ITPC, IRC clinch Governor’s Cup Polo titles

Imphal, Mar 27:  Ibudhou Thangjing Polo Club notched a slender 5-4 victory over MPSC-B to clinch the 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament, 2017 while Imphal Riding Club registered a comfortable 4-0 win over K&MM Riding School to claim the 16th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament, 2017 organised by Manipur horse Riding and polo Association today at Mapal Kangjeibung.
In the 16th Governor’s Cup Womens’ Polo Tournament, 2017 final, Imphal Riding Club drubbed K&MM Riding School 4-0.
Kh Habe and Kh Devenly took the leads for IRC in the first chukker. A Romabati struck one to extend the lead of IRC in the third chukker. Kh Habe scored her second in the third chukker and that eventually sealed easy victory for IRC.
Even as K&MM Riding School players exhibited their best, they failed to score a single goal during the match.
Winners’ team got richer by Rs 15,000 while the runners up team got Rs 10,000.
In a spectacular final of the 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament, 2017, ITPC registered a narrow 5-4 win over MPSC-B.
Right from the start, the match gained momentum and turned lively as the two teams took turn to score goals one after another.
It was T Pradeep Kumar of MPSC-B who handed the lead to his team in the first chukker. However, ITPC’s P Ojit cancelled out the lead in a span of one minute. Not long after, Th Kaoba handed another lead to MPSC-B only to be levelled by M Manihar of ITPC in the first chukker.
The two teams pushed hard to alter the score line in the second chukker. Even as L Kokeshwor managed to strike a goal in the dying minutes of the second chukker, MPSC-B could not score a goal.
P Ojit and I Khaba scored a goal each for ITPC and MPSC-B in the third chukker. A goal each was scored by M Manihar of ITPC and T Pradeep Kumar of MPSC-B in the last chukker.
The winning team, ITPC, were presented Rs 50,000 while the runners up team got Rs 30,000.
The closing ceremony of the tournament was graced by CAF&PD Minister Karam Shyam; IFCD and YAS Minister Letpao Haokip; and Dy Chairman of MSPB S Rajen as the dignitaries.

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Governor’s Cup Polo tournament MPSC-B book title date with ITPC

IMPHAL, Mar 25: Ibudhou Thangjing Polo Club (ITPC) and MPSC-B will face each other in the summit clash of the 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament 2017 after their respective semifinal victories today.
The final match of 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament 2017 and 16th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament 2017, organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association, will be played on March 27 (Monday) at Mapal Kangjeibung.
While ITPC prevailed over MPSC-C 6-3 in the first semifinal match today, MPSC-B overwhelmed X-Polo Club 5-2 in the second semifinal match.
ITPC warded off a stiff challenge from MPSC-C to emerge 6-3 winners. M Manihar opened the account for ITPC in the first chukker while P Ojit struck twice to extend the lead in the second chukker. In reply, MPSC-C could manage to pull one back in the second chukker through Viking Salam.
L Kokeshwar and M Doren took turn to hit one each for ITPC while S Abungcha of MPSC-C struck one in the third chukker.
M Doren of ITPC and S Abungcha of MPSC-C struck their respective second in the fourth chukker to finally make it 6-3.
In the second semifinal match, X-Polo Club went down 2-5 fighting MPSC-B.
MPSC-B had tamed their opponents right from the start as T Pradeepkumar (2 goals), Th Kaoba (one goal) and P Jyotin (one goal) found their target till the end of the third chukker. XPC could not score any goal till the end of the third chukker.
However, Th Jacob struck twice for XPC in the last chukker to reduce the margin. At the same time, Th Kaoba scored his second in the last chukker to seal the match in favour of MPSC-B.
At the same time, K&MM Riding School will face Imphal Riding Club in the summit clash of the 16th Governor’s Cup women polo tournament.
The closing ceremony of the tournament will be attended by CAF&PD Minister Karam Shyam; IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip; Education Minister Th Radheshyam; Dy Chairman of MSPB S Rajen and Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism/IT) Dr Sapam Ranjan.

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Governor’s Cup women polo K&MM RS set up title clash with IRC

IMPHAL, Mar 24: K&MM Riding School notched a comfortable victory over Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club today to face Imphal Riding Club in the summit clash of the 16th Governor’s Cup women polo tournament organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association.
The semifinal match today between K&MM Riding School and Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club turned out to be a one-sided one as the former registered a massive 8-0 win.
Th Tanna grabbed a treble while L Thadoi Devi hit a brace for K&MM Riding School. I Sangeeta, S Sangita and Th Sanajaobi also contributed a goal each for the winners.
Even as Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club players slogged hard to score, their efforts went abegging.

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Governor’s Cup Polo MPSC-C, MPSC-B enter semis

IMPHAL, Mar 23: MPSC-C, MPSC-B beat their respective opponents today to enter the semifinals of the ongoing 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo tournament and 16th Governor’s Cup women polo tournament organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association.
In the third quarter final match today, MPSC-C eked out a 5-4 win over MPSC-A.
Th Romen scored three goals while S Abungcha and Viking Salam struck a goal each for MPSC-C.
A Abung Khuman grabbed a brace while S Bimol and M Jawan contributed a goal each for MPSC-A.
In the last quarter final match, MPSC-B, from one goal down till the third chukker, squeezed out a narrow 2-1 win over Khurai Polo Club.
Khurai Polo Club took the lead in the first chukker when T Roshan struck the opener.
Even as MPSC-B put efforts to equalise the score, their efforts went abegging until Th Kaoba cancelled out the lead in the last chukker. Later, I Khaba struck the winner for MPSC-B in the same chukker.
The first semifinal will be played between MPSC-C and ITPC on March 25 while X-Polo Club take on MPSC-B in the second semifinal match the same day.
Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club will take on K&MM Riding School tomorrow in the semifinal match of the 16th Governor’s Cup.

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Governor’s Cup Polo ITPC, X-PC enter semis

IMPHAL, Mar 22: Ibudhou Thangjing Polo Club and X-Polo Club have cruised into the semifinals of the ongoing 27th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo tournament and 16th Governor’s Cup women polo tournament organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association.
In the first quarter final match today, ITPC registered a comfortable 7-2 win over Eastern Students’ Club.
P Ojit scored three goals, M Doren struck twice while M Manihar and O Samarjit contributed one goal each in ITPC’s win.
The goals for ESC were scored by K Samananda.
In the second quarter final match of the day, X-Polo Club downed K&MM Riding School by 4-1 margin.
L Atangba and Th Jacob hit a brace each for X-Polo Club while the consolation for K&MM Riding School was scored by O Seityajit.
Earlier, MPSC-C beat Imphal Riding Club by a convincing margin of seven goals to two in the pre-quarter final match.
S Viking and Th Romen grabbed a treble each while S Abungcha struck one for MPSC-C.
The two goals for IRC were scored by T Leishemba.
MPSC-A and MPSC-C will play in the third quarter final match tomorrow while the last quarter final match will be played between MPSC-B and Khurai Polo Club.

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7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament Convincing wins for KPC, MPSC-A

IMPHAL, Feb 27 : Khurai Polo Club (KPC) and Manipur Police Sports Club-A registered convincing wins in the ongoing 7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament underway at Mapal Kangjeibung today.
In the first match of the day, KPC blanked Ibudhou Thangjing Polo Club (ITPC) by 7 goals to 2.
In the first chukker of the match, ITPC surged ahead when M Doren found the mark in the 6.05th minute only to be nullified when L Thomson of KPC was on target in the 6.45th minute.
Tied with two goals each, both teams took the second chukker determined to surge ahead and KPC shot into the lead when O Roger was bang on target in the 1.18th minute and again in the 2.39th minute.
L Thomson increased the lead when he scored in the 3.26th minute.
M Doren of ITPC pulled one back for the team in the 4.26th minute.
In the third chukker, KPC put the match away from the reach of ITPC scoring three goals and not conceding a single goal.
O Roger charged from the front in scoring in the 3.27th minute of the third chukker while L Thomson and K Jogendra scored one goal each in the 3.51st minute and 5.05th minute to seal the match.
In the second match of the day, Manipur Police Sports Club-A (MPSC) had an easy day routing X Polo Club (PC) by 9 goals to 3.
In the first chukker, the goals for MPSC came through M Jawan and S Bimol in the 0.14th minute and 6.15th minute while L Tolongkhomba reduced the margin in the 3rd minute.
The two teams were evenly matched in the second chukker both scoring two goals each.
L Atangba opened the account for PC in the .5th minute while S Bimol and H Abungkumar scored one goal each for MPSC in the 4.27th and 7.06th minute.
In between L Tolongkhomba scored one in the 5.27th minute for PC.
In the third chukker, MPSC put the match away from the reach of PC scoring four goals through M Jawan in the 6.27th minute while S Bimol scored thrice in 1.03rd, 2.57th and 4.12th minute of the chukker to help MPSC register a convincing 9-3 victory.

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7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament Contrasting victories mark day 4 of tourney

IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Con-trasting wins marked day IV of the ongoing 7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament underway at Mapal Kangjei-bung today.
The tournament which began from February 19 saw Imphal Riding Club and Khurai Polo Club notch up huge wins against their rivals while KMM Riding School just about managed to down Meiraba Polo Club.
In the first match of the day, a strong Imphal Riding Club (IRC) thrashed a hapless Chingkheihunba Polo Club-A (CPC-A) 7 nil.
Dominating in every department of the game, the players from IRC scored at will, tearing apart the defence of CPC-A with L Abhinath leading from the front in scoring five goals.
L Abhinath found the target as early as the .10th minute of the first chukker when he easily found the target without much resistance from the players of CPC-A.
He followed this up with more goals in the 2.19th minute and 6.55th minute and wound off the first chukker helping IRC take a 3-0 lead.
In the second chukker, L Abhinath was at it again when he scored in the 1.54th minute followed by Leishem-ba T in the 3.04th minute.
H Basanta made it 6-0 in the fourth chukker and L Abhinath was it again in the fifth and final chukker when he scored in the 4.43rd minute and helped his team IRC notch up a convincing 7-0 win.
The second match between KMM Riding School (KMMRC) and Meiraba Polo Club (MPC) was a sharp departure from the first match as MPC fought hard but ultimately went down by 3-6 goals.
KMMRC shot into the lead when they dominated the first chukker pumping in three goals through M Chaoba in the .11th minute and again in the .49th minute with N Anish adding one more in the 2.43rd minute.
In the second chukker MPC put their best foot forward and scored twice through Th Inaotomba in the 3.37th minute and K Romeo in 5.03rd minute but this was not enough as earlier in the same chukker S Jameson had increased the lead for KMMRC in the 3.03rd minute to help his team take a 4-2 goal lead.
M Chaoba of KMMRC was at it again in the fourth chukker pumping in two goals in the 3.58th minute and 7.15th minute while M Devanath pulled one back for MPC in the 1.41st minute of the fourth chukker.
KMMRC ultimately won by a margin of 6 goals to three.
In the third and last match of the day Khurai Polo Club (KPC) overwhelmed Eastern Students Club (ESC) 9-1.
The nine goals for KPC were scored by N Hovi Achuni (2 goals) L Thomson (2 goals), K Jogendra (2 goals), T Roshan (2 goals) and O Roger.
Th Momocha pulled back one goal for ESC.

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7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament MPSC down fighting KRYPSA 8-5

IMPHAL, Feb 20 : A brilliant Manipur Police Sporting Club-B (MPSC) downed a fighting KRYPSA by 8 goals to 5 in the ongoing 7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament underway at Mapal Kangjeibung today.
The two teams were evenly matched, each demonstrating good team work but it was the clinical finish of the police team that carried the day for them.
KRYPSA shot into the lead as early as the 0.14th minute of the match when N Alex found the target. Dollar Soram added one more in the 3.06th minute to help KRYPSA take a 2 goal lead.
MPSC however fought back hard and reduced the margin in the 3.31st minute of the first chukker when I Khaba was bang on target. The Kaoba followed in the 5.43rd minute of the first chukker to make it 2 all.
In the second chukker, the police players dominated early on and scored thrice through I Khaba in the 2.01st minute and 2.27th minute while Th Kaoba added one more in the 4.38th minute.
KRYPSA failed to score even once in the second chukker.
Down by three goals, KRYPSA got their game going in the third chukker and scored two goals through Dollar Soram in the 3.5th minute and N Alex in 6.12th minute.
In between Th Kaoba of MPSC found the target in the 5th minute of the third chukker.
In the fourth and final chukker, MPSC again took control of the game and scored through T Pradeepkumar in the .27th minute and Kh Nongpoknganba in the 5.53rd minute while KRYPSA managed to reduce the lead through N Alex in the 5.52nd minute.
MPSC wrapped up the match in their favour by scoring 8 goals and conceding 5.

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7th 57 Mountain Division Polo tournament begins ESC begin campaign in style

DIPR/Sports Reporter
Imphal, Feb 19: The 7th 57 Mountain Division Polo Tournament 2017 began today at the historic Mapal Kangjeibung.
The grand opening ceremony of the tournament organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA) under the sponsorship of 57 Mountain Division was graced by Maj Gen U Suresh Kumar, YSM, VSM, GOC, 57 Mountain Division; Dr S Joykumar Singh, Honorary President, Manipur Equestrian Association; Brig SKS Chauhan, Dy GOC, 57 Mountain Division; Brig JS Bainsla, Commander, 9 Sector, AR and Dr H Chaoba Singh, Director, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services as the Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Colourful display of ‘Bhangra Dance’ by soldiers of 14 Sikh, march past by mounted players, band display and oath taking by the participating team leaders were amongst other highlights of the opening ceremony.
Hoisting the flag of MHRPA and declaring the tournament open, Maj Gen U Suresh Kumar, YSM, VSM, GOC, 57 Mountain Division said that the tournament has been organised to support and promote the traditional game of polo—popularly known as ‘Sagol Kangjei’— which is a wonderful gift to the world by Manipur. He said that the game which was once known as the game of the Kings has now become the king of games. The GOC further said that the tournament is also an endeavour to save the endangered Manipuri ponies and wished the participating teams of the tournament the very best.
In the opening match, Eastern Students’ Club (ESC)-A eked out a thrilling 4-3 win over MPSC-C.
K Samananda hit a treble and E Romesh contributed one for ESC-A while the goals for MPSC-C were scored by M Vivekenanda (two) and S Abungcha.

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