The GCC team overwhelmed the Guards' side on The Queen's Ground at Guards Polo Club this afternoon in the annual GCC Polo Day, supported by the BMG Foundation.The visitors defeated the home side 9-1. Amr Zedan was on fine form for the sponsors' side, scoring several goals, and he was superbly supported by the two rising stars of this team, Salman Alhamrani and Habtoor Al Habtoor. Faris Al Yabhouni may have not played for a month before this game, but was equally impressive by half-time.
By contrast, the Guards team struggled to get into the game despite playing on the number one ground at their home club. Admittedly this team was made up of four patrons who are more used to playing against each other, than on the same side. Although the Guards team failed to score in the first, a Guards' goal in the second chukka kept their hopes alive and made it 3-1 at half-time.
However the GCC team were on fire in the second half, scoring six goals to none in reply from the Guards team. Such strong play ensured that GCC won the trophy in convincing style. Faris Al Yabhouni stepped forward to receive the GCC trophy from HM The Queen, who arrived at the Club directly from Royal Ascot. Earlier in the day she had watched her own horse, Carlton House, finish second in the prestigious Prince of Wales Stakes. The Club's President, HRH Prince Philip had arrived earlier to take in more of the game.
GCC: Amr Zedan, Faris Al Yabhouni, Habtoor Al Habtoor, Salman Ali Alhamrani.
Guards Polo Club: Clive Reid, Jonathan Munro Ford, Hilali Noordeen, Saad Audeh
HM The Queen presents the GCC Cup to Faris Al Yabhouney (Images of Polo)