Women's Polo: Kenya, Aussies hand defeats to hosts

CHRONICLE BUREAU IMPHAL, 17th Jan: Both state teams Manipur (Thangjing) and Manipur (Marjing) had a dismal start on the first day of the 3rd Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament as Kenya and Australia emerged easy winners on the opening day of the competition at Mapal Kangjeibung.

Kenya kicked started the tournament with a dominating 5-2 victory over the Thangjing team.

Both teams were equally matched through the first two chukkers that saw a 1-1 stalemate in both the periods before Kenya surged past the hosts in the following two chukkers.

In the first chukker, Tiva Gross put Kenya ahead and gave her side the upper hand until Khudongbam Habe drew level for Manipur just before the end of the period.

The home team, however, managed to tilt the balance in their favour moments into the next period through Thoudam Tanna, but it didn’t take long for the visitors to get back into the game with an equaliser from Imogen Voorspuy. The scoreline read 2-2.

In the third chukker, Kenya went two goals ahead as Tiva Gross smashed home her second goal before Rowena Stitchbury made it 4-2.

Then Nikki Barlow struck in their fifth goal in the last period and made sure Kenya closed out the game in style.

It was indeed a bad day for the state eves as Manipur Marjing were another home team to suffer defeat, meekly surrendering to Australia, who secured a 6-2 margin win.

Billie Mascart hogged the scoreboard with a four-goal salvo.

Australia ran out to a 2-0 lead in the opening chukker courtesy of Billie Mascart and Indiana Bennetto and the side followed up with another double in the following chukker with Billie, her second, and Whitney Warren on target, taking their advantage to 4-0.

Billie was unstoppable as she pumped in her third goal in the third chukker and it was the period where Marjing got their first goal after N Ashakiran’s strike.

The home side’s any hopes of revival were dashed in the fourth chukker as Australia went further ahead with Billie’s fourth and her team’s sixth goal and Salam Sumita’s goal minutes after proved too little for the hosts.

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