ABL, Barry’s register victories in Lahore Open Polo

LAHORE – Allied Bank Limited (ABL) and Barry’s registered victories in the Samba Bank Lahore Open Polo Championship 2017 matches played here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground Thursday.

Helped by Mumtaz Abbas Niazi (3 goals), Raja Arslan Najeeb (2 goals) and Hamza Mawaz Khan (2 goals), Allied Bank carve out hard-fought 7-5 victory against Diamond Paints. Hamza Mawaz replaced Saqib Khan Khakwani, who couldn’t play the match due to illness. Eulogio Celestino hammered a hat-trick while Ahmad Khan and Mir Huzaifa Ahmad contributed one goal apiece from the losing side.

Mumtaz Abbas started the match with a field goal which gave Allied Bank 1-0 lead, which was soon equalized by Diamond Paints when Eulugio Celestino finished the chukker at 1-1. Allied Bank stamped their authority in the second chukker by hammering a hat-trick through Raja Arslan Najeeb (2 goals) and Mumtaz Abbas (1 goal) to take 4-1 lead while Eulugio struck one in the dying moments of the chukker to reduce the margin to 4-2.

Mumtaz Abbas’ field goal gave Allied Bank 5-2 edge but Diamond Paints then bounced back in style and banged in a brace through Ahmad Khan and Eulugio to close the gap to 5-4. Diamond Paints continued their good show in the fourth and last chukker and drew the blood 5-5 through a field goal by Mir Huzaifa. Hamza Mawaz proved to be superhero in the dying moments when he first converted a 60-yarder and then fired a field goal to steer Allied Bank to an impressive 7-5 win. Hissam Ali Hyder and Ahmad Nawaz Tiwana officiated the match as field umpires.

Hernan Pieres’s thwarted three goals and Raja Mikael Sami malloted a match-winner to help Barry’ beat Green Orchard/Rijas 5-4 in the nail-biting second encounter. Raja Samiullah also contributed one for the winning side while Geoffredo and Ahmed Zubair Butt banged in a brace each for the losing side.

Green Orchard scored the only goal of the first chukker which was later equalized by Barry’s in the second chukker. Green Orchard struck one more to finish the second chukker having 2-1 lead. Barry’s leveled the score 2-2 in the beginning of the third chukker but Green Orchard then slammed in two back-to-back goals to have 4-2 lead.

In the fourth and last chukker, both the sides attacked each other’s goal one after another but no one could add even one. In the dying moments of the match, Hernan Pieres pumped in two impressive goals for Barry’s to draw the score 4-4. When the whistle was blown to signal end of the fourth chukker, the score was tied at 4-4 and the match was then decided in the sudden death chukker, where Raja Mikael Sami scored a match-winner to guide Barry’s to a nail-biting victory. Eulugio Celestino and Raja Arslan Najeeb supervised the match as field umpires.

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