19th February 2019 | DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
In the final day of Polo Masters, we saw two intense match ups.
UAE Polo, after winning the Silver cup, was also successful in capturing their second title of the season with the Polo Masters cup on 16th February. They had an intense matchup with Bim Drai Polo Team in the final of the 10- Goal tournament, securing the victory with a 1.5 point deficit. UAE came back from trailing in the first three chukkers to win the match in the final chukker with 8.5-7 in favor of UAE Polo.
Match Progression: UAE vs Bim Drai: 0.5 - 3 | 3.5 - 6 | 5.5 - 7 | 8.5 - 7
The final matchup began with UAE being awarded half a point because of handicap disparity. In the first chukker, Bim Drai started off the game aggressively, scoring thrice and keeping their opponents quiet. Both teams scored thrice in the second, with UAE’s Andres Laplacette continuously attacking and setting up his team’s offense. For the first time in the matchup UAE outscored Bim Drai Polo team 2 to 1. The score was 5.5 to 7 going in the final chukker. UAE’s maintained their form in the fourth and tuned up their defense, scoring thrice in the final chukker and not letting another goal slip through their defense. They soundly beat Bim Drai 8.5-7 and captured their second title of the season.
The Subsidiary Final was between AM Polo and Mahra Polo teams and was also a superb polo match.
Match Progression: AM Polo team vs Mahra Polo: 2 -2 | 6 - 4 | 9 - 5| 9 -7
The first chukker was tied at 2 each but the second chukker saw fireworks, with the teams scoring 4-2 goals. By the end of the chukker, the score was 6-4 with AM Polo holding a 2 point lead. They extended their lead with 9-5 in the third chukker. Mahra Polo tried to make a comeback in the final chukker. Diego Gallego and Pelayo Berazadi each scored one goal to reduce the UAE lead from 4 to 2. Martin Gandara scored 4 times in the match, winning the MVP title.