LAHORE - Uncatchable Juan Cruz Losada and Hamza Mawaz Khan helped Dollar East/Master Paints outpace Army Remounts 8½-4 goals in the historical Borjan Punjab Polo Cup 2016 final played here at the ‘house-full’ Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground here on Sunday evening.

Despite lagging in handicap ratings by half-a-goal, Dollar East/Master Paints continued their sublime form keeping struggling Army Remounts under pressure and downed them in a highly-entertaining polo encounter. Losada and Hamza were the chief warriors for the winners as they hammered four goals each which included two 30-yard penalty hits while the rest were field goals.

Both the finalists displayed excellent mallots and mares work in the first chukker and slammed two goals each to end the chukker at 2-2 draw. High-flying Hamza then created the difference smashing tremendous two for the winners while George Meyrick and Major Omer Minhas converted one goal apiece for the losing side.

Dollar East/Master Paints led the second chukker convincingly by 5-2. It was once again unstoppable Hamza who continued his good form and produced a brilliant brace while Argentinean Losada contributed a field goal strengthening his team’s position. The third chukker was evenly poised as one goal each was scored by both the sides to make it 6-3. George Meyrick gathered one for the losing side while Loasada added one more in the winners’ total.

Unbeatable Losada maintained his magnificent form in the fourth and last chukker and thwarted incredible two field goals to further improve his team’s lead to 8-3 while George and Maj Gen Isfandiyar Pataudi hit one goal apiece for Army Remounts to lessen the lead to 8-5. The final was officiated by Englishmen as Howard Smith and Ben Turner were field umpires while Max Charlton was referee.

Earlier in the subsidiary final, Pedro Zacharias’ phenomenal stick work and amazing individual performance made the day for Barry’s who routed spirited Master Paints/Habib Metro 6-3 to secure the third position.

Pedro Zacharias (2), Shah Shamyl Alam (1) and Naveed Sheikh (1) hit five goals in the first two chukkers to give Barry’s an unassailable 5-0 lead which was reduced by Pedro Guiterrez 5-2 before the end of the second chukker.

In the third and fourth chukkers, Pedro Zacharias hammered two dazzling goals to further solidify his team’s lead to 6-2 while in the dying moment of the classification match, Pedro Guiterrez converted a goal off 30-yard penalty hit to reduce the lead to 6-3. Howard Smith and Ben Turner supervised the match as field umpires.

Later, chief guest Lahore Transport Company (LTC) chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, along with LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder, gave away prizes to the winners. Ali Dar of Dollar East, PPA chairman Gen Isfandiyar Khan Ptaudi, executive committee members Agha Najeeb, Ali Malik, Saqib Khan Khakwani, LPC secretary Col (r) Shoaib Aftab, and a large number of polo enthusiast were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media after winning the historical Punjab Polo Cup, delighted Sufi Farooq said: “I am really grateful to Almighty for this great honour of lifting the historical Punjab Polo Cup. Our team combination and horses were outstanding throughout the tournament and that’s the main reason behind our title triumph.”

“It was our day which was made further fortunate with the fabulous and phenomenal mallot work by man-of-the-match Juan Cruz Losada and high-flying Hamza Mawaz Khan. Winning National Open Polo title is our ultimate target for which we are geared up and put our all-out efforts to clinch it,” he added.