You can Be No 1 Cheerleader
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.
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
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
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”
“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
“Chaos”, “Debacle”, “Disaster”. Those were
just some of the international headlines after a game which was shrouded in a
dark cloak of controversy.
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
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
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: www.geocities.com/farangutans
Dreams do come true
First cricket ground in Northern Thailand
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.
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
A new ground is being started and, weather permitting, a
facility for playing cricket will be available in early 2005.
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
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 @loxinfo.co.th
Chiang Mai C of C
organizing Charity Bowl
Organizers looking for teams
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: 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!