CHRONICLE BUREAUI MPHAL, 11th Nov: A total of 40 goals were scored across three games as X-Polo Club, Manipur Police Sports Club-B and Samadon Ayangba Polo Club all cruised into the quarterfinals of the N Hazari & DR N Tombi State Polo Tournament on Saturday.
X-Polo Club served up an 11-2 goal feast against Manipur Police Sports Club -C in their last-16 contest.
After a barren first chukker, the X-Polo riders jumped out to a commanding 5-1 lead in the next chukker with P Ojit leading the assault with a treble and L Atangba chipping in with a double, while Viking Salam scored the first goal of MPSC-C.
While keeping their opponents at bay in the third chukker, X-Polo upped their scoring pace following a goal apiece from H Muhindro and P Ojit.
The team then produced another strong showing in the fourth period to round off the game in style.
A pair of goals from Th Jacob and one each from Atangba and Muhindro wrapped up the final chukker.
The Manipur Police C-Team’s meek surrender to X-Polo seemed easily forgettable as the police B-Team underlined their credentials as title contenders with an emphatic victory.
Manipur Police Sports Club-B produced a 17-1 demolition of Khuman Polo Club to ease their way into the quarterfinals.
H Abung Khuman hogged the scoresheet with a stunning haul of 12 goals.
Abung got his mallet roared into action seconds into the opening chukker. He needed just 18 seconds from the word go to strike in the opener before the man of the game pumped in four goals, giving his team a 5-0 lead.
In the second chukker, Abung continued his lethal form with a treble as Pradeep added a double, with a single each from M Jawan and Nongpoknganba.
Abung kept up the momentum with three more goals in the third period before he added one in the fourth chukker where M Jawan wrapped up the scoring with two goals.
Paikhomba’s effort in the last period gave a consolation for Khuman Polo Club.
Samadon Ayangba Polo Club closed out the day’s competition with a comfortable 7-2 win over DGAR Polo Team.
Three goals from Hovi Achumi and two each from Basanta and Girimohon were more than enough for their last-eight berth.
For DGAR, Abdul Malik and Shushilo got a goal apiece in a losing cause.