Saqib shines in Dewa’s Own title triumph

LAHORE – Five-star Saqib Khan Khakwani steered Dewa’s Own to tremendous 11-5 triumph over struggling Remington Polo in the Treet Polo Cup 2017 final to clinch the coveted trophy here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on smogy Sunday.

Saqib Khakwani played fearless polo and fired fabulous five goals to steer his team to title win. Mumtaz Abbas Niazi (3 goals), Emran Akhtar (2 goals) and Mian Mustafa Aziz (1 goal) completed the tally for the victors. From Remington Polo, Bilal Haye contributed four and Bilal Hayat Noon one.

The final started on a high pace, as both the teams attacked each other’s goals and converted two goals each in the early part of the first chukker. Saqib banged in a brace for Dewa’s Own while Bilal Haye and Bilal Noon contributed one goal apiece. In the dying moments of the chukker, Dewa’s Own stretched the lead to 4-2 through Saqib and Emran.

Two goals each were scored in the second chukker making it 6-4 as from Dewa’s Own, Mumtaz Abbas Niazi struck two while Bilal Haye struck twice for Remington Polo. Dewa’s Own continued their good show in the third chukker as well as they pumped in two – one each by Mumtaz Abbas and Emran Akhtar – to make it 8-4, but the gap was soon reduced to 8-5 by Bilal Haye. The fourth and last chukker was fully dominated by Dewa’s Own, who hammered a hat-trick through Saqib (2 goals) and Mian Mustafa Aziz (1 goal), to finish the final having 11-5 lead.

Earlier in the subsidiary final, Dawood Group edged past Terra Energy by 4½-3. Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa played sublime polo and hammered all the four goals for Dawood Group, which had half goal handicap advantage. From Terra Energy, Ahmed Bilal Riaz scored a brace while Haris Haroon Malik hit one.

Packages chairman Syed Babar Ali graced the final as chief guest while Treet Group of Companies CEO Syed Shahid Ali was guest of honour. Lahore Polo Club president Irfan Ali Hyder, executive committee members Omar Sadiq, Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana, secretary Col (r) Shoaib Aftab and a great number of polo enthusiasts and players’ families were also present on the occasion. In the end, the chief guest gave away trophies and souvenirs to the winners and top performers.

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