LAHORE: FG Polo Team clinched the Battle Axe Polo Cup after defeating Diamond Paints by 8-6 in the final played at LP&CC ground.
Tom Brodie was hero of the day as he fired in fabulous four goals for FG Polo while Maj (R) Haseeb Minhas hammered a hat-trick and Mian Abbas Mukhtar struck one. From Diamond Paints, Hissam Ali Hyder cracked a quartet while Raja Arslan Najeeb and Jalal Arslan hit one goal apiece.
Abbas Mukhtar started the final with a field goal to provide FG Polo 1-0 lead but Diamond Paints soon equalised the score at 1-1. The second chukker was also evenly poised as both the sides struck one goal each to make it 2-all. Diamond Paints played comparatively better polo in the third chukker as they converted three goals against two by FG Polo as by the end of the third chukker, Diamond Paints had 5-4 lead. It was Tom Brodie of FG Polo, who single-handedly led FG Polo to impressive title triumph as he fired in fantastic four goals while Diamond Paints could convert just one goal as FG Polo won the match by 8-6.
In subsidiary final, BN Polo Team outscored Newage by 7-4. From BN Polo, Eulogio Celestino struck four goals while Babar Naseem, Ahmed Zubair Butt and Saqib Khan Khakwani hit one goal apiece. From Newage, Edward Banner Eve hammered a hat-trick while Adnan Jalil Azam converted one.
After winning the final, FG Polo Team captain Mian Abbas Mukhtar, who is also Director, FG – Fatima Group, said: “We have trained very hard and then played like a unit which helped us win the title.
Maj. Gen. Aneequr Rehman Malik as chief guest along Col. (R) Shoaib Aftab, Lahore Polo & Country Club, Secretary Col. (R) Shoaib Aftab distributed the prizes.