Mavros clinches Kenya International Polo title
Patrick Mavros beat White Cap 8-7 in the finals of the Kenya International Polo tournament at Nairobi Polo Club on Sunday.
The Gross brothers, handicap five Casmir, and three-goal hero Tarquin captained White Cap and Mavros respectively to display all end action in the finals.
White Cap, comprising Casmir, twins Ben (1) and Tom (0.5) as well as Sasha Craig, threw away their three-goal lead in the first half to hand Mavros, Tarquin, Mbu Ngugi (2.5), Joss Craig (2) and Morton Jensen (-1)- an 8-7 win.
Mavros tapped in first in the opening chukka with Tarquin’s field goal leading to tight a 1-0 scoreline at the short break.
Casmir restored parity from a field goal before hitting in four penalty shots to give White Cap a comfortable 1-5 advantage. Moments later, Tarquin narrowed the gap to 2-4 before proceeding to the break.
On resumption, Jensen continued to gather ground for Mavros for 3-4 as Tarquin slotted in one more to level the scores (4-4) at the Club’s Stables pitch.
It was all slipping away from White Cap but once again Casmir rose to the Occasion and gave his line-up the lead (4-5) again.
Mavros was bullish in the fourth chukka, scoring four goals. It was a back-and-forth scoring trend as Tarquin hit a hat-trick to turn the fortunes around and Casmir notched in a double in the last chukka for 7-7 tie.
Ngugi added a solo goal with less than 60 seconds to give Mavros an 8-7 lead.