Pakistan Polo Cup 2018-19: Guard Group/Master Paints Annex The Trophy
LAHORE: Phenomenally in form Hamza Mawaz Khan and Taimoor Ali Malik helped Guard Group/Master Paints lift the Pakistan Polo Cup, by defeating Samba Bank 7-4½ in the final played at Lahore Polo Club ground.
Hamza Mawaz Khan emerged as hero of the day as he scored a quartet for the winning side while Taimoor Ali Malik once again amused the spectators with his phenomenal game and winning celebrations as he slammed in two goals while Sufi Farooq converted one goal. From Samba Bank, which had half goal handicap, all the four goals were hammered by Hissam Ali Hyder.
Hissam opened the Samba Bank account by converting a spot penalty to take 1-0 which was soon doubled by Hissam, who fired in a field goal to make it 2-0. Hamza then struck a field goal to reduce the deficit to 2-1. The second chukker was dominated by Guard Group/Master Paints as they thwarted two back-to-back goals to take 3-2 lead. Taimoor Malik and Hamza Mawaz hit one goal apiece.
Guard Group/Master Paints continued their good show in the third chukker as they thwarted two back-to-back goals to further strengthen their lead to 5-2. Sufi Farooq and Hamza Mawaz this time contributed with one goal each. Samba Bank then fought back well and banged in a brace through Hissam to reduce the margin to 5-4.
The fourth and last chukker was once again dominated by Guard Group/Master Paints, who pumped in two more goals – one each by Taimoor Malik and Hamza Mawaz – to take an unassailable 7-4 lead which remained intact till the final whistle was blown. With half goal handicap for Samba Bank, the final score was 7-4½ in favour of Guard Group/Master Paints.
Bilal Haye and Raja Arslan Najeeb officiated the main final as field umpires.
In the subsidiary final, one and half goal handicap helped PBG/Remounts beat Olympia by eight and a half goal to eight. Nicholas Ruiz Guinazu was star of the day for the winning side, who hammered four goals while Saqib Rider struck two and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi hit one. From the losing side, Goffredo Cutinelli scored a quartet while Ahmed Zubair Butt and Abdul Rehman Monnoo banged in a brace each but their efforts couldn’t bear fruit as one and half goal handicap declared PBG/Remounts winners of the subsidiary final.
Samba Bank Chairman Dr Shujaat Nadeem and Guard Rice CEO Shahzad Malik graced the occasion as chief guests while Samba Bank CEO and President Shahid Sattar, LPC President Malik Atif Yar Tiwana were also present.