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Chiang Mai and Bangkok schools go head-to-head at the Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament

RI District 3360 celebrated 100 years with 100 minutes of exercise

Chiang Mai Pool League

Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai

Carnival atmosphere on a cricket field

UK Soccer Academy Camp to be held at Prem

Farangutans euphoria short-lived, as defence turns from invincible to invisible

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chiang Mai and Bangkok schools go head-to-head at the Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament

Text: Katherine Voll, Prem
Photos: Amy Yang,
Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok & Katherine Voll

Last Friday and Saturday at the 700 Year Stadium, nine different Chiang Mai and Bangkok schools competed in the annual Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament. The four Bangkok schools in the tournament included the International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE), the International Community School (ICS), Rumradee International School (RIS) and the Thai-Chinese International School (TCIS).

Chiang Mai Schools included Prem Center, Grace International School (GIS), Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Prince Royal College (PRC) and Dara Academy.

Both the girls and boys sides of the tournament were action-packed and all of the games were well attended by cheering fans. Teams played up to three games each day so that by the end of the tournament, winning was as much a battle of endurance as it was of skill.

In the girls’ half, Rumradee International School stood out, playing excellent basketball throughout the tournament. RIS placed first, beating ICS in the finals 45-15. CMIS also made a strong showing, beating TCIS 32-19 and taking third place.

In the boys’ bracket, ICS took first, beating Grace 39-35 in what turned out to be an exciting championship game. The third place match-up was even closer, as CMIS came back from behind in the second half to defeat RIS 39-38.

Sportsmanship awards were given to the ISE girls’ team and the Dara Academy boys’ team. However, all of the competing teams showed excellent sportsmanship, a fact which became clear in the Bangkok vs. Chiang Mai friendly game on Friday. The two teams, which were comprised of the best boy and girl players from each squad, ended up tying 15-15 in a fun-filled All Star match-up.

Not only because of the excellent basketball played but also because of the fun and friendly atmosphere, this Chiang Mai Invitational was a tournament to remember.

The Grace girls are relieved that the games are over.

The All Star Game

RIS - The champions this year


GIS against RIS

A ‘Boys Group’

Prem girls celebrating in high spirits.

Lots of work for the announcers

RI District 3360 celebrated 100 years with 100 minutes of exercise

1000 people line up for aerobics

Nopniwat Krailerg

There are 19 Rotary Clubs from Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces belonging to the Rotary International District 3360, and they joined together to carry out 100 minutes of aerobics to mark the centenary of service for the district.

What a turnout!

Almost 1000 participants, most of them Rotarians and their families, were supported by the Lanna Health Promotion Club, with the celebration presided over by Rotarian Vivat Sirichangkapattana, the District 3360 governor, along with the ceremony chairman Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn.

One highlight was the Chinese fighting dance performance, called Tai Chi Kong, which was followed by the warm up and aerobic dance, and winding down.

Chiang Mai Pool League

Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day 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.

The meeting point for pickup is Fish n Chips at 14.30. There’s a long and a short run.

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

Carnival atmosphere on a cricket field

Thai sport teachers love cricket

Eric Little

Sports teachers at Doi Saket took cricket further along the development road when they staged the first ever cricket tournament at Baan Pah Mai Daeng School at Doi Saket.

The overall winners were from Wat Chol Prathan Phataek.

The organization from start to finish was an all-Thai affair. The students that took part really showed that they understand the fundamentals of the game.

The supporters on the boundary were very enthusiastic, screaming encouragement and furiously banging on bongo drums every time a run was scored, and there were plenty scored.

They are all winners!

It was a carnival atmosphere, typically Thailand; everything has to be ‘sanook’, it was a sanook day. Yes, playing cricket, Thai style, is sanook.

The Thai sports teachers coaching efforts were well rewarded by the way the five teams fought out each game, showing considerable skill and technique. Chol Prathan Phataek particularly demonstrated that Thais can and are playing cricket with much zeal and ability.

Sports master, Ajarn Aroon, from Chol Pratan Phataek, was rewarded for his good coaching when his school beat Baan Mae Phong in a closely fought final game.

Some kids will do anything just to play cricket, like this boy practising in a ‘dust field’.

With this amount of young players showing good natural cricket ability it will not be long before some of them will force their way into the Chiang Mai under-13 team. With special coaching in hardball cricket to be introduced soon into Doi Saket, these players and others will get a much greater understanding of the game cricket and develop a deep love for it, as has happened in other areas of Chiang Mai district.

The schools represented were: Baan Pah Mai Daeng, Baan Mae Phong, Wat Chol Prathan Phataek and Baan Pa Pong.

UK Soccer Academy Camp to be held at Prem

Katherine Voll

In April this year, the Prem Center will host the UK Soccer Academy Camp, an intensive, five-day soccer training camp run by two highly qualified coaches who will be flown in from the UK.

Prem student Louis passes the ball during a scrimmage.

The camp will take place from April 3-7 and will focus on developing both individual and team skills through technical drills, small sided games, daily tournaments and exciting practices.

The camp’s coaches, Wayne Potbury and Darin Kilpatrick both have extensive BFA (British Football Association) qualifications. Wayne coaches the Sussex Schoolboy Representatives; he is also a head scout for Brighton and Hove Albion FC and has a degree in sports studies. Darin coaches the Sussex Club Representatives and is the head coach of a semi-professional club. Both coaches look forward to visiting Prem and developing the skills of all of the young soccer players who will attend the camp.

Are they ready for the camp yet? Prem students hard at work practicing their soccer skills.

The UK Soccer Academy Camp is being run through Prem’s highly successful Visiting Schools Program (VSP) which hosts schools from all over the world and organizes individualized educational and experiential programs for them.

Prem’s VSP also runs leadership training courses and hosts conferences. The UK Soccer Academy Camp is an exciting new addition the VSP’s already varied repertoire. This year’s camp has a both a day and a residential option. Day students will be bussed out to Prem from Chiang Mai, while residential participants will live at Prem for the duration of the camp with all meals provided. This camp promises to be both an outstanding opportunity for players to develop their soccer skills and a whole lot of fun!

If you would like more information about the UK Soccer Academy Camp, or would like to sign your child up, please contact Michelle Forbes-Harper by email at [email protected]

Farangutans euphoria short-lived, as defence turns from invincible to invisible

Farangutans 1-4 Mae Rim

Colin Hinshelwood

After the euphoria of last week’s Match of the Millennium against the police, the farangs could be excused for feeling a little over-confident going into this week’s encounter.

We had already beaten Mae Rim 2-0 on a previous occasion, and despite being without several star players, conventional wisdom echoed the sentiment that we were suddenly invincible.

The venue for Saturday’s game was Hang Dong, and it was to be a testimonial match for our left back, Kevin Scullin who, coincidentally but for very different reasons, is also known as “Hung Dong”.

The first hiccup occurred even before kick-off. Despite arriving at the ground by 4:30, we were informed that our match was delayed until 8 p.m. and to be played under the 40 watt glare of mini-floodlights.

So by the time the game finally got underway, several of the team were already up past their bedtimes and were perhaps feeling the fatigue of boredom. They were awoken with a jolt because within 15 minutes we were two goals down.

Mae Rim had sabotaged our defence with some Brazilian style passing and quick footwork, bursting through our back four and sliding the ball past keeper Mark “Daisy” Flowers twice within a minute.

A quick defensive reshuffle helped to abet what could have been a blitzkrieg and the Farangutans held on till half-time.

In the dim light it was almost impossible for the substitutes and cheerleaders to make out. That is ... make out what was happening on the park. Probably just as well, because Mae Rim started the second half in similar fashion: their speedy wingers slicing through the defence and again scoring two early goals.

Farangutans made four substitutions but at 4-0 the game was surely lost. In a battle cry of typical defiance we rallied together and resolved to put just one goal on the score sheet “For Kev”. We moved him up to centre forward position giving him his one and only chance of a glory goal.

In the very last minute of the game the farangs managed to break through from the halfway line. The ball was slipped to the right side where Kev himself was careering down on goal like a racehorse. He controlled the ball, pushed it on into the box, and with a blistering shot that Roberto Carlos would have been proud of, thrashed the ball into the net for a golden personal moment.

If you had seen the way we ran around after that goal and celebrated you would have thought we had just won the World Cup and not just scored a consolation goal. Such is football; such is the eccentricity of our team and such is our blind resolve to celebrate something, anything and everything in a game.

Good luck, Kev! We’ll miss ya!

For details of next week’s game and other information, check out our website: www.

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!