Range Rover show class
Range Rover have finished Barbados’ premier polo tournament in the same vein in which they started.
There was no sudden death this time but Range Rover still needed another one-goal thriller to beat Veuve Cliquot after Danny Atwell hit the decisive strike with five minutes left to give the eventual winners a 4-3 victory in Sunday’s final of the First Citizens Barbados Open at Apes Hill.
It was almost a carbon copy of the gripping tournament opener when Range Rover had to go into extras before Philip Tempro produced the eventual winner against their League 2 counterparts.
Atwell was the hero on this occasion though after breaking out of a pack of players to end a tense 3-3 deadlock just one minute into the final chukka.
It was a fitting finish for a highly anticipated final and opening-day rematch that was met with one of the biggest crowds at a local polo event in recent years.
The patrons had looked likely to be treated to a lopsided dud after Atwell and Tempro scored within seconds of each other to put the unbeaten side up 2-0 by the end of the first chukka.
However, Atwell’s brother Marc scored twice against the run of play in the ensuing stanza before Mike Henderson capped a run of three unanswered goals for Veuve Cliquot with a stunning strike midway through the third chukka.
Tempro levelled the scores just one minute later after breaking free and tapping in the ball ahead of a fast-charging Richard Gooding. (JM)