EFG Switzerland and Ceylon Elephant Polo Association confirmed for WEPA finals
Semi-finals day in the 2013 edition of the World Elephant Polo Championships produced the thrillers expected in what has been an incredibly tight tournament.
Fighting for their lives with claws out and teeth bared last year’s silver medallists the all-girl Tigresses Polo rode out to do battle with EFG Switzerland. Two-time title winners EFG captained by the sport’s co-founder James Manclark had met the Tigresses once before, in the 2011 semi-final and had triumphed. The Tigresses were determined to prevent history repeating itself
They very nearly did, clawing back a three-goal deficit in the second chukka that was goalless for their rivals. With 25 seconds left on the clock the girls’ super striker got the ball into the ‘D’ for the all important equalizer. But it was not to be. Mahouts and spectators at the far end of the pitch were celebrating success but the raising of the yellow flag rather than the red heralded the news that the Tigresses and their supporters did not want to hear. The shot was wide by about two inches and EFG Switzerland rode into the final 9-8.
The battle between the Ceylon Elephant Polo Association and Tiger Tops Tuskers was an equally close affair. At half-time the two teams were level with tactician extraordinaire Peter Prentice proving master of his craft once again to direct CEPA’s every move.
In the second half CEPA moved ahead ultimately booking their place in tomorrow’s finals with a two-goal margin, 6-4.
Earlier in the day the Rusty Kukris beat the Polar Bears 4-2 to book their place in the Olympic Quaiche final and the Pukka Chukkas played a blinder against The Africans to secure their slot with a 7-3 victory.
On Friday the Polar Bears and The Africans will play off for Olympic bronze in the morning followed by the Tigresses and Tiger Tops Tuskers playing for World Championship bronze.
The Olympic Quaiche and World Championship finals will take place in the afternoon.