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Chiang Mai Gymkhana win a squash thriller

PRC A team beats Saimoon in nail-biting cricket final

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Unwinding with hoops

Super Bowl Sunday celebration at Outback

HHH Announcement: Inaugural Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai

Athletic prowess and fun at CDSC sports day

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chiang Mai Gymkhana win a squash thriller

Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club Squash Captain Bob Molloy

On Saturday January 17, in one of the most exciting squash matches ever seen at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club (CGC), the home team came from 5 matches to 1 down at one stage to triumph 6-5 against the British Club (BC) from Bangkok. The two teams have enjoyed many memorable encounters in the past but this year’s was to prove exceptional.

The British Club Sports team from Bangkok.

In the opening match between the 11th seeds, the home team got off to the perfect start when Mark recovered from 2 sets to love down to beat the BC’s Dale Lamb 3-2. First blood to the Gymkhana.

However, the visitors soon equalized when Barry Daniel overcame Nad by a similar 3-2 score line. This was then followed in quick succession by convincing 3-0 wins for the BC’s father and son combination of Jack and George Dunford over Dejana and Alan respectively.

The Squash thriller winners of Chiang Mai - tired but happy.

When Marvyn Lewis extended the BC’s lead to 4-1 with an equally convincing 3-0 win over the Gymkhana’s Willie Bourne, things were starting to look rather bleak for the home side. And it was to get worse.

The BC’s John Vivien then accounted for Sarawut 3-0 and, at 5-1 down with 5 matches to play, it looked all over for the Gymkhana.

But then, a glimmer of hope. Thomas van Nes came from 0-2 down to beat the BC’s Andre Tissera 3-2 and this seemed to give the remaining 4 players just that bit of momentum that the home team needed.

Further Gymkhana victories for John Leavy 3-2 over Nick White and Sutidej 3-0 over Colin Hastings reduced the margin to 5-4 and it was ‘Game On’!

It was then left to the top two seeded matches to decide the final outcome. First, Derek Johnstone prevailed for Gymkhana over the BC’s Chris Browning in yet another 3-2 win to bring the scores level at 5-5!

As this match concluded, the final match between the No. 1 seeds, Sumit for the Gymkhana and Nick Thwaites for the BC, was already in progress and finely balanced at 1 set all. How much closer could it get?

Sumit then edged a tense 3rd set to take a 2-1 lead and the home side suddenly had their noses in front for the first time since the opening match.

With a packed gallery now cheering every point, enjoying squash of a very high quality, it was Sumit’s speed and fitness which eventually told and he wrapped up the 4th set for a fine 3-1 win and a 6-5 win for Gymkhana - a remarkable turnaround to a remarkable match.

The Gymkhana’s captain, Bob Molloy, who on this occasion could only coach and encourage due to injury, said afterwards, “It was more exhausting watching than playing. To come back from 5-1 down to beat a team of the British Club’s strength was a superb effort. The whole team was magnificent, as were the British Club. Full credit to both sets of players and their supporters for having contributed to such a memorable match.”

Although extremely competitive, the games were played in a tremendous spirit as always, typical of squash encounters between Gymkhana and the British Club. On this year’s showing, next year’s match has a tough act to follow.

PRC A team beats Saimoon in nail-biting cricket final

Sawasdee Cricket still flourishing in Chiang Mai

Linda Buck

Over the last few weeks Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance has been reporting on the success of their boys playing hardball cricket. This weekend CMSCA went back to where it all started and held a tournament for Sawasdee cricket. This game played with a soft ball encourages the boys who want to continue into hardball cricket. It is an important part of the development, and will continue being taught in the schools attended by CMSCA coaches.

Puttivat ‘Parn’ Poshyanonda assists Jirayu “Tee” Suwanna umpiring. The batsman is Don from PRC and Dump is the bowler from Montfort.

The Sawasdee tournament was held at Saimoon School in Hang Dong. The teams taking part were from Prince Royal College (two teams), Montfort, Saimoon, Rong Or (San Pee Sua), Sahagon 2 (Mae Orn), and three teams from Ampur Doi Saket, Baan Mae Phong, Baan Pha Phong and Baan Pha Mai Daeng.

In the final, P.R.C. ‘A’ team beat Saimoon by 2 runs (242-240). The result was in the balance up to the last ball. The runners-up were P.R.C. ‘B’ team who beat Rong Or by 13 runs (240-227).

Pok plays barefooted from Wat Rong Or School.

If you would like more information on CMSCA please contact Linda Buck on 053 426101 or email on thaibucks2003

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!

Unwinding with hoops

Amari Rincome Hotel held their annual internal 2 day basketball tournament at the beginning of January when it was cool and fresh outside. Junior and senior staff participated to implement more team spirit and to unwind after the busy Christmas-New Years parties.

Super Bowl Sunday celebration at Outback

Outback will be opening at 0600 (yes 6 a.m.) on Mon 2 Feb to show the Super Bowl on the huge 90" screen TV system with breakfast being served from 7 a.m. The Super Bowl will be kicking off at 0625 local time. The Outback is behind True Blue Restaurant at 47 Moonmuang Road, inside the moat near Thapae Gate next door to the Beer Bar Centre and Top North Hotel. For more info, email cmtrueblue or call mobile number 092615318, or the bar at 053 278 503

HHH Announcement: Inaugural Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai

“Help us to help kids”

On Saturday, 13 March 2004, the Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers and the Irish Pub are having a Charity Fun Run to raise funds for the disabled kids of the Chiang Mai Disabled Center’s Wheelchair Clinic. Recipients will include children and young adults of all ages.

It shall be a cross-country run, with a walk for those who cannot run. A fee of B.500 will be charged, which includes a free special events shirt, a free Guinness (for St. Patrick’s Day) at the B stop, free beer after the run, free soft drinks, free BBQ after the run at the Irish Pub, with beer, and spot prizes and lucky draws.

The run is open for everyone, individuals, families, and teams alike. Company teams are very welcome to participate - assist a worthy cause, wear your own corporate outfits, and promote your business at the same time.

The run itself shall be set by HHH Hares, and shall be across easy-running and beautiful Chiang Mai countryside.

The organizers hope to make this an annual event, to support a great cause and have a good time as well. It’s also a good chance to see how the Hash House Harriers of Chiang Mai operate. Good time guaranteed, and some transport will be provided.

For more information or registration, contact “Kiwi” at Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub Sandy), on 053 418 210.

Athletic prowess and fun at CDSC sports day

Dominique Leutwiler

Students from the Christian German School Chiangmai (CDSC), from Grade 1 to 11 took part in the CDSC sports day competition. The venue was the sports ground of Chiang Mai University. They took part in different challenges which also included several fun games.

For the youngest members, it was time to find out who could run fastest, or who jump higher or who could throw that ball the furthest. It was a joy seeing all the children play together and watch the team spirit that grows from such events. Even some of the parents who were enjoyed the time with the students ended up helping out with measuring, counting and checking results.

You can feel the fun and the team spirit.

Quicker - don’t fall asleep! Run!

The sack race was also part of the game.

Whose jump is the furthest?