Mango Bay put their foot on the gas pedal on their way to routing Rubis 8-2 to claim their first ever Archers Hall/Diamonds International Barbados Polo Open title yesterday at Holder’s Hill.
Led by an outstanding performance from tournament MVP, Casmir Gross, Mango Bay dominated the contest from the get go.
Gross, who scored 10 goals in the semifinals, continued from where he left off, torching his opponents for five goals in a superb showing.
After Luis Clerici had opened the scoring for Mango Bay in the opening minutes of the first chukka, Gross – a Kenyan – picked up his first, tapping home from close range to make it 2-0.
Lucas Nicaloa then ensured Mango Bay took a 3-0 lead into the second period with a another close range effort.
Gross was back at it again, his shot ricocheting off the goal post to make it 4-0.
Jaime Le Hardy finally ended the drought for Rubis, scoring his team’s first goal halfway through the period, only for Gross to complete his hat-trick seconds later.
Gross collected the ball about 40 yards out from goal, and skillfully manoeuvred through the defence before easily slotting the ball home.
Goals from captain Rhys Odle and two more from Gross helped to complete the rout.
Stuart Gill scored a consolation goal for Rubis in the final chukka.
In the subsidiary final, CGI defeated ICBl 6-3.