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You can Be No 1 Cheerleader

League investigates referee abuse by farang “civilians”

Dreams do come true

Chiang Mai C of C organizing Charity Bowl

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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You can Be No 1 Cheerleader

Jiraphat Warasin

A trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the grand prize awaiting the winner of the To Be Number One Cheerleader Thailand Championship 2004 at the northern region contest, to take place June 26-27 at the Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai.

Cheerleader team from Krungthon College (K-Tech), Chiang Rai on show.

Jointly arranged by the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Northern Office; the Mental Health Department; Mac Media and Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai, the nationwide event is searching for regional winners to compete in the final round of the championship in Bangkok on August 21.

(From left) Ajarn Prinya Jittawong, Dance Zone; Sutho Neewankul, Mac Media; Pittaya Jinawat, ONCB; Wuthipong Thayaping, Chiang Mai Psychiatric Hospital; Orachorn Chantaravivattana, Central Airport Plaza; and Chumpol Wongkamchan, Thailand Gymnastic Association, at the press conference.

The winner of the Chiang Mai round will receive the Princess’ trophy together with a scholarship worth 30,000 baht, while the first and second runners-up will each win a trophy from the To Be Number One project and a scholarship worth 10,000 baht and 5,000 baht respectively.

The northern competition was first held in 1997. It was regarded as a success and has spread to other regions of the country to help promote the anti-drug campaign, as well as sport events at the national level.

Applications and registrations for cheerleader teams of between 10 and 16 members have now opened. Participants must be studying at school, college or university level. To take part in the contest, they must first be members of the To be Number One project.

For more information, and to apply, contact Mac Media, Chiang Mai tel. 053 - 202192 - 3, not later than June 20.

League investigates referee abuse by farang “civilians”

Colin Hinshelwood

“Life is a box of chocolates,” my momma always used to say. “You never know what you’re gonna get.” And so it is with those Western warriors, the Farangutans Football Club, who insist on creating chaos, calamity and non-stop excitement in the Chiang Mai Senior League.

May 29: Farangutans 0–1 Lamphun

“Chaos”, “Debacle”, “Disaster”. Those were just some of the international headlines after a game which was shrouded in a dark cloak of controversy.

A jubilant farang team celebrates their 4-0 victory over Pak Tai.

The debacle began even before the kick-off. Several of the alien all-stars had somehow got lost on their way to Aw Paw Taw Stadium. (Some swear that the Lamphun lads had manipulated a road-sign in a Wile E. Coyote-like attempt to “lampoon’ our team.) In any case, the game started despite some irate farang players who had no chance to warm up or, in one case, even put his socks on.

The lack of preparation was immediately apparent. A disorganised defence, a mystified midfield and an apathetic attack all combined to dismay the sell-out crowd. The skies opened up and the rains came down. Soon, Farangutans were coming down too – one with a twisted ankle, another with a hamstring injury.

In the second half, FFC saw a string of good chances wasted, until the inevitable happened. Lamphun scored a scrappy breakaway goal with practically their first attack of the match. They then sat back and scuppered the Farangutans’ attacks.

Then, in extra time, all hell broke lose. As the referee was turning away to look at his watch, the Lamphun goalie threw the ball inadvertently against the back of wee Shawn Kelly’s head. (Kelly’s head, it should be noted, was already spinning from a first half incident which left him slightly concussed.) As the ball broke to his feet Shawn turned and fired the ball into the net just as the referee blew his whistle for full-time. No goal.

Then the fireworks began. As the Lamphun team giggled and shuffled off the park, the farang team went slightly ballistic. Players ran the length of the field to jostle and swear at the ref. The linesmen had to move in to protect him as the assault rained in. Even Farangutans’ supporters came running onto the field to join in the blitzkrieg of abuse. The concussed Shawn Kelly remembers nothing about it.

In the end, the decision was final and the poor referee left the field under escort no doubt feeling like an Iraqi POW.

It was a sad and rather undiplomatic ending to a torrid fixture.

The Farangutans later collectively apologised for their conduct and resolve never to let such scenes be repeated. Never a dull moment though, it has to be said.

June 6: Farangutans 4–0 Pak Tai

A newborn and rehabilitated Occidental team turned out for this important match at North College in Hang Dong. Pak Tai was third in the league and had beaten the farang 2–0 last time round.

But this week it was Farangutime! A full-strength team of foreign fighters went into the game with a fresh and positive attitude. Goalkeeper Mark de Flowers was seldom troubled as his defence maintained a vigilant trench across the 18-yard box. A revitalised midfield of Amarildo, Shawn and Rick masterminded a wave of attacks and Dave, Mick and Chico all looked menacing up front. After a handful of chances failed to find the net, a curling free-kick by Bryan Haggerty sailed past the Pak Tai keeper in the final minute of the first half.

With Wayne and Tim on in the second half, the foreign devils quickly capitalised on their lead and a quick breakaway was led by Mick Davis. He squared the ball across the box to Chico Panno who gratefully slotted home to make it 2–0.

Chico then made it 3–0 after rounding the keeper and crashing the ball home. As the Farangutans’ confidence went from strength to strength, the hapless Pak Tai boys’ heads went down and a fourth was inevitable. It was Man-of-the-Match, Rick “Super” Mann who scored it. A beautiful pass by Panno was prodded around the goalkeeper by Mann, who then coolly slipped the ball into the empty goal for a well-deserved victory, and one which was unmarred by crowd trouble or physical assault. Hooray!

The Farangutans FC are now on a roll and cannot be stopped. Come and see for yourself next week as the Occidental ethnic group take on the boys from Isaan. All details can be found on the website:

Dreams do come true

First cricket ground in Northern Thailand

Linda Buck

I know you have to use your imagination - but you are looking at the area for the First Cricket Ground in Northern Thailand. Puttivat Poshyanonda, chairman of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance was visibly moved as he stood on the unleveled ground. Parn had harbored a dream since playing for Thailand’s’ first national side in the ’80s. He wanted to create a Thailand cricket team made up of Thai nationals playing international cricket. He now has the facility to see that dream come true.

Puttivat Poshyanonda, chairman C.M.S.C.A. with Lister Hannah, president Prem, and David Buck, coach C.M.S.C.A. at the ‘new cricket ground’.

David Buck had been looking for an indoor facility to coach the Chiang Mai under-13 side, and the director of sport, Janet Powell, at Prem Tinsulanonda International School obtained permission for him to use their very impressive sports hall. Fortunately for C.M.S.C.A. Lister Hannah, president of Prem Tinsulanonda took an interest in the cricket and a relationship was formed that allowed C.M.S.C.A. to discuss the possibility of using Prem’s Sports facilities.

A new ground is being started and, weather permitting, a facility for playing cricket will be available in early 2005.

Indoor center at Prem Tinsulanonda International School

This ground will of course be of mutual benefit to C.M.S.C.A. and Prem Tinsulanonda International School. C.M.S.C.A. coaches will be using the facility for coaching boys from Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, holding coaching courses in cricket for P.E. instructors from other schools, holding coaching seminars, national tournaments and eventually international tournaments.

For Prem they have the advantage of two qualified grounds man (Parn and David Buck) advising on the construction of the pitch, and then an England Coaching Board Level III Coach on site. The school can boast a cricket academy, and the accommodation and facilities at Prem will be used for the seminars. So hold on to those dreams - they do come true!

For further information on junior cricket in Chiang Mai, or if you would like to have the opportunity to have your company host one of the first national tournaments, please contact Linda Buck on Thaibucks2003

Chiang Mai C of C organizing Charity Bowl

Organizers looking for teams

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce is to hold the 3rd Bowling Competition to celebrate its 26th anniversary on June 27 at the U-Fo Bowling and has called on local people to join in the event.

Part of the funds raised will be spent on developing the Chiang Mai Chamber, which is a public organization and has been working for society as a whole, said its deputy president, Wilawan Chaiwong.

The players will have chances to win special prizes such as an air ticket from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, said the deputy president. It is presumed that you will be brought back as well.

The entry fees are 3,000 baht for special teams and 2,000 baht for ordinary teams.

The top scoring teams will be awarded trophies presented in the name of such stalwarts of charity such as PM Thaksin Shinawatra; Yaowapa Wongsawat, the deputy leader of Thai Rak Thai Party, and Pakorn Buranupakorn, the Member of Parliament for Chiang Mai Region 1. Best men and women’s scores receive trophies from Governor Suwat Tantipat and Mayor Boonlert Buranuprakorn.

The worst team will be consoled with a trophy donated by Chumpol Chutima, president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce office on the 3rd floor, Hillside Plaza 4 or call 0-53-22-3256-8 and fax 0-5322-2482.

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!