BY CONSOLATA MAKOKHA
SAMSUNG clinched the 2015 Kenya International 10-14 Polo tournament at the Jamhuri Park yesterday as team captain Jamie Murray was awarded the Most Valuable Player.
Despite losing their last game to Samurai, Samsung won the tournament with a superior goal difference, having tied with both Samurai and Royal Salute on points. Royal Salute were second, Samurai third and Peroni fourth.
In the tie between Samsung and Samurai, Buster McKenzie scored four goals for Samurai as they sought to gun down Samsung. He opened the game’s scoring in the first chukka netting one from the field and tightly marked Samsung denying them scoring chances.
Handicap three, Richard Stonewigg slotted in a fast first one for the title sponsors, Samsung, from a penalty two (30m from goal mouth) spot. Mbu Ngugi (2) and Kenya’s top seed Jamie Murray (4.5) added one each n the second chukka. McKenzie shot Samurai’s second from a penalty four (60m) and later equalised from a P3 spot for the team to start the third chukka at three-all.
It was a tight battle in the third chukka as both teams put up a watertight defence but Davey Evans managed to penetrate through Samurai’s backline to score from the field and catapult Samsung to a 4-3 lead.
During the five minute breather Samurai regrouped and their strategy paid off on the fourth chukka. Handicap 2.5 Gordy Millar equalised (4-4) for Samurai by hitting through the goalposts from a penalty four area. McKenzie rose to the occasion when his team was awarded a foul at the P4 spot.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke