LAHORE

What a brilliant performance by Bang Bang Juan Cruz Losada who enabled Royal Residencia/Learning Alliance rout Newage/Master Paints 12-8 to clinch the Bank Alfalah National Polo Championship for Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2015 glittering trophy here at the jam-packed Lahore Polo Club ground on breezy Sunday.

Commander 4 Corps Lahore Lt Gen Naweed Zaman HI (M) graced the entertaining final as chief guest. He, along with Bank Alfalah Islamic Banking group head Rizwan Ata and Lahore Polo Club president Abdul Haye Mehta, distributed shields among the top performers.

Magical polo player Losada, who remained the most impressive player of the polo season, lived upto the expectations of the spectators who continued cheering for him right from the start till the end. Losada remained the highest goal scorer of the final with his tremendous ten goals while his teammates Kamran Nooruddin and Ahmed Ali Tiwana added one goal each in the winners’ victory.

The bombastic final rolled into action with maestro Matias who scored the first goal for Newage/Master Paints. The match then went on next-on-neck as four goals were converted – two by Losada for Learning Alliance and one each by Matias and Hissam for Newage – as the chukker ended with Newage enjoying 3-2 lead.

Losada continued his supreme form in the second chukker too as he hit two impressive goals while he was ably assisted by his teammates Kamran Nooruddin and Ahmed Tiwana – who had one goal each. Matias and Adnan Jalil added one goal each for Newage to finish the chukker in favour of Learning Alliance who had a meager 6-5 lead.

Losada pounced two more in third chukker help his team take 8-5 lead which was reduced by Newage’s Matias to 8-6 before the end of the chukker. The fourth chukker saw one goal each from both the teams as Matias hit for Newage to further shorten the lead to 8-7 but Losada once again strengthened it to 9-7.

Matias started the fifth and last chukker with his impressive goal to make it 9-8 making the match more thrilling and entertaining but Losada then showed his class and proved his title of ‘magical player’ right by striking superb three goals to finish fantastic final fiercely at 12-3. The most interesting thing of the amusing final was last goal of Losada which was lauded widely by almost everyone present at the venue saying, ‘Wao, what a goal! What a player Losada is!

In the subsidiary final, Manuel Crespo powered Master Paints to thumping 7-4 win over Wi-Tribe Shahsawars. Crespo played superbly and produced fantastic five for the winners while Saqib Khan Khakwani and Sufi M Haris contributed one goal each. Pedro Zacharias slammed two goals while Bilal Haye and Zain Khan Khakwani managed one goal each for the losers.

Ben Turner and Julio Nevillo Astrada supervised the match while Agha Murtaza Ali Khan was referee.