A four-goal burst from Cristian Chavez led Mango Bay to an exciting 6 1/2 to 5 victory over the visiting EFG Haryana India team as their polo series continued at the Apes Hill, St James polo ground yesterday.
Uday Kalaan got the EFG Indian team off to a bright start with a goal in the first chukka but that only seemed to spur on the hosts. Chavez, showing good form both on his steed and with mallet in hand, responded swiftly with a long-range effort and followed that up with another strike taken even further away from goal. He then completed his first-chukka hat-trick to take Mango Bay, playing with a half-goal advantage, into the break with a 3 1/2 to 1 lead.
Chavez started the second chukka where he had left off the first with another well taken goal to make it 4 1/2 to 1. EFG India responded almost immediately through Gaston Devrient but just before the end of the second chukka Adam Deane restored the three-goal differentiation with another goal. EFG India tried gallantly to make inroads into the scoreline but the horn blew to end the chukka with Mango Bay in charge at 5 1/2 to 2.
Whether Mango Bay got complacent or the visitors’ resolve increased after some liquid refreshment, the result was that they dominated the second part of the contest even though they eventually lost. Alex Cole found the back of the goal on resumption but that would be the extent of their offensive output. Devrient got his second goal of the match and the third chukka ended with Mango Bay leading6 1/2 to 3.
The final chukka was one-way traffic with EFG India pressing Mango Bay all the way. They were rewarded for their enterprise when Maanan Maahdvani scored to make the score 6 1/2 to 4. It was now a question of whether the visitors would have enough time for an unlikelycome-from-behind win or Mango Bay could withstand the surge. EFG India created some flutters for the local side when Robert Mehm scored to make it 6 1/2 to 5. Game on? No. Game done.
With the clock ticking steadily away Mango Bay did enough on the defensive end to stave off the visitors and come away with a hard-fought victory. Marc Atwell also suited up for Mango Bay.
The action continues this Sunday with the grand finale at Lion Castle, St Thomas.