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Half Moon wins Chiang Mai Pool League

Germany and USA advance to Women’s U 19 Football Semi Finals

Nigeria and Italy tie 1-1, but Australia gives Thailand 5-0 drubbing

Mini-marathon held to help AIDS orphans

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Half Moon wins Chiang Mai Pool League

Autsadaporn Kamthai

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.

Tao (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.

The 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

Sandy Clark

Seven thousand people from the different communities in the north cheered for their favorites in the Women’s Under 19 quarterfinals.

Fighting 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 semifinals.

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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Naruemol Siriwat, manager of the Thai national women’s football team, apologizes to Thai fans.

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, scored.

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.


Mini-marathon held to help AIDS orphans

Staff reporters

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.

Many children participate in the marathon to help other needy children.

The winners 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.

Results

2.5 kilometers

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 Sawetweeraphat.

5.5 kilometers

Men aged under 19 years: 1st: Kritpong Sue-ngam, 2nd: Pornchai Chuekiaw, 3rd: Boonlong Monthathong.

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 Jarusin.