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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 September, 2003, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Scots lose elephant polo final
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The competition is raising funds for an elephant conservation centre
Scotland have lost 5-3 against Germany in the elephant polo world cup final.

The Scottish Chivas Regal squad and Germany's Mercedes Benz met in the King's Cup in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Sunday.

The Chivas side disposed of local team Nokia Thailand 8-2 in the semi-final, while the Germans beat Australia's Sandalford Winery.

Money raised from the tournament is being used for a new elephant conservation centre in Lampang.

I never thought an elephant could move so quickly
Scotland captain Peter Prentice
Scotland captain Peter Prentice, a sales director with Paisley-based Chivas Brothers, said elephants could be surprisingly light on their feet.

He said: "We were so unlucky. I never thought an elephant could move so quickly. We missed a couple of goals and it was just not our day.

"We worked really hard. We had so many chances and 90% of the crowd was with us but it wasn't to be."

"We were beaten by them last year and if there's one team you don't want to lose against it's the Germans.

"But we are going to have a good evening and not drown our sorrows because we had a very successful tournament."

Centre funds

The six-day competition included top horse polo players, elephant polo experts and novices.

Each team has three elephants and players use two-metre long mallets to strike a small white ball on a pitch about one-third the size of a horse polo field.

Ten international teams took part in this year's competition, which was organised by the Anantara Resort and Spa and Thailand's Tourism Authority.

Germany won last year's final with Scotland.

It is hoped the tournament will raise 22,000 for the National Elephant Institute's elephant conservation centre in Lampang.


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Peter Prentice
"We tend to play very elegant, fluent elephant polo"



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