The AHPRC Festive League 2019 declared Dr A/Ankora polo team as its new champion. Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club’s usual Friday Polo Picnic had a festive flair as picnic gazeboes were vibrant with Christmas décor where guests watched the match in picnic style.
The annual Christmas Market was back with a variety of vendors that included chic jewelry, apparel, art décor, toys, fun games and much more. Food vendors on site catered to everyone’s sweet tooth. The children entertained themselves in a dedicated kids area by hopping in a huge bouncy castle or getting free pony rides assisted by Santa’s elf.
Before the final match, a horse-riding Santa made his way across the field bearing gifts for all the kids. As all the presents were distributed and Santa waved goodbye, the league kicked off with a match between Hesketh/Mahra and Dr A/Ankora polo teams.
The first chukker had the teams on equal footing at 2 – 2. Dr A/Ankora Polo team took the lead with subsequent goals from Dr Abbar and Maxi Malacalza during the second chukker and gained a 4-goal advantage.
At halftime, the anticipated Run-N-Hunt had guests engaged as three lucky winners won prizes worth a total of AED 10,000.
The winning streak continued for Dr A/Ankora team at the penultimate chukker through to the end of the final game with a score of 10 goals to 6. Matea Nesek, owner of Matea Nesek Perfumes awarded the teams of the day. The winning team proudly lifted the trophy and Dr Abdulrahman Abbar was awarded the Most Valuable Player.