Boys from the villages love cricket
“Jame”, Wotigri Jayin from Baan Saimoon School in
Hang Dong and “Nai”, Wasurat Guntabupha from Wat Rong Or, in San Pee Sau
have developed into very good cricketers. Not that it is surprising, as they
are both talented sportsmen, it’s just that they love cricket more than
the other sports.
the wicket keeper is ready and raring to go.
How can it be? When Jame was in grade 3, he watched the
senior boys playing and practicing and wanted to play cricket, too. When he
moved into grade 4, at the start of the new year, he proudly went to Ajarn
Sangchan and said, “Well, I can play cricket now I am in grade 4.”
Sadly, Ajarn Sangchan replied, “We don’t teach cricket in grade 4
Jame cried; however, Ajarn Sangchan thinking quickly
said, “You can be captain of the team next year”. Jame was happy and he
started to join in with the bigger boys at practice. Since then, the school
team with Jame as captain has won several tournaments in the last two years.
up for the pitch...
Jame, along with Nai, played in the first inter city
under 13 hardball cricket matches during the Chiang Mai Sixes last year.
Again, just recently, they both were in the team that won the under 13
Thailand tournament in Chiang Mai. Last year the headmaster from Wat Rong Or
Ajarn Pasert, when he was being asked if it was possible that Nai could
travel to Bangkok and play cricket in Bangkok, was overcome with emotion. He
said, “It is an adventure for our boys to go to Chiang Mai, but a trip to
Bangkok is an impossible dream, thank you.”
These boys are great ambassadors for cricket and are
always willing help coach the younger students at their respective schools.
Now they both have an opportunity to go overseas to play cricket against
Malaysia, as they are both in the under 13 squad that is training in
preparation for a week long tour in to Penang in early May.
They may not be selected; however, they have a good chance and any boy
who beats them will deserve his place, such is the depth of cricket talent
here in Chiang Mai.
Farangs bounce back
It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride these last few
weeks with the Farangutans Football Club. They win when least expected and
then get thrashed a week later when glowing with confidence.
goalie stretch and a near miss (Photo by Chris Brigden)
Certain commentators have noted that results are often
dependent upon whether there has been a Chun-Ki party or a Forest Drunk Cha
Bar party the night before, but such rumours, although persistent, remain
So on to 7th March and the Farangutans v Teachers’
Union game. Venue was Wing 41 - the off-limits, no-photos, members-only
military base which straddles the airport. Security, as always, was on full
alert, and visitors could only enter the restricted zone if they whispered
the secret password: “Futbon”.
The Farangutans were yet again missing several key
players with injuries, visa runs and beach sojourns. News reports that three
players had been detained by Spanish authorities after an incident at a La
Manga Hotel were dismissed as “mierda” by team captain, Lee Stevens.
Stevens himself was involved in controversy recently when he was fined 50
baht after criticising the Farangutan management’s press releases and
specifically the fact that he has not been mentioned for several weeks.
Anyway, the game kicked off on time at 2:30 to the
delight of the partisan crowd of 35. Early play was scrappy but the Western
gentlemen had a few opportunities which were squandered. The defence was
looking solid and new left back, Colm Gavin was especially self-assured
after celebrating the Irish rugby victory over the Sassenach Fairyboys just
the night before. With Adam “Mekhong” Head dominant in midfield and
Chico Panno looking dangerous up front, it was surely only a matter of time
before the farangs struck.
When they did finally hit one home early in the second
half, it was the One Arm Bandit Basher himself, James Farrell who netted the
goal. To everyone’s astonishment James then set off in a sprint around the
park discarding his shirt, vest and shorts. The overjoyed Yorkshireman was
thankfully apprehended by police before he could peel off his red thong and
the game was able to restart.
The Teachers’ Union began to fight back and keeper
Daisy Flowers was heard all around Chiang Mai as he berated his beleaguered
With just ten minutes to go, the farangs finished the
game off with a “knee-poke” goal by Brazilian Chico “Pele” Panno and
won a deserved 3 points. The Farangutans now stand seventh in the Chiang Mai
Seniors League with 10 points from 7 games. You can check out all statistics
and future matches as well as purchase official Farangutans FC merchandise
on the website: www.geocities.com/farangutans
Farangutans FC are kindly sponsored by U.N. Irish Pub who have been known
to throw in a complimentary half pint of beer with 11 straws every now and
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) at 16.00
once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as
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 Fish & Chip
Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish 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!
step dancing course
Step right up!
The Chiang Mai Sports Complex under the Sports Authority
of Thailand (SAT), Region 5 will provide outdoor step dancing courses from
March 15-31, free of charge for the general public. The course will take
place from 7-8 p.m. nightly, at its Outdoor Sports Center, at the 700 Year
Anniversary Sports Complex.
Boontan Muangchuen, the director of SAT, Region 5 said
that the outdoor step dancing course would be relaxing, and support physical
and mental health for the public.
Ajarn Montha Ampai will be the course instructor. People
who are interested in this event can get more information at the One Stop
Service Center, 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex from 8.30 a. m. - 8 p.m.
daily, tel. 053 210 825, 053 226 105.
Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day
Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai today
“Help us to help kids”
Today - 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
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), on 053 418 210.
Chiangmai Ballet Academy performing Nutcracker 2004
Many hours of sweat, tears and anticipation and still some
more to come until it is finally time for the many children and adults who
will perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet.
the last planning and practice stages for ‘The Nutcracker 2004’
The Chiangmai Ballet Academy will carry out a charity
ballet performance of “The Nutcracker 2004”on March 28 at Kad theatre, Kad
Suan Kaew. Two chances to see and watch this incredible show: with the first
round to start at 2 p.m. and the second show at 7.30 p.m. More than 300
persons will be part of the dances and 30% of the children will be foreign
children, training in the north of Thailand.
The proceeds gained from the ballet will be donated to the
Northern Mentally Retarded Welfare Center, under the Royal patronage of Her
Majesty the Queen, and the Thai Red Cross in Chiang Mai.
Tickets are now on sale at the public relations counter, G floor, Central
Kad Suan Kaew, the Suriwong Book Center and Chiangmai Ballet Academy. For
further information, contact 053 260 373, 053 306 357 and 053 306 358.
Chiangmai ballet team celebrated the 12th anniversary of Kad Suan Kaew last
February 29 with Dance of the Toy Flutes.
Charity golf tournament scheduled for March 21
Remote schools to be given educational equipment
The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd., led by the Chiang Mai Air Traffic
Control Centre, invites golfers to compete in a Charity Golf competition at
the Lanna Golf Course, Chiang Mai on Sunday March 21, 2004.
The charity objective is to raise funds to help construct a
library and obtain more educational materials and sporting equipment for
remote upcountry schools.
The competition is open to all amateur golfers from clubs
and associations registered with the Golf Association of Thailand, with
handicaps between 18 and 24. USGA and the local rules of Lanna Golf Court will
be applied during the competition.
The first tee-off will be at 7 a.m. and the second at 1
p.m. Interested golfers can apply from now until March 19. For more
information contact the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre, Tel.
053-270624-33 or Lanna Golf Course, Tel. 053-221911.
CSH3 Run 611
Check back 611
Hares: Burrito Butt and Miss Piggy - Well, Pamela’s idea
of having Burrito Butt set the run while most of the SCH3 was in Sukothai
backfired on him.
He didn’t go to Sukothai so had to do another Burrito
Butt run, unlike Superman who also was not in Sukothai but didn’t run
An emaciated pack assembled out near the canal near Doi
Saket. We set out and before we were out of sight of A, lost paper. With 2
dirt roads to choose from, we finally found paper down the asphalt one. Dykie
& Pamela continued down the road looking longingly at all the trails going
off into the bush. Trudging along a bit longer, we finally come to a check at
the bottom of a long set of temple stairs.
As Gomer Pyle was known to say, “Surprize, surpriize!”
The trail went up the stairs. Up we went with Square Rooter and Airhead
setting the pace and Frank N. Stein still sauntering down the road behind.
Apparently the Boy Scouts from last week’s run had been here because we soon
lost paper in the rocky moonscape behind the temple.
Rocks O went right down the hill looking for paper and was
not seen again for 40 minutes.
A circle check was found and DC soon called “ON-ON”
down the left side of the hill.
HP & Pamela came down the hill and caught glimpses of
Square Rooter, Airhead and Scary P through the tree up ahead. They were soon
overtaken by Sean and the Virgin Mark from Vermont who had looped from the
check behind the temple back to the one at the bottom of the stairs.
We were soon going through landscape that looked like the
garden at the Branch Davidian Compound after the ATF got through with it. We
ran down a dirt road for awhile, hopped a shallow stream and then found
ourselves on the main road to Chiang Rai with a whole 50 cm shoulder to run
on. HP was seen playing with the 10 wheelers roaring past.
We found the “ON-IN” and only had to run 3.5 km on
concrete back Home.
Write up by Pamela
As the Un-GM Pee Wombat was down in Sukothai, our JM HP
opened the circle and brought in the hares, Burritto Butt and Miss Piggy. Sean
gave the opinion that it was a good run and was iced for complimenting the
hares. The hares gave out the Male Wings to Square Rooter and since there were
no female members who had run, Scary P was given The Champion for being the
only female to do the run. Before the circle, Fish & T had been practicing
her pole dancing but it seems that she has gained a little weight recently as
she broke the pole and went flying. For this performance, she received the
Next, the Virgins were brought in. There was Mark from
Vermont who while waiting at the F & C Shop was looking for runners but
could only see Frank N. Stein and Richard, who was given the S*** for paying
membership before even going on a run. HP, obviously suffering from alcohol
induced dementia, brought in the visitors - Sean, Airhead & Scary P - who
had run last week without recalling this fact. My notes at this point
indicate: Scary P - 50 years old. Think about it.
Pamela took the circle and splashed the returnees - Square
Rooter and Rocks O. He then brought in Frankie to teach the Down-Down song to
the virgin Mark. We got a few notes out of him but none were part of our