The Bangkok Post, Published on September 20
Hua Hin, September 19, 2003
Torrential rain stopped play yesterday afternoon on the third day of the Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin but not before American Express Thailand routed PricewaterhouseCoopers WEPA Nepal to claim their place in today's semi-finals.
It was a nail-biting match that had most of the spectators out of their seats screaming on the sidelines. Chris Stafford for American Express and captain Kristjan Edwards for PricewaterhouseCoopers spent both chukkas locking sticks in a frenzied battle for the ball.
American Express captain Nopdol Nandhabhiwat proved to be the man of the match showing stunning defensive tenacity, preventing any of PwCs attacks on goal from crossing the line.
Stafford and team-mate Bjorn Richardson were an effective team, playing fast-paced polo to win their team 3 precious goals and secure their place at the top of the WEPA league.
In the last match of the morning Mullis Capital Thailand met crowd-pleasers the Screwless Tuskers.
The Tuskers started brightly playing an excellent first chukka.
An early goal by Songpol Laohawiwattanachia in addition to a 2-goal handicap headstart, meant it was a wobbly first chukka for Mullis, who ended the first chukka 2-3 down.
However with former Australian international Derek Reid and Ken McMillan in the saddle, the second chukka saw Mullis put their high-powered attack into gear, ending the game 11-4.
The day's earlier matches saw another spirited game from the Tickle and the Ivories who narrowly lost 6-9 to giants Chivas Regal.
Mercedes Benz Thailand's Germans won another resounding victory beating Britain's young cavalary officers, the King's Royal Hussars sponsored by Thai Airways, 16-3.
Confirmed places for today's semi-final matches go to Mercedes Benz Thailands German team and American Express Thailand.
The third and fourth semi-final places will be decided this morning by a resumption of yesterday's rain-stopped matches and play-offs between the second place teams in the three leagues.
The King's Cup Elephant Polo final matches take place on Sunday, starting at 8.30am and concluding with The King's Cup at 3.30pm.