Bin Drai Polo, team made up by patron Saeed Bin Drai, Gregorio Gelosi, Francisco Elizalde and Raúl Laplacette, is the first team to make it to the semifinales of the McLaren Cup.
Bin Drai defeated Mahra Polo by 7 goals to 5 in the single match of the tournament held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort
With two victories in a row, patron Saeed Bin Drai´s team remains unbeaten and achieves the first place of the Zone A with Zedan and Mahra now fighting for the second place.
Bin Drai played an excellent first half with a third chukker that was the key to the final victory. In this period they achieved a 5 goal gap (7-3) that made Mahra very difficult to catch up, despite the comeback they had in the fourth chukker to closed the gap to a 2 goals difference.
Finally, in the last seven minutes, Mahra pushed till the end but Bin Drai kept the game plan to win the match and the ticket to the semifinal by 7 goals to 5.
Raúl Laplacette (BD) was the MVP of the game and Francisco Elizalde, Laplacette and Juan Ruíz Guiñazú (Mahra) the top scorers with 3 goals each.
Match progression: Bin Drai: 2-1/ 5-3/ 7-3/ 7-5/ 7-5
The McLaren Cup will continue next friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort with a double action day starting at 2pm with UAE Polo playing against Wolves followed by Desert Palm vs Habtoor Polo.
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Photos: Gonzalo Etcheverry