LAHORE: Tetra Pak and Barry’s booked berths in the main final of the HBL Pakistan Polo Cup 2020 after winning their respective Semi-finals played at Lahore Polo Club ground.
In the first semifinal of the day, Tetra Pak defeated FG Polo Team by 6.5-5 to make way to the final. Edward Banner Eve smashed in all the six goals from the winning side, which had a half goal handicap advantage. From the losing side, Tom Brodie cracked a quartet while Abbas Mukhtar struck one.The first chukker started with a field goal by Tetra Pak to gain 1-0 lead as no more goal was scored by both the sides. FG Polo Team bounced back in style and banged in a brace to have 2-1 edge. FG Polo Team maintained their good show in the third chukker as well as they hammered a hat-trick of goals to further strengthen their lead to 5-1. This was all that FG Polo Team could get from the match as after that, Tetra Pak fought back well and thrashed three back-to-back goals to first reduce the margin to 4-5 by the end of the third chukker while in the fourth and last chukker, Tetra Pak pumped in two tremendous goals to win the crucial match by 6.5-5 as the winners had a half goal handicap advantage.
In the second match of the day, Barry’s outperformed Master Paints Black by 7.5-4. Ernesto Trotz emerged as top scorer as he scored a quartet from the winning side, which had a half goal handicap advantage, while his teammates Shah Shamyl Alam and Agha Musa Ali Khan converted two and one goal respectively. From the losing side, Manuel Carranza hammered a hat-trick and Hamza struck one goal.The well-contested first chukker saw both the sides scoring two goals each to make it 2-all. In the second chukker, Master Paints Black struck one to gain 3-2 lead while Barry’s bounced back well and banged in a brace to get back 4-3 lead. The third chukker was fully dominated by Barry’s as they converted two more goals to further enhance their lead to 6-3 while in the fourth and last chukker, one goal each was converted by both the sides with Barry’s winning the match by 7.5-4 as they had a half goal handicap advantage.
The subsidiary final will be played between Diamond Paints White and Diamond Paints Blue at 1:30 pm at Lahore Polo Club ground on 12th January – Sunday, while the main final will be held between Tetra Pak and Barry’s at 2:30 pm.