The Nation, Published on September 18
Hua Hin, September 17, 2003
Under scorching morning sun at the Som Dej Phra Suriyothai military ground, the King's Cup Elephant Polo started in earnest with a morning of high scoring wins for top-seeded Chivas Regal and last year's champions Mercedes Benz Thailand.
Chivas Regal's Angad Kalaan lived up to his "dark horse of Delhi" nickname by scoring 13 of his team's 14 goals against Britain's King's Royal Hussars sponsored by Thai Airways.
Despite valiant defence by the Hussars and some impressive stick work by Jamie Snowdon, Kalaan's masterful control was impenetrable and the goals kept flying in, two spectacularly from beyond the midfield line.
Mercedes Benz Thailand's German team were also on top form against the Tickle and the Ivories. Captain Oliver Winter ratcheted up 11 of the team's 16 goals, with elephant polo newcomer Dirk Goetz knocking home the other five.
The Thaigem.com Jewels also made a flying start in a hotly fought match with Q Bar, which ended 4-3 to the Jewels.
Waiting less than a minute after the face off, Jewels' captain Margie McDougal deftly rolled a ball across Q Bar's goal line. However, it was Q Bar's feather-helmeted Tukta who with bejewelled belly-button bared equalised in the second half with two crowd-pleasing goals, defeated narrowly by a last second goal from McDougal.
The afternoon's play saw second seeds Mullis Capital lose 4-3 to 7th seeds American Express Thailand and PricewaterhouseCooper WEPA Nepal beat the Screwless Tuskers 7-1.