MAHARAJA OF JODHPUR GOLDEN JUBILEE CUP (10 GOALS)

25th December – 31st December, 2019

 The last but most coveted 10 goal tournament – the  Polofactory Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup is the final fixture of the Jodhpur Polo Season, and it doesn’t get better than playing it at the foothills of the Umaid Bhawan Palace! Jodhpur Polo Season makes for an incredible cross-cultural stage to showcase polo, immersed in magnificient style with majestic company over the course of few days.

The tournament opened with Jodhpur Central Academy and Sahara Warriors being pitted against each other.HH Maharaja Gajsingh Ji II threw the ball in for the match to start.

The teams comprised-

Sahara Warriors

Mr. Sangram Singh-2
H.H. Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur+3
Syed Basheer Ali+4
Mr. Daniel Otamendi+5

Jodhpur Central Academy

Bh. Hemendra Singh±0
R.K. Janmejai Singh+1
Mr. Angad Kalaan+3
Mr. Dhruvpal Godara+5

Jodhpur Central Academy started the match with a  +0.5 goal lead that Dhruvpal Godara added upon as he scored a striking goal for Jodhpur team. Syed Basheer Ali and H.H. Jaipur, Pacho scored one goal each for Warriors. At the end of the first chukker scores were: Chukker 1 Jodhpur Central Academy- 1.5 Vs Sahara Warriors – 2.

Second chukker started with Dhruvpal Godara scoring another stunner for Jodhpur Central Academy. The chukker remained goalless for Sahara Warriors.  Chukker 2 Jodhpur Central Academy- 2.5 Vs Sahara Warriors – 2.

fMaintaining the spirt of the tournament the third chukker witnessed both the teams bringing their best game to the fore. Bh. Hemendra Singh took the charge of Jodhpur Team and scored two stupendous goals. H.H. Sawai Padmanabh Singh added another beautiful stroke converting into a goal for the Warriors with Daniel Otamendi scoring his first in the match winding the scores at the end of third chukker at: Chukker 3 Jodhpur Central Academy- 4.5 Vs Sahara Warriors – 4.

The decisive chukker saw Dhruvpal Godara strike his third goal for Jodhpur as Syed Basheer Ali scored for the Warriors. At the end, it was Jodhpur Central academy getting the better of Sahara Warriors by a minute difference of 5.5 goals to 5 as the final scoreboard was: Jodhpur Central Academy- 5.5 Vs Sahara Warriors – 5.

The second match of the day was battled between Chandna Polofactory playing in Black & White and Krishna Polo Heritage in white. Mr. Nicholas Scortichini and Syed Basheer Ali were the umpires for the match and Mr. Angad Kalaan was the referee.

The Teams were-

Chandna Polofactory

Mr. Vikramaditya Singh±0
Mr. Lokendra Singh±0
Mr. Siddhant Sharma+4
Mr. Gerardo Mazzini+6

Krishna Polo Heritage

Mr. Ashvini Sharma±0
Kr. Yogeshwar Singh+1
Mr. Emilio Urra Kirby+4
Mr. Abhimanyu Pathak+5

Gerardo Mazzini opened the first chukker with aplomb as he scored a hattrick for Chandna Polofactory. Ashvini Sharma scored the opener for Krishna Polo heritage with the scores at the end of first chukker placed Chandana Polofactory at a lead of 3 goals and Krishna Polofactory at 1.  The match picked up further pace in the second chukker as Lokendra Singh scored a goal for Chandna Polofactory. Emilio Urra Kirby scored one goal for Krishna Polo Heritage winding the second chukker with scores at,  Chandna Polofactory- 4 Vs Krishna Polo Heritage- 2. 

The third chukker saw both the teams score as Mazzini scored two goals and Emilio Urra Kirby and Abhimanyu Pathak  added one goal each for Krishna Polo Heritage as the scorecard stood at: Chukker 3 Chandna Polofactory- 6 Vs Krishna Polo Heritage- 4 The fourth and final chukker had Mazzini scoring the last goal of the match as Chandna Polofactory surmounted Krishna Polo Heritage by 7 goals to 4. The final scores had: Chukker 4 Chandna Polofactory- 7 Vs Krishna Polo Heritage- 4.

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The tournament of Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup is a treat. Impressive polo playing aside, the festivities surrounding the 10-goal, four-team tournament make for a unique experience, not to mention being immersed in the rich culture and history of Jodhpur, with its marvellous blue-painted houses in the old town circling the Fort.

The finals of the Tournament saw Jodhpur Central Academy and Sahara Warriors fighting for the coveted Cup. Team Jodhpur Central Academy donning black jerseys took on Sahara Warriors in white –

Sahara Warriors

Mr. Sangram Singh-2
HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur+3
Syed Basheer Ali+4
Mr. Daniel Otamendi+5

Jodhpur Central Academy

Bh. Hemendra Singh±0
R.K. Janmejai Singh+1
Mr. Angad Kalaan+3
Mr. Dhruvpal Godara+5

The beloved Raj Bhanwar Sa of Jodhpur threw the ball signalling the start of the Match.


Though Jodhpur Central Academy were awarded a +0.5 goal lead, it was Daniel Otamendi and HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur who inaugurated the scoreboard for  Sahara Warriors. Dhruvpal Godara, the Man in Form, scored the first goal for Jodhpur Central Academy and at the end of the chukker , Sahara Warriors were leading the scoreboard with 2 goals to a 1.5 by Jodhpur Central Academy. The Match heated up in the second chukker as Daniel Otamendi converted two 30 yard penalties with direct strokes into the goal post as Syed Basheer Ali defended a goal and then ran away with the ball to strike a hitting goal for the Warriors. Playing in his trademark aggression, Dhruvpal Godara took the ball to score for his Team Jodhpur Central Academy. The young lad R.K. Janmejai Singh, struck a magnificient goal exhibiting the experience that he has garnered over the years of playing polo, as he tackled the ball from polo stalwarts and guided it to the goal post. Angad Kalaan added a goal for his team Jodhpur Central Academy when he converted a running goal winding the second chukker down with 4.5 goals for Jodhpur Central Academy . The second chukker ended with Sahara Warriors leading with half goal at 5

The third chukker was a head to head as Syed Basheer Ali scored two goals for Sahara Warriors and Dhruvpa Godara and R.K Janmejai scored a single each for Jodhpur Central Academy.
Chukker 3 Jodhpur Central Academy- 6.5 Vs Sahara Warriors – 7

The final chukker befitted the finale that it was played for as Daniel Otamendi scored two goals for Sahara Warriors establishing a 2.5 goal lead and the rest of the team defended their turf and disallowed Jodhpur Central Academy from scoring even a single against them.

Sahara Warriors were decalred the winners of Maharaja of Golden Jubilee Cup with 9 goals in their kitty with Jodhpur Central Academy at 6.5 goals.

With the last match of the season winding up, it was festivities abound for the players and polo enthusiasts. It was now time to unwind and take in the festivities and regale and relive the highlights of the spectacular season. There are few things that stand tall and tough as a pyramid – Jodhpur Polo Season is one such pyramid in the world of Polo, as it entralls and mystifies all who visit and live it.

Photo Credit: Naresh Lotay, Yanshu Panwar

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