A soccer match took place in the Chon Buri district of Thailand on Sunday (September 23rd).
A soccer match took place in the Chon Buri district of Thailand on Sunday (September 23rd). But in this game, the players were elephants.
The game - held to raise money for charity - was played according to standard rules, but with a ball twice the normal size. Each of the elephants weighted about two tons. It must have been one of the few games where the players feet more noise than the cheering of the crowd.
The oldest elephant was 120. But if the players were elderly, they were far from infirm. They ran and tackled tirelessly. The "Tuskers" skilfully manipulated that ball with their trunks before kicking it. Towards the and of the game, the urge to win became so intense that two of the players square up to each other. There'd have been an unseemly brawl, if more jockeys hadn't clambered up on their backs to restrain them.
There were five younger elephants against for order ones. The older ones eventually won one-nil.
SYNOPSIS: These elephants weren't just out for a walk. They were about to play soccer in Thailand last Sunday.
The match was played according to standard rules on a regulation-size pitch; but the ball was twice the usual size. The giant players were also allowed to line up the ball with their trunks.
The match, held in Chon Buri province south of Bangkok, was to raise funds for a local building project.
The oldest players was one hundred and twenty. But if they were elderly, the players were far from infirm. They kicked and tackled with gusto for the full ninety-minutes.
There was only one goal scored, but plenty of near misses.
There was a break for liquid refreshment. Rather more than could be provided by the usual slice of orange. Then the elephants thundered into action again. At around two tons each, they must be the only players whose feet make more noise than a big cheering crowd.
The teams comprised older and younger Tuskers. Eventually age conquered youth - one-oil, but not before passions almost ran too high in what had been generally a very clean game - by elephant standards.