Women take 2-1 lead in Polo series

The Virgin Atlantic women are definitely flying high. They’re on cloud nine actually.

Despite wasting several opportunities to put away the Diamonds International men, the women did just enough to sneak away with a 4-3 victory and take a 2-1 series lead in the Diamonds International Battle of the Sexes polo competition.

Playing at Apes Hill today, the ladies dominated the majority of the contest, but in the end, needed two late winners from Sarah Weisman to record their second consecutive victory in the four-match series.

Virgin Atlantic's Hazel Jackson (left) pursuing Richard Gooding of Diamonds International.
Virgin Atlantic’s Hazel Jackson (left) pursuing Richard Gooding of Diamonds International.
Sarah Weisman (centre), seen here on the attack, scored two goals to help lead the Virgin Atlantic women to victory.
Sarah Weisman (centre), seen here on the attack, scored two goals to help lead the Virgin Atlantic women to victory.

They actually seemed like running away with the game early on, with Hazel Jackson and Tiva Gross each scoring in the opening minute to propel the women to a 2-0 lead.

Richard Gooding however quickly responded for the men, sending a close range shot whistling through the goal to reduce the deficit by the end of the first chukka.

Both Jackson and Weisman were guilty of capitalizing on several chances to extend their lead in the second chukka with uncharacteristic blunders.

After some superb work on the left flank, Weisman sent her shot just wide when clean through on goal, before sending a 40-yard penalty inches wide just moments later.

Weisman too was guilty of missing a 40-yard penalty, this time sending her shot to the left of goal.

They were almost made to pay for those misses in the third chukka, when Gooding showed great skill in manoeuvring between two opponents to tap home from close range, followed by Marc Atwell’s close range strike, which gave the men a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.

Weisman, though, ensured that the women would enter Sunday’s final game with a series lead, scoring two goals in the dying moments to leave the defending champions on the brink of defeat.

Earlier, in the first match, Unna defeated Platinum eight goals to three.

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