By Sohail Ali
LAHORE, Jan 30 (APP):Sheikhoo Steel/Diamond Paints clinched the title in the Maj Gen Saeed-uz-Zaman Janjua Memorial Polo Cup sponsored by JS Bank after outpacing Asean Polo team by 8½-5 in the final here at Jinnah Polo Fields (JPF) ground on Sunday.
Former Army Chief Gen (R) Jahangir Karamat and Mrs. Saeed-uz-Zaman graced the final as chief guests and distributed prizes and shields among the winners and top performers. Other notables, who graced the occasion, were JS Bank Regional Manager Majid Qureshi, Brig Baddar-uz-Zaman, son of late Gen Saeed-uz-Zaman,JPF President Lt Col (R) Shoaib Aftab, Secretary Maj (R) Babar Mahboob Awan, polo players, their families and polo lovers.
The final proved to be a challenging and enthralling encounter, where after a tough battle, Sheikhoo Steel/Diamond Paints, which had a half goal handicap advantage, recorded a convincing 8½-5 triumph. Saqib Khan Khakwani was the hero of the day from the title-winning team as he did magic with both mallet and pony and smashed in six superb goals. Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Raja Jalal Arslan also played well and scored one goal apiece.
From the losing team, Raja Samiullah and Raja Jalal Arslan converted a brace each while Mohib Shahzad scored one goal.Earlier in the subsidiary final, FG/Din Polo team played superb polo against Jubilee Insurance and won the encounter with a good margin of 8-4. Ramiro Zaveletta and Waqas Khan displayed high-quality polo skills and techniques and converted tremendous three goals each while Sheikh Muhammad Farhad and Mian Abbas Mukhtar hammered one goal apiece.
From Jubilee Insurance, Hissam Ali Hyder banged in a brace while Abubakar Siddique and Syed Muhammad Aun Rizvi converted one goal each.