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Big cash prize pocketed in pool tournament

On any given Sunday

Chiang Mai Pool league

Thousands of students to compete in Tae Kwan Do

16 under-12 teams take part in volleyball competition

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Big cash prize pocketed in pool tournament

Hats off to the deserved winners

Saksit Meesubkwang

The 2nd 8-Ball Pool Tournament was held at the O’Malley’s Irish Pub August 21-22, with the support of ESC (European Safety Concepts) and O’Malley’s Irish Pub.

Dave Johnston ESC Chiang Mai general manager, with winners Danny O’Brien and John Routledge from the Rock Hard Bar pool team, and Scott Stairs from O’Malley’s.

Welshman John Routledge of the Rock Hard team took first place, receiving two trophies, a hat and 14,000 baht. Second was Danny O’Brien from England, who walked off with one trophy, another hat and 7,000 baht.

Steve Constantine from England of the Hard Moon team took third place, skipped away with his trophy, yet another hat and 3,500 baht, while American Rick Doe came fourth, winning the fourth hat, 2,000 baht and is still looking for his trophy.

The next tournament will take place October 2-3 with a minimum of 30,000 baht in prizes, according to Scott Stairs, managing director of O’Malley’s Irish Pub. The number of hats to be presented was not given at the time of going to press.

On any given Sunday

James Farrell

On any given Sunday you can bet that a few of Chiang Mai’s foreign gents will be resurrected from a boozy pit to play a game of football. What amazes me most is that a team that almost staggers on to the pitch, still tearing off the shackles of a Saturday night’s debauchery, can look like they never had a drink in their entire lives. It could be said that the team may at times be lacking in self control and resolve when it comes down to ‘nights out on the town’ but there’s no doubt that this intemperate ship of fools can metamorphose into a keen, well organized gang of has beens and could have beens, that play a decent game of footie when compelled to do so.

I remember my first game with the Farangutans, Mick had to go off in the first 10 minutes to be sick. The next game I played, half of the team had a beer at half time, while I sat thinking about cramp and free kicks; we won that game.

Playing against a team that had only won two games in the entire season, we felt pretty confident. Although one of those games had been against us, we still felt that that game had been some kind of anomaly. When the other team walked on to the pitch Farang mouths started to wag, these guys looked no older than 20 years old, and as the senior league allows no one under the age of 35 to play, we were given a good excuse to grumble.

It turned out we were given the win before the match was started because the other team had this age advantage; we weren’t privy to this before or during the game.

It has been said throughout the league that the Farang team have at times transgressed within the age limits, being that we look so young and robust, yet we have always maintained that our steady diet of cigarettes and alcohol have somehow kept us distant from the injuries of aging. Nonetheless the first half was hard work, the youngsters giving the Farang defense a hard time with their quick runs into the box. The Farangs did have more of the chances with Hinsh and Chico combining well, but to no avail. The first half ended 0-0, the Thais walking off looking like they had just gotten out of bed and the Farangs looking like they had suffered a collective heart attack.

In the second half some substitutions were made with Brian (tireless) and Masoe (subversive) to try and save the day. Within 10 minutes we were 1-0 down with a lucky goal going over goalie Flowers head. It’s worth noting as testament to the our team’s will, character and endurance, that Flowers broke a finger whilst warming up and still played a full game, although he did later state that his smoking finger had been affected by the injury.

Their lead didn’t last long. Tim, who has of late lost all his mirth, slammed in a great shot from outside the box to equal the score. The mild tempered, suave, La Coste aficionado may have been led astray by Farangutans bare knuckle fighter (Ross), yet somehow he has managed to keep his cool on the pitch.

After the game he sported a pair of leather moccasins (no socks) with dirty white football shorts, a swallow tattooed on his hand would not have looked out of place. I’m not sure what I should say. Beauty is skin deep.

At 1-1 that game ranted and raved but little happened, the Farangs kept the youngsters at bay, with few chances coming to either team. Rick put in a few crosses that always seemed to connect with Brian, yet all headers were wide of the goal. Brian later said that Tim was “putting him off”. The score ended at 1-1. Both teams were happy, and the game was probably one of the cleanest and most gentlemanly games all season. Now there’s something to be said about age. Next week back to the cranky old guys.

Chiang Mai Pool league

Thousands of students to compete in Tae Kwan Do

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Chiang Mai Tourism, Sport and Recreation Center in collaboration with Chiang Mai Physical Education College, the Chiang Mai Tae Kwan Do Club and Central Kad Suan Kaew is to arrange a Tae Kwan Do competition September 4-5 in the Ban Lan Thong Room, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.

Thousands of students from over 32 schools in Chiang Mai have applied to compete. The competition is open to both male and female Tae Kwan Do competitors and is divided into six age groups, in categories of Under-8, -10, -12, -14, -16 and -18 years.

The winners in the U-18 student category will become the provincial representatives to compete in the upcoming regional sports event for students in the eight northern provinces.

The competition aims to provide an opportunity for the top young athletes to compete in other national and regional events, as well as promoting the martial arts.

16 under-12 teams take part in volleyball competition

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The 5th AEROTHAI Mini-Volleyball competition has been organized for children aged under 12. Sixteen teams from Chiang Mai (eight boys and eight girls teams) are participating. The series of matches kicked off on August 23 and the final round will be held on August 28 at the Gymnasium 3 of the Municipal Stadium, Chiang Mai. Sponsorship of the series comes from the Chiang Mai Aeronautical Radio of Thailand.

The first match between Anuban Chiang Mai Kindergarten School (left) and Choomchon Sri Chom Thong (right).

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat and Kiattisak Rianwattana, deputy director of the Chiang Mai Center’s Aeronautical Radio of Thailand presided over the opening of the event and gave encouragement to the young athletes participating in the healthy sport.

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.

CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for males. No committee.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.

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!