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Geschwister Weisheit High Wire Troupe coming to Chiang Mai

Aerobic dance and Tai Chi Kung wards off illness

Farangs on Song in Hang Dong

Futsal Youth Cup 2004 kicks off April 20

Anti-Drug Sports for U-17’s

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Want to learn dancing in a hurry?

17th Chiang Mai Cricket: Action Unlimited

Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant sponsor youth cricket

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Geschwister Weisheit High Wire Troupe coming to Chiang Mai

Aerial acrobats will leave you astounded

Marion Vogt

Chiang Mai will be able to “Ooh and Ahh” on Sunday, April 11 when the high-wire troupe Geschwister Weisheit will perform their death-cheating stunts. 100 years of tradition is behind this family show, which has been on the road in Thailand for the past three months. They promise the highest standard, with a high wire show, pyramids, a motorcycle sensation show, an original Formula E racing car 30 metres in the air and acrobats, acrobats and acrobats.

All the action from recent shows in Hua Mark. (Photos by Alisa Mahaarnichanon)

Red Bull (Krating Daeng) is bringing them to Chiang Mai and have promised free entrance if you bring ten bottle tops of Red Bull to the gate. Otherwise the entrance fee will be 30 baht per person.

A mechanical rodeo bull will be set up with prize money of 5,000 Baht for the rider who can stay on the longest, and there will be many entertainment booths for children and adults to join in fun and games.

It will be at Kad Cheng Doi, accessible from the canal road, in the area in front of the new discotheque, which has all the huge red signs in front. The afternoon show will start at 2 p.m. with the big shows scheduled to begin at 4.20 p.m. going through till 6 p.m.

Aerobic dance and Tai Chi Kung wards off illness

Free tuition for the Wat Jed Yod Community

Linda Ratchai

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, 30 people of all ages in the Chotana Tattaporn housing estate and nearby communities can be seen dancing to the beat of aerobic exercise music. Laksana na Ranong, aerobic leader and Ae na Ranong, her husband, said that this aerobic club began three and a half months ago as part of the free aerobic for health project.

Community aerobic dancing every evening

Ekkapop one of the aerobic dancers there said that there is also a ‘Tai Chi Kung’ club weekday evenings. This began two years ago, and many of the elderly folk can be seen in their colorful yellow T-shirts and white trousers, carrying out the movements.

Mrs. Chuetong Thumtamala, a 60 year old member, said, “I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and got sick in the winter. My doctor told me to take exercise and now I don’t have any problems with the weather anymore as Tai Chi Kung can cure rheumatism as well.”

The Tai Chi Kung club has about twenty members who have free health checks at Chiang Mai Provincial Health Office every 6 months. There are also other Tai Chi Kung clubs behind the Prince’s Royal College and in the Kuang Sing intersection area. If you are interested in joining these aerobic and Tai Chi Kung clubs come to the Chotana Tattaporn estate, Wat Jed Yod community.

Farangs on Song in Hang Dong

Farangutans FC 2 - 0 Saint James

Back with a vengeance are they? After a 2-week break - during which time pundits predicted an overweight and sluggish Farangutans team to re-emerge from the trenches - the foreign fiends bounced back to their glorious best in front of a sell-out crowd in Hang Dong.

With Brazilian star, Amarildo safely back from rehab in Pattaya and rising star Rosie Mackenzie bursting into the team, the Farangutans set out their stall in their traditional 4-4-2 formation. It was a sweltering Sunday afternoon and opponents, Saint James obviously expected the flabby farangs to run out of steam quickly. No such luck.

Early in the first half left-back Colm was unexpectedly called off after receiving an urgent SMS from his girlfriend. So, as Colm limped off sheepishly to go shopping at IKEA, Wacky Wayne came on to fortify the defence. And, to their credit, the Farangutans defence played perhaps its most convincing match to date. Bryan Haggerty is proving himself to be masterful in the sweeper position. On Sunday he swept up more than a battalion of Cinderellas ever could.

And talking about Fairy Tale characters ... if anyone had predicted that Welshman Simon Purnell would burst into the box and crack home the winning goal on Sunday they would probably be dismissed as “Ting-Tong”. And yet that’s exactly what Crazy-Legs Purnell did.

With the game still at stalemate, the foreign legionnaires played a cute wee series of short passes masterminded by their tireless midfield maestro, Shawn Kelly. The ball was slid down the right flank to Chico Panno who unselfishly squared the ball across the 6-yard box. And there, charging in like a Grand National winner was the Welsh Wizard himself. Despite his genetic affliction, Simon maintained his composure and met the ball at full speed, blasting it home for his first goal of the season (perhaps the first of his life!).

Boosted by that goal the Farangutans grew in confidence and began dominating midfield. Ten minutes later it was all over when centre-forward “Pele” Panno wriggled his way into the box, coiled his way around three defenders like a samba-dancing serpent and then squeezed the ball into the net for a 2-0 victory.

The Farangutans are now well placed in the league with 13 points from eight games and are climbing the table every week. Next week they play lowly Team Suthep on Saturday, 3rd April. All details can be found on the website:

Futsal Youth Cup 2004 kicks off April 20

Kicking the drug habit as well

Jiraphat Warasin

The promotional campaign against drugs continues with the Futsal Youth Cup 2004. The winners of this competition will receive trophies issued in the name of HRH Princess Ubolratana, as well as other scholarships worth more than 40,000 baht.

Dontree Season, in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office, Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital, Office of the Narcotics Control Board and Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai will jointly organize the competition which will take place on April 20, at Lanna Hall, Central Airport Plaza.

Warut Wanlipakorn, the manager of this sports project, said that they have successfully run this program for the last three years to introduce Futsal to Chiang Mai. Bongkan Prompui a Thailand futsal national team coach said Futsal started in 1930, when the first world cup was played, but few Thai citizens knew about it.

Many awards, other than the winner are up for grabs with the first runner-up getting Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat’s trophy and 5,000 baht. Second runner-up will receive the Chiang Mai Sport Association president’s trophy and 3,000 baht. Man of the Match gets the Chiang Mai Football Club president’s trophy together with 1,000 baht cash and the top scoring player will receive a 1,000 baht cash prize.

Interested teams with five members can enter in one of two categories - Under 13’s and Under 15’s. Organizers expect around 32 teams in this competition.

For more details, contact Dontree Season on Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, Tambon Mae Hia, Muang District, Chiang Mai. Tel. 05 3202 218-9.

Anti-Drug Sports for U-17’s

“To be Number One” April 20 - May 2 organized by Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai

Youth sports (Under 17 years) will be held to promote the anti-drug message this year covering soccer, basketball volleyball, sepak takraw and cheerleader contests, with winners receiving trophies and other scholarships from Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat.

Assoc. Prof. Chatree Muang-ngam, the director of Student Affairs Office, Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai stated that the institute holds the summer sport events every year during April to May to support youths in developing healthy pursuits.

Financial incentives include 8,000 baht for the soccer champions, with 4,000 baht for the first runner-up, and 2,000 baht for third place getters. Volleyball and basketball teams and sepak takraw players will win 4,000 baht for the champions, while the first runner-up will receive 2,000 baht, and the second runner-up will receive 1,000 baht. The winning cheerleaders will get 5,000 baht, with 3,000 baht for the first runner-up and 2,000 baht for the second runner-up.

Youth teams are invited to submit their application forms to the Student Affairs Office of Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Mai and can download more details from the website

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 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 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!

Want to learn dancing in a hurry?

Try Ajarn Montha Ampai instead of Arthur Murray

Linda Ratchai

The Outdoor Sports Center, at the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex, has about 40 members of a new dancing club being taught the steps by the leading dancer Ajarn Montha Ampai, a teacher of Wat Suan Dok School. There are also other instructors to cover many different styles such as the Beguine, Cha Cha Cha, Cuban rumba, Waltz, Tango, and Ta Lung.

Learn to dance the Cuban Rumba.

Ms. Samorn Kamyong, manager of Outdoor Sports Center, said, “The course emphasizes physical and mental health, but is also suitable for sick people who could not take hard exercise.

This course runs daily from 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. and costs only 10 baht per day. There are other courses like tennis, badminton, aerobic, swimming, tae kwan do, and step dance for health.

For more information, visit the website: or contact the One Stop Service Tel 053-210823.

17th Chiang Mai Cricket: Action Unlimited

Peter Cummins,
Chiang Mai

What could be regarded as the “Holy Grail” of six-a-side-cricket competitions, the 17th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes opened with a flourish on Sunday afternoon at the 106-year-old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club, and will continue non-stop through (today) Saturday April 10, featuring 28 teams from around the world.

Tournament director Maurice Bromley thanks the participants.

Concomitant with the international competition is the junior cricket, now entering the fifth year of competition in the Chiang Mai Sawasdee Cricket Cup, comprising some 12 junior teams from the fledgling Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance.

There will also be the much looked-forward to Ladies Challenge which, with much good spirit, fun - and the occasional ‘tipple’ - pits the almighty Chiang Mai Chassies (and are there ever some ‘chassies’ in that lot!) title-holders for the past two years, against the World Women’s Dixie Belles (a few good chassies, there too!).

Kim Fletcher (facing camera), landlord of Pattaya’s Shenanigan’s celebrates his remarkable innings stand with the Shenanigans Malakas.

The juniors will start on the side pitches today and the Ladies, the Junior Hardball Match and the Stars Challenge vs the Sri Lankan All Stars will play on Saturday, to close this year’s events.

Will the REAL John Bell please stand up: Second left (GM of sponsor, O’Reilleys) and far right (an umpire): both John Bell.

As the Chiangmai Mail went to print, two days of cricket had been completed - a total of 35 games - including Sunday’s seven, with excellent playing, timing and scheduling.

Some of the action.

Results of the games so far played in the Cup/Bowl/Plate Division were: Te Pakeha of Zimbabwe/New Zealand 57-1 (G. Chatfield 31 ret) defeated Darjeeling Cricket Club from Dubai (George Appleton 30 ret); The Gloucestershire Gypsies 68-1 (W. Ridsdale 30 ret) beat the Lions of CMW (Thailand) 65-2 (Ajaz Jar 31 ret); Yes No Wait Sorries (England) 61-0 (Mark Briers 33 ret) beat B.A. Dragons (Wales) 58-3 (R. Pallett 32 n.o.); The Awali Taverners (Bahrain) 62-0 (M. Wangare 31 ret) beat Lord Taverners (Australia -last year’s Sixes Cup runners-up) 60-2 (Tom Hogan 31 ret); Te Pakeha 57-1 (Steve Penny 30 n.0.) narrowly beat Silver State 56-1; Shanghai Dragons 53-0 likewise just beat Alma 51-2; Stairway to Heaven Drifters Lions of CMW 78-2 defeated the Javea Wanderers 73-1 (Tom Rowe 33 ret); Surrey Vagrants 59-0 (Paul Prichard 209 n.o.) beat Darjeeling 55-4; Perth Postels 77-0 (K. Jackson 32 ret) thrashed the Ashwell Crusaders 48-3; Moonshine Warathais 52-1 beat B.A. Dragons 39-4; Gloucestershire Gypsies 62-0 (W. Risdale 31 ret); beat Javea Wanderers 59-1; Stairway to Heaven Drifters 63-0 just scraped in ahead of Shenanigan’s Darwin Dilettantes 62-4; Surrey Vagrants 58-0 (Paul Prichard 31 ret); beat Silver State 56-2; Lamma 73-1 (T. White).

The new bar: always popular and 10 percent of the take goes to junior cricket.

Results of the Spoon Division were: Irish Pub Gang Green (Thailand) 38-0 defeated Gymkhana Cavaliers (Thailand) 38-0, the Gymkhana Cavaliers 62-1 beat Wombats 61-2.

The Pattayans had a titanic struggle, with Kim Fletcher at bat right through the innings, for the Shenanigans Malakas 65-2 beating their sea-side neighbours, the Living Dolls, 64-0; The other Pattaya team, the Irish Pub Gang Green won 44-1 to Bangkok Postels’ 43-1; the Wombats 66-1 (James Bell 31 ret) administered a sound thrashing to Halylt 47-1 (T. White 30 ret); Alma 69-0 (with a great innings by Chris Verster for the day’s top score of 35 finishing with a massive ‘6’), defeated the Bangladeshi team Commonwealth 66-3 (Raffiqul 31 ret).

The junior tent: “Help(ing) Build A Future For Cricket In Thailand”.

There were some weary heads following the splendid opening party sponsored, as usual, by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and held at the Pornping Tower where tournament director Maurice Bromley pointed out that several of the teams had appeared at every tournament since the first in 1988, the Wombats, the Drifters and Darjeeling, noting with regret the demise of Joe Carpenter, the driving force behind Darjeeling since the Sixes started in 1988.

Maurice was effusive in his praise of all the participants over the years, pointing out that their generosity had under-written the highly-successful Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Association, with this year’s Fifth Sawasdee Cup, played in conjunction with the Sixes Tournament, declared as “Building a future for cricket in Thailand”. More than 12 schools have entered this year.

The first few days were overcast with a very light intermittent rain which, in no way, affected the action and some of the big hitting, great fielding and some spectacular catches right on the boundary.

But, in spite of the great standard, no batsman has yet been able to hit the big Champion Sparkplug logo, with a number 10 on top, standing just beyond the boundary. To hit that gives the batsman a score of 10 and the sponsor will donate 4,000 baht to the junior league.

Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant sponsor youth cricket

Linda Buck

People’s generosity will never cease to amaze me.

The Chiang Mai Sixes started today (Sunday). I was setting up my stall in the hope that a few guests might purchase some merchandise to raise money for the children’s cricket. I thought the odd T-shirt might go or perhaps a hat. We had mentioned around town that we were proposing sponsorship of each member of the under-13 squad; this would enable us to provide full kit and coaching for one year for each child.

Thanks to David Strudwicke, owner of the Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, Phansang Jongtague now has a bat of his own.

My first visitor to the stall was David Strudwicke, owner of the Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant. “I’ve come to sponsor a boy” - Music to my ears. David decided to sponsor Phansang Jongtague, a left arm spinner and one of the boys short-listed for Malaysia.

Good news, Phansang will now have a bat of his own. David is relatively new to Chiang Mai, but stated his support of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. David has also offered the Bear’s Den for future fundraising events, and with the quality of the food and the excellent atmosphere the place generates - we are happy to have the opportunity of using this venue.

If you would like further information on sponsoring a member of the Chiang Mai ‘Under 13’ squad, please contact Linda Buck on [email protected] or telephone 053 426101.

Chiang Mai Pool League