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Men win polo Battle

While Diamond International’s men dazzled, the Virgin Atlantic women pretty much flew under the radar.

The opening match of the Diamond International Battle of the Sexes polo tournament turned out to be all one-way traffic.

Led by an impressive hat-trick from Steven Williams, the men made a resounding start to their title defence by whipping their female counterparts 5-3 at Holder’s Hill yesterday afternoon.

Not even the inclusion of two-goal players Hazel Jackson and Sarah Weisman, who both hail from the United Kingdom, could stave off the early onslaught, which saw the men storm out to an early 3-0 lead.

Christansia Evelyn reaches the ball while being pursued by Richard Gooding in the Battle of the Sexes.

Christansia Evelyn reaches the ball while being pursued by Richard Gooding in the Battle of the Sexes.

Richard Gooding opened up the scoring for the men in the opening chukka, before Williams added two back to back strikes in the second chukka to give them a commanding lead.

Kenyan Tiva Gross did manage to pull back one for the women, scoring from close range just before the half time buzzer sounded.

However, just seconds after resumption, Williams completed his hat-trick and extended the lead to 4-1, tucking home from close range after receiving a delightful pass from Gooding.

The women were guilty of squandering several chances to reduce the deficit, and Gooding made them pay the price when he hammered a 60-yard penalty, which powerfully sped through his opponent’s goal.

The women did manage to make the final scoreline a respectable one, after being urged on by spectators, thanks to two late strikes from Jackson and Weisman respectively.

Both strikes came in the final two minutes of play, but were too late to avert defeat.

Earlier, a Digicel Barbados team completed a clean sweep of their Villages USA opponents when they romped to a 3 and a half to two victory.

Two strikes from Danny Atwell and one by Teddy Williams was enough to ensure the home side took the series 3-0.

Barbados' Teddy Williams (left) and Paige Boone (USA) going at it during yesterday's game.

Barbados’ Teddy Williams (left) and Paige Boone (USA) going at it during yesterday’s game.

Francesco Bilbao scored both goals in a losing effort for the visitors.

Also, in the afternoon’s opening match, Unna and ICBL played to an entertaining 4-4 draw.

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