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Prem to host CMAC athletics meet

‘Everything stops for tea’

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Maejo Mountain Bike competition to celebrate University’s 70th anniversary

Golf Whispers

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Prem to host CMAC athletics meet

Katherine Voll

This Saturday Feb. 7 Prem will host the annual CMAC athletics meet. Participating schools will include Grace, NIS, Prem, Lanna and APIS.

Students young and old are already hard at work training for their chosen events. Events will include the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m as well as the long jump, the high jump, the shot put, the discus, the 4x100 relay and (for the grand finale!) a Mom’s race and a Dad’s race.

It promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for everyone involved!

K3 student Amy sprints towards the finish line.

Ready-set-go: K3 students all set to go!

K3 students practice running relays.

The next Superman? K3 student Calvin takes a flying leap on the long jump.

K3 students race towards the finish line.

‘Everything stops for tea’

100 Years of Cricket and ‘looking to the future’

Linda Buck
and Marion Vogt

Any of you who have attended a cricket match in Britain will know that ‘everything stops for tea’. After Sunday, February 1, a few Thai guests might be adopting this custom.

Sabrina Penny, daughter of an ex cricket player from Zimbabwe and girlfriend Hanna Pohl, look ready to go.

The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance held the launch of their fundraising program at the Gymkhana Club on Sunday, February 1. The main aim of the day was to make more people in Chiang Mai aware of the work that is in progress, to ensure that in two years time, Thailand has a team of Thai boys playing internationally; hopefully a majority of these will be from Chiang Mai and surrounding villages.

Children of all ages, as well as adults can play cricket and one is never too young (or old) to start.

The second aim was to raise funds to enable this program of work to proceed. Many guests went away a little lighter in their pocket, but a lot more knowledgeable about youth cricket in Chiang Mai!

The day started at 10 a.m. with an exhibition match played by the under 13 squad. These squads are having one-to-one coaching from England coaching board level III coach, David Buck, with the prospect of being selected to play for Thailand.

Cricket is a family game, mum, dad and children can play together

12.30 p.m. saw the guests arrive to look at the exhibition of work, and hear a few words from Puttivat Poshyanonda, chairman of C.M.S.C.A, while Peter Dawson very kindly translated for the non-Thai speaking guests. These speeches had to be kept short as it was difficult keeping the boys (and girls) away from the food!

It not only looked like English afternoon cricket tea, it WAS English afternoon cricket tea. Peter Dawson, secretary of the CMSCA, surrounded by ladies, while Anne Dawson served scones and cake to the guests.

What a spread - typical English cricket tea - assorted sandwiches, with of course the very English, cucumber sandwiches - all with their crusts cut off! Victoria sponges, chocolate cake, eccles cakes, date & walnut cake and of course scones, jam and cream. It was an absolute joy to see small Thai boys with a plate full of chocolate cake covered with jam and cream!

A raffle was held at 2.30 p.m. with the winner taking home a huge fridge/freezer. This might prove a bit of a problem as the winner was an English guest!

Cricket is a family game, dad and children can play, while mum relaxes with a book. The whole ambience of the day reflected this, and C.M.S.C.A. hopes that some of these guests will return to support the boys during future matches.

Thanks must be given to the Gymkhana Club for allowing the use of their grounds, Pepsi for providing the awnings and soft drinks for the guests, Audrey Dootson at Pie Sabai for the wonderful cakes, and the ladies who helped put the whole thing together, but the biggest thanks must go the guests who attended, your support enables the work to continue.

Next match: Thailand Under 13 National Cricket Tournament 2004 - Gymkhana Club, Sat 14th/Sun 15th February. This inaugural game in Thailand is between Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Khonkaen and Petchabun. Spectators are very welcome.

For further details about the work of the C.M.S.C.A. 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!

Maejo Mountain Bike competition to celebrate University’s 70th anniversary

Chin Ratitamakul

Maejo University’s 70th anniversary celebration is this year, and Maejo Uni along with Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce will be jointly organizing the Eco-Tourism Mountain Bike ride with the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy for the winner. The ride will be on February 8.

Songsak Putham speaking on the bike event.

The activities would begin at 6 a.m. at the Agro-tourism development center behind Maejo University. Spokesman Songsak Putham said the activities are to promote the tourist spot of Baan Pong conservation forest.

There are five classes in the competition, A over 40 kilometers with a 350 baht entry fee, B - 30 kilometer 300 baht fee, C - 15 kilometers 200 baht fee, and bicycle for eco-tourism - 10 kilometers with a fee 100 baht.

All riders will receive a medal and certificate. For more information please call 053-8733339 or the Office of President, Maejo University.

Golf Whispers

Club Mr. S

Good attitude will always lead to good etiquette!

You probably have heard that golf isn’t about 18 holes, rather a lifetime game. It is mere social sport and not at all matters of life and death. Obviously, it is much more fun to score well but why can’t we remain in a good attitude at the end of a bad round? Play it hole by hole. Don’t dream it. At the end it is that “genie in the bottle” magic of practice with the right purpose.

Hit happenings

Thais triumph! Thongchai Jaidee and Boonchu Ruangkit both grabbed 49,273 euro each after they tied for 4th spot at last week’s Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. Wow, another success for the Thai professionals on the European Tour.

Peter Croker’s biography

In 1961 Peter first came to golf as a caddy at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia. After a successful amateur career in Junior Golf and winning both the Queensland Junior Championship and Victorian Assistant Professional Championships he concentrated on developing his game to become a PGA Tour Player and then progressed into the Golf teaching area of the game - organizing leading world golf teachers to tour Australia and in the process formed the Australian International Golf Schools. Such names as Paul Runyan, Gary Wiren, Tom Tomassello, Norman Von Nida, Randy Henry of Henry Griffitts were involved in doing teaching tours and seminars/clinics with Peter before the major breakthrough of “push golf” was begun in April 1992.

Peter played on the Australian PGA Tour from 1971 to 1983 and was runner-up in a playoff for the 1976 Australian PGA Championship. He won more than 30 professional tournaments around the world before turning his attention to teaching in the late 70’s. In 1982, he founded the Australian International Golf Schools.

In the early 1990’s, following thousands of hours of study and testing, Peter and a team of associates discovered the true source of power control and consistency that form the foundation of the teaching program called Croker Golf. This program has since found its way into the American mainstream of golf instructional techniques.

Peter sets the highest standard of teaching along with a very high level of competence in his own game. He has built an international reputation for his ability to work with players of every level.

He has introduced the Croker Golf technology to such professionally noted players as Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer, Vijay Singh, Olin Browne, Fred Funk, Tim Herron, Mark Brooks, Brian Henninger, Terry Price, Paul Moloney, Sandy Lyle, Wayne Grady, Craig Parry, Curtis Strange, Peter Senior, Jim Ferree, Bruce Devlin, David Graham, Bob Charles, Jane Blaylock, Loren Roberts, Grant Waite, Harold Henning and Rocco Mediate.

In addition to founding and directing the Croker Golf System - Path To Better Golf Program, Peter is the former director of education from Henry Griffitts, Australia, and currently has his home bases in Australia at the Shearwater Cape Schanck Resort and Golf Park Golf Improvement Centre, Melbourne, Victoria and Europe at Golf & Vital Park Resort, Bad Waldsee, Germany.

Golf Tips from Peter Croker

Push not Pull - The hands are pushing on the club every inch of the swing. The horse is really pushing on the harness, not pulling the cart. The illusion of “Pull” has been truly exposed by us.

Golf as a “two target game” - With the address routine, being responsible for the ball’s target alignment and “educated hands” causing the club head to strike its target - the ball itself. As we say “A to B” gives you “B to T.”

Croker Golf System Academy, Chiang Mai (opening soon!)