LAHORE: In the Hamadan Lahore Open Polo Championship 2019 final, Samba Bank defeated AOS Polo Team by 5-4 at the Lahore Polo Club ground, to lift the Trophy for 3rd time in a row.
Syed Turab Rizvi with a hat-trick was instrumental in steering Samba Bank to title triumph Foreign player Edward Banner Eve also played superbly and converted a brace from the winning side. From the losing side, the major contribution came from Shah Shamyl Alam with two goals while Hashim Kamal Agha and Hamza Hakeem added one goal each in their team’s tally, but their efforts were futile in the end.
The final began with a field goal by Edward Banner, which gave Samba Bank 1-0 lead in the first chukker. AOS Polo Team made a good comeback in the second chukker as they thrashed two goals against one by Samba Bank to square the score at two all. Samba Bank then bounced back brilliantly and banged in a brace to once again gain 4-2 edge.
Samba Bank continued their good show in the fourth and last chukker as they converted another goal through Turab Rizvi to enjoy a healthy 5-3 lead. AOS Polo Team though fought back well and succeeded in converting two back-to-back goals to reduce the margin to 5-4, but they couldn’t score an equalizer, thus lost the final by a very close margin of 4-5.
Manuel Carranza and Ernesto Trotz officiated the match as field umpires.
Jahangir Khan Tareen distributed the prizes as chief guest while Provincial Minister Syed Samsam Bukhari, Hamadan Society CEO Kamal Nasir Khan andLPC executive committee members were also present.
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