Lahore Open Polo Championship 2018: Team Eighteen In Final
LAHORE: Clinical Team Eighteen booked berth in the main final of the Lahore Open Polo Championship 2018 after edging past PBG/Remounts by 6-5 in the crucial match played at Lahore Polo Club ground.
With this win Team Eighteen will play Jubliee in the Final to be held on 9th December – Sunday.
Saqib Khan Khakwani emerged as hero of the day by hammering a hat-trick while Ahmed Ali Tiwana banged in a brace and Shahnawaz Ayaz Durrani contributed one. From the losing side, Nicholas Ruiz Maria struck a hat-trick and Capt. M. Humair Ghazi and Lt. Col. Rab Nawaz Tiwana contributed one goal apiece.
Team Eighteen were off to flying start as they converted two back-to-back goals – 40-yard and 30-yard penalties – through sterling Saqib to attain 2-0 lead. Nicholas then fired in a field goal for PBG/Remounts to finish the first chukker at 2-1. The second chukker was evenly poised as both the sides fired in a field goal each as Team Eighteen got their third through Shahnawaz to make it 3-1 and Capt. M. Humair then malloted one for PBG to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
The highly-charged third chukker was dominated by Team Eighteen who slammed in three goals against PBG’s one to maintain their lead, which was stretched to 6-3 by the end of the chukker. This time Ahmed Ali contributed with a brace and Saqib with one to complete his hat-trick. For PBG, Nicholas was the goal scorer.
Although PBG bounced back well in the fourth and last chukker by smashing in two goals – one each by Lt. Col. Rab Nawaz and Nicholas Maria – yet they couldn’t add more goals, thus lost the match by 5-6.
Omer Minhas and Antonino Menard officiated the match as field umpires.
FG Polo Team qualified for the subsidiary final where they will take on Barry’s for the top honours.
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