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GIS defeats CMIS in volleyball despite heavy rain

Volleyball victory for Prem

Chiang Mai Pool League Round Up

41 Rajabhat Institutes plan their final inter-institute games

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee

Swimming pools and swimming lessons in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Pool League Roundup

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GIS defeats CMIS in volleyball despite heavy rain

Last week’s heavy rain let up on Friday September 12 just long enough for Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) Boys Volleyball A-Team to play Grace International School (GIS) on the CMIS campus. Home-team support was strong, with dozens of students and parents showing up to cheer on one of the first boys’ games of the season.

Despite the heavy rain outside, the Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) Boys Volleyball A-Team gets ready to take on Grace International School (GIS) on the CMIS campus. (Photo by CMIS student Sung Guk Moon)

Game 1 saw the two schools neck-and-neck. Some excellent volleys and strong serves and spikes kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Consistently strong serving by CMIS player Saw Sar Kapaw helped to keep the score close. The GIS team played well and benefited from the skills and team leadership of key player Zach Harbold.

GIS led the way in Game 2, although CMIS pulled through near the end and narrowed the gap somewhat. GIS won both games, with final scores of 24-26 and 18-25. Heavy rain meant that the Boys B-Teams that were scheduled to play later in the afternoon had to be cancelled.

The volleyball games are leading up to a tournament between international schools, hosted by CMIS on September 29-30.

Volleyball victory for Prem

Katherine Voll

Last week Wednesday, Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s girls and boys volleyball teams defeated Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) in a series of exciting games.

Competition was fierce as the girls A team beat NIS 25-20, 25-9 and the B team won 25-21, 25-13.

Teacher and students (back row from left) Janet Powell, Sonya Shadravan, Hannah Smith, Vivien Dapp and Renee Pun, (front row from left) Giulia Tavernari, Ann Shilling, Susira Naenna, Melanie Forbes-Harper.

The Prem A team boys won 25-14, 25-23, 15-6, and in an exhibition match against the NIS A team, Prem’s B boys were able to pull out a 26-24 victory.

This is only the second year Prem volleyball has competed at the A level, and both the boys and girls’ teams show a lot of promise. Janet Powell, coach of the girls A team and head of athletics at Prem, pointed out that all of the games the girls have played have been extremely competitive and the A team has only lost on match points in the last two games. For such a young team, Prem is showing the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) that it is a serious contender.

This month, Prem Volleyball will compete in the CMAC tournament at Chiangmai International School. The girls’ games will take place Sept. 29th and the boys will play on the 30th.

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Despite a bye, O’Malley’s stays on top

Dave Lister
With the kind help of Rock Hard, December, Outback and No Name Bars and Good Morning Chiang Mai News

In a bizarre sequence of events, O’Malley’s managed to stay perched precariously on top of the league this week, despite not even playing. It had seemed inevitable that they would be displaced by the efforts of either Rock Hard, at home to their weaker B-team, Rock Harder, or No Name Cafe, whose recent impressive surge seemed unlikely to be halted by December’s inconsistent form. However, like any of the world’s great competitions, the Chiang Mai Pool League is far from predictable, and so it proved.

Many had expected a lot of the fixtures to go the same way as the US Open and get postponed due to the torrential downpour that flooded the town’s streets on Friday. Ironically, the only match to be postponed was the crucial Rock Hard derby, with the Rock Harder side unable to make the lengthy trip from one end of the bar to the other to tackle their high flying opponents. As we went to press it was still uncertain when the fixture would be rescheduled to or whether it was indeed possible for the two sides ever to be seen in the same place at the same time. Only time and the mystical Jo will tell.

December Bar 7 – 2 No Name Cafe

With Rock Hard out of action it was up to No Name Cafe to attempt to wrestle away O’Malley’s mantle of league leaders. At 9 p.m., the December Bar team were bright and optimistic. The upcoming winning kids on the block, No Name Cafe, fresh from their famous victory over the league leaders, had not arrived! The home side considered that their only chance of victory was a rain induced no show by the visitors. At 9.01 p.m., however, December’s hearts sank like a badly placed white as captain Frank and his merry men marched in, lusting for December’s blood! Prayers for a No Name no-show had not been answered.

With no fewer than four of their own regulars missing, December were fearing a brutal hiding as Shaun opened against Neil. The former Man of the Match, however, pulled it off again putting the No Name player to shame. Next up was next door’s waiter, Khun Dang ‘Fantastic’ who beat Steve, an acquisition from Half Moon. Then December threw in their latest discovery, Khun Aye, who put in an impressive debut by beating ‘Machine Gun’ Garry. Undoubtedly, the performance of the night came from the frightening but lovely Sa beating Chris on the black. Considering she started work with all seven balls on the table after Chris had missed his chance on the black, she was the only choice for Wo-Man of the Match! In a blurry instant she had recovered from a possible seven-balling to a classy victory.

Any shades of over confidence by No Name were now well and truly dissolved in the Carlsberg, which is maybe why Frank rallied to victory against David No 1 (“he’s too gentle”) and noisy Paul totally out-classed David number two to prevent a walk-over and raise the visitors’ hopes.

At 4-2, the visitors were now left needing all three doubles games to claim victory and top the league. Unfortunately for Frank’s boys it was not to be. The all-Thai duo of Dang and Sa didn’t give Steve and Chris a chance in the first doubles and the No Name pairings fell like skittles in the remaining games. Having been so hell bent on a crucial victory, No Name lost heart as it slipped so quickly from their grasp. December had claimed their best ever victory at 7-2. What a great, sporting match, just the way it should be, and what a shame December’s manager Graham couldn’t stand ‘em all a round. Being back in Oz was no excuse, mate!

(Wo)man of the Match – Sa – Back from seven balls down, she’s impossible to write off.

For the rest of the league’s results, please turn to page 30.

Results 12-Sep

Home To Roost 6-3 Viking Bar
Blue Sky 4-5 Out Back
O’Malley’s Bye
December Bar 7-2 No Name Cafe
Rock Harder Post Rock Hard

41 Rajabhat Institutes plan their final inter-institute games

December 21-27 at Chiang Mai 700 year anniversary sports complex.

Pichitpon Tongtuek

There are 41 Rajabhat Institutes in Thailand, covering every region. These forthcoming Games will be the final competitions for them in this format as next year all Rajabhat will be under the supervision of the Ministry of University Affairs and the athletes will compete in the University Games.

The Wiang Ping Games are aimed at increasing good understanding, harmony and the sporting abilities of the students who study in all the Rajabhat Institutes. This year, Chiang Mai will be the host of the 14th and final games with Friendships and Relationships as their theme.

The Games logo is “the pitcher”, the ceramic water jug of the northern people. The mascot is “Chon Cha Nak”, the name of the Naga serpent and was chosen because of most Lanna people believe that Naga brings happiness and the peace and is beautiful in shape and movement.

The Wiang Ping Games covers many sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, lawn tennis, badminton, swimming, sepak trakraw, tae kwan do, judo, Thai chess, petanque, amateur Thai boxing, handball, footsol, snooker, cycling, weight lifting, beach volleyball cheerleader contests, and step dancing contests. There will be something for everyone!

The Games logo is “the pitcher”

The mascot is “Chon Cha Nak”

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!

Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee: Biking Up Doi Suthep - Doi Pui

This begins a series of articles describing cycling routes - roads and mountain biking trails in the Chiang Mai area. Reference will be made to the excellent new book: Fun & Genuine Mountain Bicycling - Biking on Your Own by M.L. Chititewan Pete Devakul. This book contains trail descriptions, maps and GPS (global positioning satellite/system) coordinates for biking the Doi Suthep - Doi Pui National Park and the highway that circles the park. The book, as well as GPS equipment, bikes, parts and repairs, are available at Top Gear Bike Shop (at the bend in the middle of Chang Moi Road, near Soi 2).

Directions to the base of the

From the NW corner of the old city moat - take Huay Kaew Road westbound. Pass Kad Suan Kaew (Central Dept Store Mall) and the CM Orchid Hotel, continue west on Huay Kaew Rd past Amari Rincome Hotel on the left (at the corner of Nimmanhaemin Rd/Super Hwy). Continue past the Canal Road (pass Dunkin Donuts on the left). Another 500 meters and you’ll be passing the Chiang Mai University north entrance gate. Another kilometer along the same road is the Zoo entrance on the left. Then the road curves to the right and starts up the hill.

Biking up Doi Suthep to Phu Ping Palace
(11 to 16 km)

This road is all smoothly paved highway (OK for road bikes as well as mountain bikes). It’s a long ride up, but not too steep and it flattens out often enough to give you a break. There are many rest stops, temples, waterfalls and side trails along the way. Of particular interest is Monthathan Falls, fee entrance on the right about 3 km above the zoo, and the View Point on the left at about 6 km up. Just beyond Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep there is a National Park Headquarters on the right, with hiking trails starting from the back of this complex.

This road is all smooth paved highway. It’s a long ride up, but not too steep and it flattens out often enough to give you a break. There are many rest stops, temples, waterfalls and side trails along the way. Of particular interest is Monthathan Falls on the right about 3 km above the zoo, and the view point on the left at about 6 km up.

From the zoo entrance at the bottom of the hill, to the base of the steps of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is 11 km, one hour if you’re in good shape and pushing it (some riders do it in less). One and a quarter to two hours with rest stops is standard. At the temple parking area there are many shops to buy water, drinks, food and souvenirs.

The ride up this far is enough for most people. Many local riders do it regularly for exercise. If you are going to turn around and ride down, it’s a fast road. Be sure your bike and especially the tires and brakes are in good condition. A helmet is highly advisable. Be aware of uphill-bound vehicles crossing into your lane while passing. If you’re not sure about your bike, pay for a songtaew ride down.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep to Phu Ping Palace is 5 km (30 to 45 minutes) to the tourist entry gate and shops. It’s the same kind of road and grade as before, but less traffic, denser forest and cooler, cleaner air. In the rainy season be prepared, in the cooler season you may want a jacket.

The ride above is described and mapped as Route 4 in Pete Devakul’s book, Fun & Genuine Mountain Biking - Biking on Your Own.

Next week we take you further up Doi Pui to the summit and the off road trails.

Swimming pools and swimming lessons in Chiang Mai

700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex (Sanam Jet Roi Pee)

Don Lee

This is a modern sports complex, built for the 1995 SEA Games and named to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai. Sanam jet roi pee (for local drivers) is located at the base of the mountains on the west side of the irrigation canal road, 4 kilometers north of Huay Kaew Road. This is a multiple stadium sports event complex and community sports and exercise facility operated by the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Swimming lessons are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes commence the 1st Saturday of each month. Instruction is provided by young Thai physical education graduates.

The swimming pool is a 50-meter, 8 lane Olympic pool. There is an adjacent diving pool with springboards and platforms. The pool water is clean, clear and well maintained. There are toilets, showers and changing booths. The shallowest part (each end) is over one meter deep, so it’s not the best choice of a pool for very small children or non-swimmers.

The pool is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. It’s inconveniently closed from noon to 2 p.m. Tue-Sat and noon to 1:30 on Sunday. It’s also closed Mondays and sometimes for holidays and events.

Entrance fee is 40 baht for adult non-members, 20 baht for members. Children (through high school or 20 years old) are 1/2 the adult fee.

Distance swimmers note that there are no designated times or lanes for lap swimming, avoid late afternoons and evenings when it is most crowded, but from opening through mid-day, especially non-holiday weekdays, there are few people using the pool.

Swimming lessons are available on Saturdays and Sundays. There are four, two-hour time slots on those days. You can book lessons from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The cost is 1300 baht for one student for 8 sessions, a total of 16 hours of instruction. The fee decreases for each student, up to 4 maximum enrolled in the same group. There is also a 10 baht entry fee for each student each day. Classes commence the 1st Saturday of each month. Instruction is provided by young Thai physical education graduates, according to a standardized teaching program.

The Chiang Mai Sports Complex has membership available. It’s 500 baht per year individual or 1000 baht for family membership (up to 5 persons). There are also special student and group rates. Apply at the pool entrance desk. You need 2 photos (1") and ID. Membership allows you discounted entry to most of the paid activities. They have a website:, the membership information is in English but most of the site is in Thai.

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The rest of the story...

Dave Lister
With the kind help of Rock Hard, December, Outback and No Name Bars and Good Morning Chiang Mai News

Blue Sky 4 - 5

After losing last week’s “battle of the minnows” to Home to Roost, Outback were desperate for an away victory against fellow strugglers, Blue Sky. The atmosphere was electric as the string-vested Tung broke off proceedings against Outback’s Nick. Both teams were seemingly leading with their big guns but the Blue Sky table, with a level surface and small pockets did not lend itself to Nick’s lightening game.

However, the visiting captain astutely slowed his game down and, thanks to a lucky last stripe he came out victorious in a tense opening game.

Next Outback threw in Chard for his Outback debut. The ever-dependable Julian had got lost in the rainstorm, meaning Outback were having to bring in reserves. Poker faced Francois five balled the nervous newcomer. Then Rob, who claimed he hadn’t won a game on the table, despite practising all day, hurtled into a comfortable lead over Graham. Despite the visitor’s admirable efforts of a comeback, Rob potted the black from a snooker to give the hosts the lead.

Paul, now on ten in a row (singles and doubles), who had earlier questioned Nick’s decision to sand down the team queue, played a thoughtful game to level proceedings.

Then in a close nervy game, Dave, reinstated to the Outback side despite being a no-show the previous week, managed to finally sink the black on his fifth attempt.

Noi, the match’s sole female presence, despite a largely feminine audience, then lost the last of the singles games to a shocked Kong. Noi looked like she was cruising for victory as Nong’s hard-hitting game failed to reap dividends but the home crowd roared in dismay as the white followed her black into the pocket.

This left Outback needing only one doubles match from three to secure their first victory since the opening day of the season. Would they crack under the pressure of being so close to the finish line?

Kong and Chard couldn’t claim the victory as the experience of Francoise and Tung closed the score to 3-4. Tonight Nick had the bit between his teeth though, and knocked down five stripes on his first visit. Rob and Jan tried a safety game in playing catch up but after a drawn out game of misses and fouls, the visitors sunk the black.

It had been so long and the relief of a long-awaited victory resulted in jubilant celebrations. The final game, rendered relatively meaningless, was an anti-climax with Dave and Graham feebly going down to Bam and Noi.

Outback are still bottom but have broken their long running duck just in time to face the league leaders next week, but in this game, anything is possible.

Home to Roost 6 - 3 Viking Bar

With Outback surging to victory across town, Home to Roost had to win this home game in order to make sure they didn’t drop to the bottom of the league. They made it an impressive two wins in a row, however, with this victory over the Viking Bar who are now losing ground on the league leaders. Home to Roost remain level on games won with Outback but have one more match victory to their name.

So all in all it was a strange week of upsets and postponements, giving the league table a tighter look this week. It remains to be seen whether the current underdogs of the league can continue their recent improvements. Make your way to one of next week’s matches to find out. Who knows, with so many teams having depleted squads, you might even get a game!

(For other pool league results and league table, please see back page this week.)