LAHORE - HN Polo, Newage Cables/Master Paints and Diamond Paints recorded victories in the 1st President of Pakistan National Open Polo Championship 2022 sponsored by Mid City here at the Jinnah Polo Fields (JPF) on Tuesday.

High-flying Saqib Khan Khakwani fired in fabulous four goals in HN Polo’s 10-6 triumph over BN Polo Team in the first match of the day. Besides Saqib Khakwani’s four goals, the contribution also came from Tito Ruiz Guinazu, Hilario Ruiz Guinazu and Haider Naseem – all contributed with a brace each. For BN Polo, Baber Naseem cracked a quartet while Julio Astrada and Abdul Rehman Monnoo hit one each.

The first three chukkers of the match were evenly poised as both the teams played superb polo and made it 1-1, 2-2 and 4-4 by the end of the first, second and third chukkers respectively. HN Polo then played better polo in the fourth chukker by thrashing in three goals against two by BN Polo to take a slight 7-6 lead. HN stamped their authority in the fifth and last chukker by adding three more goals in their tally to win the match by 10-6.

In the nail-biting second encounter of the day, Newage Cables/Master Paints beat DS Polo/Rizvi’s by 10-9 in the sudden death chukker. Gonzalo Deltour was of BN Polo as he malleted marvellous nine goals and Vieri Antinori converted the remaining one. For DS Polo/Rizvi’s, Max Charlton smashed in superb seven goals while Hissam Ali Hyder banged in a brace.

Newage Cables/Master Paints opened their account with a field goal to take 1-0 lead, which couldn’t last long as DS Polo/Rizvi’s bounced back by banging in a brace to earn a 2-1 lead. Newage also made a good comeback by hammering a hat-trick to get back 4-2 lead but DS Polo hit one to make it 3-4. They added five fantastic goals in their tally in the third chukker against one by Newage to gain a healthy 8-5 lead. Newage bounced back well in the fourth chukker by cracking three goals against one by DS Polo to reduce the margin to 8-9. Newage then scored the only goal of the fifth chukker to finish it at 9-9. The match was then decided in the sudden death (sixth) chukker, where Deltour smashed in a match-winning goal to guide Newage to 10-9 victory.

The third match was dominated by Diamond Paints, who outpaced FG Polo Team by 9-4. Max Charlton, who replaced injured Matias Vial Perez, played superb polo and fired in fabulous five goals for Diamond Paints while Guy Gibrat contributed with a hat-trick and Ahmed Ali Tiwana one goal. For FG Polo, Ramiro Zavaleta banged in a brace while Juan Ambroggio and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi struck one goal apiece.

Diamond Paints were off to a flying start as they pumped in two goals each in the first, second and third chukkers to earn a healthy 6-0 lead. FG Polo scored their opening just before end of the third chukker to make it 1-6. Diamond Paints added two more goals in the fourth chukker to further enhance their lead to 8-1 while FG Polo struck one to make it 2-8. Diamond Paints added one more goal in their tally in the beginning of the fifth and last chukker to stretch their lead to 9-2 while FG Polo banged in two back-to-back goals to finish the match at 9-4 in favour of Diamond Paints.

Today (Wednesday), two important matches will be contested as BN Polo will vie against FG Polo at 2:15 pm while Barry’s will compete against HN Polo Team at 3:30 pm.