03 March 2019 | Delhi,india
Sahara Warriors and Jindal Panther battle in the finals of the 8-goal SMS Gold Vase 2019.
After witnessing a taut final between Team Black Bucks and Col Girdhari Singh ASC, Jaipur Polo Ground was all ready to witness another fascinating final.
|Jindal Panther||Sahara Warriors|
|Sameer Mecca -2||Hurr Ali -2|
|Tom Brodie +4||Vandit Golechha +1|
|Simran Singh Shergill +6||Salim Azmi +3|
|Naveen Jindal 0||Matthew Perry +6|
The grandstand was packed with people excited to their nerves for the match to begin. Preparing for the finals of SMS Gold Vase 2019, the players were excited and nervous about the match. Greeting each other with a warm welcome, the players and the team owners had a motivational talk before the match. The commentator for the match, Sharad was ready with some good punchlines to start off the match. Blank expressions of the crowd soon turned into happy faces when the band performed. The players massed around the umpire, the commentator called every player individually, players got themselves clicked, the photographers clicked team photographs, the crowd was anxious and enthusiastic at the same time and the play for the finals began.
The game began with the ball thrown in by the special guest and the match began with Matthew Perry charging towards the goal. He attempted a pass to Hurr Ali which was intercepted by Simran Singh Shergill. Several attempts made by each team were foiled by the other and a beautiful back and forth ensued between the teams for the majority of the round. With two minutes left in the round, Shergill charged menacingly towards the goal, converting the first goal of the match. Vandit Golecha attempted a goal of his own to answer Shergill, but came up just short. Sahara's first goal came by the way of a 60 yard penalty conversion by Matthew Perry with just 15 seconds left in the Chukker.
The game resumed from where it left off, right in front of Jindal's goal. But, Matthew Perry although attempting a beautiful play at the goal was unsuccessful at converting goal. The game remained in the balance until Tom Brodie converted a 40 yarder to register his team's second goal. Perry displayed an excellent defensive game, saving his team's goal on many occasions in the Chukker and just before the conclusion of the Chukker, he was successful in equalizing the scores by converting a field goal
The game kicked off in the second half with Sahara on the attack. Salim Azmi broke out with the ball and succeeded in scoring a magnificent field goal. Jindal's retaliated; as Matthew Perry was almost about to save yet another field goal, Brodie overtook him and registered to equalize. Sahara were quick to reply as Salim Azmi secured the unstable lead yet again in the intense Chukker. Both teams remained on the attack for the remainder of the round but to no avail, as the math progressed into the final Chukker with Sahara commanding a meager lead.
The final Chukker had both the teams scramble for control but Sahara, again, held the possession in the early part of the Chukker. Matthew Perry converted another field goal to give his team a little breathing space with a 2 point lead. Jindal's picked their offense and Naveen Jindal came through with Panthers’ 4th score of the evening. With only 2 minutes left and a single point deficit separating the finalists, the intensity of the game ramped up but neither team converted anything and the game concluded with Sahara emerging victorious.