The Battle of the Farangs
In response to Sepp Blatter’s call for European stars
to help promote football in Asia, the Farangutans of Chiang Mai once again
set the standard for the rest of the weary world to follow.
No sooner had the FIFA secretary-general announced the
rewards and dividends that awaited aging aces such as Zidane, del Piero and
Luis Figo in the East, then several celebrated soccer stars quickly
signalled their intention to jump on the bandwagon.
match between the titans turned out to be a very balanced and fair 1-1 draw
between the German All Stars (in dark red) and the Farangutans (blue).
(Photo by Phitsanu Thepthong)
Following in the footsteps of Zico and Linekar in the
90s, players began arriving in Chiang Mai last weekend for a much
anticipated Clash of the Titans - two hastily assembled European Dream
Teams, made up of stars from the English Premier League, Serie A and the
Farangutan makes a stealthy move on a German All Star. (Photo by Phitsanu
Thousands of frantic teenage fans had gathered at Chiang
Mai International Airport just to catch a glimpse of the players, most of
whom are household names in Thailand. Stars such as Mick Davis, accompanied
by his celebrity wife, May ‘Siam Spice’ Davis, rubbing shoulders
alongside Brazilian idol, Chico Panno and Wayne ‘Magic’ Johnson.
Chiang Mai’s chief of police described the scene as:
“Mayhem, maybe something like Beatlemania,” when Yorkshire legend, James
Austin Farrell emerged through customs. Smiling broadly and signing
autographs, Farrell’s arrival almost descended into chaos when hundreds of
teenage girls began stampeding the barriers in vain attempts to touch the
blond locks of the cherubic midfielder.
The match was dubbed the ‘Battle of the Farangs’ by
an equally enthusiastic media. Hosts for the day were the Farangutans of
Chiang Mai, who featured a kaleidoscope of European and South American
icons, against the German All-Stars of Bangkok, led by Torbjorn ‘Kaiser’
The match itself was an exhibition of silky skills and
awe inspiring technique which will hopefully go a long way in promoting the
‘Beautiful Game’ not only here in Thailand, but throughout Asia.
Although billed as a ‘Friendly’, the sell-out crowd
of 43 was treated to an impassioned display of such majesty, many were left
breathless. The Germans exuded class and confidence, stroking the ball
around effortlessly and breaking with venom. It was no surprise when they
took the lead after a long ball was chipped over De La Fleur’s head for
the opening goal.
Led by the tireless Farrell in midfield the Farangutans
fought back, but it wasn’t until the second half that an equalizer came.
Again it was that man, Chico Panno who dealt the killer blow after a well
worked move from the left to right of midfield was squared into his path.
Both teams battled for a winner but in the end of the
day, a 1-1 draw was an equitable score which kept all players and
aficionados happy. Referee Kumar Collini said afterwards, “There was only
one winner today - World Peace. Perhaps this game can serve as a shining
light of hope for people in countries like Iraq, Palestine and
Post-match festivities were served up courtesy of
ex-Socceroo, Sandy Cullen of U.N. Irish Pub. Boosted by beer and
testosterone, the night almost ended in tears when Simon ‘Crazylegs’
Purnell snatched the microphone, boldly promising a one hour a cappella
medley of Sex Pistols hits in honour of the German visitors. Fortunately the
victims had fled the scene.
Further information on the motley crew at www. geo cities.com/farangutans
Big Smiles at O’Malley’s Pub
First ESC-O’Malley’s joint Golf Tournament
Text by Marion Vogt
Photos by Saksit Meesubkwang
Nearly 30 golfers gathered at Green Valley Golf Course
last Sunday for the first joint ESC and O’Malley’s Golf tournament. The
weather gods were smiling at the start and even the wet course underfoot did
not spoil the good mood of the golfers.
runners up from the team event (from left) Eric George, David Johnson
(Sponsor ESC), Steve Polaski (Individual Low Gross), Steve Spital and Scott
Stairs (O’Malley’s Irish Pub).
The second half of the tournament, however, was ‘kind
of’ wet with drizzling rain, and some golfers returned rather ‘damp’.
(L to R)
Les Harvey, John Haid, David Johnson (ESC), Richie Tiereney, Ron Tyre and
Scott Stairs (O’Malley’s Irish Pub) proudly show off their winnings.
The Sunday night party was organized by the professional
staff of O’Malley’s Irish Pub, and was a place where many dried out, but
only on the outside.
David Johnson (left) presents the trophy to Kieran Savage, who scored 39
individual net Stableford points, finishing second overall after a count
David Johnson, general manager of Chiang Mai ESC (European
Safety Concepts) gave away the trophies and all were unanimously in favour of
the entire event.
was all about fun, just ask Richie Tiereney (center).
Results as follows:
Individual Low Gross
1st: Steve Polaski, 75
2nd: Shaun Stewart, 80
3rd: Dave Hird, 82
Individual Net Stableford Points
1st: Paul van den Bovenkamp, 42 points
2nd: Kieran Savage, 39 (wins on count back)
3rd: Garry Walker, 39
1st: Steve Polaski, Ed Paige, Garry Walker, 114 points
2nd: Mark Johnston, Eric George, Steve Spital, 112 points
3rd: Richie Tiereney, John Haid, Ron Tyre, 102 points
sponsors David (left) and Scott (right) with Steve Polaski, who carded the
lowest round, a solid 75.
Sunisa Sailomyen wins Queen’s Cup Marathon 2004
Chiang Mai woman shows a clean pair of heels to the rest
Kenya’s John Kelar and Thailand’s Sunisa Sailomyen from
Doi Omkroi, Chiang Mai, won the men and women’s open divisions respectively
in the Pattaya Queen’s Cup Marathon 2004, held in the wee hours on Sunday
morning, July 18.
favorite female marathon runner, Sunisa Sailomyen from Doi Omkroi, Chiang Mai,
raised her well-earned trophy. Next to her is the male winner John Kelar from
Thailand’s favorite female marathon runner, Sunisa
Sailomyen from Doi Omkroi, Chiang Mai won her 3rd Pattaya Marathon in the past
four years, finishing the grueling 42.195 kilometer course in 3.04.48. Her
efforts were doubly rewarded, as she not only won the trophy and 100,000 baht
first prize for the women’s open category, but she also won an additional
50,000 for being the first Thai woman to complete the marathon.
More than 10,000 runners took part in the 10th Pattaya
marathon event, which was renamed the Pattaya Queen’s Cup Marathon in honor
of HM the Queen’s 72nd Birthday celebrations.
Among the runners who took part in the full 42.195km
marathon, which started at 3.50 a.m. on Sunday amid Pattaya style fanfare, were
457 from over 10 countries, including Kenya, England, Belarus, the United
States of America, Japan as well as Thailand. Sontaya Khunplome, tourism and
sports minister fired the starter’s pistol, setting the marathon runners on
Next year’s Pattaya Queen’s Cup Marathon will be held on Sunday July 17,
and Sunisa is very much looking forward to grabbing the trophy for the 4th
Archery in Chiang Mai
Forget William Tell, safety is a must!
Gerard Krebs and Vincent
If you wish to learn archery then Chiang Mai Bow in Mae Rim
District, Tambon Maesa is waiting. Owner John Moore instructs his visitors on
safety and the techniques required to master the art of archery. He promises
you will be aiming for gold within an hour.
John Moore’s primary goals are safety and fun.
Chiang Mai Bow offers three courses. The first is a two hour
course with target shooting where you practice your archery skills followed by
speed shoot where you have to hit several targets against the clock and a 24
arrow competition. This course costs 300 baht.
The second course is an extension of the first one and has
an additional activities. This course lasts three hours and costs 450 baht.
The One Day Fun Day course is the longest and includes much
fun and additional practice and competitions. This 900 baht course includes
return transportation to Chiang Mai Bow from anywhere in the city plus lunch.
This is a great opportunity to learn archery and to have some fun at the
Chiang Mai Pool League