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The Friendship Game – basketball for ‘fun’

Prem Panther Girls storm their way into basketball finals

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The Friendship Game – basketball for ‘fun’

Kristen Davey, CMIS Athletic Director

Each year Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) hosts a basketball tournament where international school teams from Bangkok and Chiang Mai compete. The event takes place over two days, with the first day ending with a “Friendship Game” where boys and girls from Bangkok and Chiang Mai combine players and play a game totally for the fun of it, resembling a Harlem Globe Trotters exhibition game.

Excited fans at half time

The game is meant to foster friendships and sportsmanship between players of all the teams who participate. Volunteer coaches from Bangkok and Chiang Mai teams are encouraged to be as creative and wacky with plays as they want. This year’s game was the best - and certainly the most fun - in the tournament’s eight year history!

CMIS center Michel van den Berg - jump ball.

Sometimes the players looked like they were break-dancing down the court. The players combined trick ‘street ball’ with creative passing under, over and backwards! Boys and girls played alternate quarters, but in the last quarter, because the girls had no subs, a few brave boys donned barrettes and did their best “girl impersonations” and played a hilarious round of basketball.

Two notable plays were slam dunks: the very tall American School of Bangkok (ASB) coach snuck in and did a ‘hanging’ slam dunk; the other involved CMIS player Benjamin Morse hanging off the basket rim with one arm while a Grace International School player passed him the ball which he caught with his ‘free’ hand and promptly slam dunked it.


Prem Panther Girls storm their way into basketball finals

David Michaels

The Under-20 Girls Basketball team from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School performed at an unprecedented level at the Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament. Not only did they place second overall in a competition that draws teams from throughout Thailand, these players were the first ever girls team from Chiang Mai to advance to the championship match.

Prem’s Under 20 Girls Basketball Team celebrates after an exciting finish to the Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The Prem team won every game leading up to the final, beating CMIS 17-16, Inter Community School 19-14, and Grace International School (GIS) 25-22 in the semi-final match-up. The final game was played against the Bangkok team Ruamradee, a school of over two thousand students.

In a nail-biting game from start to finish, Prem narrowly lost 15-17. According to coach Janet Powell, “It was an excellent performance from all team members. Since most of the players are graduating in a few months, this was a fitting way to end the season for us all.”


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Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.

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.

CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.

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.

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.

For more information visit: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/.

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!