Kindly note photos courtesy of Tammam Assaf.
Ghantoot (White shirts) vs British Army (Red shirts)
Photo 4 – BPD 2012 Prize Giving
Ghantoot winners of British Polo Day – Trophies presented by His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan.
Ghantoot Defeat British Army 5-3 In Exhibition Match
Every Member of Ghantoot Team Scores Against Military Side
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Monday April 2, 2012: The spirit of
rivalry was alive and well at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club on Sunday
evening as the Ghantoot team and the British Army side stepped into the
The touring British Army side, which fielded HRH Prince Rashid Bin El
Hasan of Jordan, accepted an invitation from the Royal Abu Dhabi club,
to take part in an eight-goal handicap tournament. This is the second
consecutive year that the Army side has been hosted in Abu Dhabi and
both teams hope to play a re-match next season.
The match, presented by Ghantoot’s long-time supporter, ADCB, finished
5-3 and saw goals come from every player in the Ghantoot side.
The British Army’s number four, Gaston Devrient scored all their goals in
the third chukker.
Ghantoot’s Emirati, Nasser al Dhari and Argentine, Ramiro Cordero scored
in the opening chukker. The second period drew a blank for both sides but
the British Army drew ahead in the third chukker with a flurry of goals
Cordero scored his second for Ghantoot and the warring sides went into
the fourth and final chukker all even with the score at 3-3.
Ahmed al Nueimi and Bruno Tassara got a goal each for Ghantoot and the
British Army side was unable to reply, before the claxon went with the
final score at 5-3.
“It was a fun exhibition game but nevertheless we are glad to have
come out on top,” said Cordero, who joined Ghantoot this season from
Argentina. “The British Army side is known to be a good team and they
boast accomplished polo players.”
Ghantoot’s season now draws to a close but the players will keep their
hand in throughout the summer as they prepare to be competitive in all
of Ghantoot’s tournaments next season including Pink Polo charity event,
the Golden Polo Cup, the Emirates Open and the HH President of UAE Polo
The British Polo Day aims to celebrate the heritage of the game in each
country the team visits, reviving some of the old rivalries.
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About British Polo Day
Although the ancient sport of polo began many centuries ago, the British
rediscovered the modern game in the nineteenth century in India. Sir Winston
Churchill, one of the greatest proponents of the game, once famously said “a polo
handicap is a passport to the world” and polo is still thriving everywhere it is played.
British Polo Day carries on the tradition of the British playing polo against friends in a
host of different countries.
Polo still flourishes among Britain’s oldest institutions, where old rivalries often
produce the most fiercely fought matches, be it Oxford v Cambridge, or in the British
Army. These institutions have produced some of Britain’s finest polo players over
the years and British Polo Day provides a platform for these players to continue to
play globally. The first British Polo Day was held in the Middle East in 2009 and saw
players from all these institutions battling it out. Since then, events have taken place
in the UK, China, Singapore and India, with many more destinations planned.
Today’s modern world of polo embraces a whole way of living, an aspirational
lifestyle of the jet-set, sporty and stylish. British Polo Days host an eclectic mix of
guests of all nationalities who come to the day for a variety of different reasons but
who all leave having made new friends in luxurious surroundings against a backdrop
of exhilarating sport. British Polo Day also works with the top British Brands to export
a slice of Britain and give guests the full British luxury experience.
A British Polo Day therefore encapsulates the history, heritage and tradition of
the game of polo. It combines the traditions of Wimbledon, the exhilaration of
Royal Ascot and the all day-experience of Lords with the world’s oldest sport in a
quintessentially British day.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the British Polo Day
for a great success and extend our congratulations to our sponsored teams; Oxford
team at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club and to the British Army Team who
played at Ghantoot Polo and Equestrian Club.
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