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Zedan’s Nachi Heguy Amasses Seven-Goal Haul in Triumph Over Desert Palm Bin Drai Claim Hard-Fought Victory Over ADCB

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Kindly note photo captions:

Photo 1 – PPC 2012 Match Action 1

Desert Palm (Green and red shirts) vs Zedan Polo (White and blue shirts)

Photo 2 – PPC 2012 Match 3 Action 2

Zedan polo's Ignacio "Nachi" Heguy scores

Photo 3 – PPC 2012 Match 4 Action 1

ADCB (Red shirts) vs Bin Drai (Green shirts)

Zedan’s Nachi Heguy Amasses Seven-Goal Haul in Triumph Over Desert Palm

Bin Drai Claim Hard-Fought Victory Over ADCB

Abu Dhabi, 20th March: Saudi Arabia’s Zedan Polo looked a class act in their HH President of the UAE Polo Cup clash with Desert Palm tonight (Tuesday), emerging the 10-4 winners.

Argentine, Ignacio “Nachi” Heguy, the highest-rated player in the tournament with an eight-goal handicap, proved his worth by scoring seven times, three times in open play and four penalties over the four chukkers.

Zedan’s patron, Amr Zedan also got his name on the scorecard, scoring three in open play.

Meanwhile Matias Machado and Martin Valent combined to score Desert Palm’s five goals, with Machado responsible for two and Valent claiming the remaining three.

ADCB and Bin Drai played out a close, tight game, which saw Bin Drai snatch the lead in the final stages of the 6-4 match.

ADCB went into the third of four chukkers, leading by two goals, but Bin Drai, who had scored one penalty in the first chukker, found their rhythm in the third period, scoring three to go ahead by one goal.

Jorge Cernadas scored once more for ADCB in the final chukker bring the score to 4-4, but Bin Drai’s Tomas Iriarte found the goal twice more and with ADCB unable to reply, the match ended 6-4.

ADCB’s Bruno Tassara said his side was disappointed to have lost such a tight match.

“Every match counts in this tournament and it is a shame to lose after an early lead but we won’t dwell on this defeat. Now we look ahead to our next match and what we have to do to win that one.”

Thursday’s matches will see Bin Drai take on Sumaya and Ghantoot Land Rover versus Zedan

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 is being 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 features 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.

ENDS

TEAMS

N Name   HCP

ADCB  (13)

1  Abdullah B. Desmal 0

2  Ramiro Cordero 4

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 (12)

1 Ahmed Al Neaimi  0

2  Rubin Reynal  0

3  Oscar Colombres  5

4  Hugo Barabucci  7

Habtoor (13)

1 Mohammed Al Habtoor 0

2 Hamza Mawaz  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

30/03/2012

TBC

vs

TBC

Field 1

5.30 pm

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