2014 Lagos International Polo: Day 1-Fifth Chukker, Ashbert Vie For Oba Of Lagos Cup

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Here’s something for the horse lovers! The 2014 Lagos International Polo Tournament officially started on February 19th and will go on until the 23rd of February.

The opening week of the MTN/GT Bank 2014 Lagos Polo International Tournament reaches its crucial stage today as Lagos teams, Fifth Chukker and Ashbert 98.1 size up for the Oba of Lagos Cup.

The decisive match falls under the Open Cup and its the first of the nine titles at stake in the twin-phased ten-day event. Three more titles will be decided tomorrow to end hostilities in the first week.

Yesterday, Kano Tripple KKK, Unity Polo and Kano Ibah join Lagos Valkyrie in the semifinal of the DansaCup which would be played today. KKK defeated Lagos Bonhams 5-4½ while qualifiers, Unity Polo out-galloped Ibadan Olisa Farm 9½-4.

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Another action-packed encounter on Friday saw Lagos Shoreline maintained their impressive form as they beat Lagos Ark/Good Fellows 9½-6 in the Stream 2 of the six-team Open Cup.

Shoreline, who glide past Ironclad/Taleveras in their first match, were on a half-a-goal advantage by the virtue of their inferior handicap and they had a good start as Juan Cruz scored the match&#39s opening goal of the five-chukka match seconds after commencement.

However, Santiago Cernadas responded for Good Fellows with a 60-yarder. Argentine Cernadas scored another goal to give Good Fellows a 2-1½ lead but his South American compatriot, Santiago de Estrada keeps the score marginal with a 40 yards low drive.

Hitman, Cernadas converted a penalty just before the end or the second chukka and here was not much difference between the sides till the last two chukkas where Estrada, a +6 handicap spearheaded a dominant finish for the Shoreliners.

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To view photos from the opening press conference event, please click here.


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