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Chiang Mai Pool League

School volleyball kicks off

Open darts competition this month

Carson-Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open 2003 coming to Chiang Mai in October

Swimming pools and swimming lessons in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers Run 583 

Fitness Tips

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!"

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chiang Mai Pool League

Match of the Week - Rock Hard dismember December

Rock Hard 6 - 3 December Bar

Rock Hard’s surge for the title continued as they moved to within points difference of the top of the table. Manager Jo’s in-form side knew that a win here would bring them into level first place, should O’Malley’s fail to win away to No Name Cafe.

Their opening assault was astonishing and the crowd watched aghast as they immediately proceeded to rip the visitors apart.

December made an early attempt to boost morale by sending out their man-of-the-moment, Shaun, first. The tactic backfired as Dan, from England, made easy work of his challenger, ending his impressive run of ten straight wins. Next, up stepped Thailand’s own “Dang Fantastic”, but Chris, another crucial element in Rock Hard’s recent surge, made a mockery of his moniker to make it 2-0.

In an attempt to stop an early avalanche, December sent out the looming 7ft presence of returning captain, Martin Chappell, fresh from his recent break in the UK. Martin managed to make the Rock Hard table look miniscule but, unfortunately, was unable to belittle Mon’s talent, with the local boy clearing up with five balls remaining. David then succumbed to the inevitable as Tao surged to victory at his second visit to the table, continuing his startling run of form.

All December needed at this stage was a little luck to get them off the mark but Sa was vastly unfortunate to sink an early black to hand Jan victory. After just five games the match was won but December refused to roll over and die and went about salvaging some pride. Jo tarnished the host’s unblemished record by handing Khun A December’s first game and a modicum of pride.

So often Rock Hard have taken their foot off the gas once their match victory has been achieved and this could prove costly come the end of the season, when a tight league could come down to games won, rather than match points.

So it proved again as Sa and Dang outwitted Chris and Dan with some clever tactical play. The use of snookers never goes down well in Rock Hard but with the hosts preferring a “Gun Ho” approach, this may be the way forward for future visitors. Shaun and Martin adopted tactics but were unlucky to drop an early black.

With visiting captain, Graham, down in the Land of Oz, stand-in skipper David H rallied his troops for one last effort, he and Khun A dispatching Jo and Jan to make it a respectable 6-3 final score.

December Bar seem to be getting pulled into the quagmire of a wooden spoon dogfight, whereas, on this form, Rock Hard are still looking like strong contenders for the title.

Man of the Match - Mon (Rock Hard) - Celebrated his birthday two days early with an impressive clear up and double victory.

League Round-Up

Viking Bar 4 - 5 Rock Harder

The Rock Hard bar continues to show its strength in depth as their ‘B’ team notched up an impressive away victory to leap frog their opponents in the table. It all went down to the final double game, where the Rock Harder Thai girls, Puy and Em held their nerve to snatch a crucial win. Next week, a packed house will discover what the league’s only B-team are really made of as they take on their A-team counterparts.

Outback 4 - 5 Home to Roost

The two current minnows scrapped out a nail-bitingly close game at the bottom of the table. Whoever lost knew that they would spend the next seven days residing in the doldrums of the bottom of the table. Unfortunately, Outback were forced into throwing away their home advantage and the match was relocated to Home to Roost, as a neutral venue could not be found at such short notice. So as the revellers partied at Outback (bizarrely, birthday celebrations had taken precedence over pool - sacrilege!), their squad had to pick up there cues and leave. The switch of venue may have proved a blessing in disguise for captain Nick’s boys, as their one previous league victory had come away from home, but it was not to be.

The Outback team (often relying on short-termers) were severely depleted with Dave away on international duty in Bangkok and after losing their first two doubles games, the ever dependable partnership of Julian and Paul could only draw consolation by winning the final game to reduce their arrears to 4-5.

No Name Cafe 6 - 3 O’Malley’s

“Football is not a matter of life or death. It’s more important than that!” a certain famous football manager once said. Sometimes some could say the same of the Chiang Mai Pool league. No Name Cafe certainly had the bit between their teeth for this fixture, in an attempt to avenge a controversial defeat at the hands of the visitors last season.

With the style of tables being used in the league varying greatly, you only have to take one look at the league table to see the importance of home advantage, especially in the top half of the table. O’Malley’s, strong at home on their spirit level tested American Pool style table, have failed to convert this form into away wins, struggling to adapt to the more popular English style green baize surfaces. So it proved as a highly emotionally charged home side impressively won by three frames to bring themselves into contention for the title and plaster over some old wounds. O’Malley’s could see themselves drop to an alarming third place next week as they have to endure a bye as Rock Hard and No Name seek important victories.

School volleyball kicks off

Text: Marion Vogt
Photos by:
David Kim, CMIS

Chiang Mai students are renowned for their fair and competitive sportsmanship and the tournaments are on the way again. With the start of the school year, a newly formed Athletic Conference that includes representatives from all the international schools in Chiang Mai agreed on organizing the schools to play each other on a game-by-game basis before the big tournament in October.

The Chiang Mai International School ‘A’ team practicing their skills.

The volleyball match between Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) and Asian Pacific International School (APIS) was one of the first events of this year’s season. Everything is still open and even the most newly formed teams have time to grow together and practice their skills, as volleyball offers great opportunities for students to gain experience in teamwork and solidarity.

On September 4th, the girls ‘A-team’, which is usually made up from the most senior students, played three games with CMIS winning two leaving APIS with one win.

The girls ‘B-team’ is the second level, usually formed of younger, less experienced girls who have the chance to gain experience and train before rising up to become a ‘A-level’ player. The girls ‘B-team’ played 2 games and CMIS won both.

Open darts competition this month

There will be a darts competition held on Saturday September 20 at “A & D’s Corner”. Free entry with 10,000 baht for prizes. Sponsored by Expatriot Financial Services. Free buffet. Please register your name at A&D’s before the event in person, or call 07 1783780 for details and location.

Carson-Chiang Mai-Bangkok Badminton Open 2003 coming to Chiang Mai in October

Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut

Chiang Mai Provincial Authorities in cooperation with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association’s Badminton will arrange the badminton competition on October 15-22 at Gymnasium 1, Chiang Mai 700th Years anniversary Sports Complex.

Wirat Kritanukoon, vice-president of Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association, Badminton.

The badminton competition “Carson-Chiang Mai-Bangkok Open 2003” would be held under the assurance of the Badminton Association of Thailand which is under the King’s patronage and supported by Par Golf Sporting House Co., Ltd.

Wirat Kritanukoon, vice-president of Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association, Badminton sector, notified that the competitors would be divided into 12 age groups, ranging from 9 until 55 years old. The competition is open to all nationalities and both men and women.

The prize fund is more than 700,000 baht, and the winners will receive the cups of His Majesty the King and HRH Princess Somsawalee.

The competition would be held not only for improving badminton skills of sportsmen, but to also strengthen the relationships between the competitors, and to promote badminton as one of the other noteworthy sports beside football and tennis.

The competition was one of the tourism campaigns for promoting Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces, and is part of the anti-drug campaign according to Ministry of Interior’s policy, said Wirat.

For more information contact, Kriengsak Kititarakul at Chiang Mai Provincial Sports Association, Badminton section, tel. 0-5324-2779, 0-1671-3865, Par Golf Sporting House Co., Ltd, tel. 0-2375-2525-6, and Badminton Association of Thailand, tel. 0-2251-0712.

Swimming pools and swimming lessons in Chiang Mai

Part 1 - Chiang Mai Land Swimming Pool and Tennis Center

Don Lee

Chiang Mai Land Swimming Pool and Tennis Center is located off Chiang Mai Land Road, access from Soi 8 or Soi 10. This is a nice, clean 25-meter, six-lane pool, plus an adjacent shallow pool for small children. Also showers, locker room and changing booths. There is a poolside restaurant, outside seating, poolside chairs and lounges, picnic tables with umbrellas, and landscaped grounds. There is an aerobic dance class every evening and an adjacent tennis center.

Ajahn Manop with swimming students during swimming lessons at Chiang Mai Land’s swimming pool.

The pool hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is 50 baht for adult non-members and 25 for members. Children up to 14 years old are 30 baht and 15 baht for members. Membership is 500 baht a year, or 1000 baht per family (up to 4 members).

Swimming lessons are available at Chiang Mai Land pool. Lessons are for any age, any nationality, and cost is 1000 baht for 20 hours of instruction. There are one-hour time slots available starting from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The head instructor is Khun Manop, tel. 09-9981759.

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers Run 583

Hares: X-Virgin Sister & Twin Peaks. Four km into the advertised 12 km to the start of the run, Geisha yells “Hash Sign!” Screeching to a halt, I turn my truck onto a road long before the Lanna Resort. It seems that Wombat doesn’t like the food there so the Hares X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks made a venue change to a new housing development in the hills off Samoeng Rd.

Despite being surrounded by greenery, the run started off on the only pavement around for 5 km. As with last week’s run, Pamela had his 25 meters of fame as the FRB. After about 500 meters, we swung onto a dirt road, Wombat charging into the front of the pack followed by A Vice and visitor Love Glove from SFO. We came to a circle check and the On was to the right through a 20 mud slide (Don’t worry Dykie! Mud wrestlers were NOT provided) which B Filler and the rest of the pack tiptoed carefully through so there was no Hash Crash. We came out of the mud onto a dirt road into a farmer’s field where the paper abruptly ended. The pack was milling about aimlessly which allowed Pamela, Gold D and GD’s daughter to catch up. Geisha appeared from nowhere. Wombat was now long gone playing by himself up front. Out of the field and through some woods with A Vice, Redundant S, Mark, Love Glove, Bush Girl, Only Mark I’m Afraid and Quazzimoto leading us up a long hill to attack some innocent farm house at the top.

Upon arriving at the hapless farmer’s door they heard H P, Pamela and Geisha calling ON-ON 200 meters below where the trail had turned to the left. We went down over a grassy knoll and came to a circle check onto yet another dirt road. Love Glove did her Star Trek impersonation and took the right fork down a steep hill where no man had gone before while A Vice went left and found the On. Soon Geisha, B Filler, and Only Mark I’m Afraid were in hot pursuit with Pamela and H P hobbling behind. We ran through an orchard and popped out on a dirt road where Frank N. Stein, Unplugged and Nuut were caught short cutting.

We went through a fence and there was a big loop where we saw Wombat again with Geisha literally running on his heels, followed by Redundant S, Love Glove and Bush Girl. It was then ON HOME through the non-existent ON IN.

ON-ON Pamela

Circle 583

The GM, Wombat, opened the circle with the traditional splashing of the Hares, X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks. He then put them on ice while he did a 10 minute Whinging Pom imitation detailing all he thought wrong with the run. When everyone was sound asleep, he gave X-Virgin a Willy and Twin Peaks the P Pot but as Twin Peaks cannot drink, Mars Bars was appointed her Champion.

Wombat mistakenly gave the circle to our RA, X-Virgin Sister who promptly called him in for being the GM but not giving encouragement to his Hares and only criticizing them. Yes, Wombat. Women are from Venus, Real Hashers are from Mars. The hares then gave the Wings to Wombat and Geisha.

Our GM brought in the beer truck driver, Mr. T, and gave him a thank you splash. He splashed him again for missing the pick up time and forgetting a bottle opener. Yes, we did get tired opening bottles in Wombat’s ... But at least it is easy to see. And finally, Mr. T was put on ice for not going to the other pick up place. He then brought in the visitors Love Glove and Bush Girl from San Francisco and put them on Ice for telling jokes that were worse than Dyke Converter’s. He next brought in the Virgins-Mark, Only Mark I’m Afraid who got the guest Willy, Tascha and Nuut. He then brought in Redundant S and Snow Flake for inviting virgins and then Twin Peaks’ Champion Mars Bars as she had trained Nuut well.

Burrito Butt stayed in the circle and splashed Unplugged and Nuut for silent running and the Hares X-Virgin Sister and Twin Peaks, with her Champion Mars Bars for changing the location of “A” without informing the Hare Raiser.

Wombat took the circle again and punished Quazzi for not flashing. Quazzi defended himself saying it was too dark to be seen but he was punished anyway. Geisha and Nuut were then splashed for having a private party and Nuut (who he named Crazy Sex in the Car) was given the Yacker. He then splashed the Returnees - Snow Flake, Redundant S, Frank N. Stein and Gold D with Snow Flake getting the Ex-GM icing.

JM H P took the circle and splashed everyone who went hundreds of meters up the hill without paper and then Quazzimoto for whinging about the Mother Hash.

The circle was closed and we went to the ON-ON at the Road House where they ran out of rice at 9 o’clock in the evening.

Fitness Tips: Further reasons to take care of yourself

G’day readers,

Take a look through this week’s column and ask yourself, who really would want to have to worry about all of this stuff on top of all the other problems we have to deal with in modern living. The simple solution is to take better care of yourself from as of right now, if you aren’t already. Get your kids to do the same and make sure that your entire family eats healthy food in less than massive portions but frequently throughout the day. Then make sure that you have regular exercise with daily activity. Start now.

A spoonful of protein reduces sugar...

Diet, together with medication, has been the principle means of control of diabetes and high blood sugars. But dietary recommendations have changed over the years from eliminating sugars or carbohydrate-rich foods, to reducing fat to cutting calories in general. Now, new research is beginning to turn all this upside down. Some oils (i.e.. olive, canola) for example are thought to have positive benefits for both weight loss and blood sugar control. This also makes life more liveable for patients with diabetes by increasing that section of the diet containing some fats.

Carbohydrates on the other hand have been divided into low and high Glycaemia Index (GI), with a recommendation to increase those that are slowly absorbed (or with a low GI score). More recently, research on protein intake has revealed some even more startling findings. Working with people whose diabetes had progressed so far that they were about to be put on full medication (insulin) therapy, a group of Dutch researchers have found that protein, in the form of amino acid supplements, is able to partially reverse the problem.

Progressive diabetes: Diabetes occurs when blood sugars are unable to be metabolised as energy in body cells. In the early stages this is because the hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas, becomes less efficient in aiding the metabolism process. This stage is called insulin resistance and is characterised by a greater than normal output of insulin, but reduced efficiency. After a period of resistance, production of insulin from the pancreas begins to decrease. Typically it has been thought that this is irreversible and reflects a breakdown in the pancreatic cells involved in insulin production. By giving an amino acid supplement added or not added to carbohydrate in two samples of patients with diabetes, the Dutch researchers showed that insulin production can be increased. This suggests that pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin, may be able to be ‘restarted’, even when they were thought to be dead.

Take home message: The implication of this, if further proven, is that expensive medications for diabetes may at least be delayed, if not avoided, thus enabling diabetic patients to enjoy a more ‘normal’ life.

Combined with weight loss and increased activity, the prospects for people with diabetes is much brighter than the lifetime of treatment indicated in the past.

For reference: Van Loon L, and others. Amino acid ingestion strongly enhances insulin secretion in patients with long-term type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2003; 26:625-630.

...and a spoonful of anxiety increases it

Anxiety and stress have typically been thought to be unhealthy, but difficulties in measuring this and in defining its unhealthy effects has led medical practitioners to be sceptical. A recent review of the effects of anxiety on blood sugars, however, suggests a clear association.

Scientists from the University of Washington conducted a ‘meta-analysis’ of all research carried out on anxiety and high blood sugars (hyperglycaemia), which precedes and accompanies diabetes. From 11 studies that fitted the criteria for the analysis, the conclusion was reached that if measured properly, anxiety does seem to raise blood sugars. This could be important because hyperglycaemia, and its outcome in diabetes, often leads to other health problems.

Around 80% of diabetic patients for example will die of heart disease. Anxiety therefore may be more closely linked with heart disease than had been previously thought. Stress and anxiety are also factors in obesity for some people. Binge eaters tend to be those who over-eat when anxious or stressed and hence dealing with anxiety may be a first step in aiding weight control and reducing ‘downstream’ health problems.

Take home message: Diabetes treatment may benefit from anxiety management in more cases than may be realized.

For reference: Anderson and others Anxiety and poor glycemic control: a meta-analytic review of the literature. International Journal of Psychiatry Medicine,2002; 32(3):235-47.

Now you know you don’t want to be a part of this, if you are you already know what you need to do as your doctor has given you directions.

Take care of yourself.
Carpe’ Diem

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!