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Victory in first cricket trip for Chiang Mai Cricket XI

Chiang Mai Chassis win Cricket Sixes

Softball Day at GIS

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Adult Sport Day - you had to be ‘super fit’!

Chiang Mai Pool League

Having fun with Junior Cricket

Fitness Tips

Chiangmai SportRoundup

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.

The 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 Cricket Sixes

With 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.

Students from American Pacific International School, Prem and Grace International all joined in despite the heat and had a great time.

Prem 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:

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.

Lisa, Siabab and Jamuna from Bellyflops team against Clint.

Janet, Clint, Ezra and Nigel taking a break.

Enough is enough - it was time to relax and sunbathe.

Basketball: can beauty make do for muscles? Clint against Janet and Ali from the Misfit team.

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.

He does look exhausted ... Josh from the Chunki team after the Kayak Water Polo.

While others relax, the Misfits kept practicing their water volleyball. A true sign that they enjoyed the day.

After a 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 muscles!

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

Results 25-April-03

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.

Back 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?

G’day readers,

A clearer picture and logic for you in the two for this week.

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.

Carpe’ Diem