Indian polo clubs had a good outing at the BFL Ezra World Cup at the Pat Williamson ground in Kolkata on Wednesday, with both Calcutta Polo Club and the Army Polo Riding Club etching out victories in their group league matches.
In the first match of the day, Calcutta Polo Club defeated Indonesia’s Nusantara 7 goals to 3.5. The visitors gave Calcutta Polo Club an advantage of 0.5 for starting with a less handicap. Major Vishal Chauhan scored three goals and Goerge Meyrick and Col Tarun Sirohi scored a brace each. In a valiant but failed effort, Nusantara captain Gabriel Nicolas Curto scored once each in the second, third and fourth chukker.
For Calcutta Polo Club, Meyrick’s two goals came in the first chukker. Sirohi then added to the tally, scoring his brace each in the second and third chukker and Chauhan scored two in third and fourth chukker.
In the day’s second match, Army Polo Riding Club (APRC) defeated Carnoustie (USA) by 6 goals to 5.5. The legendary Carlos Gracida was seen in action, playing with a seven handicap. APRC skipper Lt Col Navjit Sandhu scored thrice in the second, third and fourth chukker while Col Tarsem Singh, Col NS Khera and Maj. Arjun Patil added to the tally with a goal each in the first, second and fourth chukker.
Gracida displayed some breathtaking cuts and shots, scoring four goals, two in the first chukker and then a goal each in the second and fourth chukker. Capt. Rohan Saharan scored once in the first chukker to add to Carnoustie’s scoreline.