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Ghantoot Land Rover Triumphs in Opening Match

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BelowAbu Dhabi, 18th March: Ghantoot Land Rover’s long-serving Argentine, Hugo Barabucci, scored five of his side’s nine goals
to help his team to a first-match victory in the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup, presented by ADCB.


Ghantoot Land Rover Triumphs in Opening Match of HH President of the UAE Polo Cup

Hosts Overcome Abu Dhabi 9-7 In Local Derby





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Ghantoot Land Rover Triumphs in Opening Match of HH President of the UAE
Polo Cup

Hosts Overcome Abu Dhabi 9-7 In Local Derby

Abu Dhabi, 18th March: Ghantoot Land Rover’s long-serving Argentine, Hugo
Barabucci, scored five of his side’s nine goals to help his team to a first-match victory in
the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup, presented by ADCB.

Yet Barabucci’s five-goal haul was not the highest in the match, his opposite number,
Alfredo Cappella went one better, scoring a remarkable six of seven goals for Abu
Dhabi Polo in defeat.

Ghantoot Land Rover were making amends after suffering a 9-4 loss at the hands of
Silver Cup champions, Abu Dhabi Polo, in the preliminary rounds of the Dubai Gold Cup
earlier this month.

Ghantoot Land Rover captain, Barabucci, who with a handicap of seven goals is the
second-highest ranked player in the tournament, said his side would now be focusing
on their next match against Saudi Arabia’s Zedan Polo on March 22.

“That was exactly the start we needed,” he said. “It was always going to be very close
and we just kept to our plans and tried to focus on playing together as a team.

“We have started well and we hope to improve as the tournament goes on as there will
be no easy games over the next two weeks.”

Ghantoot Land Rover were playing without their Emirati star, Nasser Al Dhaheri, who
was forced to pull out of the tournament due to injury. He was replaced by Ahmed Al
Neaimi, who scored a goal for his side in the third chukker.

On the pitch today (Monday) at 4:30pm will be the rescheduled clash between Gold Cup
winners, Habtoor Polo, and Jordanian side, Sumaya Polo.

Habtoor are a force to be reckoned with, having only been beaten by Ghantoot by a
solitary goal as they stormed to their way to the recent Dubai Gold Cup title. There is
every indication that they will be one of the main teams to beat over the next two weeks.

The HH President of the UAE Polo Cup is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh
Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club. It will be held at
Abu Dhabi’s Royal club between March 18 and March 30 and, with eight teams, is the

largest polo tournament in the region.

This year the event will feature two groups showcasing the talents of emerging Emirati
players as well as high-goal professionals from Argentina. Umpiring the matches will
be two officials who have presided over matches at the highest level of polo – the
Argentine Open in Buenos Aires.

The President’s Cup grand final will take place on March 30 with free family activities,
picnic area and Carluccio’s corporate hospitality and restaurant. All games including the
grand final are free to attend and open to the public.

The event is presented by Abu Dhabi Commercial bank and the Official Car is Land
Rover Premier Motors. It is supported by Bespoke Italia, Carluccio’s, Fiji Water and
Prisa Polo.

Abu Dhabi's Alfredo Capella behind Ghantoot Land Rover's Hugo Barabucci 



TEAMS

N Name   HCP

ADCB  (13)

1  Abdullah B. Desmal 1

2  Ramiro Cordero 2

3 Jorge Cernadas 5

4 Bruno Tassara 4

Abu Dhabi (11)

1 Faris Al Yabhouni  0

2 Alfredo Cappella  5

3 Patricio Neves  6

4  Ignacio Uriarte  0

Bin Drai (13)

1  Rashid Bin Drai   0

2  Nicolas Petracchi   4

3  Tomas Iriarte   4

4  Vieri Antinori   5

Desert Palm (12)

1 Tariq Albwardy  0

2 Ian Mathew Lodder 3

3 Matias Machado  4

4 Martin Valent   5

Sub Thomas Claesen  0

N Name    HCP

Ghantoot Land Rover (13)

1 Ahmed Al Neaimi  1

2  Rubin Reynal  0

3  Oscar Colombres  5

4  Hugo Barabucci  7

Habtoor (13)

1 Mohammed Al Habtoor 0

2 Matias Olano.   1

3 Guillermo Cutino   6

4 Fran Elizalde   6

Sub:  Ahmed Habtoor   0

Sumaya (13)

1  Faisal Yabroudi   0

2 Guy Gibarat    3

3 Augustin Canale  6

4 Pablo Vellila   4

Sub  Kareem Abughazaleh  0

Zedan (13

1 Amr Zedan     0

2 Manuel Elizalde    2

3 Matias "Bocha"   3

4 Ignacio "Nachi" Heguy 8

SCHEDULE 

Date

Teams

Field

Time

18/03/2012

Ghantoot LR

vs

Abu Dhabi

Sh Zayed field

4.30 pm

19/03/2012

Sumaya

vs

Habtoor

Field 1

4.30 pm

20/03/2012

Zedan

vs

Desert Palm

Field 2

4.30 pm

20/03/2012

Bin Drai

vs

ADCB

Sh Zayed field

5.30 pm

22/03/2012

Sumaya

vs

Bin Drai

Sh Zayed field

4.30 pm

22/03/2012

Ghantoot LR

vs

Zedan

Field 2

5.30 pm

24/03/2012

Habtoor

vs

ADCB

Field 2

4.30 pm

24/03/2012

Abu Dhabi

vs

Desert Palm

Field 1

5.30 pm

26/03/2012

Ghantoot LR

vs

Desert Palm

Field 2

4.30 pm

26/03/2012

Sumaya

vs

ADCB

Sh Zayed field

5.30 pm

28/03/2012

Abu Dhabi

vs

Zedan

Field 2

4.30 pm

28/03/2012

Habtoor

vs

Bin Drai

Sh Zayed field

5.30 pm

30/03/2012

TBC

vs

TBC

Field 1

4.00 pm

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