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
looks quite relaxed the way Mr. Bill and Renee from Grade 10 stand on the
court - or is this an attempt to deceive?
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
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.
(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
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.
takraw competition between Hot and Doi Saket District. (Photo by Nantanee
volleyball matches were non-stop during the competition. (Photo by Nantanee
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
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.
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.
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
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.
goes cha la la la la...!
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.
dancers step lively to the “To Be Number One” song.
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
Ministry of Tourism and Sports promotes folksong and cheerleader contests
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.
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
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: 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!