LAHORE - Newage Cables/Master Paints and Master Paints (MP) won the opening day matches of the Ittehad Punjab Polo Cup 2022 here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Tuesday.

The inaugural match of the historical polo event between Newage Cables/Master Paints and HN Polo proved to be a nail-biting encounter, where both the sides gave tough time to each other and finished the fourth chukker at 3-all and then it was decided in the sudden death chukker, where Vieri Antonori smashed in the match-winning goal for Newage Cables/Master Paints, who won by 4-3. 

Gonzalo Deltour played outstanding polo and amused the spectators with his marvelous mallet and horse work. His contribution of three tremendous goals made him hero of the day for Newage Cables/Master Paints. His teammates Vieri Antinori, who converted the remaining one goal, Adnan Jalil Azam and Raja Temur Nadeem also played key roles in their team’s victory. From HN Polo, Juan Maria Ruiz and Hilario Ruiz converted two and one goal respectively. 

The second match of the opening day was also a thrilling encounter, where Master Paints faced tough resistance from Pebble Breaker/Colony Polo before with a narrow margin of 7-6. Both the teams had a close fight in each and every chukker and till the fourth and last chukker, it was anyone’s match, but Master Paints comparatively played better polo and emerged as winners. 

Marcos Penalo emerged as star of the opening day for Master Paints as he displayed tremendous polo skills and techniques and fired in fabulous four goals from the winning side. He was ably assisted by his teammates Sufi Muhammad Haroon, Martin Carlos and especially by Bilal Haye, who thrashed in three impressive goals. From Pebble Breaker/Colony Polo, Julio Novillo Astrada contributed with three goals while Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa hit two goals and Ramiro Zavalette one. 

Today (Wednesday), two more matches will be played. Diamond Paints will vie against Remounts in the first encounter of the day at 2:00 pm while the second encounter of the day will be contested between Barry’s and DS Polo/Rizvi’s at 3:00 pm.