Cool & Cool Cup – Lahore Garrison qualify for final


LAHORE – Lahore Garrison defeated Alfalah Insurance on Saturday and qualified for the final of The Cool & Cool Lahore Open Polo Cup to be played today (Sunday). Rijas have already qualified for the final.
Lahore Garrison grabbed a hard-fought 7-6 win over Alfalah Insurance as Shaukat Ali Malik, Omer Minhas, Asif Manzoor and Ahmed Zubair teamed up to win the tit-for-tat match against Waseem Sial, Shah Qubilai Alam, Abdul Rehman and Raja Temur Nadeem. Alfalah began the match with good tempo scoring two goals in the first chukker but lost their grip and allowed their opponents three goals in later stages.
Waseem Sial and Shah Qublai Alam displayed their class but Shaukat Ali Malik ably thwarted them. By the end of two chukkers, Lahore Garrison were a goal ahead of Alfalah 3-2. Soon after the change of guard in Alfalah ranks, Qubali and Rehman produced two goals to take one-goal lead over Lahore Garrison but Shaukat and Ahmed Zubair bounced back to make it five. Omer Minhas with his quality polo took the score to six. Raja Temur Nadeem and Qublai combination earned Alfalah two goals they still failed to earn win for Alfalah Insurance. Umpires for the match were Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Raja Arsalan Najeeb.