LAHORE - Newage Cables/Master Paints won the historic Ittehad Punjab Polo Cup after beating Barry’s 3-2 in the thrilling final here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Sunday.

Vieri Antinori emerged as hero of the final as he amused the jam-packed spectators with marvelous mallet and pony work and contributed with a beautiful brace from the winning side while Gonzalo Deltour converted the remaining one. From Barry’s, both the goals were scored by Ernesto Trotz.

The enthralling match began with both the sides scoring one goal each to make it 1-1. Newage/Master Paints then played better polo in the second chukker and converted a field goal to take 2-1 lead. They added one more in the third chukker to enhance their lead to 3-1. Barry’s though bounced back well by converting a 40-yard penalty to make it 3-2 but they couldn’t score further, thus lost the final 2-3. Gonzalo Deltour was declared the best player of the final while the best pony of the event was Bamba, owned by Master Paints’ Sufi Muhammad Farooq.

Talking to media after winning the final, Director Newage Cables and winning team captain Adnan Jalil Azam said: “We worked very hard for the high-goal season with the aim of winning the prestigious events. I am very delighted to win the historic Punjab Polo Cup and looking forward to win more titles.” Deltour said he is very happy to come and play in Pakistan. “We played the final well by giving our best that helped us win the glittering trophy.”

William Makaneole, American Consul General, graced the occasion as chief guest while Sheikh Nazim, CEO of Ittehad, was the guest of honour. Other notables present on the occasion were Lahore Polo Club President Umer Sadik, Secretary General Agha Murtaza Ali Khan, executive committee members, players and their families and polo enthusiasts.

Earlier in the subsidiary final, HN Polo outpaced Remounts by 9-6. Juan Maria Ruiz was star of the day from the winning side, as he smashed in superb seven goals while his teammates Hilario Ruiz and Raja Sami Ullah contributed with one goal each. From team Remounts, Nico Roberts cracked a quartet while Simon Prado banged in a brace.