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Remington Pharma win ‘Polo in Pink’ trophy


LAHORE - Remington Pharma Polo lifted the ‘Polo in Pink 2017’ title after beating Newage by 9-8½ in the thrilling final played here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Sunday.

Bilal Haye was in great form as he was consistently performing from the last three tournaments and especially in the finals and this final too, he stamped his authority by pumping in seven out of nine goals to steer his side to title triumph while Bilal Hayat Noon was another scorer from the winning side who scored a beautiful brace. From the losing side, which had half goal handicap advantage, Shah Shamyl Alam struck sterling six goals and Adnan Jalil Azam and Mir Huzaifa hit one goal apiece but their efforts couldn’t bear fruit as their team lost the final with just half goal margin.

Remington Polo took 2-1 lead in the first chukker but Newage bounced back in style to take 4-3 lead in the second chukker. Remington Polo also fought back well and hammered a hat-trick to have 6-4 lead but Newage thwarted two tremendous goals to level the score at 6-6 just before the end of the third chukker.

Both the teams played equally well in the fourth and decisive chukker, but Remington players’ extra efforts and hard work bore fruit as they thwarted three tremendous goals while Newage could add two goals to finish the match at 9-8 in favour of Remington Pharma . Saqib Khan Khakwani and Raja Arslan Najeeb supervised the final as field umpires.

Remington Pharma captain and CEO Dr Faisal Qadeer Khokhar said: “I am very delighted with this title victory, which further boosted our morale, which is now sky high. Bilal Haye proved to be a true hero of the day. I hope he will continue his good in upcoming events too, and our team will continue its winning performance in the upcoming events.”

Earlier in the subsidiary final, Guard Group defeated Rijas 6-5. Taimur Mawaz Khan was the main scorer from the winning by firing fantastic four goals while Taimur Ali Malik and Samir Malik contributed with one goal apiece. From the losing side, Raja Arslan also played superb polo by pumping in four goals but his heroics couldn't help his team score victory. Omar Asjad Malhi also hit one for Rijas.

Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital Medical Director Dr Asif Loya graced the final as chief guest while Lahore Polo Club president Irfan Ali Hyder, executive committee members Umar Sadiq, Umar Niazi, Saqib Khan Khakwani, secretary Col (r) Shoaib Aftab, Remington Pharma CEO Dr Faisal Qadeer Khokhar, players’ families and a great number of polo lovers were also present on the occasion.  The final was witnessed by a great number of polo lovers, who not only enjoyed the enthralling final but also lauded the air and horse show arranged by the Lahore Polo Club in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder has said that the purpose of holding this event was to create awareness about breast cancer among the masses. “I am really grateful to our sponsors Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and we extend our all-out support to them for this noble cause.”