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Chiang Mai 2006 World Interhash to bring 7,000 H3 members on-on to Chiang Mai

David Beckham in town soon?

The Local crowned Chiang Mai Pool League champions

Chiang Mai municipality stadium refurbishment ahead of schedule

Wanted - Dead or Alive - farang football players

District soccer matches start August 12 in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Chiang Mai 2006 World Interhash to bring 7,000 H3 members on-on to Chiang Mai

The pubs had better stock up

Saksit Meesubkwang

The next World Interhash will be held in Chiang Mai on October 27-29 next year. It is being jointly organized by the six Mekong/Indochina countries: Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and South West China.

Prinya Panthong (2nd from right), Chiang Mai vice governor, attending Chiang Mai Interhash 2006 press conference.

Steering committees of the Chiang Mai Interhash 2006 are meeting to discuss progress and the potential of Chiang Mai in various aspects such as streets, safety, communication, and facilities to support 7,000 Hash House Harriers members worldwide who will attend.

It is hoped locally that the Chiang Mai Interhash 2006 will promote and encourage Thai culture including supporting Thai and Mekong River-Indochina basin tourism.

Hash House Harriers is known affectionately as a drinking group with a running problem. There are 3,000 Hash House Harrier clubs around the world and 20 clubs in Thailand. The Interhash party or “meeting” is organized every two years, and Thailand has twice hosted the event, once each in Pattaya and Phuket. Both were highly successful events.


David Beckham in town soon?

Nopniwat Krailerg

Spain’s world-class football team Real Madrid will travel to Thailand for a friendship soccer match, competing with the Thai national team, during the European summer break. The friendly will be on July 29 at Rachamangkala Stadium, Bangkok, after which some players will come to Chiang Mai to open a soccer clinic for local youths.

Twenty of Real Madrid’s players and entourage will travel to Chiang Mai on the morning of July 29, including superstars Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Roberto Carlos.

After arriving in Chiang Mai, they will go to Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Anniversary Stadium to train 100 Chiang Mai youths, spending about an hour with them. They will fly back to Bangkok in the afternoon to play in the soccer match with Thai football team at 6 p.m.


The Local crowned Chiang Mai Pool League champions

With seven weeks to go in the Chiang Mai Pool League season, The Wall (which at that time was still called No Name Cafe) defeated league newcomers The Local in a closely contested match, 5-4. The win gave The Wall sole possession of first place, and they looked poised to take control of the league table.

The championship squad from The Local comprised (from left) Andrew, Klaus, Dave, Craig Elver, Phil (captain), Chris, Adam, Mat and Gordon.

However, it was the last loss of the season for The Local and with just three weeks to go they managed to overtake The Wall, which had fallen into a slump, at one point losing 3 straight matches.

The Local’s strong finish was too much of a hurdle for The Wall to overcome, and the newcomers earned the first 2005 Chiang Mai Pool League series championship in just their first attempt, albeit by just one point.

The Local’s proprietor, Craig Elver, said that he only plays when he absolutely has to. Instead, he leaves the competition up to team captain Phil and his strong team of Andrew, Klaus, Dave, Chris, Adam, Mat and Gordon.

Chris (left) from The Wall accepted the second place trophy, while The Local chief Craig gets both hands firmly on the winners’ trophy. League organiser John Whiting and David Hardy from ‘Good Morning Chiangmai News’, and Garry (second from left) from Number One Bar, Soi 1, Loi Kroh, which joins the league in the second season, look on happily.

The Wall finished a strong second, whilst Half Moon also had a good season, finishing in third place, just two points off the pace.

The end of season awards presentation party took place last Friday, July 15, at The Local on Soi 9 Moon Muang.

The second series of the League will be breaking off on August 19th. All inquiries to John Whiting at True Blue (tel 0-5327-8503).


Chiang Mai municipality stadium refurbishment ahead of schedule

Chiangmai Mail reporters

Songsiri Sarasilp, the engineer controlling Chiang Mai municipality stadium, revealed that the Office of Sports and Recreation Development, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, had authorized 27 million baht to improve Chiang Mai’s municipality stadium, to serve Chiang Mai Physical Study Institute students and residents.

Chiang Mai municipality stadium is being improved.

Reconstruction was in progress covering the field, electrical renovations, water reticulation and asphalt road systems. These were all 15 percent finished.

Re-turfing, lighting and fencing are still to come, but the company carrying out the work says it will finish ahead of the October 16 deadline.


Wanted - Dead or Alive - farang football players

Chiang Mai’s only foreign football team, the Farangutans are now accepting new players.

Ideally we are looking for vulgar, bloated, bald, chain-smoking alcoholics, but are willing to consider athletes, ex-pros, fitness fanatics, and church-goers.

Farangutans are involved in the Chiang Mai Senior League and play twice a week (Wednesdays and weekends). We are sponsored by Chiang Mai Mail and the U.N. Irish Pub, and, in addition to the camaraderie of the beautiful game, we enjoy invitation tournaments, weekend barbecues and hours of meaningless banter.

Anyone who is 30-plus, and would like to play football on a regular basis please call: Colin (01 289 5045) or Warren (09 435 0560).


District soccer matches start August 12 in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

To promote local soccer, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has provided 44,550,000 baht for 876 districts throughout the country to hold soccer competitions, with each district receiving 50,000 baht.

In Chiang Mai, and the soccer season will run from August 12 until December 5, 2005. Districts will be divided into four groups and compete with one another to get four winning teams. The four teams will then receive an additional budget to compete to become provincial champions and attend the national play-offs.


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!