Snakebite, Rubis in final
Snakebite and Rubis are through to today’s final of the First Citizens-sponsored Barbados Open 8-goal polo tournament which will take place at Holders Hill, St James.
Playing in the first of two semi-final matches at the Apes Hill grounds on Friday, Snakebite defeated Bulova 4-2 in a low-scoring affair. David Ashby scored all four of his side’s winning goals while Jamie Dickson and Pablo Crespin scored one each for Bulova.
The second semi-final between Rubis and ICBL was a thriller, as Rubis edged home 5-4 after a sudden death play-off in almost total darkness.
Earlier in the match, aggression mixed with solid defence by both teams kept the game exciting and entertaining for the moderate crowd on hand.
Things took a turn when, with the scores locked at 3 -3 just before the horn to signal the end of the chukka, ICBL were awarded a penalty after a blatant foul by one of the Rubis players which was immediately described by Sir Charles Williams standing on the side-line as a turkey instead of a foul.
But the hard-hitting Oliver Taylor sent his shot wide. Then, with the scores locked at 4-4 at the end of regulation time and in conditions that made it virtually impossible for the commentator to recognise the players or even see the ball, ICBL scoffed another golden opportunity to win the game outright after their 60-yard penalty by Nico Roberts missed as well.
They were given a reprieve moments later, awarded another penalty after being fouled deep in the ICBL’s half of the field. This time Taylor made no mistake, and his shot rang out like a bullet and found its intended target.
This sent his teammates and their supporters on the sidelines in a wild celebration.
It ended in the thrill of victory for Rubis and the agony of defeat for ICBL who only have themselves to blame for missing many opportunities.
Today will also see the subsidiary final between the two losing semi-finalists Bulova and ICBL at 3.30 p.m followed by the grand final between Snakebite and Rubis about an hour later.