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The Chiang Mai Sixes: TW, TW, TW

(TW = that was the week that was)

Story and pictures by Peter Cummins

As a somewhat wilful child ‘growing’ up in Tasmania, Australia, every time I did something which my older siblings, parents, teachers, priests - the whole cart-load of them - considered anti-social, I would be admonished by a tired old clich้: “that’s not cricket, you know!”

Sri Lanka belts a four during this year’s Chiang Mai Sixes.

2003 Cup Winners Gloucestershire Gipsies with Surapong Sukkanasilp, Chairman, Chiengmai Gymkhana Club (far left) and Syed Ashraful Huq, Chief Executive, Asian Cricket Council.

Well, just last week in Chiang Mai, at the Cup finals of the sixteenth edition of the “Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes and the Fourth Sawasdee Cricket Cup”, the British team, the Gloucestershire Gipsies did something that was “just not cricket, you know” - they administered a thrashing to the Aussies - West Australian team Lord’s Taverners, thereby winning the premier group, the Cup Division. After suffering humiliating defeats at the hands of the Aussies in the big Test Match arenas for decades, the British redeemed ancient glories, albeit in the limited confines of the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club.

It was the sweet smell of success (revenge?) from another perspective, too. At the 2002 Sixes, the Gipsies lost the title by just one run to the Aussie Taverners in the Cup final.

Elsewhere, in the Bowl final, the Aussies were back on track, with the Newcastle, N.S.W. team, the Warathais, in their sixth appearance at Chiang Mai, knocking out South Africa’s consistently performing Almar Cricket Club.

Veteran Australian test cricketer Trevor Chappell, who took over the captaincy of the Warathais from Steve Christie who was indisposed, clearly showed his experience and ability in both batting and bowling, leading the team to victory. His shock of gray hair was a false signal: he was agile, quick and sure, slamming 31 not out in the final and taking some ‘juicy’ Almar wickets along the way.

Not only on the pitch did the Warathais perform well either: at the traditional fancy-dress parade held at the “Pig Picking” night at the Gymkhana Club, they walked off with the best-un(dressed) prize.

Syed Ashraful Huq, Chief Executive, Asian Cricket Council presents the Sawasdee Award to Bangkok’s Prince Royal’s College, the Southerners Sports Club.

Tournament Director Maurice Bromley (L) with scoring specialist and junior cricket supporter, Peter Dawson.

The beautiful guides enjoy their newly-won fame in the Chiang Mai Mail.

The Plate final was won by the B.A. Dragons from Wales, by beating the Malaysian Silver State, with a ‘little help from their friends’ on both sides: former Sri Lankan test cricketers, Amal Silva scoring 34 not out and Roshan Mahanama, 35 not out, for the B.A Dragons and Silver State, respectively.

Hometown teams fought out the Spoon Final, with, appropriately, the host club, the Gymkhana Cavaliers downing the Gang Green United Nations Irish Pub, after which BOTH teams downed un-countable Heineken ‘greens’.

The ladies slogged it out and again the perennial winners, the Chiang Mai Chassis, retained their title, beating the World Woman’s All Stars Dixie Belles, in spite of a lucrative bounty on the heads of the Chassis team and in spite of - or, maybe in this case, because of - bottles of champagne ensconced behind the wickets.

The traditional Stars Challenge, comprising the ‘Rest of the World Stars’ and a Sri Lankan team, saw the former triumph.

The Juniors who, in this reporter’s opinion, have improved phenomenally since last year, especially in their fielding - and enthusiasm - reached the big time this year.

For the first time, they played on the central pitch (Wimbledon’s Centre Court?), with the hard ball and all the gear of the big people. The Southerners’ prot้g้s - the 11-year-olds from Bangkok schools - beat their Chiang Mai counterparts in the Grade Six Division, while Wat Rong Or San Pee Su School won the Grade Five section.

Finally, at the awards dinner on Saturday night, Keith Mustow was named ‘Player of the Finals’ and Damian O’Hara, the Lord’s Taverners’ captain, was elected ‘Player of the Tournament’.

The staff and Sixes managers at the Mckean Rehabilitation Center - resident Australian medic, Dr. Trevor Smith (3rd right).

Pattaya’s finest: the Pectel 69ers.

(L to R) Witty commentator Rick Davis, Tournament Director Maurice Bromley and Umpire Tony Gough.

One of the side-benefits arising from the Sixes was the annual visit to the Mckean Hospital Rehabilitation Center, to deliver food for the inmates suffering from leprosy. It was, indeed, a most moving visit which three of us attending the Chiang Mai Sixes made - Hilary Neve (Match Steward), Peter Gray (Umpire) and this correspondent. Set in beautiful tree-lined areas and following the contours of a river, the serenity and peace of the environment gives these unfortunates some happiness in their difficult lives. It was, indeed, a moving experience.

Hilary Neve, as usual, swam 100 lengths of the pool to raise money for the Sawadsdee Cricket. It is a tremendous effort and deserving of the highest praise. I pondered that I can barely drive that far, without a rest or a coffee break, at least.

Also, as is traditional, each team - and, of course, those worthy gentlemen of the press corps - is assigned a guide. And each year an incredible bevy of Chiang Mai beauties comes forward. All, again, at the 2003 event, were beautiful. BUT, ‘Niu’, unluckily (for her) attached to the representatives of the Fourth Estate, was exceptional. She was, in a word, gorgeous. One gentleman who, of course, must remain anonymous, was so mesmerized with our guide that he barely watched the cricket. To protect his confidentiality, suffice to say that he was the oldest and, thus, according to the other three, has less time left to see such beauty!

Kim Fletcher’s prot้g้s: the Shenanigan’s IOS Malakas.

The Sawasdee cricketers, with coaches, supporters and Sixes Tournament Manager, Maurice Bromley (far right).

Tournament Director Maurice Bromley was most grateful for the sponsorship of Heineken, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the many other sponsors and helpers who make the event not just possible, but highly enjoyable. With Renita Bromley “counting the beans”, Rick Davis running a daily titillating commentary, as well as the eagerly-anticipated Quiz Night and Geoff Thompson taking care of the publications, it is no wonder that so many keep returning to Chiang Mai.

See you next year in Chiang Mai for the Seventeenth. Is it too much to hope that the press will have ‘Niu’ again?

For more photos of this great event, please turn to page 30.


Chiang Mai Pool League

Results 4-Apr-03

Rock Harder 3-6 Hiss & Slither

December Bar 3-6 Blue Sky Garden

Home To Roost 3-6 No Name Cafe

Flamingo 7-2 Out Back

Viking Bar 6-3 Rock Hard

The present season will end on 2 May with the end of season prize giving at the winner’s bar on 9 May. The new season will commence 6 June. Entry fee remains at 400 baht to be paid to John at True Blue / Out Back no later than 24 May 03. Any proposed changes should also be forwarded (fully worded, not vague suggestions) to John by 02 May.

Can home team captains please phone the results of their match to 053 278 503, 01 765 6150 or deliver them to either True Blue, UP2U or Home To Roost bars or e-mail to <[email protected]>


Hash House Harriers Songkran Run

The CH3 (male hash) has a special invitational run on the Monday of Songkran 14 April. Everyone is invited! To join this special run, be at Gymkhana Club at 14.30 for registration. The cost is 400B, and this includes: 3 or 4 drinking holes, special Songkran Hash T-shirt, and drinks in the circle. Run starts at 15.00. It’s going to be great fun!

On the 18th of April the Hash House Harriers have their annual dinner at the Rydges Hotel. Great food and great environment with a band and all. If you are interested in this contact either at the “ON ON” Pub (Soi 2 Moonmuang), CH3 Pub or “Fish ‘n Chips” Shop.


Fitness Tips: Aqua improves well being for osteoarthritis sufferers

Despite having physical limitations such as osteoarthritis, aqua fitness can help improve quality of life and physical function, if it’s done regularly. That last bit seems to be cropping up more and more often!

A team of researchers recruited 249 adults with osteoarthritis from communities across the state of Washington, USA. Half the group were assigned to a 20-week Arthritis Foundation (AF) aquatic class at a community centre, with a minimum of two classes a week required. The other half were assigned to a wait-list control group.

The main goal of the 20-week program was to keep subjects motivated to attend the classes and thus increase their exercise adherence. The exercise group reported improvements in well being, physical function and change in arthritis quality of life compared to the control group.

The exercise group developed into adherers and non-adherers and the adherer’s reported further improvements in well being and mood compared to those who attended fewer sessions.

While many studies focus on special populations, this study used a group with a common affliction and took into account other considerations that affect exercise adherence such as transportation, weather and family considerations. The study showed that despite having body ‘problems’ a fun, motivating class can have positive effects on a person’s feeling of wellness.

Fitness industry attempts to include yoga in training competencies

With the increasing demand for yoga classes in gyms, stakeholders in the fitness industry approached Sport and Recreation Training of Australia (SRT) to address the issue of including appropriate competencies in fitness industry training packages.

As part of the requirements of the training board, representatives from the peak bodies in yoga were invited to attend a meeting on 19 February, to discuss the issue. The meeting was attended by twenty representatives from the east coast yoga fraternity, including those from the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (YTAA) and the Australian Institute of Yoga.

Prior to the meeting, Leigh Blashki, a representative of the YTAA, advised the SRT that there are already nationally accredited courses available that provide yoga teacher training. “Yoga is a completely different paradigm to anything else in fitness. It is a spiritual and personal development discipline and the postures are not just stretching exercises,” says Blashki. “Trying to teach postures alone is missing the point of yoga, that is stretching under the guise of yoga,” he adds.

The yoga representatives were united in their stance to retain yoga teaching as separate to other areas of fitness instruction. The national standard set by the YTAA for level one accreditation (of three levels) is a minimum of 320 hours of specific yoga training, two years of personal practice and two years of teaching practice. Considering this, the yoga representatives moved a motion that they would not and could not support the inclusion of yoga competencies within the national fitness industry package.

This first round of meetings was finalised, but it was reiterated that other avenues would be explored. The yoga fraternity has requested that yoga be excluded from the training package and that interested gym owners obtain information regarding instructor training courses from them.

Further, knowing how legatious the Australian Public has become over recent times you can bet the YTAA will be coming to agree with SRT on the need for certified competencies and they will come to that agreement soon.

SRT through the Australian Fitness Accreditation Council is the crew that I maintain my accreditation with. These same standards are what I train all my staff to so as to ensure a consistency in service, safety and effectiveness.

Carpe’ Diem.