Jindal Panther beats Delhiites Polo to win 10th Amity Polo Cup 2017

ANI | Updated: Dec 11, 2017 13:13 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec.11 (ANI): The 10th Amity Polo Cup (8 Goal) Polo Tournament concluded Sunday with a nail-biting final between Delhiites Polo and Jindal Panther at the Jaipur Polo Grounds here.

Jindal Panther edged out Delhiites Polo by five goals to 3 ½ in the finals to lift the prestigious Amity Polo Cup 2017.

Simran Singh Shergill scored all 5 goals for Jindal Panther and Dhruvpal Godara scored 2 and Gaurav Sahgal scored 1 goal for Delhiites Polo which started with ½ goal on Handicap.

Queen, ridden by Mr. Gaurav Sahgal was adjudged the Best Polo Pony of the Tournament and Simran Shergill , who scored 5 goals for the Champion team, was named the most valuable player of the match.

The finals had a blazing start with Gaurav Sahgal scoring the opening goal for Delhiites Polo in the first few minutes of the Ist chukker which started with an advantage of half a goal handicap. Simran Shergill opened the account for Jindal Panthers by converting 60 yard penalty awarded in favor of Jindal Panthers.

Second chukker begun with Simran Shergill converting a 40 yard penalty in favor of Jindal Panthers, thereby striking a second goal for the team. Taking the lead ahead, Simran again striked a goal in favor of the team. In return, Dhruvpal Godara was quick to strike a goal in favor of Delhiites Polo.

During the third chukker, Simran Shergill scored the fourth goal for Jindal Panthers and Dhruvpal Godara scored a goal for Delhiites Polo by converting a 40 yard penalty.

Jindal Panthers maintained their lead in last and the final chukker with Simran Shergill striking a final goal of the Tournament for Jindal Panthers and for Delhiites Polo, it was a goalless chukker.

The glistening trophy was presented by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in the presence of Dr. Ashok Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Group, Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools, Dr. Atul Chauhan- Chancellor, Amity University and Mrs. Pooja Chauhan- Vice Chairperson, Amity Humanity Foundation.

General Rawat stressed that sports and education must go hand in hand for the real development of the country. He said Amity's association with polo reflects its sincere commitment towards the country's progress.

Dr. Ashok K Chauhan announced that a shield would be instituted in the name of General Bipin Rawat's father for the brilliant performers of Amity Indian Military College, Manesar. He congratulated the players for their spectacular sportsmanship and team spirit. Dr. Chauhan shared that the proceeds of Amity Polo Cup will be used to better the lives of underprivileged girls and boys studying under "AMITASHA" and "ATULASHA" projects respectively, being run under Amity Humanity Foundation- the social renaissance engine of Amity.

A coffee table book titled "Polo- the Insight" commemorating 10 years of Amity Polo Cup was released by General Bipin Rawat and his wife Mrs. Mudhulika Rawat.

Six teams participated in the Tournament which was played on half league basis with seasoned polo players of handicap +5 and +6 including Basheer Ali, Dhruvpal Godara, Samir Suhag, Abhimanyu Pathak and Simran Shergill. The teams were divided into two pools -Pool A - Beast Carnatic, Delhiites Polo, Sahara Warriors and Pool B - Aravali Polo, Adie Broswon, Jindal Panther. (ANI)