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Canstar and Tokyo Canadians win 8th Annual International Charity Ice Hockey Tournament

Records fall at the Thailand Junior Women’s and Men’s Weightlifting Championship

Mountain Bike enduro runs November 17 in Mae Hong Son

Khum Khantoke Family Rally gets underway next weekend

Chiang Mai H3 Corner

Flamingo and Rock Hard battle for Pool League lead

Teams gear up for cricket competition November 16

Yipeng Festival Thai Boxing gets underway November 19

28 countries compete at Transplant Games

True Blue hosts Quiz Night every Tuesday

The Square Ring

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Canstar and Tokyo Canadians win 8th Annual International Charity Ice Hockey Tournament

Canstar and the Tokyo Canadians won the Asian and International divisions respectively in the 8th Annual International Charity Ice Hockey Tournament held at the Bully Sky Ice Skating Rink in the Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, Chiang Mai.

The Tokyo Canadians set up their defense as EHC Affoltern moves the puck across the blue line in the championship game. Tokyo won 4-1.

Over a dozen teams competed in the annual event, which this year began on October 30 and culminated with the finals on Saturday, November 2.

In the Asian finals, Canstar outclassed the undermanned Chiang Mai Sky Ice squad to tally a 3-0 shutout win and earn the Asian Championship trophy. Canstar, which boasts players from the Thai National Team, scored early and kept the pressure on to avenge their only loss of the tournament, to Sky Ice in the preliminary round robin competition.

EHC Affoltern shoots the puck over the Tokyo goal in the championship game.

The Asian final was a physical affair, and tempers began to flair towards the end of the contest. As Canstar began to pile up the penalty minutes, one Canstar player was eventually ejected from the contest for swearing at the referee.

In the Asian semifinals, Canstar defeated the Chiang Mai Falcons 2-1.

The International Division championship game for the Chevron Cup was perhaps even more physical, as the Tokyo Canadians “out-physicalled” EHC Affoltern en route to a 4-1 win. The Swiss EHC Affoltern squad entered the game with a reputation of being the most physical team in the tournament, but Tokyo scored three quick goals within the first few minutes of the contest to take the Swiss out of their game.

EHC Affoltern battled back to score once to get the game within two goals, but Tokyo were unfazed by EHC Affoltern’s heavy hitting and even dealt out their own share of punishment whist keeping the pressure on, and added an empty netter as time was running out.

Chiang Mai Sky Ice tries to dig the puck out of the corner as Canstar comes flying in to challenge in the championship game. Canstar won 3-0.

The game was well played at both ends of the ice, and other than the first three quick goals by Tokyo, most of the rest of the game was played to a stalemate.

The two finalists played to a 2-2 draw in the preliminary round robin competition on Thursday, October 31.

Tokyo nearly didn’t make into the finals, as the Finnish Leijonat IHC threatened to make it an all-European final. With Finland holding a 2-1 lead over Tokyo with time running out in the semifinals, Tokyo managed a late goal to send the contest into overtime. Tokyo then put the biscuit in the basket for a 3-2 overtime win and a trip to the championship game.

In the International Division quarterfinals, Greater China defeated the Dubai Mighty Camels 3-1, Tokyo Canadians beat Kuala Lumpur 7-2, EHC Affoltern squeaked by the Bangkok Flying Farangs 5-2, and Leijonat IHC beat Singapore 2-1.

In the International Division semifinals, EHC Affoltern romped over Greater China 6-0, and the Tokyo Canadians defeated Leijonat IHC 3-2 in overtime.

The Chiang Mai Sky Ice goalie stopped this shot, but Canstar quickly netted the rebound for the final score of the championship game.

The 8th Annual Thailand International Ice Hockey Tournament, hosted by the Bangkok Flying Farangs, was, as always, a charity event, with funds raised going to help Father Joseph Maier’s Human Development Center for needy children in Klongtoey. Last year the tournament raised over 610,000 baht, all of which went to charity. At the time of going to press, this year’s fund raised amount had not yet been fully tallied.

The Flying Farangs, organizers of this annual tournament, would like to thank Kittipat Chainuvati and all his staff at the Bully Sky Ice. A very special thanks also to sponsors, especially Mr. Keli Taureka, Tom Zapatka and Rattikan Chaiwanit from Chevron, and Halliburton, Baker Hughes Inteq, Kvaerner, Pepsi, Fugro, BJ Services, MVM and all the other sponsors, and to the Amari Rincome Hotel for hosting the after tournament prize presentation dinner and party.

Also thanks to HE Dr Andrew McAlister, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, who is a keen supporter and great promoter of this event. HE Ambassador McAlister also dropped the ceremonial first puck in the championship games.

Records fall at the Thailand Junior Women’s and Men’s Weightlifting Championship

Metinee Chaikuna

Many records tumbled at this year’s Thailand Junior Women’s and Men’s Weightlifting Championship held in Chiang Mai and organized by the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association.

Kesorn Shoobal, a Junior National weightlifter who lifts for the Metropolitan Water Works Authority Club, snatched 87.5 kg to smash her own 80 kg record she set last year.

In the Women’s 58 kg Class, Kesorn Shoobal, a Junior National weightlifter, last year set the Snatch record at 80 kg. This year, however, Kesorn, who lifts for the Metropolitan Water Works Authority Club, snatched 87.5 kg to smash her own record.

In the over 75 kg Class, Annipa Multa set new records in both the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. From the Si Saket Sports School, Annipa had set the Junior Weightlifting record last year at 90 kg. but raised that this year to 97.5 kg. In the Clean & Jerk, she bettered her old record, again set last year at 117 kg, raising this one to 120 kg.

In the Junior Men’s Weightlifting, Charlie Chutluesha from the Sports Association of Chiang Mai broke his own Snatch record, raising the 105 kg mark to 122.5 kg.

In the over 105 kg. class, Dritpol Suriyachan from Thaworn Farm also set new Snatch and Clean & Jerk records.

The Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association holds the weightlifting competition every year. This competition was divided into two age groups: 15 years and under, and 20 years and under.

The over 20 years age group competition will be held in April at a time and venue to be announced.

Mountain Bike enduro runs November 17 in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son provincial authorities in cooperation with the Sam Mork Bicycle Club and the Lions Club of Mae Hong Son Pangtong will hold the first “Sam Mork Bike Ride” mountain bike competition at Mae Hong Son Province on November 17.

The competition will start 6.00 - 12.00 a.m. beside the Mae Hong Son Court with the entrants competing for a trophy presented by the Minister of Public Health, Sudarat Keyurapan.

This will be the first mountain bike competition held in Mae Hong Son promoting the tourism to the region.

The main aims of this competition, apart from promotion of the province, are:

1. Supporting Thailand Tourism

2. Promoting the Buathong (Mexican sun-flower) Flower Festival in Mae - U - Kor Mountain, Mae Hong Son.

3. Supporting the sport of biking.

4. Encouraging youngsters in Mae Hong Son to exercise and deter them from using drugs.

Anyone interested in this event should apply at the Sam Mork Bike Club, 053 612101; Thailand Sport Gymnasium, Mae Hong Son, and K.T. Sabai Ice Making Factory before the competition date.

Khum Khantoke Family Rally gets underway next weekend

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Anusorn Sawetkunchorn, the chairman of the Khum Khantoke working committee, announced that the Khum Khantoke Family Rally will take place November 16, beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Khum Khantoke parking area on the Chiang Mai - Lampang Road.

The rally is being divided into two categories: overall and for ex-professional VIP’s. Overall first will win 10,000 baht, with 6,000 baht for second and 3,000 baht for third. All the winners will receive trophies, including the winner of the VIP class.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sonthaya Khunpluem will present the trophies for the overall class. The Deputy Minister of the Interior, Pracha Maleenon and the consulting chairman of the Deputy Minister of the Interior and a member of House Commission for Tourism Surapol Kiatchaiyakorn will give the trophies for the VIP class.

The event is being billed as a celebration of Loy Krathong tradition and a leisure holiday trip.

Anusorn Sawetkunchorn said that this program aims to promote Loy Krathong Culture, Khantoke (Thai northern style) dinning and rallying in Chiang Mai.

For more information, call in to the Khum Khantoke Restaurant.

Chiang Mai H3 Corner

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” Pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 on Mondays once every 2 weeks (next run is on 18-11, then following runs are on 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13-01 2003)

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3). Tuesday pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) which runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

In all these pubs you can also find and contact Harriers and get information about runs and events.

The next fun-filled event is the traditional “Loy Catheuy” event coming up on 18 November - All the guys dress up like women and the women like men and run through the town - Silly people...

As hashing is not too well known yet amongst people in Chiang Mai: It has nothing to do with the drug of the same name. Hashing is running through rough terrain, going up mountains and through streams and waterfalls. During one hash, hashers run what trekkers do in half a day, as the trails are already laid out with special (environmental-friendly) paper. Hashers see things that most have never seen before.

“I had been living in Chiang Mai for 18 years and when I started running with this group of crazy people I discovered terrain that I never knew existed,” Dyke Converter tells us.

The slogan is: “Drinkers with a running problem”; after each run a beer truck awaits and for the run fee (250-300B depending on runs) hashers get: free transport to run-sites, a run, fun in a circle with entertainment and as much beer as you can drink. There is also water catered and some other beverages. Try it out and you will find yourself tied up in a Monty Python style environment...

Dyke Converter
Hash Cash CH3
Founder CUMH3

Flamingo and Rock Hard battle for Pool League lead

Flamingo and Rock Hard with 12 points each are maintaining a slim lead atop the table in the Chiang Mai Pool League.

Lucky Bar and Hiss & Slither are hot on their heals, both just two points back in what is turning out to be an exciting finish to the season.

The current season will end on 22 November with an end of season party on 29 November, and with the next season starting in mid December. Currently the league consists of one league of 10 pub teams, although this will probably expand to two leagues of 8 teams for next season.

Home team captains are asked to please phone the results of their match to 053278503 or deliver them to either True Blue, UP 2U or Home to Roost bars or e-mail to [email protected]

Week 19 (November 15) sees Mad Dog v Home to Roost, Hiss & Slither v Rock Hard, TF Cafe v Lucky Bar, December v Flamingo.

Teams gear up for cricket competition November 16

Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance

The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance will hold their next competition on Saturday, November 16 at Sai Moon School, Hang Dong District.

Member schools in the alliance include Prince Royal College, Montfort College, Chiang Mai International School, Lanna International School, Prem, Wat Pa Peng, Sai Moon, Rong Or, Sahagon, Bann Nam Phrae, Baan Dong, Wat Sri Ping Muang.

Meanwhile, 2 students from Montfort College recently represented the Thai under-15 Cricket Team in Kuala Lumpur: Jirayu Suwanna and Witsarut Sukjaroen played in the four nation Tuanku Jaafaar Tournament.

Participating teams came from Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the host country, Malaysia.

After training hard for more than two months under the supervision of coach Brian Wiggins at the grounds provided courtesy of New International School of Thailand (NIST), Thailand played against Malaysia on October 31, Hong Kong on November a and Singapore on November 2. At press time, the results were not yet in.

The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance is run by co-chairman Somboon Sooprasert and co-chairman Peter Dawson, 181/118 Moo 3, Moobahn Chotana Nivate 2, Photaram Road, Chang Puak, Chiang Mai 50300, Tel. 053 216 132, e-mail- [email protected]

Yipeng Festival Thai Boxing gets underway November 19

Metinee Chaikuna

The Yipeng International Thai Boxing will be organized for the upcoming Chiang Mai Yipeng (Loy Krathong) Festival, at the Ta Phae Gate on November 19 from 6.30 p.m. The bouts will feature famous Thai boxers and other boxers from many countries.

Pakorn Buranupakorn (standing 6th from right) announced the upcoming Thai boxing competition will take place during the Yipeng or Loy Krathong Festival. With him is Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn (standing 4th from left) and boxing promoter Keattisak Saythai (standing 5th from right), with some of the Thai boxers who will be competing.

The boxing is sponsored by Toyota New Chang Puak Restaurant, Black Cough Comedy, Sa-ad toothpaste, Coco-Cola, Singha Beer and Double Chedi, presided over by Keattisuk Saythai, a member of provincial parliament and the owner of New Chang Puak Restaurant.

28 countries compete at Transplant Games

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Kromluang Naradhiwas Rajanagarinda graciously presided over the opening ceremony of the first Asian Transplant Games at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium where 28 Asian countries were represented by their athletes.

HRH Princess Galyani was welcomed by the president of World Transplant Games Foundation (WTGF), Dr. Maurice Slapak; the president of the organizing committee, Pol Gen Pao Sarasin; the new Chiang Mai governor, Pisit Ketephasuk; the organizing secretary, Dr. Nut Intrapan; the president of the Transplantee Society of Thailand, Phaibul Jitprapai; and one of the founders of the WTGF, Dr. Roy Calne.

The ceremony began with the colourful performance of the cheerleaders from Prince Royal College, followed by the balloon dance show from Dara Academy and the Tae-kwan-do display from the Waranee and Wachralai Schools.

Following HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana’s welcoming address, the Prince Royal College’s orchestra led the parade of sportsmen from many countries including Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand into the stadium followed by the transplantees themselves.

More entertainment was the order of the day with the performances from the Chiangmai College of Dramatic Arts, dances from Anusarn Sunthorn School for the Deaf, and the Thai boxing show from the Ban Mae Khi Ngorn Lek School in Fang District.

The Games finish this weekend covering athletics, badminton, table tennis, golf, swimming and petong. It is hoped by the organizers that the games will inspire people to assist and become interested in organ donation.

True Blue hosts Quiz Night every Tuesday

True Blue Restaurant & Bar at 47 Moonmuang Rd (near Thapae Gate) holds a free International Quiz Night every Tuesday Night at 8:30 p.m.

Hosted by the authoritative (some might say dictatorial) owner Scottish-John, the quiz follows the usual format of six rounds of 10-12 questions including name the face-photographic hand out rounds. The remaining 5 rounds are selected from a large list of ever changing subjects, all with a full international flavour.

The winning team receives a 500B credit (which can be used at any time) with the runners up receiving a credit for 2 jugs of beer. It is emphasised that this is not a UK or US based quiz but is truly international so anyone who can understand “Scottish-English is free to join in.

The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Sawadee Kup to our new readers who are joining the Square Ring World of Boxing Information and Other Stuff for the first time in the sparkling new Chang Mai Mail. Most honorable Editor axed that I explained what the Square Ring is. Most difficult under the best of circumstances. The short answer is that it’s about International Boxing both in the Land of Smiles and in the World. The long answer will hopefully be delivered each week via the Mail in Chang Mai.

WBA Super Bantamweight champion Yodsanan Nanthachai (36-2-1) finally has an opponent for his December 5th fight in Bangkok. He gets jr lightweight Lamont Pearson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) who has been considered a “prospect” in America for some time. A full time postman, no I will not write “He delivers the Mail”, Pearson has gotten to the door of a championship, knocked but never entered. His best win was for a minor American title with a KO in 12 of well known Frankie Warren (42-14). Well known? He was well known if you knew him. After that win it was another “W” in an IBF eliminator match that was supposed to lead to a fight for the title. Never happened. Now Pearson gets a title shot against Yodsanan Nanthachai who picked up his WBA crown in April with a 12 round unanimous decision over Lakva Sim (16-2). Neither was a champion when they fought. The WBA had declared the title empty when they elevated Acelino Freitas to the status of “Super Champion”. This is a new deal which of course allowed the WBA to crown another champion and collect another sanctioning fee. Good move.

December 5, as everyone knows, is a national holiday in Thailand celebrating the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. Lamont Pearson said, “I understand the country is celebrating their national holiday on Dec. 5th, but showing no disrespect to the King, the Punching Postman will always deliver in rain, snow or holidays.” Pretty clever lingo for a postman. While I don’t have a quote from Yodsanan, if I did he would probably say, “Your Majesty, most humble Birthday wishes.”

Little e-mail action from reader Carlos Costa. “Hola Howie Reed, I like your Square Ring, as I really like boxing. That is why I’d like to ask you what is the venue of the November 14th fight of Somsak Sithchahchawan (27-1-1) vs. Andries Dick (15-6-3). Howie, you know the venue? Gracias amigo! sinceramente, Carlos Costa.” I have an answer. Let’s hope that it’s correct. The fight is listed for Donmuang Bangkok with no specific venue. BUT how about this for a guess. I think it’s out near the airport (Donmuang) and I seem to remember a large Shopping Mall in that area that holds fights. Hope this helps and thanks for the e-mail.

Some out there think that the only good fighters are those from North, Central and South America. The prevailing wisdom, such as it is, holds that European fighters lack skill, talent and the training necessary to compete against the best in the world. The argument can be made both ways. Regardless there are some darn good fighters plying their trade in the UK.

Two of them will getting some world wide attention in December. The timing may not be the best as Holyfield-Byrd and Klitscho-McCline are also slated for the Santa Month. WBO super middle champ Joe Calzaghe will make the 12th defense of his title against American pretender Thomas Tate (41-7), while the Mail’s English correspondent Phil Jones fav, jr. welter Ricky Hatton will defend his WBU crown against a member of the TBA family. The bad news is that the December 15 televised around the world and up your block fight goes head to head with Wladimir Klitscho - Lameel McCline for the WBO Heavyweight Crown and the Mayweather - Castillo rematch. Both of those fights will be held in Las Vegas. Regardless, a great performance by either and they get star billing and will pump real life into the boxing landscape.

And finally, local favorite Wayne McCullough (26-3) administered a severe beating to Ruskie Nikolai Eremeey (18-6) last Saturday night in Belfast. Ermeev’s corner tossed in the towel during the 4th stanza. Notice I used the word “stanza” instead of round. New rule just came down from the Boxing Writing Authority. In order to be called a boxing writer you must use “stanza” at least once in ever story. How about them apples?