LAHORE: PBG edged out 4 Corps by six goals to five and a half to clinch the Jubilee Insurance-sponsored Corps Commander Polo Cup.
Nicholas A. Recite emerged as hero of the final as he displayed superb polo skills and techniques to hammer a hat-trick of goals while Raja Samiullah banged in a brace and Lt Col Rabnawaz Tiwana converted one. From 4 Corps, which had a half goal handicap, Ernesto Trotz pumped in all the five goals but his efforts were futile in the end.PBG opened their account by converting a 60-yard penalty to take 1-0 lead, which couldn’t last long as 4 Corps fired in a field goal to equalise the score at 1-all.
In the second chukker, 4 Corps converted a 40-yard penalty to have 2-1 edge but PBG bounced back in style and hammered a hat-trick of goals to gain a healthy 4-2 lead.The third chukker was fully dominated by 4 Corps as they thrashed two back-to-back goals to square the things at 4-all. Both the sides fought well against each other in the fourth and decisive chukker, where PBG played better polo against 4 Corps as they converted two goals against one by 4 Corps to win the final by 6-5.5.
LT. Col Rab Nawaz Tiwana captain of PBG said that his team had won a high goal polo event after 20 years and this was all due to the team effort. Nicholas A Recite leading from front and all players played very well. Lt Col Rabnawaz Tiwana told that team is preparing for next 12 goals events in Lahore.
In the subsidiary final, helped by Mariano Regal’s seven goals, Millinneum Movers defeated Guard Group by 9.5-4. Besides Marioano, Bilal Haye struck two goals. From Guard Group, Manuel Eduardo Carranza converted two goals while Ahmed Bilal Riaz and Hamza Mawaz Khan hit one goal each.
Corps Commander Lahore, Lt. Gen. Majid Ehsan was the chief guest and distributed prizes and shields among the winners.