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End of the year netball game at Prem

Fang wins “To Be Number One Cup”

CMU gets ready for Thongkwao Games in 2004 Planning well ahead of time

500 aerobics dancers take part in an anti-drugs dance contest

Ministry of Tourism and Sports promotes folksong and cheerleader contests

CSH3 Run 572

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

End of the year netball game at Prem

Story: Marion Vogt
Photos: Janet Powell

With the international school year coming to a close and the school sports season already over due to all the schools breaking up on different dates, Prem staff decided to take on the kids in a variety of sports.

It looks quite relaxed the way Mr. Bill and Renee from Grade 10 stand on the court - or is this an attempt to deceive?

Alice, a Grade 9 student goes up against Mr. Ezra, who is a part time PE teacher and the workshop co-coordinator at Prem.

In soccer, the students proved on many occasions to be too strong and too fit for the energetic looking, but perhaps not too skillful staff! But football was not the only challenge during the last school weeks.

Netball was one of them, and we know that Miss Janet Powell, Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s athletic director tries hard to make enough contacts, even in Bangkok, to challenge the adult community of Chiang Mai for some games in the near future. For those of you who don’t know what netball is about, lets have a short explanation.

Netball is a fast, skilful team game based on running, jumping, throwing and catching. Teams may include up to 12 players but only 7 may take the court at any one time.

Each player has a playing position determined by the areas on the court where they may move. The playing positions are shown by identification letters worn above the waist, on both the front and the back of the player. Those positions are GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD and GK.

Bianca (Grade 10) is really enthusiastic about fighting off Roger Herbert, the director of residence at Prem, the teacher who is responsible for the international school boarding students.

The major aim of the game is to score as many goals as possible from within an area called the Goal Circle, which is a semi-circle centered on the goal line and measuring 4.9 meters in radius (16 feet). Only two players from each team may score goals, the Goal Attack (GA) and Goal Shooter (GS).

The ball is made of leather, rubber or similar material, weighing 400 - 450 grams. The court is 30.5 meters (100 feet) long and 15.25 meters (50 feet) wide, which is divided into thirds. There is a center circle with a diameter of 0.9 meters (3 feet) and two goal circles which are semi-circles measuring 4.9 meters (16 feet) in radius.

A game consists of four 15-minute quarters with an interval of three minutes in between and a five-minute half-time interval. Not more than two minutes break are allowed in case of an injury.

During that last netball game, the teachers overpowered the students with some comfortable wins. But all this will change as soon as the new school year starts in August. As we know, the determined and active students from Prem Tinsulanonda will practice hard and the teachers’ win will be remembered as a ‘one time lucky moment’ by this time next year.

Fang wins “To Be Number One Cup”

Surachai T. Bunditkul

The Chiang Mai Drug Combating Center organized the To Be Number One Cup sports competition for the province during May, and the finals were held at the 700 year anniversary stadium June 17-22.

Sepak takraw competition between Hot and Doi Saket District. (Photo by Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut)

Women’s volleyball matches were non-stop during the competition. (Photo by Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut)

There were six categories - football, volleyball, sepak takraw, petanque, local sports, and aerobics. Chormthong District team won the first prize for sepak takraw. Mae Rim District was first in the women’s petanque while the men’s petanque went to Doi Saket. The San Patong team won both the men and women’s volleyball, and the local sports.

The final football match was a competition between Hang Dong and Saraphi, with the former winning and receiving 5,000 baht. The last match was the battle between Fang and Mae Wang Tambon. The To Be Number One cup finally was gained by the Fang team.

The closing ceremony was held on June 22, presided over by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Parinya Panthong. The parade included a blessing for His Majesty the King from the 22 districts and 2 sub-districts.

CMU gets ready for Thongkwao Games in 2004 Planning well ahead of time

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Dr Niphon Tuwanon, the president of Chiang Mai University, announced that the university is already getting ready to the host the national university sports day competition and to celebrate the 40th Year of the campus in 2004.

Chiang Mai University president, Dr Niphon Tuwanon (center left) shakes hands with Aphirak Gosayothin, co-managing director of TA Orange, announcing that the “Thongkwao Games” will be held at the beginning of next year.

University cheerleaders cheer, “Yippee, the games are coming to Chiang Mai,” and announced that they, too, are well prepared for the 31st University Sports to be held at CMU.

Dr Niphon said organizers expect that some 8,000 university sportsmen from 60 university campuses all over Thailand would participate in 22 kinds of sports: athletics, swimming, polo, basketball, football, volleyball, golf, sepak takraw, taekwando, tennis, table tennis, badminton, archery, shooting, rugby, football, petonque, boat rowing, crossword, chess, fencing and Thai fencing.

The 31st University Sports competition will take place January 10-17, 2004 at CMU, Mae Jo University, 700th Anniversary Sport Stadium, Municipal Sport Stadium, Ping River and Chiang Mai-Lamphun Golf Club. This event will make the fourth time Chiang Mai has hosted the national competition, the other years being 1970, 1980 and 1988.

Aphirak Gosayothin, co-managing director of TA Orange, announced “TA Orange will be the official sponsor of the 31st University Sports (in 2004).” TA Orange is sponsoring some 10 million baht for CMU to spend on arranging the competition.

TA Orange will also help publicize the event, as well as help make sure it is up to international standards.

500 aerobics dancers take part in an anti-drugs dance contest

Nuttanee Thaveephol

The To Be Number One aerobic dance contest attracted more than 500 entrants. 49 aerobics teams participated, each with 10 members and 2 substitutes. The dancers competed for awards for dancing prowess and for the originality of their costumes.

My heart goes cha la la la la...!

Who said grandmothers couldn’t join the competition?

The first prize and second prizes went to two teams from Educational Region 8 Aerobic Dance Club whilst the third and fourth prizes went to Fang Hospital and Hakkha Association Aerobic Dance Club.

The White Rose Team from San Kampaeng District won the award for the best costumes and the Suan Dok Hospital team received the Strong Aerobic Community award because it was the first team to send in their application form.

Colorful dancers step lively to the “To Be Number One” song.

The youngest competitor in the contest - and without his front teeth he looks a bit like a boxer.

The oldest and youngest teams were also rewarded, with the oldest team being the Red Shirt Girls and the youngest team the Wat Suan Dok boys.

Ministry of Tourism and Sports promotes folksong and cheerleader contests

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Manu Anantachaisiri, director of Lamphun Tourism Sports and Recreation Center said that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has launched a Sports and Recreation for Creating Life Quality and Anti Drugs project, which will be promoted through folksong and cheerleader contests. This will be held throughout Thailand.

The folk song contest will take place in two sections - students aged between 13-20 years old and an open section for the general public. The songs must feature sports and recreation activities with an anti-drug message. Applications for the contest will be accepted from June 23 - July 4 by contacting 02 214-1509 during working hours.

For the cheerleader contest, the applicants must be teams studying at junior high school level. Winners will receive cash prizes and cups from the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

CSH3 Run 572

Somehow, Sun Spot and Wombat managed to drag their fat butts out of bed on Sunday morning and set a run. Participation was rather less than enthusiastic and many Hashers such as Frank N. Stein didn’t make it out of bed.

Anyway, off they started up a hill on the road in front of the resort with Superman taking a temporary place in the front of the pack followed by Head Hacker, Square Rooter, Daglocks and Cracker Barrel. Chilli P, BUD and Super B followed reluctantly up the hill. There was a check at the temple and Miss Piggy and Burrito Butt caught up with the rest of the pack. On up the hill they went again (it was a different hill from Saturday’s run) until they came to what was later called the Cross Check from Hell. Superman, Head Hacker, Dirty Rotten Pervert, W. king, Daglocks, Cracker Barrel and Who the Hell is Bob all went left and after a kilometer came across a check back arrow. The girls had all gone right and were soon getting back to home in small groups led by X-Virgin Sister. About 10 minutes later, the off course group started arriving.

Circle 572

Again, Wombat had the RA X-Virgin Sister splash the Hares. He then gave Pamela a splash for excusable slugging and Rocks one for Nancy Boy slugging. He splashed Burrito Butt for being possessed by the Karaoke Demon and wailing like a banshee all Saturday night.

Head Hacker took the circle and brought in Wombat for being Brain Dead on the mountain. He then splashed Sun Spot for not being a good guide on the mountain he had been on the day before and Square Rooter for being a vampire, turning to dust when the first rays of sun hit him in the morning.

Wombat came back in and Sun Spot got splashed again for not being able to find trails and Super B got punished for being brain dead.

The GM gave Pamela the circle and he took a brain dead splash. Wombat was taken by surprise by this move so gave Pamela another brain dead splash. Wombat thanked Chilli P and BUD for being hash cooks the night before. The Wings were given to Daglocks and X-Virgin Sister and the circle was mercifully closed.

Directions to run #574, 28-Jun-2003, Hares: Superman and Super B. Starting time is 17:00 sharp! The bus will leave the HHH Pub at 16:00. Go up Samoeng Rd. about 5-6 km past the Canal Rd. and turn left at the HASH sign.

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!