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POLO - National02 Feb 2023

Allama Iqbal Polo: Platinum Homes/Master Paints and FG/Din Polo
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Platinum Homes/Master Paints and FG/Din Polo qualified for the semifinals of the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City after winning their respective matches played here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Thursday. Four teams, which lost from Pool A and B, will compete against each other for the subsidiary final. In the matches played at the Pakistan Park Cavalry Ground on Thursday, Platinum Homes/Master Paints defeated BN Polo 7-4½ to qualify for the semifinal. Amirreza Behboudi played exceptionally and fired in four goals while Agha Musa Ali Khan banged in a beautiful brace and Qadeer Ashfaq converted one for Platinum Homes/Master Paints. Haider Naseem pumped in two goals while Babar Naseem and Hamza Ejaz scored one goal each for BN Polo. Platinum Homes/Master Paints were off to a flying start as they converted four goals against one by BN Polo to take a 4-1 lead by the end of the first chukker. The second and third chukkers were evenly poised as both the sides struck three goals each in both the chukkers, with Platinum Homes/Master Paints still enjoying a healthy 7-4. No more goals were scored in the fourth and last chukker, as Platinum Homes/Master Paints emerging as winners by 7-4½.  In the second match of the day, FG/Din Polo also qualified for semifinal by beating 4 Corps team 6-3. Abbas Mukhtar hammered three goals, Sheikh Muhammad Raffay scored two goals and Saqib Khan Khakwani one for FG/Din Polo. For 4 Corps, Lt Col Rab Nawaz Tiwana thrashed in two goals and Ibrahim Khalil struck one.  FG/Din Polo dominated the first and second chukkers fully and hammered two goals each in both the chukkers to gain a good 4-0 lead. The third chukker saw both the teams scoring one goal each with FG/Din Polo still enjoying a 5-1 lead. 4 Corps though played well in the fourth and last chukker by converting a brace against one by FG/Din Polo, but lost the match by 3-6. Both the semifinals will be played at Jinnah Polo Fields on Friday, as the first semifinal will be played at 2:00 pm, while the second semifinal will be contested at 3:00 pm.

POLO - National31 Jan 2023

Allama Iqbal Cup: BN Polo, Inara Polo/Black Horse, Diamond winners
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: BN Polo, Inara Polo/Black Horse Paints and Diamond Paints registered victories in the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament Sponsored by Lahore Smart City matches played here at Jinnah Polo Fields on Tuesday.  Haider Naseem’s heroics helped BN Polo to beat 4 Corps by a narrow margin of 7½-7 in the first match of the day that was played here at Pakistan Park Cavalry Ground. Haider Naseem displayed outstanding polo and mallet skills and contributed with four fabulous goals while Raja Samiullah thrashed in three tremendous goals for BN Polo. Lt Col Rab Nawaz Tiwana played well for 4 Corps and fired in four goals while Raja Mohammad Mekayial Sami scored two goals and Ibrahim Khalil struck one for 4 Corps. The second match also proved a thrilling encounter where Inara Polo/Black Horse Paints defeated Platinum Homes/Master Paints by a close margin of 6½-5. For Inara Polo/Black Horse Paints, Hissam Ali Hyder hammered four goals while Abdul Rehman Monnoo and Daniyal Shaikh struck one goal each. Amirreza Behboudi converted three tremendous goals while Agha Musa Ali Khan banged in a brace for Platinum Homes/Master Paints. The third match saw dominance of Diamond Paints, who defeated FG/Din Polo by 7-4½. Nico Roberts emerged as hero of the match by smashing in six superb goals while Lt Col Omer Minhas (R) struck one goal for Diamond Pants. Abbas Mukhtar scored two goals while Shah Shamyl Alam and Saqib Khan Khakwani converted one goal each for FG/Din Polo.

POLO - National30 Jan 2023

Allama Iqbal Polo: Remington Pharma beat SQ Seagold by 8-6
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Remington Pharma defeated SQ Seagold Polo team by 8-6 on the seventh day of the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Monday. From Remington Pharma, Hamza Mawaz Khan emerged as hero of the match as he played excellent polo and converted six superb goals out of eight while Ahmed Zubair Butt scored the remaining two goals for the winning team. Raja Jalal Arsalan hammered five goals and Qasim Khan struck one for SQ Seagold Polo team. SQ Seagold opened the match with a field goal to take 1-0 a lead but Remington Pharma then made a strong comeback and fired in four back-to-back goals to earn a healthy 4-1 lead by the end of the first chukker. The second chukker was evenly poised as both the sides banged in a brace each with Remington Pharma still enjoying a 6-3 lead. Both sides continued to play well and succeeded in converting one goal each in the third chukker, making it 7-4 in the end of the third chukker. The fourth and last chukker saw SQ Seagold playing better polo by converting a brace against one goal by Remington Pharma, who won the crucial encounter by a close margin of 8-6. John Fisher and Amirreza Behboudi supervised the match as field umpires. 

POLO - National29 Jan 2023

AI Polo Cup: Diamond Paints, Master Paints/Newage emerge victorious
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Diamond Paints and Master Paints/Newage Cables emerged victorious on the sixth day of the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Sunday. In the first match of the day, Diamond Paints defeated Platinum Homes/Master Paints by 8-3½. From the winning team, CEO Diamond Paints Mir Shoaib Ahmed displayed outstanding mallet and polo skills and hammered three tremendous goals while Nico Roberts also converted three goals and Lt Col Omer Minhas banged in a brace. Amirreza Behboudi hammered all the three goals for Platinum Homes/Master, which had a half goal handicap advantage.  Diamond Paints made a good start by converting one goal each in the first two chukkers to gain a 2-0 lead. In the mid of the second chukker, Platinum Homes/Master Paints made a good comeback, converting two back-to-back goals to equalize the score at 2-2. The third chukker was fully dominated by Diamond Paints as they banged in another brace to take 4-2 while they they fired in four more goals against one by their opponents to win the match by 8-3½.   The second match took place in the rain which turned out to be very exciting one as Master Paints/Newage Cables edged pass FG/Din Polo by 8-7 in the dying moments of the match. Raja Temur Nadeem smashed in superb six goals while Adnan Jalil Azam struck one goal for Master Paints/Newage. For FG/Din Polo, Saqib Khan Khakwani hammered a hat-trick of goals while Shah Shamyl Alam banged in a brace and Sheikh Muhammad Raffay and Mian Abbas Mukhtar hit one goal each. The match remained a see-saw battle from the word go till the last moment of the match. FG/Din Polo took a 2-1 lead in the first chukker, which was levelled by Master Paints at 3-3 in the second chukker. FG/Din Polo then managed to take a slight 6-5 lead in the third chukker but Master Paints made a good comeback in the fourth chukker and not only levelled the score at 7-7 but also smashed in the match-winning goal in the dying moment of the match to win it by 8-7.

POLO - National27 Jan 2023

Allama Iqbal: Platinum Homes/Master Paints, Diamond Paints winners
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Platinum Homes/Master Paints and Diamond Paints emerged as triumphant in the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Friday.  Iranian player Amirreza Behboudi helped Platinum Homes/Master Paints to edge out FG/Din Polo 5-4 in the first match of the day. Amirreza smashed in four fabulous goals while Agha Musa Ali Khan struck the remaining one for Platinum Homes/Master Paints. Shah Shamyl Alam thrashed in two goals while Saqib Khan Khakwani and Sheikh Mohammad Raffay converted one goal each for FG/Din Polo. FG/Din polo dominated the match right from the word go and banged in a brace to gain a 2-0 lead in the first chukker. Platinum Homes/Master Paints played well in the second chukker and converted two goals against one by FG/Din Polo, who were still enjoying a slight 3-2 lead. Platinum Homes maintained their authority in the third chukker by scoring both the goals to gain a 4-3 lead. The fourth and last chukker was evenly poised where both the sides struck one goal each, with Platinum Homes/Master Paints winning the match by a narrow margin of 5-4.  In the second fixture of the day, Nico Roberts guided his team Diamond Paints to an impressive 11-8½ win over Master Paints/ Newage Cables. Foreign player Nico Roberts did well with mallet and polo pony and pumped in five fantastic goals while his teammates played equally well and contributed significant goals in their team’s total. Lt Col Omer Minhas (R) hammered three goals while Mir Shoaib Ahmed struck twice and Bilal Hayat Noon once for Diamond Paints.  For Master Paints/Newage Cables, which had a handicap advantage of a half goal, Raja Temur Nadeem slammed in six superb goals while Farooq Amin Sufi converted two. Diamond Paints were off to a flying start and maintained their supremacy till the end. Despite Master Paints/Newage Cables trying to make good comebacks, Diamond Paints finished the match well and won it comfortably by 11-8½.

POLO - National25 Jan 2023

Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament: Master Paints, SQ Seagold victorious
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Master Paints and SQ Seagold emerged victorious in the 3rd Allama Iqbal Polo Tournament sponsored by Lahore Smart City here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Wednesday.  The first match of the second day proved a nail-biting encounter, where Master Paints defeated Platinum Homes/Master Paints by a narrow margin of 10-9. Platinum Homes/Master Paints were enjoying an 8-2 lead after two chukkers, but Master Paints played brilliantly in the third and fourth chukkers and edged past Platinum Homes/Master Paints by a close margin of 10-9.  Raja Temur Nadeem was the hero of the day from the winning side as he smashed in six superb goals while Shah Qubilai Alam thrashed in three tremendous goals and Farooq Amin Sufi struck one. From the losing side, Amirreza Behboudi fired in five fantastic goals while Sufi Muhammad Haroon and Agha Musa Ali Khan banged in a brace each. Platinum Homes/Master Paints dominated the match right from the word go as they fired in five goals against one by Master Paints to gain 5-1 lead. They maintained their dominance in the second chukker and thrashed in three goals against one by Master Paints to stretch their lead to 8-2. Master Paints then made a tremendous comeback and banged in a brace against one by their opponents to reduce the margin to 4-9. The fourth and last chukker was fully dominated by Platinum Homes/Master Paints, as they hammered five fabulous goals to win the match by 10-9. The second match of the day saw SQ Seagold polo team defeating 4 Corps polo team by 7-5. Raja Jalal Arsalan and Omer Asjad Malhi from SQ Seagold team played brilliantly. Despite falling twice, Raja Jalal Arsalan cracked a classic quartet while Omer Asjad Malhi scored a brilliant brace and Bilal Hayat Noon struck one goal. Raja Mikael Sami hammered a hat-trick of goals from team 4 Corps while the remaining two were converted by Ibrahim Khalil.  4 Corps started the match in great style as they scored two back-to-back goals to gain a 2-0 lead. The second chukker was evenly poised as both the sides struck two goals each with 4 Corps still enjoying 4-2 lead. The third chukker was dominated by SQ Seagold by hammering a hat-trick of goals to take 5-4 lead. In the fourth and last chukker, SQ Seagold thrashed in two goals against one by 4 Corps to win the match by 7-5.  Jinnah Polo Fields President Lt Col Shoaib Aftab (R), Secretary Major Ali Taimur (R), polo families and a large number of spectators were present on the occasion to witness and enjoy the exciting and enthralling matches played on the second of the prestigious tournament.

POLO - National25 Nov 2022

Newage/MP, FG / Din Polo book berths in Polo Cup main final
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Newage Cables/Master Paints and FG/Din Polo booked berths in the main final of the Coca-Cola Aibak Polo Cup 2022 after winning their respective semi-finals played here at the Lahore Polo Club on Friday. In the first semi-final, Team Newage Cables/Master Paints defeated Team Diamond Paints by 9½-7. Juan Cruz Greguol emerged as hero of the day as he smashed in superb six goals while his teammates Adnan Jalil Azam, Alman Jalil Azam and Farooq Amin Sufi converted one goal each for Newage Cables/Master Paints, which had a half goal handicap advantage. For Team Diamond Paints, Abdur Rehman Monnoo hammered a hat-trick of goals while Lt Col Omer Minhas (R) and Ahmed Ali Tiwana banged in a brace each.  The second semifinal of the day, Team FG/Din Polo outlasted Team Remounts by 10½-3. Thomas Marin Moreno played hero’s role in the winning team’s triumph as he played superb polo and hammered impressive six goals while he was ably assisted by Farhad Muhammad Sheikh and Mian Abbas Mukhtar, who slammed in three and one goal respectively for FG/Din Polo. Raja Temur Nadeem, Muhammad Shahzad and Sawar Muhammad Naeem managed to convert one goal each for Team Remounts. A large number of spectators were present at the ground to watch both the semi-finals. Other notables present on the occasion were Lahore Polo Club President Omer Sadiq, Secretary Agha Murtaza Ali Khan and executive committee members of the club and polo enthusiasts.  Now, the main final will be played between the teams of FG/Din Polo and Newage Cables/Master Paints here at the Lahore Polo Club ground at 3:00 PM.

POLO - National03 Nov 2022

SRA Memorial Polo Cup: DP/Sheikhoo, Guard Group register victories
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steel and Guard Group registered victories in the Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam (SRA) Memorial Polo Cup Tournament sponsored by Dawn Bread here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Wednesday. The first match of the day was contested between Diamond Paints/Shekhoo Steel and Dawn Bread, and after a tough fight, the team Diamond Paints/Shekhoo Steel succeeded in winning the match by 5-3½ goals. Nicolas Antinori emerged as hero of the day from the winning team, as he not only displayed high quality polo skills and techniques but also contributed with three tremendous goals while Mir Huzaifa Ahmed thrashed in two goals. Juan Cruz Greguol banged in a brace and Alman Jalil Azam struck one goal from Dawn Bread, while they had a half goal handicap advantage. In the second match of the second day, the Guard Group team defeated Diamond Pants by a narrow margin of 5-4. Taimur Ali Malik was the hero from Team Guard Group as he was in sublime form and displayed very impressive mallet and horse work to amuse the spectators with his marvelous three goals while his teammate Saqib Khan Khakwani also played well and contributed with two brilliant goals. Abdul Rehman Monnoo scored all the four goals from team Diamond Paints. Today (Thursday), two crucial matches will be played as FG/Din Polo will compete against Barry’s in the first match of the day at 1:30 pm while Master Pants Black will fight against Platinum Homes in the second match of the day at 2:30 pm. Lahore Polo Club President Omar Sadiq, Secretary Agha Murtaza Ali Khan, Executive Committee members Shah Qubilai Alam, Feroz Gulzar, Usman Haye, Agha Najeeb Raza and Saqib Khan Khakwani as well as players, their families and a large number of polo lovers were also present on this occasion. They all enjoyed the exciting and challenging matches and supported their favourite teams well.

POLO - National01 Nov 2022

SRA Alam Memorial Polo: Platinum Homes, Master Paints win
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Two important matches were played on the first day of the Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup sponsored by Dawn Bread as Platinum Homes and Master Paints Black emerged victorious on Tuesday here at the Lahore Polo Club.  A good number of families and spectators along with Lahore Polo Club President Omar Sadiq, Secretary Agha Murtaza Ali Khan, Executive Committee members Feroze Gulzar, Usman Haye, Saqib Khan Khakwani, Agha Najeeb Raza and others were also present on this occasion. The polo lovers witnessed and enjoyed the enthralling matches and also supported and cheered for their favourite teams during the matches.  In the first match of the day, Platinum Homes edged out FG/Din Polo by a close margin of 6-5½ goals. Iranian player Amirreza Behboudi of Platinum Homes showed a great game and smashed in superb six goals. English player Edward Morris scored three goals while Shah Shamyl Alam and Farhad Muhammad Shaikh converted one goal each from FG/Din Polo.  In the second match of the day, Master Paints Black played a great game and defeated Team Barry’s by 8-7. Argentinean player Manuel Caranza was in sublime form and pumped in splendid seven goals while Sufi Muhammad Haroon and Sufi Muhammad Amir slammed in one goal each for Master Paints Black. Daniyal Sheikh and Rulo Trotz hammered a hat-trick each from the losing side, which had a half-goal advantage. On Wednesday, two important matches will be contested as the first match of the day will be played between Diamond Pants/Sheikhoo Steel and Dawn Bread at 1:30 pm while Diamond Paints will vie against Guard Group at 2:30 pm.

POLO - National30 Oct 2022

Shaukat Khanum Pink Polo Cup 2022: DP/Sheikhoo Steels win trophy
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steels clinched the Shaukat Khanum Pink Polo Cup after defeating FG/Din Polo by 9-6½ in the main final played here at the Jinnah Polo Fields (JPF) on Sunday. Before the main final, various events were organized to support the Shaukat Khanum to spread awareness about breast cancer. The variety of shows and the exciting main final were witnessed by a good number of polo enthusiasts including Chief Guest CEO Shaukat Khanum Dr Faisal Sultan, some showbiz stars, JPF President Lt Col Shoaib Aftab (R), Secretary Major Baber Mehboob (R) and others. Before the main final, the women's tent-pegging competition was held followed by cavalcade competitions and Harley-Davidson bikers’ march past. Apart from this, there was a performance by the army band. The final match between Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steel and FG/Din Polo proved very interesting and thrilling and after a tough contest, Diamond Paints/Sheikhoo Steels emerged as winners with a score of 9-6½. Nicholas Antinori played superb polo from the winning side as he smashed in superb six goals while he was ably assisted by Mir Huzaifa Ahmed, who contributed with three tremendous goals. From FG/Din Polo, Edward Morris fired in five goals and Sheikh Muhammad Raffay struck one goal. Earlier in the subsidiary final, the Master Paints team defeated the Nagina Polo team by 9-6½. At the concluding ceremony, chief guest CEO Shaukat Khanum Dr. Faisal Sultan expressed special thanks to Jinnah Polo Fields and also handed over prizes to the winners and top performers. He also gave away the prize of the final to Mir Huzaifa Ahmed's mare Kamila. At the end, Quadrum Band performed well while singer Malko also enthralled the audience by singing different songs.