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Thailand Archery Club and Ramkhamhaeng University win men and women’s archery competition

Local lads make National Junior Cricket team

Rong Or beats Sahadong / Sai Moon defeats Montfort in fun day of cricket

Walk or run to honor our King’s 75th anniversary

Chiang Mai Mass Media defeats San Pee Sua Stars 1-0

Models try out for Mr. and Ms. National Chiang Mai Games

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

The Square Ring

Montgomerie wins inaugural TCL Classic

The birth and growth of squash

Rock Hard clinches Pool League title

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Thailand Archery Club and Ramkhamhaeng University win men and women’s archery competition

Thailand Archery Club on target

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Chiang Mai University hosted their 10th archery competition - the CMU Open 2002 Archery Competition, on November 16-17 at the main stadium. There were 135 archers from many teams: Thailand Archery Club, Royal Navy, Air Force, Chiang Mai Physical Education College, Lampang Physical Education College, Samut Sakorn Physical College, Lampang Sports School, Suankulap College, Ramkhamhaeng University, Kasetsart University, Dhurakij Bundit University, Malaysia Archery Club, Naval Operations, and Chiang Mai University.

Archers take aim in the CMU Open 2002 Archery Competition held at Chiang Mai University November 16-17.

The Thailand Archery Club scored 3,369 points to win the men’s team competition. The Royal Navy archers finished 2nd with 3,212 points and Ramkhamhaeng University 3rd with 3,158 points.

Ramkhamhaeng University scored 3,061 points to win the overall women’s team competition, beating Thailand Archery Club’s 2,980 points and Kasetsart University’s 2,959 point effort.

Parinroj Palasunthon, from Thailand Archery Club won the men’s individual events at both 18 and 25 meters and Jarumas Mingkaew from Ramkhamhaeng University won the women’s 18 and 25 meter events.

The next Archery Competition will be held at Kasetsart University in January next year. Our local university aims to support and encourage archery in Chiang Mai. Additionally, it is hoped that Chiang Mai archers will be ready for the 31st University League, which is going to be hosted at Chiang Mai University next year.

Parinroj Palasunthon (left), from the Thailand Archery Club, won the men’s individual events at both 18 and 25 meters, and was awarded the winning trophy by Acharn Arkhom Tantrakul, the vice president for public relations at Chiang Mai University.

Jarumas Mingkaew (left), from Ramkhamhaeng University won the women’s 18 and 25 meter events, and received the winning trophy from Acharn Arkhom Tantrakul.

Local lads make National Junior Cricket team

Metinee Chaikuna

Two Chiang Mai students played for the Thai National Junior Cricket Team which played in Malaysia for the past two weeks in the cricket tournament competition between Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Jirayu (2nd left) and Witsarut (2nd right), both from Chiang Mai, play for the Thai National Junior Cricket Team.

As cricket is a new sport for Thai people, most players on the national team are international students studying in Thailand. There are 14 players on the team, 11 of them are Thai-Indian or Indian, and 3 are Thai, with one from Bangkok and the remaining two from Chiang Mai.

The two national juniors cricket players are Mattayom 2 students (grade 8) of Montfort College, Witsarut Sukjaroen and Jirayu Suwanna. The recently played in their first international game in Singapore. The next match will be in December in Dubai, with around 10 countries participating.

Witsarut and Jirayu started to play cricket when they were prathom 6 (grade 6) students at Montfort College, primary section. Their talent was noted by their P.E. teacher, Yutthana Rungsiyanun in cooperation with Mark Varney, the director of the international office in Montfort College, who is a member of Chiang Mai Junior Cricket Alliance (CCA).

The CCA coaches and Peter Dawson, a co-chairman, persuaded the boys to play for the national junior cricket team. “The only problem in playing for the national team is that we know other players only for a little time. It’s different from playing with our friends we are familiar with. Here, the other players are mostly Indian. However, we need to adjust,” Witsarut said.

“Although we could not win in the international tournament, we can learn. Playing for the national team, I gained experience and the skill of fielding and batting. It is a new sport for Thais, we need to develop more, and get experience,” Jirayu said.

Rong Or beats Sahadong / Sai Moon defeats Montfort in fun day of cricket

School Cricket Tournament at Sai Moon School

The Soi Moon School in Hang Dong was the location for the Cricket tournament last Saturday November 16, organized for children in Thai Grade 6 (age-group 11 - 13 years). The following 8 schools participated:

Montford College

Baan Dong School (Hang Dong)

Wat Pa Paeng School (Chiang Mai)

Rong Or School

PRC, Prince Royal College

Baan Nam Phrae (Hang Dong)

Sahadong School No. 2 (San Kampheang)

Sai Moon School (Hang Dong)

The tournament started at 9.00 a.m., and was still going strong during the heat of the afternoon.

Girls and Boys played in the same team, 8 per team and per match. In each team, the players who batted had to be the same as the players who bowled and fielded.

Umpire Peter Dawson (left), in a serious discussion with Eric Little, Chief Umpire, during the match.

A youthful squad enjoying the day of fun.

Proudly showing off their hard-earned medals.

They were divided into group A and B, and everyone played against everyone. The umpires were kept busy, as they were not only judging the actions on the field, but also coaching, talking, advising and laughing with the respective teams at the same time. A very enjoyable, entertaining and pro-active day, with the ultimate goal to promote sport activities for the youth, in order to keep them away from drugs and other temptations.

The final results: Sahadong (227) was beaten by Rong Or (238), and Sai Moon won over Montfort 220 to 204; however, all of the participating Teams received a commemorative medal.

Walk or run to honor our King’s 75th anniversary

The of people of Fang, Mae Aie and Chai Prakarn districts of Chiang Mai have organized the 1st Walking Charity and Running Mini Marathon in honor of the 75th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s birth on Sunday, December 1 this year.

Boonserm Jitjanesuwan, district officer and the chairman of the committee, said the activities are a cooperation between the private and government sectors, particularly the Rotary Club of Fang, and Fang, Mae Aie, and Chai Prakarn local administrations.

The entry fee is only B200 and you will receive a T-shirt and certificate. The mini-marathon is 14 km, while the charity walk is 3.5 km with a B50 entry fee, and only B20 for young people.

Further details are available from the participating organizations: Rotary Club of Fang - 053 382 034, Fang Radio Thailand - 053 453 538 and the local administration.

Chiang Mai Mass Media defeats San Pee Sua Stars 1-0

Chiang Mai Mass Media defeated the San Pee Sua Stars 1-0 last Sunday in a 7-man-soccer friendly match.

Chiang Mai Mass Media (striped shirts) earned a 1-0 win against the San Pee Sua team in their friendly match played last week.

The Chiang Mai Mass Media team, captained by Phitsanu Thepthong, editor of the Chiangmai Mail (kneeling 2nd from left), consists of reporters from TV Channel 5, TV Channel 7, iTV, Chiang Mai News daily and Chiangmai Mail weekly newspaper.

The match was a local friendly played prior to the final round of an anti-drug campaign soccer tournament organized by Tambon Sua Pee Sua.

Models try out for Mr. and Ms. National Chiang Mai Games

Mr. and Ms National Chiang Mai Games beauty contest hopefuls pose for a photo session in preparation for the upcoming contest. The final round is scheduled to take place December 8 this year at the Thapae Gate multi-purpose grounds.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks (hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

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) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-ame

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


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The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

The New Year is going to start off with a bang for newly crowned WBC 130-pound champ Sirimongkol Singwancha (39-1). He’ll be off to the “Land of the Rising Sun and Falling Yen” to take on former WBA Champ Yongsoo Choi (29-3) in Tokyo. It was last August when the lad from Thailand went to Japan for a fight with champ Kengo Nagashima. He eliminated him “with prejudice” in just two rounds. I will admit that I know nothing of his January opponent Yongsoo Choi. “No problem.” Joe Koizumi covers the boxing scene in Japan better than most. He knows it all. “Choi, 30, previously held the WBC 130-pound throne for three years and kept it seven times prior to his forfeiture of the title to Takanori Hatakeyama on points in 1997. Once retired, the Korean was traded to a Japanese Cheyenne Hasegawa Gym, which dared to decide to promote Choi’s ambitious shot at the WBC belt.” Way to go Joe. There’s no mention if the trade involved “future” draft choices or other considerations.

POM’s can maybe breath a sigh of relief as rumors have Prince Naseem returning to the ring next year against British feather Michael Brodie (34-1). That’s the word after Brodie got the best of Mexican champ Luis Fuentes (22-2-1) in Manchester. Naseem was “spotted in the audience”. Good spot for Naseem to see if he can compete against the average in the featherweight division. Since he’s had his egg cracked (by Barerra) he’s below the best of Barerra, Ayala and Morales.

Fight managers “Monkey See-Monkey Do.” They’ve decided that the way to get the big fight is via e-mail. The latest? Manager of “Good Old 3 K Battery” who fights in Bangkok on December 5th. He wrote, “Casamayor, make up your mind! I have made a great offer to you to fight me. I am willing to go to the US to fight you. First you want Frietas only. Then me. Then N’dou now maybe Barrios. Make up your mind. Respect our sport. Let’s fight to see who wins so maybe the winner can fight Freitas. If you don’t want to fight me, OK. I will inform the WBA and look to fight Frietas direct. So what are you going to do? Do you dare fight me? Respectfully, Yodsanan 3K-Battery, WBA Super Featherweight Champion.”

Nice try but probably “Ring Up NO SALE”. As a public service I will answer the e-mail on behalf of the Mr. C. “Dear 3 K Battery. You seem all charged up. I would love to fight you, Frietas, N’dou and even Barrios but all you people want to get paid for the honor of losing to me. No es possible. Joel.” Calling Cassamayor and those around him difficult to deal with is understatement. For his proposed fight on January 25th with Phillip N’Dou he wants a 65/35 purse split.

Tomorrow night Her Majesty’s Subjects “next great heavyweight champion”, Audley Harrison, makes his American debut against Shawn Robinson (15-4, 13 KOs) who got the assignment when his breath left mist on a mirror. Harrison will set the table for the rematch between Mickey Ward (38-11) vs. Arturo Gatti (34-6) on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The first Ward-Gatti fight was a total war. There is no reasons to believe that this will be any different. Also tomorrow night Johnny Nelson (42-12) puts his WBO Cruiserweight title on the line against Guillermo Jones (29-2) in Manchester. With Carnival Under Way In Germany Vitali Klitschko (31-1) tunes up for a fight next year with Lennox Lewis when he will look “OK” against Yank Larry Donald (39-2), the worst heavyweight that someone though was good, in Dortman. How about them apples?

Montgomerie wins inaugural TCL Classic

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee gave him run for the money

The Associated Press

Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie held off Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee on Sunday, shooting a five-under-par 67 to win the inaugural TCL Classic in Dongguan and claim the second back-to-back victory of his career.

Montgomerie, who shared the Volvo Masters title in Spain earlier this month, started the final round two strokes behind Thongchai but claimed the Davidoff Tour title with a bogey-free day. Thongchai, under pressure from the outset, shot a 71.

Montgomerie, 39, a seven-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, didn’t drop a shot in his last 41 holes. He finished the tournament with a 272, 16 under par.

Montgomerie took the lead in the tournament for the first time following a 25-foot birdie on the eighth and moved two ahead with a birdie on number 10. Thongchai caught up with birdies on 14 and 15 but three-putted the next hole for a bogey.

They both birdied 17 before Thongchai lost his chance of catching up with Montgomerie after he pushed his approach shot right on the par-four 18th.

China’s Liang Wenchong finished a career-best third after closing with a 69, to finish the tournament on 10-under-par. American Bob May and New Zealand’s Michael Campbell tied for fourth with rounds of 68 and 69.

The TCL Classic is the first US$1 million Tour event to be played in China, and first place was worth US$161,500.

The birth and growth of squash

by Duncan Stearn

The large influx of foreign - mainly British - expatriates to work in the growing and lucrative timber industry in the northern part of Thailand during the latter part of the nineteenth century was largely responsible for the establishment of the game squash, known then as squash rackets, in the Kingdom. The game had originally begun around 1820 at Harrow School in England.

The first squash court, made entirely from teak, was erected in 1895 at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club in the first year of that organisation’s existence. Sadly, the court was demolished in 1985 after some 90 years of use.

In 1905 the Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) mooted the possibility of introducing squash to the capital by constructing a dual-purpose facility. At the time there were around 30 regular squash players living and working in the city and due to the lack of facilities they were compelled to compete with each other on a private court owned by an expat named Eric Lawson.

Given the pace of progress in Thailand it’s probably not surprising that the RBSC’s first squash court wasn’t opened until 1908.

In 1910 David McFie, a founding member of the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, sponsored the first organised squash competition, a doubles event named the Chiang Mai Challenge Cup. The Cup was held in Bangkok at the Royal Sports Club and it is still running, undoubtedly one of the oldest squash competitions in the world.

The first squash competition conducted at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club was held in 1911 and known as the Lowe Cup.

Squash achieved Royal recognition in October 1926 with the RBSC sponsoring the King’s Cup. The winner’s trophy was presented by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), himself a keen squash enthusiast who had been introduced to the sport while attending Eton College in England.

The King’s Cup, recognised as the national open championship, has been held every year since then with the only break coming between 1942 and 1945 when Thailand sided with the Japanese during the darkest years of the Second World War.

The first local champion to emerge out of the sport was Yong Hoontrakul who snared the King’s Cup eight times between 1928 and 1938. His son, Sudhanan Hoontrakul maintained the family tradition by winning both the King’s Cup and the RBSC singles title three times during the 1960s.

Kevin Crump, an Australian expatriate, proved to be the most dominant local player in the 1970s with a staggering seven consecutive King’s Cup victories between 1972 and 1978. During the same period he also annexed the RBSC singles title and the Queen’s Cup doubles competition four times each.

When his reign ended the mantle was immediately taken by an Englishman named Steve Balme who won the King’s Cup in 1979 and 1980 as well as the RSBC singles in 1979. At the 4th East Asian Squash Championships, held in Bangkok in April 1979, Balme was voted the number one player.

In 1977 the Thailand Squash Rackets Association (TSRA) had been established and was instrumental in forming squash leagues and competitions and generally promoting the sport. To this end the TSRA was largely responsible for bringing world class players for exhibition matches in Thailand.

In the 1970s players like Geoff Hunt - an Australian who in 1976 won the first official world championship and held the title until 1980 - Ken Hiscoe and Cam Nancarrow came to Thailand.

In 1984 Jahangir Khan from Pakistan, acclaimed by some pundits as the greatest squash player of all time, came to play exhibition matches in Thailand. He won the world championship six times from 1981 to 1985 and again in 1988. He had been unbeaten from April 1981 until the World Championship final of November 1986.

During this time some of the better Thai players were people like Chirayu Issarangkul na Ayutthaya, Punthavit Wattanasiri and Peerapol Poonsiri, the latter considered the best of his compatriots.

Rock Hard clinches Pool League title

League meeting planned for December 20

Rock Hard defeated Hiss & Slither 6-3 on November 15 to clinch the Chiang Mai Pool League title.

Congratulations to Rock Hard on winning the league. A prize giving party will be held in Rock Hard at 9 p.m. on Friday 29 November.

Other scores from November 15: Home to Roost doubled up Mad Dog 6-3, Lucky Bar defeated TF Cafe 5-4, and Flamingo squeaked by December 5-4.

Note: The league is planning on taking December off with the new start on 3 Jan. There will be a meeting December 20 and all bars in Chiang Mai (both present league members and new aspiring members) should contact John (probably best by e-mail: [email protected] com) before the meeting.