiel Martinez got three.
“That was the best possible start to our campaign to defend our title in this competition,” said Amr Zedan after the match. “This tournament has been our focus all season and I hope that we can keep firing for the rest of our matches. Habtoor are one of the top teams in the UAE but today we came out on top and hopefully we can keep building on this success as we face our next rivals on Wednesday.”
The HH President of the UAE Polo Cup is hosted at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and is the highlight of the season for the Royal Abu Dhabi club. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, it sees the best teams in the UAE do battle for the title.
Zedan are next in action against hosts and recent Dubai Gold Cup champions Ghantoot, while Habtoor will face Bin Drai on Wednesday March 27.
Matches will then take place on March 29 and 31 as well as on April 2 before the Grand Final on April 5.
The final, a family open day featuring fun activities for all ages, will be free to enter and open to the general public.
In the second match of the evening, Bin Drai Polo triumphed over Abu Dhabi Polo 6-4.