Victory in first cricket trip for Chiang Mai Cricket XI
Story and pic by David Walker
Friday 18th April saw a party of Chiang Mai
schoolchildren travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for 2 days of
intensive cricket coaching. This was followed by a mini-tournament involving
other teams from Bangkok and Chonburi, which was held on the Polo Club
Grounds in Bangkok.
triumphant Chiang Mai Cricket XI returned from Bangkok with a well-earned
championship trophy in hand.
The children, all under the age of 13 years, were chosen
from 6 different Chiang Mai schools, and were accompanied by local coaches
Puttivat Poshyanonda, David Walker and assistant coach Patthamaporn Thong-orn.
The 2-day course and tournament were organised by the
newly formed Cricket Association of Thailand, acting on behalf of the Asian
Cricket Council, with the intention of identifying a squad of 14 young
players who could represent Thailand in Cricket at the under-13 level for
the coming year.
Despite the rigours of the 15 hour train journey, the
Chiang Mai boys were incredibly enthusiastic during their coaching on
Saturday and were very determined to impress the Bangkok organisers when it
came to the Sunday tournament. Despite losing their opening game to the
older boys from Chonburi by 309 runs to 333 runs, they more than made up for
that disappointment in their final game against the Bangkok boys.
They knew they had to win and win well to have any chance
of winning the overall tournament. This was done in style with a crushing
victory by 337 runs to 290 runs.
The 47 run victory margin gave the Chiang Mai team the
best run rate and they were declared the winners, enabling them to bring the
handsome winning trophy back to Chiang Mai.
Although there were many outstanding individual
performances, this was predominantly a team effort with all the boys
desperately wanting to win both for themselves and for Chiang Mai.
The boys’ performance is wonderful vindication, if it
were needed, for all the hard work being done in over 40 Chiang Mai schools
by the CMSCA (Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance). Their work is finally
being recognised by the ACC and some limited funding is now becoming
available. However, the CMSCA is actively searching for local sponsorship,
as they realise that this must play a significant part in funding the future
development of the Chiang Mai schools cricket coaching programme.
Anyone interested in helping with sponsorship for the CMSCA should
contact Peter Dawson 053 216132 or David Walker 053 266129.
Chiang Mai Chassis win
their camouflaged skirts, they looked like fighters and they did fight: the
Chiang Mai Chassis took part in and won the ladies competition during
Cricket Sixes week. The team is made up of 3 Prem International School mums:
Cheryl, Lindi and Natasha, 2 Prem teachers: Janet and Ali and of course Pim
from City Life.
Softball Day at GIS
Chiang Mai’s sport enthusiasts are right now trying to
develop softball in the local schools. To make it more fun, everyone is
invited to participate. Parents, teachers, pupils, young and old, playing
together as well as competing against each other.
from American Pacific International School, Prem and Grace International all
joined in despite the heat and had a great time.
International Team, back row left to right: Renee, Ajarn Jamuna, Jason,
Chelsea, Alex, Sarah, Seetala, Aaron, Saba, Kavindu, and Janet. Front row
left to right: Oru, Mel, Yupin, Mew, Vivien, and Tong.
Last week a fun tournament was held at Grace
International School (GIS) and everybody was encouraged to join. Since
organized softball in Chiang Mai is still in its early stages, there were no
official winners or prizes, but nevertheless, each team played 4 games and
had a great time.
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. 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.
All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or "ONON"
Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Adult Sport Day - you had to be ‘super fit’!
On Sunday 27th April Janet Powell, the athletic director
from Prem Tinsulanonda International School hosted the Annual Adult Sports
Day. The teams, Bellyflops, Misfits and OFAP, were made up of mainly Prem
teachers and visiting friends. The Chunki team were all Chiang Mai
residents, mainly working for NGO’s. The Irish Pub team consisted of
guests who socialize in the pub and APIS team was made up of teachers from
the American Pacific International School.
Siabab and Jamuna from Bellyflops team against Clint.
Clint, Ezra and Nigel taking a break.
is enough - it was time to relax and sunbathe.
can beauty make do for muscles? Clint against Janet and Ali from the Misfit
A lunch BBQ at the pool and sundowner drinks in the
evening. Doesn’t that sound nice? But the BBQ and the drinks had to be
earned the hard way.
The day of action-packed sports consisted of several
teams of 6 or more people ... and you had to be fit to take part. Each team
had to play volleyball first, and then went on to basketball. Since all of
that is just like a walk in the park, touch rugby was next.
By the time these were over, everybody was just dying to
get a dip in the water, and the organizer seemed to have guessed just that.
The 2 last games were kayak water polo and water volleyball in the pool.
look exhausted ... Josh from the Chunki team after the Kayak Water Polo.
others relax, the Misfits kept practicing their water volleyball. A true
sign that they enjoyed the day.
long and exhausting but big fun day, it was time for a group picture of the
whole Prem team. The youngest spectator, Clint’s daughter Kiara, just had
to be in the picture.
The day finished off with a few hard earned drinks in the
bar. It proved to be a big success with much laughter and some very tired
It was not a day of winning at all costs but a day for
people to get together, have fun, do sports and make new friends.
Chiang Mai Pool League
Rock Hard 7-2 December Bar
Home To Roost 7-2 Flamingo
No Name Cafe 4-5 Hiss & Slither
Out Back 2-7 Rock Harder
Viking Bar 2-7 Blue Sky Garden
The present season will end on 2 May with the end of
season prize giving at the Hiss & Slither 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 053278503, 017656150 or deliver them to either True Blue, Up2U or
Home to Roost bars or e-mail to [email protected]
Having fun with Junior Cricket
The Prem Junior cricket team took part in
the Sawadee cricket tournament during Chiang Mai’s Cricket Sixes week. The
children played games on Tuesday and Thursday and got the chance to meet
some very well known cricketers from around the world. The young team from
Prem Tinansulanda International School had a fantastic time and only just
missed getting into the finals on Saturday by a run difference.
row left to right: Ravit, Kyle, Gund, Gabriel, Mathew, and Gina. Front row
left to right: Kurt, Leo and Sean.
Fitness Tips: Carbs - why are they getting the bum rap?
A clearer picture and logic for you in the two for this
Consumers are currently being bombarded with mixed
messages about fats and carbohydrates. Which food types do they eliminate in
the never-ending quest for the ideal body weight?
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR),
the answer is neither. Research has shown that by reducing some types of
fat, particularly saturated fat, the risk of various diseases is lowered.
But other types of fat such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids
can actually help fight diseases such as cancer.
People tend to associate carbohydrates with refined carbs
such as white sugar and processed cereals. These raise insulin levels for
some people, initiating a sequence of events leading to overeating and
storage of excess fat at the waist and hips. But according to Melanie Polk,
RD, AICR director of nutrition education, less refined carbs such as whole
grains, vegetables, fruits and beans are a sensible choice and do not
produce a spike in insulin levels. She agrees that a healthy approach is to
eat less refined carbs, more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and to
team these with small amounts of lean meat, poultry and fish.
"People who switch to a high-protein, high-fat diet
are doing long-term damage to their health," says Polk.
Kids like healthy food - Believe it or not!
Following years of research into kids’ nutrition,
leading nutritionist Rosemary Stanton is designing a new and healthy
restaurant menu for kids aged 12 and under.
Dr Stanton believes that children are far more
sophisticated than we give them credit for and would like to eat the healthy
food that parents eat. "It’s just a matter of serving appropriate
sizes, limiting the garnishes and dishing up food they can eat with their
hands," says Stanton.
According to statistics, one in four Australian children
are overweight or obese.
The new menu will replace foods such as fish fingers and
frozen fries with grilled chicken fingers in a pita pocket with cherry
tomatoes and introduce tender meats with raw and cooked vegetable sticks.