LAHORE - Diamond Paints and Newage Cable/Master Paints qualified for the semifinals of the 1st President of Pakistan National Open Polo Championship sponsored by MidCity here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Monday. Master Paints, FG Polo Team, HN Polo and Remounts will vie against each against each other in the quarterfinals on tomorrow (Wednesday).

Diamond Paints and Newage Cables/Master Paints topped their respective pools to earn direct qualification in the semifinals. In the first match of the day, Diamond Paints defeated HN Polo by 11-9, thanks to phenomenal Max Charlton, who replaced injured Matias Vial Perez, emerged as hero of the day for the winning team with a contribution of excellent eights goals. His teammates Guy Gibrat, Mir Shoaib Ahmed and Matias also played well and slammed in one goal apiece.

The second match of the day saw dominance of high-flying Remounts, who displayed outstanding polo skills and techniques against DS Polo/Rizvi’s and outclassed them by a huge margin of 11-5. Mumtaz Abbas Niazi emerged as star of the day for Remounts as he fired in fabulous five goals while his team members Simon Prado, Nico Roberts and ALD Imran Shahid contributed with two goals each. For DS Polo/Rizvi’s, Ahmed Bilal Riaz banged in a brace while Hissam Ali Hyder, Max Charlton and Daniyal Sheikh scored one goal each.

The third and last match of the day saw Newage Cables/Master Paints outsmarted Master Paints by 9-7. Gonzalo Deltour did the magic with his mallet and polo pony and smashed in superb eight goals while the remaining one was scored by Raja Temur Nadeem. For Master Paints, Marcos Panelo hammered a hat-trick of goals and Martin Carlos and Bilal Haye banged in a brace each.

The enthralling and exciting matches were witnessed and enjoyed by Jinnah Polo Fields President Lt Col (R) Shoaib Aftab, Secretary Baber Mehboob Awan, executive committee members, players, their families and polo enthusiasts.