Sunday Report

Screwless Tuskers Attain 12th Place

The Bangkok Post, Published on September 22

Hua Hin, September 21, 2003

Mercedes Benz Hit Top Gear to Retain Title
Brave Display by Chivas in the Mud
A Special Correspondent in Hua Hin

Mercedes Benz Thailand retained their King's Cup elephant polo title yesterday after winning a tough waterlogged final 5-3 against Chivas Regal, both teams energetically battling the conditions and playing superb polo.

The heavens opened as the teams went out onto the pitch, turning the already-soft ground into a swamp. The customary long shots of big-hitters Angad Kalaan and Oliver Winter sunk, not being able to bounce.

It became a battle of wrist strength, flying shots or short splashy chips being the only way to move the ball forward.

The Mercedes Benz Thailand team started with a two-goal handicap advantage which they quickly added to, Winter scoring two early goals to bring the score to 4-0.

Chivas failed to convert two opportunities but in the latter part of the first chukka made a spirited revival with Kalaan scoring twice to end the chukka 4-2 down.

The second chukka was palpably tense. An early missed sitter put Chivas at a psychological disadvantage, which Mercedes Benz were able to capitalise upon when Hugo Goetz knocked one over the line to bring the score to 5-2.

A superb late goal by Peter Prentice from a well-placed Kalaan pass produced a huge roar from the crowd but as the boggy conditions worsened, Chivas Regal were exasperated by a miss from the edge of the Mercedes Benz D-line.

When the final gong sounded, it was last years victors Mercedes Benz Thailand who retained the King's Cup.

In the day's other matches Australia's Sandalford Winery played a superb game against American Express Thailand, winning 7-3 to claim third place and the Anantara Gold Cup.

In a hotly-fought match for fifth place, Nokia Thailand beat PricewaterhouseCoopers WEPA Nepal 2-1 on a golden goal to claim the American Express Cup.

Mullis Capital beat Jewels 12-2 to claim the seventh-place Nokia Cup, Tickle and the Ivories squeezed past Britain's King's Royal Hussars sponsored by Thai Airways on a golden goal to win 5-4 and claim ninth place and Q Bar scored a 5-3 victory over the Screwless Tuskers for 11th place.

The tournament was organised by Anantara Resort and Spa in Hua Hin.

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