Bangkok Post, September 17, 2003
The King's Cup elephant polo tournament 2003 got underway at the Somdej Phra Suriyothai military camp here yesterday afternoon with colourful pageantry at the opening ceremony, a 23-elephant salute and an unprecedented second-half comeback.
It might only have been an exhibition match but the Screwless Tuskers' 5-3 win over Q Bar Bangkok after being 3-0 down at half-time was a miraculous performance.
Q Bar's David Jacobson dominated the first half, keeping the ball camped on the opposition's goal-line and amassing a 3-0 lead as the gong struck for the end of the first chukka.
However, the second chukka belonged firmly to the Screwless Tuskers, who came confidently from behind. The Tuskers' attacker, Tak, weaved skilfully past Q Bar's defender Tukta time after time, triumphantly scoring four goals after team-mate Golf had knocked home the first one.
The first points-scoring matches of the tournament start at 8 this morning with Nokia Thailand up against Sandalford Winery.
Thaigem.com Jewels meet Q Bar at 9am and Chivas Regal play Britain's King's Royal Hussars sponsored by Thai Airways at 10am.
Defending champions Mercedes Benz Thailand meet the Tickle and the Ivories at 11am. Two more matches in the afternoon see Mullis Capital Thailand play American Express Thailand and PricewaterhouseCoopers WEPA Nepal close the day with a match against the Screwless Tuskers. Twelve local and international teams are taking part. The event continues until Sunday and admission is free.