LAHORE - Asean and Kalabagh/Shahtaj qualified for the main final of the Islamabad Club Champions Trophy 2022 after winning their respective matches here at the Islamabad Club Polo Ground on Thursday.

The first match of the day proved a thrilling encounter where Team Asean defeated BN Polo by a narrow margin of 5-4. Both the teams played really against each other and when the final whistle was blown, the score was tied at 4-4. The match was then decided in the sudden death chukker and foreign player Bauti Fenell smashed in a match-winning goal to steer Team Asean to a 5-4 triumph.

Bauti Fenell did magic with mallet and polo pony and amused the spectators with his spectacular game and skills as he contributed with three tremendous goals for Team Asean while his teammate Raja Jalal Arslan banged in a beautiful brace. Team BN Polo also fought well but they couldn’t finish well and lost the crucial match. Eulogio was key player from the losing side, who hammered a hat-trick while the remaining one came from Babar Naseem.

Team work and collective efforts helped Kalabagh/Shahtaj register 8-6 win over EFU-PAF in the second match of the day. Kalabagh/Shahtaj dominated the match right from the word go and maintained their lead till the end. They dominated the first three chukkers while EFU-PAF made a strong comeback in the fourth and last chukker by hammering a hat-trick, but it was too little too late for them as they lost the encounter by 6-8.

Foreign player Guy Gibrat, Osman Khan and Raja Temur Nadeem jointly emerged as stars of the day from the winning team as they all pumped in a brace each while Adil Waheed and Asfandyar Khan converted one goal apiece. Hamza Mawaz Khan played well from the losing side by thrashing in three goals while Syed Aun Muhammad Rizvi banged in a brace and Sqn Ldr Hamza Iqbal scored one goal.

Now the main final will be contested between Team Asean and Kalabagh/Shahtaj on Sunday while the subsidiary final will take place on Saturday between BN Polo Team and EFU-PAF here at the Islamabad Club Polo Ground.