Half Moon wins
Chiang Mai Pool League
After an exciting end to the season, Half Moon finished
as champions of the Chiang Mai Pool League, and thereby earned the honor of
hosting the end of season awards presentation party on November 19.
(in black), representing Rock Hard, receives the runners-up trophy.
Half Moon’s Steve, Brian, Tu, Noi, Ron, and Ben enjoyed
the spoils of victory, which included a huge league championship trophy.
Hard Rock, which lost a heartbreaking tie break the
previous week, nonetheless finished a close second (it couldn’t have been
any closer) at the end of what was deemed the most thrilling season to date.
On behalf of the Hard Rock team, Tao accepted the runners-up trophy with
grace and dignity.
Chiang Mai Pool League Championship team, Half Moon: Steve, Brian, Tu, Noi,
Ron, and Ben with friends at the award ceremony.
The next season is scheduled to start on January 7. Any teams interested
in participating should inform John at True Blue by December 1.
Germany and USA advance to Women’s U 19 Football Semi Finals
Seven thousand people from the different communities in
the north cheered for their favorites in the Women’s Under 19
spirit on both sides throughout the entire closely fought match.
Germany against Nigeria was the first of two quarterfinal
matches played at the 700 Year Anniversary complex last Sunday. Both teams
showed spirit and enthusiasm, though the Nigerians perhaps a little too much,
receiving four yellow cards throughout the match.
Nigeria’s Nkese Udoh scored the first goal towards the
end of the first half, to wake up the German team, who came back in full
force with beautiful passes by Anja Mittag, the strongest player in the team,
and finally landed a goal in the 86th minute.
Two 15 minute periods of extra time saw the score still
locked at one all. The resultant penalty shootout saw Germany beat Nigeria
5-4 and advance to the semifinals.
The second game on Sunday was USA against Australia and it
was another close game, with America’s Amy Rodriguez and Megan Rapinoe
scoring the only two goals in the second half to get the USA to the
In the other matches played in Bangkok, Brazil and China
beat Russia and Canada.
The finals in Bangkok on November 27 will be televised.
Nigeria and Italy tie 1-1, but Australia gives Thailand 5-0 drubbing
The second round of the U-19 Women’s World Football
Championship took place in Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on
November 16 with Nigeria and Italy ending in a one all draw, but in the second
match, Australia beat Thailand 5-0.
Siriwat, manager of the Thai national women’s football team, apologizes to
In the clash between Italy and Nigeria, the first half ended
with neither side able to score. In the 66th minute, the Nigerian goalkeeper
caught the ball booted by Italy’s No 21, Manieri Raffaella, but the linesman
ruled it had crossed the goal line despite the objections from the Nigerian
players and coach. Nigeria equalized in the 93rd minute when No 3, Sabi Akudo,
In the second match of the day between Thailand and
Australia, the home team tried hard to score, but did not succeed. Australia
had possession of the ball most of the time, and the first half ended 3-0 in
their favor. In the second half, Australia scored another two goals, making the
final score 5-0.
The championship has not gone well for the home side. We
have conceded the most goals (18 in three matches) and could end up scoring no
points at all. Thailand is placed last in Group A.
After the match, Naruemol Siriwat, manager of the Thai
national women’s football team, apologized to all Thai fans who watched and
cheered the team. She appealed to them to understand that their opposition
played in professional teams and had played in Olympic competition. Thailand
had formed the national team only six months ago. Many of the Thai players were
inexperienced and were just schoolgirls from Thailand’s sport schools,
according to Naruemol. She admitted that they were at a disadvantage both in
physique and experience. Though having been defeated, they had not given up and
were not discouraged.
“More players from all regions will be singled out to join the national
team and the older players will be retested as well. Any players who are not
capable and fit enough for international matches will be eliminated from the
team. This would ensure a better performance,” Naruemol said.
to help AIDS orphans
Chiangmai Raem Co. along with other private companies
organized the ‘Home and Community Care Project Mini-Marathon 2004’ on
November 14. The money raised will be used to help AIDS orphans.
children participate in the marathon to help other needy children.
receive their trophies.
The mini-marathon was open to participants from the age of
six up to the elderly. It was divided into three distances - 2.5 km for
children, a 5.5 km route and 8.5 km route.
The winner in each category was awarded a trophy from the
governor of Chiang Mai.
Boys aged 6-8 years: 1st:
Ratchanont Sawetweeraphat, 2nd:
John Pettit, 3rd Siriwut Jantaboon.
Girls aged 6-8 years: 1st:
Siriporn Baisaed, 2nd: Kittiyaporn
Theppawang, 3rd: Nitchanya
Men aged under 19 years: 1st:
Kritpong Sue-ngam, 2nd: Pornchai
Chuekiaw, 3rd: Boonlong
Women aged under 19 years: 1st:
Pawilai Jindaduang, 2nd: Muttanop
Jangdech, 3rd: Ampai Phuyao.
Men aged 30-39: 1st:
Pitak Intajak, 2nd: Sergeant Wisut
Uppanpongkul, 3rd: Piset Tanpapar.
Women aged 30-39: 1st:
Sumalee Sriwichai, 2nd: Kulwadee
Dee-udom, 3rd: Shanon Pettit.
People over 60 years: 1st:
Kamol Pinmart, 2nd: Sutthiorn
Thitijamroenporn, 3rd: Wisuth