UAE Polo beat AM Polo in thriller to clinch IFZA Silver Cup title


Members of the UAE Polo team celebrate with the trophy after winning the final against AM Polo.

The last match of the IFZA Silver Cup 2023 took place on the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Club with the clash of two strong contending teams of the tournament.

The subsidiary final of the IFZA Silver Cup was a smashing match between the teams of IFZA Habtoor Polo and Dubai Wolves by CAFU.

The match kicked off with the opening goal from Juan Jauretche, but the Dubai Wolves by CAFU caught up quickly and tied up the match at 1, as both the teams displayed great skill in playing the defence.

During the second chukker, both the teams showed great expertise but it was IFZA Habtoor Polo who kept possession of the ball and the second chukker finished with IFZA Habtoor Polo leading with a 3 to 2 score.

It was at the start of the third chukker, the team patron of the Dubai Wolves by CAFU came through and got a beautiful shot tying the match at 3 goals.

The IFZA Habtoor Polo didn’t fall short, and Bautista Bayugar took the lead for the team. Not long after Carlos Ulloa levelled the game with only 20 seconds left on the clock. Towards the last chukker, it was Bayugar who came through and took his team towards winning the Subsidiary Match.

At the main final, AM Polo took the lead and kept it until the end of the 2nd chukker, with the score 5 – 3. During the third chukker, Lucas Monteverde Jr. scored the first goal for the UAE Polo team. Benjamin Urquiza and Isidro Strada finished the third chukker with great sportsmanship shown by both the teams. At the fourth chukker, UAE Polo made a comeback with 4 back to back goals for their team and found themselves with an advantage towards the end with 8 – 7 score.

It all boiled down to the final chukker where we saw both the teams score one goal each. With a 30-yard penalty, AM Polo levelled up the game, as both the teams had their eyes at the Silver Cup.

With only 28 seconds left of the final match, UAE Polo team scored another goal which AM Polo was unable to defend, and in the end it was UAE Polo team that won the IFZA Silver Cup 2023 trophy.

Martin Pedersen Chairman of IFZA and CEO of Bin Drai Capital Saeed Bin Drai, awarded the teams of the day, with Isidro Strada with the most Valuable Player, Nobu as the Best Playing Pony, and Sensata as the Best Playing Pony for Argentine breed.


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