Thailand Archery Club and Ramkhamhaeng University win men
and women’s archery competition
Thailand Archery Club on target
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
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:
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.
Peter Dawson (left), in a serious discussion with Eric Little, Chief Umpire,
during the match.
youthful squad enjoying the day of fun.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.