HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (front L) seen awarding medals to the polo team which includes HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah (back C) and YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi (back 5th L). Image: Infofoto

Glittering gold medals adorned the Brunei polo team as they beat Malaysia 7-4 in Division B 0-2 Low Goals final at the 30th SEA Games, adding a second gold to the contingent’s medal tally.

Despite beaten by the same opponent during the preliminary round, the Bruneian quartet Pengiran Khairul, Idris Sirat, Huzaimi Mahari and Farid Abdullah displayed their best to frustrate Games’ favourites to overturn the odds.

HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (front 2nd L) in a group photo with HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah (front 2nd R) and YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi (front L) with the rest of the Brunei polo players. Image: Infofoto

The first chukka saw Brunei lead 3-0 with a goal from Idris and two from Farid.

Yet Malaysia managed to pull back with two goals to end the second chukka at 3-2.

Brunei finally regained their momentum and charged to see off Malaysian players with four goals each by Huzaimi and Idris, and two goals from Farid during the final chukka.

The winning polo teams on the podium with Brunei team bags the gold medal. Image: Infofoto
The Bruneian polo team in a group photo with teams from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Image: Infofoto

It was a thrilling encounter that saw both quartets attempted to outscore each other.

Finally, the Brunei team emerged winners at 7-4 score, with Malaysia had to settle for silver.

The victory signals the resurgence of the sport in the country and was thought to be long overdue in the regional competition, failing to shine in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.

Malaysia, however, has won gold in the earlier 4-6 High Goals Division.

HRH Prince Abdul Mateen, HRH Princess ‘Azemah Nikmatul Bolkiah, HRH Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Qawi and YAM Pengiran Muda Bahar are all smiles with Bruneian supporters. Image: Infofoto

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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