3rd November 2018 | Delhi,india
The semi-final of Baroda Cup 2018 saw some intense polo action. Get an insight of all the matches with LA POLO.
The semi-finals of the Baroda Cup 2018 were played on 3rd November 2018 at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, Delhi. The first semi-final was played between Rajnigandha Achievers and ASC Polo Team. Rajnigandha Achievers comprised of Sep Ravindra Mang (-2), Pranav Kapur (+2), Salim Azmi (+3) and Matthew Perry (+6). ASC Polo Team played with Krishna Inkiya (+1), Naveen Singh (+2), Col GS Pandher (+2) and Col Ravi Rathore (+5). ASC Polo team played in orange and Rajnigandha Achievers played in blue. The umpires of the match were Julio Bensandon and Shamsheer Ali. Rajnigandha Achievers were playing a +9 handicap and were awarded a 0.5 point lead before the match started
The first chukker kicked off with a 60’ penalty scored by Matthew Perry. The score was 1. 5 - 0 after Matthew Perry’s goal. ASC Polo team couldn’t score a single goal in the first chukker. Matthew Perry was in a great form today. Matthew Perry scored a brisker just after the penalty. Rajnigandha Achievers were now leading by 2.5 - 0. Matthew Perry was completely unstoppable today. He scored one more goal for Rajnigandha Achievers and the score was 3.5 - 0. Matthew Perry was the lone wolf for Rajnigandha Achievers in today’s match. He scored a stunning goal in the closing minutes of the game to help Rajnigandha Achievers end the first chukker with a good lead. The score after the first chukker was 4.5 - 0.
The only goal of the second chukker was scored by Matthew Perry for Rajnigandha Achievers. Rajnigandha Achievers were in really good form today. ASC Polo team were goalless in the second chukker. The score after the first half was 5.5 - 0 with Rajnigandha Achievers in the lead.
Naveen Singh opened the scoring for ASC Polo team in the second half. The score after Naveen’ s goal was 5.5 - 1. Matthew Perry replied back with two goals for Rajnigandha Achievers. Matthew Perry was unstoppable today. The score after the third chukker was 7.5 - 1 with Rajnigandha Achievers leading comfortably.
Matthew Perry scored a brisker in the opening minutes of the last chukker. The score was 8.5 - 1 after Matthew’s goal. Col Ravi Rathore scored a 60’ penalty for ASC Polo Team. ASC Polo team were gaining some momentum in the last chukker but it was too late in the game. Naveen Singh and Col Ravi Rathore scored beautiful goals in the final minutes of the match but the goals weren’t enough to help ASC qualify. A brilliant game by Matthew Perry ensured a victory for Rajnigandha Achievers. Rajnigandha Achievers won the first semi-final by 8.5 - 4 and qualified for the finals.
Match Progression: Rajnigandha Achievers - ASC Polo Team: (4.5 - 0)/(5.5 - 0)/(7.5 - 1)/(8.5 - 4)
The second semi-final of Baroda Cup was played between Aravali Polo and Jindal Panther Polo team. The match started at 3:30 pm at Jaipur Polo Ground, Delhi. Aravali Polo played with Hurr Ali (-2), Sawai Padmanabh Singh (+3), Angad Kalaan (+3) and Manuel Llorente (+6). Jindal panther on the other side comprised of Vandit Golecha (0), Simran Singh Shergill (+6), Tom Brodie (+4) and Naveen Jindal (0). Jindal Panthers played in blue while Aravali Polo played in yellow. The umpires of the match were Julio Bensandon and Dhruvpal Godara.
The first chukker kicked off with a goal from Manuel Llorente. A stunning goal by Manuel Llorente helped Aravali Polo take an early lead. The score after Manuel’s goal was 1 - 0. Sawai Padmanabh Singh scored a fabulous goal for Aravali Polo and helped them extend their lead. The score after Sawai Padmanabh Singh’s goal was 2 - 0. Tom Brodie scored a goal from 30’ penalty. A brilliant gameplay by Simran Singh Shergill and an assist from Vandit to Simran helped Jindal Panther level the scores. The scores were now levelled at 2 -2. Angad Kalaan scored a goal in the final minutes of the game to help Aravali Polo end the first chukker with a lead. The score after first chukker was 3 - 2.
Angad Kalaan scored the only goal of the second chukker. He scored a marvellous long shot goal. The score was 4 - 2 after Angad’s goal. Aravali Polo were leading after the first half by 4 - 2.
Jindal Panther turned the tables in the third chukker with back to back goals from their star player, Simran Singh Shergill. Simran Singh Shergill scored brilliantly in the third chukker to help his team get back in the game. The score after Simran’s goals was 4 - 4. Tom Brodie scored a goal in the last minutes of the third chukker for Jindal Panther Polo team. Jindal Panthers were leading by 5 -4 after the third chukker.
The fourth chukker was quite intense. The nerve-racking match had taken unpredictable turns throughout and Hurr Ali’s goal helped in increasing the tension of the match. The match just got more interesting after Hurr’s goal and the scores were level at 5 - 5 now. Manolo Llorente scored the last goal of the match and helped Aravali Polo qualify for the finals after a victory over Jindal Panther Polo team by 6 - 5. After a fabulous victory, Manolo Llorente said, “Nice victory. Tough game. It’s good to win a final against Jindal Panther in Delhi. It’s the first time I played for Aravali and a victory is good.”
Match Progression: Aravali Polo - Jindal panther: (3-2)/(4-2)/(4-5)/(6-5)
Aravali Polo and Rajnigadha Achievers will battle tomorrow in the finals of the 2018 Baroda Cup.