Army Blues have the last laugh in Aibak Cup
LAHORE: The horsemen of Army Blues UCH won the SHV Aibak Cup polo on Sunday.
In the final played at the Aibak Ground of the Lahore Polo Club, they outscored Army Whites FWO 4–3 (2-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3). For the third position, Bank Alfalah defeated Royal Fans 8–3 (1-1, 3-3, 7-3, 8-3).
Both the Army teams started with equal team handicaps, 14 goals.
The Whites had none else to blame for the defeat but themselves, for they missed as many as three clear chances. That made the task much easier for the Blues. The teams were 3-3 by the end of the third chukker. Carlos Pando scored the winner in the last quarter. Pando scored three goals out of the four by Army Blues and all of them on 60-yard hits. Nauman Wasif scored a filed goal. For the Whites, Jorge Donovan scored all the three goals. Donovan scored a 60-yard hit, a spot hit from near the goal and a filed goal.
Earlier, the riders of Bank Alfalah dominated Royal Fans throughout the match. Simba scored a goal in the first chuuker for Royal Fans who got two more goal through Tomas Goty in the second chukker. During the last half of the game, Royal Fans seemed shying away from the scoreboard.
Sattar Niazi scored thrice and Shamyl Alam and Qubilai Alam twice each for the Bankers who got a goal through Shaukat Malik.
Army Blues UCH: Haseeb Minhas (3), Nauman Wasif (2), Carlos Pando (6), Isfandyar Ali Pataudi (3).
Army Whites FWO: Shoaib Aftab (2), Omar Minhas (3), Jorge Donovan (6), Khurshid Ahmad (3).
Umpires: Pablo Bagnardi and Guillermo Cuittino
Bank Alfalah: Shaukat Malik (2), shah Shamyl Alam (4), Sattar Niazi (4), Shah Qubilai Alam (3).
Royal Fans: Tomas Goty (7), Atif Tiwana (4), IA Simba (2), Mir Shoaib Ahmad (0).
Umpires: Hissam Ali Hyder and Usman Haye.