GLOBALPORT-PILIPINAS scored three crucial goals in the third chukker to hack out an 8-4 win over Tang Polo of China and advance to the final via a two-game sweep of its group elims in the Philippine Polo Open 2014 Wednesday at the Globalport Field in Calatagan, Batangas.
Globalport surged to a commanding 6-1 lead after a tightly fought game in the first two chukkers as team captain Mikee Romero joined hands with top Argentinean pros Gaston Beguerie and Rodrigo Bauzada in lowering the boom and ripped the game apart in their Group A match.
In a show of great teamwork, all four Globalport players, including Thai Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha scored two goals each.
Globalport will face San Miguel Corporation-Philippines in a one-game face-off on Sunday.
With Juan Jauretche putting on another dazzling performance, San Miguel downed Kingpower of Thailand, 8-5, to likewise sweep their group elims in the tournament presented by Manila North Harbour Port. Inc., AirAsia, Viber, and San Miguel Corporation.
Jauretche lived up to his billing as a five-goaler by exploding for six goals while Monet Montilla, who took over the place of team captain Iñigo Zobel, added two.
Zobel begged off from playing due to a previous commitment.
“We tried to go hard so the pressure is on the other side. Mikee (Romero) played well, we played well as a team too,” said Srivaddhanaprabha. “We knew each other after our first game and we played better today.”
Romero was glad they survived China’s fightback.
“We got scared, they (Tang Polo) came very close,” said Romero.
Globalport’s smashing win was a fitting follow up to its 8-4 win over ADEC of Team USA in the opener of what is considered the biggest polo event in the country in more than 50 years.
Bauzada, a three-goaler, now has six goals in the six-team tournament, counting his four in the team’s win over ADEC last Tuesday.