8th November 2018 | Delhi,India
An easy victory for Rajnigandha Achievers, 5th chukker victories for LA Pegasus Polo Titans and Sona Polo I on Day 3
The third day of RMRM Gold Vase Cup saw some intense polo action. The day was sunny and the players were in a brilliant form today after a day’s rest. The first match of the day was played between Rajnigandha Achievers and Anchors Polo Team at 1:00 pm at AEC Polo Ground II. Rajnigandha Achievers stood strong with Mr. Hurr Ali (-2), Mr. Vandit Golecha (0), Mr Salim Azmi (+3) and Mr. Matthew Philip Perry in the team. Anchors on the other side played with Cdr AK Panchal (0), Maj Arjun Patil (+2), Cdr Akhil Sirohi (+3) and Cr AP Singh (+2). Rajnigandha Achievers played in blue while Anchors Polo team were covered in white. The umpires of the match were Julio Bensadon and Raul R Laplacette.
The match opened with a brilliant goal from Anchor Polo team. The score was 1 - 0 after the goal. It was the only goal Anchor Polo team was able to score in the first half. Matthew Perry hit a splendid shot from the 60’ penalty mark to help Rajnigandha Achievers level the scores.
Vandit Golecha scored just after Matthew Perry’s goal that put Rajnigandha Achievers in the front. Matthew Perry scored one in the closing minutes of the first chukker. Rajnigandha Achievers were leading after the first chukker by 3 - 1.
Matthew Perry opened the scoring for the second chukker and extended Rajnigandha Achievers’ lead. Rajnigandha Achievers were comfortably leading by 4 - 1 after Matthew Perry’s goal. Vandit hit a powerful shot and scored a brilliant long distance goal. The first half ended with Rajnigandha Achievers in the lead. The score after first half was 5 - 1.
The second chukker opened with a brilliant goal from Matthew Perry. The score was 6 -1 when Hurr Ali scored two back to back goals for Rajnigandha Achievers. The score after Hurr’s goals was 8 - 1. Vandit Golecha scored a goal in the final minutes of the third chukker. Rajnigandha Achievers were comfortably leading by 9 - 1 after the third chukker.
Cdr Akhil Sirohi scored the only goal for Anchors Polo team in the second half. The score was 9 - 2 after Cdr Akhil Sirohi’s goal. Matthew Perry replied back with a wonderful goal to extend Rajnigandha Achievers’ lead. Hurr Ali scored the closing goal of the match and Rajnigandha Achievers won the match by 11 - 2. It was a one-sided match and the scores clearly show that.
Match Progression: Rajnigandha Achievers - Anchors: (3-1)/(5-1)/(9-1)/(11-2)
The second match of the day saw LA Pegasus Polo Titans and ASC/Col Girdhari Singh battle it out against each other on a windy day. The match was played at 2:00 pm at AEC Polo Ground II. ASC/ Col Girdhari Singh played with Sep Ravindra Mang (-2), Mr Naveen Singh (+2), Col GS Pandher, SM (+2) and Mr Shamsheer Ali (+6) and the LA Pegasus Polo Titans team comprised of Mr Ranshay Purohit (-2), Mr Raghav Rao (+1), Mr Siddhant Sharma (+4) and Mr Samir Suhag (+5). ASC/Col Girdhari Singh played in orange while LA Pegasus Polo Titans played in blue. The umpires of the match were Mr. Julio Bensadon and Mr. Garardo Mazzini.
Shamsheer Ali opened the match with a brilliant goal. ASC/ Col Girdhari Singh was leading by 1 - 0 after Shamsheer Ali’s goal. The first chukker ended on a score of 1 - 0 with ASC/Col Girdhari Singh Polo team in the lead. Raghav Rao opened the second chukker with a brilliant strike towards goal. The score was leveled at 1 - 1 after Raghav’s goal. The second chukker ended on a tie of 1 - 1.
Samir Suhag scored the only goal of the third chukker for LA Pegasus Polo Titans. LA Pegasus Polo Titans were leading after the first half by 2 - 1.
The fourth chukker opened with a long distance strike from Shamsheer Ali to help ASC/Col Girdhari Singh Polo team level the scores. Samir Suhag replied back with a marvellous shot from 60’ penalty to help LA Pegasus Polo Titans get back in the lead. Col GS Pandher scored a finesse in the final minutes of the fourth chukker to level the match at 3 - 3.
The game proceeded to fifth chukker. It was the deciding chukker and Raghav Rao scored a brilliant goal in the fifth chukker to help LA Pegasus Polo Titans win the treble. LA Pegasus Polo Titans won the match by 4 - 3.
Match Progression: ASC/Col Girdhari Singh - LA Pegasus Polo Titans: (1-0)/(1-1)/(1-2)/(3-3)/(3-4)
The match between Sona Polo I and LA Pegasus Polo Knights was the most interesting match of the day. It was the last match of the day and was played at 3:00 pm at AEC Polo Ground II. LA Pegasus Polo Knights played with Sep Sunil Kumar (-2), Mr Pratap Kanota (+2), Mr Gaurav Sahgal (+3) and Mr Dhruvpal Godara (+5). Sona Polo I on the other side had Mr Dhananjai Singh (0), Mr. Kartikeya Singh (0), Sawai Padmanabh Singh (+3) and Mr Abhimanyu Pathak (+5). LA Pegasus Polo Knights played in orange and Sona Polo I played in black and white. The umpires of the match were Mr Julio Bensadon and Mr Basheer Ali.
Abhimanyu Pathak scored the first goal of the match to help Sona Polo I take an early lead. Pratap Kanota replied back with a brilliant goal. The score was leveled at 1-1 after Pratap Kanota’s goal. Kartikeya Singh scored a goal for Sona Polo I and the score was 2 - 1. Sawai Padmanabh Singh scored a goal and helped Sona Polo I extend the lead. The score was 3 - 1 after Sawai Padmanabh Singh’s brilliant goal. Sona Polo I were leading comfortably by 4 - 1 after the first chukker.
Dhruvpal Godara opened the scoring for the second chukker and the score was 4 - 2 after Dhruvpal’s foal. Gaurav Sahgal scored one for LA Pegasus Polo Knights and the score was 4 - 3. The second chukker ended on 4 - 3
Abhimanyu Pathak scored a brilliant goal to help Sona Polo I extend their lead. Dhruvpal Godara scored two back to back brilliant goals to help LA Pegasus Polo Knights level the scores. The third chukker ended on a score of 5-5.
Dhruvpal Godara scored a goal from 60’ penalty to help LA Pegasus Polo Knights get in the front. A goal from Dhananjay Singh helped Sona Polo I level the scores. Abhimanyu Pathak scored a brilliant goal to help Sona Polo I take the lead in the final minutes of the match. Dhruvpal Godara scored a surprise goal in the last seconds of the last chukker and leveled the match. The fourth chukker was levelled at 7-7.
The match progressed to 5th chukker and Sawai Padmanabh Singh scored a brilliant goal in the most important minutes of the match to help Sona Polo I win the match. The match took unpredictable turns throughout and Sona Polo I emerged as the winners. The final score was 8-7.
Match progression: Sona Polo I - LA Pegasus Polo Knights: (4-1)/(4-3)/(5-5)(7-7)/(8-7)