Barry’s, Habib Metro win Lahore Open Polo openers
Lahore – Barry’s and Habib Metro Lions/Master Paints won the Samba Bank Lahore Open Polo Championship 2017 openers after defeating their respective opponents here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Tuesday.
In the first match of the day, Barry’s played well against Diamond Paints and outlasted them by 7-5. Hernan Pieres was hero of the day for Barry’s as he slammed in superb six goals while the remaining one came from Raja Samiullah. From Diamond Paints, Eulogio Celestino and Ahmad Khan scored a brace each while Mir Huzaifa struck one.
Diamond Paints started the match with a field goal through Ahmad Khan to take 1-0 lead while the score was equalized in the beginning of the second chukker when Hernan Pieres fired a field goal for Barry’s. In the dying moments of the second chukker, Ahmad Khan converted a spot penalty successfully to provide Diamond Paints 2-1 lead. The highly-charged third chukker saw Barry’s hammering four consecutive goals to grab 5-2 lead. Hernan was the player who hammered a hat-trick and Raja Samiullah hit one. Eulogio Celetino then helped Diamond Paints make a comeback by scoring two back-to-back goals to close the gap to 5-4.
In the fourth and last chukker, Hernan continued his good form and converted a 30-yarder skillfully to give Barry’s 6-4 edge. Mir Huzaifa then came from behind to score one for Diamond Paints to reduce the margin to 6-5. It was all that Diamond Paints could get as Barry’s then banged in another goal to take 7-5 lead, which proved good enough for them to register a well-deserving victory. Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Raja Arslan Najeeb supervised the match.
The heroics of Hamza Mawaz Khan helped Habib Metro Lions/Master Paints outpace Future Developers/Rijas by 6-3 in the second encounter of the day. Hamza Mawaz emerged as top scorer with his fantastic four goals while Bilal Haye converted two from the winning side while Geoffredo thwarted all the three goals from the losing side.
Habib Metro started the match on a high note as they struck one goal in the first chukker and pumped in three more in the second chukker to take 4-0 lead while Future Developers could score just one to make it 4-1. Future Developers then scored two more goals in the third chukker to further reduce the margin to 4-3 but Habib Metro netted one more to enhance their lead to 5-3. Habib Metro added one more goal in the fourth and last chukker to finish the match having 6-3 lead. Eulogio Celestino and Raja Arslan Najeeb were field umpires.
Today (Wednesday), Black Horse Paints will take on Guard Group in the only encounter of the day.