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.
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.
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.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN