Members of the Habtoor Polo team celebrate with the trophy.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The last tournament of the year ended with Habtoor Polo team lifting the trophy as they won their match against Hesketh Polo, 6.5 goals to 5 in the AHPRC Festive League final.
The teams donned the festive colours of the season before the start of the match. Habtoor Polo scored the first goal and closed the first chukker with a 1.5 goal advantage. Hesketh on their tail as they closed in with a succession of goals but Habtoor Polo team kept a steady performance through the end of the game and emerged victorious.
Martin G Pedersen, Chairman of International Free Zone Authority, the official sponsor of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club's Polo Season 2020 - 2021, awarded the teams of the day and Juanji Alberdi as the Most Valuable Player.
This was the second trophy of the season for Habtoor as they lifted the Halloween Cup earlier.The Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club is a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports and is the home ground for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series.
The first match of the afternoon featured Battistoni and Baylandi Polo teams. Tomy Iriarte scored the first 2 goals which gave Battistoni Polo a head start in the game. The team increased their lead by the end of the by half time with the consecutive goals delivered by Tomy.
The second half of the afternoon featured a game between Battistoni Polo and AM Polo teams. The game was neck and neck from start to finish. Benjamin Panelo scored the first goal of the match but was quickly matched by Alessandro Barnaba, patron of the Battistoni Polo team.
Both teams struggled to score a goal during the first chukker and it was Facundo Sola who delivered the opening goal for Habtoor Polo team.
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