LAHORE - PAF/Jubilee Life Insurance and Asean recorded contrasting victories in the Islamabad Gladiators Trophy 2022 matches played at the Islamabad Club Polo Ground on Wednesday.

The first match of the day saw dominance of PAF/Jubilee Life Insurance, who overwhelmed Kalabagh by a good margin of 10-4. PAF/Jubilee Life Insurance stamped their authority right from the word go as they kept on launching attacks on Kalabagh’s goal and succeeded ten times while conceding only four goals. Their strategy and game plan played key role in their impressive victory.

The hero behind the PAF/Jubilee Life Insurance’s success was high-flying Hamza Mawaz Khan, who amused the spectators with his superb mallet and horse work. He kept on scoring for the winning side till the final whistle, thus managing to convert sparkling seven goals. His teammates phenomenal Syed Aun Muhammad Rizvi and spirited Malik Shamsher also played well and converted two and one goal respectively.

The losing side (Kalabagh) couldn’t settle down in front of attacking PAF/Jubilee Life Insurance team, thus they conceded so many goals and lost the crucial match by 4-10. The losing side also made some efforts to make their tally respectable as two of their players - Ibrahim Khalil and Abdullah Ijaz – converted one goal apiece while they also had two goals handicap advantage.

The second match of the day proved a closely-contested encounter, where both the teams - Asean and The Guards - gave tough time to each other before Asean winning the match by 8-5½. The heroes from the winning team were Bauti Fenell and Raja Jalal Arslan as both did magic with their mallets and polo ponies and hammered a hat-trick each. Hashim Asad also played well and banged in a beautiful brace.

The Guards’ players also tried hard to finish the encounter as triumphant but their efforts couldn’t bear fruit as they lost it by a close margin of 5½-8. Mumtaz Abbas Niazi was the top scorer from the losing team as he thrashed in three goals while Saqib Raheem converted the remaining two goals for The Guards, which had also a half goal handicap advantage. Today (Thursday), the only match of the day will be contested between Kalabagh/Shahtaj and Team Asean at 3:45 pm at Islamabad Club Polo Ground.