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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Local teams get ready for Chiang Mai Sixes

Dirty match results in clean sheet for farangs

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Scribblers and speakers stumble in police grudge match

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Local teams get ready for Chiang Mai Sixes

Geoff Thompson

Among the 30 teams contesting the honors in this year’s 18th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, four local teams are hoping to carry off some of the silver (and pewter) ware.

The world’s biggest and most popular amateur six-a-side cricket tournament gets underway this month (March 27 – April 2) at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. This year there are five main trophies up for grabs – the Sixes Cup, a new Bromley Shield (given by Tournament Director Maurice Bromley and his wife Renita), the Bowl, Joe Carpenter Plate, and the Spoon trophy for cricketers of more ‘social’ abilities.

The Ladies Challenge is the glamorous part of the 18th Sixes tournament, with the local Chiang Mai Chassies defending an unbeaten record against the visiting Dixie Belles.

Among the local entries, CMW Oriental Collection will again sponsor the CMW Warriors team led by company boss Basharat Ahmed Wani. CMW will be hoping for luck in Cup, Shield or Bowl this year, having been very competitive in three previous years’ efforts. Usually with the onset of decrepitude and failure to win silverware, a Sixes team quietly drops down to the quieter life of the Spoon Division. But this year, Sandy Cullen’s Irish Pub Gang Green team is actually moving up from the Spoon to challenge for main competition honors. Even with the ‘signing’ of experienced cricketers Wally Pohl and Dean Henderson (ex- local tobacco companies’ team), they may still need the luck of the Irish!

The local tobacco industry team, always competitors for Cup or Bowl honors ever since they debuted in 1989, have a fairly untried new line-up this year. Competing under the name The Mujibas, the team may rely on the experience of captain Steve Penney, his father George Penney and David Hird. The only local entry in the Spoon Division this year is the Gymkhana Cavaliers team, captained by Eric Little. Eric, a retired Australian living in Chiang Mai, is volunteer Coaching Coordinator for the successful program run by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA) which is introducing cricket in local Thai junior schools. This year Eric is including four young graduates of the CMSCA program in the Cavalier’s team. Orf, Tee, Bank, and Soe have already proved themselves talented in cricket at the adult level.

CMW Warriors led by local businessman Wani (front row right) will be hoping to win one of the four main competition trophies at the Sixes this year.

Not in the main Sixes competition, but always a main attraction (they will tell you), are the glamorous Chiang Mai Chassies, defending their long unbeaten run in the best of three matches, Ladies Challenge competition.

Spectators are always welcomed at Gymkhana Club for the Sixes. Entry is free, there is shaded seating and a friendly all-day bar and food service, right on the boundary.

Cricket action is on-going everyday from Sunday March 27, to Saturday April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. through to about 5.30 p.m.


Dirty match results in clean sheet for farangs

Rick Mann

And so it was with a degree of trepidation that the Farangutans assembled for the second match of the season. Trepidation not so much due to the previous week’s defeat, but because of the shockingly early 9 a.m. kick-off.

This early start was new territory for the boys, and may have accounted for a couple of absentees - what was rather surprising though was that Ross was not one of these - on the contrary, he arrived looking sharp, fresh and ready to do battle. And this he endeavoured to do, kicking lumps out of his opponent from start to finish! And it was just this type of fighting spirit that was required to banish the disappointment of the game the week before. Mae Khajan provided the opposition; could the mighty Farangutans clock up their first league victory?

The early exchanges saw little threat from Mae Khajan; rather it was the Farangutans who took control of the game and carved out the only clear-cut chances. The pitch was flat and smooth (which did actually come as quite a surprise!) and the farangs took full advantage. Adam, Sweepy and Shawn were all prominent creating good openings, willingly supported out wide by Tim and Troy. But it was striker Ano who enjoyed a couple of great chances only to be denied by a resolute Mae Khajan goalkeeper.

Nevertheless, the Farangutans’ dominance was rewarded on the half hour as Adam battled his way through the opposition defence before lashing the loose ball into the bottom corner. This sent a wave of confidence throughout the team, and the farangs pressed for a second as half time approached. But alas it was not forthcoming - indeed one free kick from a promising position sailed high over the bar, and would have registered a comfortable three points in another sport!

The second half began in much the same vein - one in which Mae Khajan were ‘chasing shadows’. And as their frustration grew, the game took on a much more unsavoury feel. Ross’s ongoing feud with the Mae Khajan right winger had sown the seeds in the first half - and now the game boiled over. Being unable to create any meaningful openings, Mae Khajan’s tactics changed dramatically as they proceeded to trip, hack and scythe down any Farangutan who ventured near them. In a mad twenty minute period, Mae Khajan saw their agricultural defending rewarded with six yellow cards, and one red. That was for the Mae Khajan left back who committed a horrendous tackle on the Farangutan midfielder “Sweepy”, whose own attempt to exact a little revenge, by lunging two-fisted at said left back, was similarly met with the red card. As he left the pitch, some spectators could clearly hear his reaction, “Ooooh, Ah thought it was earnly worth a yeller...”

By this stage the referee was having quite a job controlling the game - and he may well have been thankful that the Farangutans second goal seemed to knock the wind out of the Mae Khajan sails. Again it was Adam who found the ball at his feet following a break down the right; he was able to squeeze his shot in at the near post, complete his brace and earn him a well-deserved man-of-the-match nomination. So, two-nil, and game over... or was it? No, far from it. Mae Khajan were not finished yet - they mounted a fightback as the Farangutans sat back on their lead. The impressive Mark firstly had to produce a fine save from a vicious in-swinging free kick, somehow pushing the ball on to the bar; and as the seconds were ticking away his services were once again called upon. Mae Khajan, having been awarded a penalty, saw this as their potential life-line. But no, Mark capped a fine performance by saving the spot kick, sending the Farangutans and their travelling supporters into raptures! And despite being battered and bruised, the Farangutans held on for this first hard-fought victory.

Same time next week? No chance, it’s a sedate 11.00 kick off!


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!


Scribblers and speakers stumble in police grudge match

Provincial Police Commissioner ensures transparency of results

Nopniwat Krailerg

A special soccer match is held annually in Chiang Mai on March 5, the National Mass Media Day. Radio, television and newspaper men and women joined to do battle on the field in a soccer match between the local mass media against police and chair ball between police women and mass media women.

Police and mass media teams.

Akhom Tantrakul, deputy-president of special activities, presided over the opening ceremony, and welcomed Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 who was attending the activities.

Police were the decisive winners, without having to arrest all other participants but by scoring 2-0 in the soccer match and 8-1 in chair ball. However, due to lots of practice gained whilst cunningly extracting information from golfers during matches, the media triumphed in the golf competition held in the morning at the Lanna Golf Course.

TV mass media receive the cup from Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor.


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