Abu Dhabi: It was four years ago that Ghantoot Polo Team last played against the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman, a match that they won in decisive fashion.
So when the two sides met each other again for the third time at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club on Friday, there was a lot at stake for both teams.
The visitors were determined to even out the score while Ghantoot were keen to maintain an upper-hand against them. But at the end of four entertaining chukkers, the exhibition polo match once again ended in favour of the hosts, who prevailed by six goals to one.
Ghantoot started strongly and Abdullah Bin Dasmal split open the Omani goal in the first chukker of the four-chukker match.
A brace by Ali Al Marri in the second chukker followed by a Nasser Al Shamsi strike put the hosts firmly in the driver’s seat with a lead of four goals to none.
Khalil Al Bulushi ensured that the Omanis would go home with a consolation goal, when he scored a beauty during the third of the four chukkers.
But Ghantoot were by now unstoppable and two more goals flew off the sticks of Abdullah Bin Dasmal and Yousaf Bin Dasmal to put them in full control at 6-1 goals.
The match was the highlight of Al Amal Polo Day, an annual event hosted by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club whose central theme was to raise awareness about children with special needs.
Polo enthusiasts were treated to an extravaganza of entertainment that featured Spanish dressage shows with flamenco dancers, an equestrian art exhibition, a heritage village, pony rides and magicians.
An initiative by Shaikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Al Amal Polo Day promotes the principle of embracing and supporting children with physical as well as learning disabilities.
Over the years, Al Amal Polo Day has led to a positive shift in the general attitude towards special children and also helps to mobilise resources for the support of Al Ain Centre of Care and Rehabilitation.
Ahmad Al Nuaimi, managing director at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, said: “Supporting charities like special needs has become an integral part of the policy at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
“It offers us a perfect opportunity to give something back to the local community in the UAE. Our aim is to provide support and improve the lives of children with disabilities.
“Each year we have been working with our committed sponsors, friends and patrons of Ghantoot, to make this event a success. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed towards this cause and to our friends from Oman, without whom we could not have made this event happen,” Al Nuaimi said.
Al Amal Polo Day Exhibition Match
Ghantoot Polo Team beat Royal Cavalry of Oman Polo Team 6-1
Ghantoot: Abdulla Bin Dasmal 2, Ali Al Marri 2, Yousaf Bin Dasmal 1, Nasser Al Shamsi 1
Oman: Khalil Al Bulushi 1.
Ghantoot Polo Team
Abdullah Bin Dasmal; Ali Al Marri; Yousaf Bin Dasmal; Nasser Al Shamsi
Oman Polo Team
Khalil Al Bulushi; Basam Al Balushi; Mazin Al Zigdali; Hussein Al Balushi