For the first time in Elephants History we travelled down to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 12 Lao Nation Players (6 expiates) to take on the Malaysian Warriors in a warm up game for the Asian Champs on the 13th of August 2011 played Bangkok, Thailand.
Although the Warriors were twice our size, in all different ways, the Lao boys put on a show. The slick skills and quick pace on the ground was the highlight of the Lao guy’s game. Trailing by 3 goals in the first and 3 goals going into half time, the Phants were in with a realistic chance of winning the game. A third quarter burst by the warriors put the Phants behind by 7 goals going into the last. A determined Elephants squad turned in it on in the last to finish 23 points (4 goals) behind a talented Malaysian squad.
There were a number of highlights through out the day, from hard hits, great goals, super plays etc. Picking the best players for the day was extremely difficult due to the consistency by ALL players on the ground except for those who decided The Beach Club was a better option the night before.
The team was joined by the Club President – Paul Simcock who had this to say “The match in KL was my first overseas view of our team in action and despite an 80% Lao player content, the Lao guys beat the stamina of both our own expat players and killed the Malaysian Warrior expats. More player experience and player skills combined with their current stamina, will see the Lao Elephants one of the leading teams to beat throughout South East Asia in the not so distant future … ” and Vice President/Player – Michael Simcock “Great fought out match! The Lao guys were truly inspirational and exciting. The Club with its development of the Lao Nationals through great help from a handful of people is looking extremely strong going into the future”
The Phants are now in preparation for the Asian Champs held in Bangkok, Thailand next month. With a pleasing game in Malaysia, the Phants hope to capitalise on the experience and take their game to the next level!
The Phants would like to thank their sponsors for the ongoing support and encouragement for the Lao Elephants – MMG (LXML), Boart Long Year, Bor Pen Yang Bar, Argonaut, RM Asia and Vientiane Geomatic Services (VGS). For more information regarding the Phants, please contact email@example.com
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