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Futsal Season begins

Drag racing revisits Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - ďOn On!Ē

Fitness Tips

CSH3 Run #565

Itís time to enter you team for the next season of the Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Futsal Season begins

Marion Vogt
Photos by: Janet Powell

In Chiang Maiís International Schools, the basketball season is over and the next term will be dedicated to Futsal. For people who are not accustomed to this term, let me give you a short explanation:

The term FUTSAL is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for "soccer", FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for "indoor", SALon or SALa.

Team photo: back row left to right: Chelsea, Tyler, Renee, Kit, Hannah, Clint, front row: Natalie, Yupin and Ann.

The game is frequently referred to as Five-A-Side.

Futsal is played on a basketball court, although it can be played on a variety of surfaces. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher boards, as does other versions of indoor soccer, therefore making it a very economical and safe sport. Because the sport is a great skill-developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pinpoint passing, it is an exciting game for children as well as adults.

Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico and Socrates grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. Futsal is played with a special low bounce ball, necessitating players to use their skills, rather than the ballís bounce, to propel it.

While Brazil continues to be the Futsal hub of the world, the game is now played all over the world under the auspices of FIFA, from Europe to North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia and Oceania. All in all by over 100 countries with 12 million players.

Renee and Hannah try to clear the ball.

The Chiang Mai Championship is on the way with the girls from Prem International continuing their success in futsal by beating Chiang Mai International School in a very close and very well fought game, 6:5.

Results to date:

Prem defeated NIS 4-1

Prem defeated GIS 5-1,

Prem defeated CMIS 6-5.

All teams are looking forward to playing in the Chiang Mai championships on Saturday, May 17 at APIS. Last year Prem won the championships and they are now hoping to do it again.


Drag racing revisits Chiang Mai

Nuttanee Thaveephol

After the first drag racing event was held on April 19 this year, the promoters, Lipo Veloil Drag Racing 2003, arranged the next straight-line racing for May 10 at the 700 Years Anniversary Sports Complex.

Motorbike racers burn down the pavement, going for victory.

Ready ... Set ... Go!

Most of the participants at the first event were teenagers who came with their own motorbikes and cars, vying for prizes provided by the Team Body Shop Chiang Mai.

There were many classes for the racing, including junior racing, motorcycle time brackets, car time brackets, open motorcycle, open 2 WD car, and open 4 WD car. This tournament was very popular with the motor racing enthusiasts in Chiang Mai and nearby provinces.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - ďOn On!Ē

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/

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


Fitness Tips: On the flip side ... The Top Ten Worst Foods

Part 1 - The first 5

GíDay Readers,

This week we look at the first of the Top Ten Foods that will minimise your nutrition but maximize your waistline!

Yogurt covered raisins - a little fruit and yogurt sounds like a healthy snack, right? But buyer beware! These things are coated with sugar palm kernel oil, partially hydrogenated coconut oil and hydrogenated palm oil. A quarter-cup of raisins will give you a quarter of your dayís fat maximum needs. Instead, for zero grams of fat, try sticking to the plain raisins. You donít see a lot of these in Thailand but if you open your eyes Iím sure that you will see the parallels to similar pseudo Ďhealthyí candies and snacks.

Corn chips - The coconut oil that these are fried in is twice as saturated as lard. A cup will give you almost half of your daily limit for saturated fat. Try baked, low-fat tortilla chips instead.

Fast food bagel sandwiches - no, not the bagel itself, itís the stuff inside the bagel that gets you. The fillings of these types of foods can yield up to 700 calories, 40 grams of fat, 300 mg of cholesterol and 1600 mg of sodium. Try a turkey with 1 slice of cheese, lettuce and tomato for a tasty alternative.

Extra cheese pizza - Even if you split this baby with three other people (yeah and who is going to share that!), your two slices will end up with 760 calories and almost a full dayís limit of saturated fat and sodium. A pizza like this really is a bad version of cheese on toast. All those calories, fats and sodium still do not include the sausage, pepperoni (both pretty nasty in themselves) and anything else! Go for the veggie pizza instead.

Extra large chocolate chip cookies - a single cookie has more than 300 calories and as much saturated fat as a 12-ounce sirloin steak plus 7 teaspoons of sugar. If you canít resist, try going for the oatmeal cookies or you could always share you cookies! Here is a radical idea, snack on fruit!

Final thought for the day: get yourself a goal to complete a rigorous athletic/sporting/exercise goal. Make sure you allow sufficient time to prepare for it; 1 month at a bare minimum, 3 months is better. Your preparation for the event should allow for gradual adaptation of your mind and body to the demands you will have to meet. Training should be in phases that include base foundation, transition to improve speed per unit of time, specific speed work and taper into the actual event day to ensure that all the training niggling injuries and soreness has gone so you are at your new performance and health peak on race day. So find something that you think might be interesting to you and get some help, it will change every facet of your life for the better.

If you donít want to travel far for the first of your goals there is a good one coming up in a little over 2 months, so plenty of time to prepare so you have no anxiety about finishing the event come race day. The Pattaya Marathon is in mid July and races are 10km, 22km and 42km. To put those in perspective, a very average or even below average runner should be able to do the 10km race in 1 hour. The sense of achievement will boost your ego a little after every training session in preparation and a whole lot more when you finish the race. Notice I wrote finish, not win, just completing the thing is enough for 99% of us.

Next week: "The rest of the list..."

Carpeí Diem


CSH3 Run #565

Checkback 565

Location: On the canal behind the Chiang Mai Lamphun golf course.

Reflecting on who was setting this run, Super B and I were debating what disasters may befall us this day as we sped along the new San Kampaeng Road. My leg began to ache like hell for no reason. But then we figured with Spillage helping, Rocks... could probably set a run with some element of normality.

We arrived at the car park where Geisha was vomiting copiously. Thatís an ominous sign we thought, she must be worrying about the run same like us, and then we heard Pamela muttering "canít hold her wine, only had 3 bottles of red at my birthday last night". Still, she did attempt to run for a while before giving up at the hills and returning with Super B and Unplugged.

The run started nicely along small trails through orchids laden with ripe mangos ready to go. Fortunately there was no Misfortune to help them go. (She was off with the gang in Pattaya). Good checks kept everyone together for a while, lost causes saw JM HP, RD, Sups, and Square Rooter taking turns to catch up again with the pack. Climbed some light hills out of the orchids, GD, visitor Phil from Aus and All The Way were navigating us through the heavy undergrowth, rocks and stickers. The hard way it seemed to all following who took easier paths, then a tricky circle check was solved when we saw a very excited Wow loudly screaming On On in the valley below us. Howíd she get there? we wondered, until we saw the taillights of a 4x4 disappearing into the trees beyond. We followed paper the opposite way to the base of another hill where a long checkback around the hill caught out some frbís and allowed most of the pack to catch up.

End of Part 1, the part which had paper.

Part 2: After that long checkback the assemblees back at the check faced a multiple choice of tracks, all without paper ("must have been washed out by storms" according to the hare). Sups, Square Rooter and JC eliminated several obvious choices, only to meet at the same checkback several hundred metres away. The pack then split up and became detectives, looking for clues, other than paper, where hares may have recently been.

My group crisscrossing back through the orchids was finding occasional checks so we seemed to be heading the right way. Arrived at the canal where Kiwi B was laying paper across the bridge to a trail up the hill on the other side (Kiwi?). Heard that Miss Piggy then the other group came to this point somewhat later and was advised to return to A. Smart move.

We continued our merry way, X Virgin Sister, JC, TS, All The Way, Wow and Sups finding clumps of paper at first, RD caught up, then no paper again. Getting late, we decided to get off the hill, down to the canal, debated for a while which way, following a tip from a villager where the cars were, jogged a couple of kliks back to A. Spillage returned (again) even later after sweeping backwards from A, a fruitless job as it turned out but thanks anyway. Interesting run on a nice day in a beautiful area.

Write up and spelling by Superman

Circle 565

The new Joint Master, HP opened the circle, since Wombat gone to Pattaya and was thus absent for his first run as GM. He promptly called in RO to take his punishment for setting yet another fine run. His just reward for this run was the [email protected]#*. He was then put on the ice for being cheap as the new Hash Cash.

HP next brought in the guests and had them introduce themselves. They were Phil from Perth, Kaa from Chonburi and Mike who owns the Tavern pub in Chiang Mai. Phil correctly identified GD as the one who brought him and since no good deed goes unpunished, he was iced for providing good training and for going back to the Northern Territories.

All the Way was brought in and splashed as the only returnee.

Wow was shouting about there not being any paper and for short cutting because she had arrived late. RO and Quazzimoto were given liquid rewards for helping her with her shortcut.

The circle was then turned over to X-Virgin Sister and she splashed Superman for taking the wrong trail and having to back track 4 times and adding about 2 km. With her husband out of town, she had long things on her mind and brought in RD for doing long check backs.

The circle was briefly interrupted by Geisha dropping her beer and letting loose with a loud "Aw [email protected]#*!" HP couldnít let that pass unpunished and splashed her for alcohol abuse.

HP tried to take charge of the circle again but was interrupted by All the Way who said she wanted to give a splash. She was advised of the unrule that since she was not a committee member, she would have to take one to give one. Things get a bit messy now. She said that it was too much beer for her. HP told her she could appoint a champion and she chose Pamela. Pamela gave his notepad to Superman and entered the circle. But then it turned out that All the Way wanted to splash Pamela so he couldnít be her champion as well. She then chose Quazzimoto who is off the piss until he gets a tooth transplant from Chicken Lips so it is problematic how this arrangement would reduce the amount of beer she had to drink. Superman was completely befuddled by this time so that the notes he took for Pamela did not help much with this write up but did result in a new Thai-Swahili dictionary. Eventually, it was decided that she wanted to give Pamela a splash for excellent Hash behavior the night before by getting Geisha so drunk she was still spewing when she and Spillage drove up.

Looking like he had just arrived back from a planet far, far away that uses non-linear thought processes, HP called in JC and gave him the Yacker for running a private circle. He then splashed Square Rooter for personally finding and confirming every check back arrow still visible on the run. Kiwi was not neglected and was given an amber reward for a good job hawking Hash goods.

As he was in the circle already, Kiwi was asked to give some splashes and he chose Burrito Butt and Quazzimoto. They were bitching and moaning about the poor quality of the road into A and as they say in Japanese, "mimi ni tako ga dekimashita."

RO then took the circle and splashed Square Rooter for (the richly deserved) criticizing the Hare. He then called in HP for not finding paper. Why not splash him for not being able to turn water into wine as well? And finally, a completely appropriate splash for Spillage for getting lost on his own run.

The JM called in our guest Phil from Perth and asked him what he though about the run. Phil replied that he liked the run and would come back to the CSH3 again though he hoped next time there will be more paper. Why he wasnít given a Willy, I donít know. If he had, he definitely would have come again. He then splashed GD for training his guests well and Lou for being dumb enough to come again.

Raffle Time

Kiwi was the cheap bastard and got to draw for the first prize. I guess with a box load of t-shirts, he figures he doesnít need anymore.

Burma-Superman

T-shirt-Phil

The circle was then interrupted by the arrival of the Three Stooges-Head Hacker, Wombat & the Dyke-from Pattaya. As usual, Dykie slipped in quietly and almost unnoticed screaming for a beer. They got what he was looking for, as did RO for not changing the location of the Hash Signs and leading them off a steep cliff.

The Wings were given to Cheap Whiskey and Superman and the circle was closed.


Itís time to enter you team for the next season of the Chiang Mai Pool League

Chalk up your cues, as preparations are now underway for the Chiang Mai Pool Leagueís new season, which 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.