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ICC Development Program announces Regional Award Winners for 2003

Tongkwao Games in Chiang Mai sees Bangkok University on top

Chiang Mai Cricketers welcome the British Club, Bangkok

Leo Inthanont Futsal Cup scheduled for January 31 - February 1

Tennis is My Dream receives New Year’s gift from America

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Golf Whispers

Chiangmai SportRoundup

ICC Development Program announces Regional Award Winners for 2003

Best Junior Development Initiative - Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance

Linda Buck

The International Cricket Council program recently announced the regional winners of their 2003 Annual Awards.

The award winners are spread out over 20 cricket-playing countries across the globe, stretching from Mozambique to Thailand to the Cayman Islands. This is the second successive year of the Annual Awards program, and the first time all five regions have taken part.

The coaching team responsible for achieving the award of “Best Junior Development Initiative” for Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (from left) David Walker, Eric Little, Puttivat Poshyanonda (chairman) Peter Dawson and Patthamaporn Thong-orn.

The winners were selected by the five regional head offices and have now been forwarded for consideration for the Global Awards in their relevant categories which will be announced on February 2, 2004.

ICC chief executive, Malcolm Speed congratulated all of the award winners on their achievements. “It is thanks to the commitment and dedication of so many unheralded people that cricket continues to grow outside the 10 full member countries,” said Mr. Speed. “I commend all of the award winners for their enthusiasm for the sport and I hope that these awards will inspire others to follow their example.”

The Development Program Annual Awards promote excellence in cricket development and recognize exceptional performance and service to the game in the ICC’s associate and affiliate member countries.

Awards:

Best Junior Development Initiative: Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (Thailand)

Best Cricket Promotional Program: Cricket Association of Nepal

Flicks Community Development: Bukit Jalil Sports School (Malaysia)

When interviewed about this prestigious award, chairman of C.M.S.C.A., Puttivat Poshyanonda said that this achievement would not have been possible without the hard work, over the last couple of years, of the team coaching the children. Also he wanted to thank Syed Ashraful Hug from the Asian Cricket Council for his support for the work being carried out in Chiang Mai.


Tongkwao Games in Chiang Mai sees Bangkok University on top

Hosts CMU only one gold medal behind

Chiang Mai University (CMU) was the host of this year’s 31 National University (Tongkwao) Games which took place at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex. Bangkok University was dominant at the games which were held from January 10-17.

As was expected, Bangkok made its way to the winner’s circle grabbing 35 gold medals on the way; however, the first runner-up was CMU. Bangkok University gained 35 gold medals, 22 silver and 38 bronze for a grand total of 95 medals, while CMU earned 34 gold, 2 silver and 41 bronze for a grand total of 77 medals.

Sritprathum University won 28 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze followed by Kasetsart University which grabbed 2 gold, 22 silver, and 32 bronze and Thammasart University winning 13 gold, 16 silver and 26 bronze.


Chiang Mai Cricketers welcome the British Club, Bangkok

The Dick Wood Trophy is back at Gymkhana Sports Club

Linda Buck

Members and families of the British Club made their annual visit to Chiang Mai to play for the Dick Wood Trophy. Their weekend of cricket was opened by a game between the “British boys” and players from the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. Each team was made up of half adult and half youth players.

Players from the British Club, Bangkok and youth from Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance.

There was a genuine sense of amazement that the players from the C.M.S.C.A. had improved their game considerably since the British Club’s visit in January 2003.

The main event was played on Sunday with a convincing win by Chiang Mai over the British Club, which was a reversal of last year’s result, returning the Dick Wood Trophy back to Chiang Mai.

Whilst this game was taking place, the C.M.S.C.A. under 13 squad was training at the superb facilities provided by Prem International School, in preparation for their up and coming national tournament in Chiang Mai on February 14/15th.

For further information regarding C.M.S.C.A. please contact Linda Buck on 053 426101 or email: thaibucks [email protected]


Leo Inthanont Futsal Cup scheduled for January 31 - February 1

Five a side football at Ban Larntong Hall, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel complex

Phitsanu Thepthong and Chin Rattitamakul

Wanchakorn Jongyosying of Chiang Mai Leo Inthanont Club explained that the Leo Club is a youth club that has a policy in line with Lions Club International to serve society. As a fund-raiser and as a healthy sport, the Leo Inthanont Cup Futsal competition has been inaugurated, with the winner receiving a trophy from HRH Princess Ubolratana and 15,000 baht.

The first runner up would win the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Cup and 10,000 baht, and the second runner up would get the Chiang Mai Governor’s Cup (Suwat Tantipat) and 8,000 baht.

Other awards include the Most Versatile Player or Man of the Match award from the director of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, and the top goal scorer award with a prize of 1,000 baht from Pol. Lt Suchai Kengkarnkha, managing director of Kad Suan Kaew Shopping park and hotel complex. The best cheerleading team would receive 1,000 baht donated by Suthanan Kutrakoon, the president of Chiang Mai Inthanont Lions Club.

The competition is open for amateur Futsal teams with players aged over 15. The registration fee is 1,000 baht and a 200 baht insurance fee for each team. For more information, contact Kad Suan Kaew Public Relations Office, tel. 053-224444 ext 19004, 19015.

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat will preside over the opening ceremony on January 31 at 8 a.m.


Tennis is My Dream receives New Year’s gift from America

“What do you give to the grandpa who has everything he wants?” asked Katharine and Lesley and Carson. Well, these young American ladies, the granddaughters of Frank Weicks and Becky Lomax, decided to support Grandpa’s favorite tennis program, Tennis is My Dream, with a cash gift that will fund a tennis clinic for up to twenty orphaned or impoverished children.

The “Tennis is My Dream” program received a big boost via a donation from America.

Tennis is My Dream grew out of a desire to enrich the lives of poor children and give them recreational skills that can last a lifetime. Children in institutions have their basic needs met for shelter, food and education, but in a very limited manner. They have few opportunities for sports or other life enriching experiences. They are very vulnerable to substance abuse and being dragged into prostitution, two of the most challenging problems in northern Thailand.

Children from Baan Dek Chai, a home for orphaned or abused boys, were recruited as ball boys for a local tennis tournament at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in June, last year. The boys were so excited about the tournament, and so eager to learn more about the sport, that several of the tournament organizers and volunteers formulated a plan to teach them in their off hours.

The initial startup grant, funded by Rotary Club of Hawaii, paid for racquets, balls, court costs and professional instructors at the first tennis clinic on October 15-24 coinciding with the school break. In addition to the boys from Baan Dek Chai, more boys and girls were recruited from nearby Wat Chang Kien School. The children range in age from 10-15.

The founding committee members are all tennis players and understand the need for proper equipment. All have worked with children either professionally or as volunteers.

The next clinic will start after the Chinese New Year’s celebration at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in January and will run for five consecutive weekends. This will be an intermediate course for the boys and girls who completed the October elementary course.


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!


Golf Whispers

Club Mr. X

I went to Chiangmai-Lamphun Golf Club last Monday with a group of expatriates and Chiangmai repeat visitors. We had the 11:52 tee-time and it took us almost five hours for the round. Well, it wasn’t too grueling and we had another good day off from work. The course magnetism is such that it is definitely a must return for every golfer.

Hit Happenings!

A splendid week for two South Africans on different tours! Trevor Immelman followed in the footsteps of one of his heroes, Gary Player, when he became the first person since the Black Knight in 1976-77 to successfully defend the South African Airways Open following a masterful display at his home Erinvale Golf Club.

Meanwhile, Ernie Els fended off Harrison Frazar in a playoff to successfully defend his Sony Open in Hawaii title, garnering his first win of 2004.

Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort 18-Hole world standard golf course

This course blends in the natural environment with today’s modern living style along with the local traditions. The natural contour layout with the mountain backdrop merged perfectly with river and massive lake, is definitely a challenge for golfers of all levels.

The modern Lanna architecturally designed clubhouse and 60 rooms Thai style boutique hotel offers golfers an assortment of services, including grand restaurant and lobby (can accommodate up to 300 persons), pro shop, locker room, sauna, traditional massage and spa. The clubhouse has a 360 degrees mountain panoramic view.

Golf Tips from the Croker Golf System Academy (Thailand)

A pulling action in the golf swing is an illusion. Hands are the source of power that moves the hips. The club head leads the hands during the down swing. All of these may sound arbitrary to you. Believe me they aren’t.

In the golf world today we have been so bewildered by different ways of teaching. Let’s be pragmatic about it, how can golf be more elaborate than other sports like baseball, hockey, boxing, football, tennis, badminton, etc? As a reflex action we are hitting a little white ball with the hands (not swinging through it). Now throw the club head at the ball without thinking about your hips or trying to lead with your hands. Try to repeat the action and proper feel will develop. Good balls do not last but a grasped simple swing always will.

Enjoy the hit!



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