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.
Grace girls are relieved that the games are over.
The champions this year
girls celebrating in high spirits.
work for the announcers
RI District 3360 celebrated 100 years with 100 minutes of exercise
1000 people line up for aerobics
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.
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
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
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
Carnival atmosphere on a cricket field
Thai sport teachers love cricket
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.
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.
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.
kids will do anything just to play cricket, like this boy practising in a
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
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.
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.
they ready for the camp yet? Prem students hard at work practicing their
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
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
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
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. geocities.com/farangutans
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!