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Prem Center hosts Asian Cricket Council coaching course

Farangutans fall on hard times, as well as hard ground

2nd Thai Product Cup finds final match teams

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Prem Center hosts Asian Cricket Council coaching course

Simon Greenslade
Assistant Director, Visiting Schools Program,
Prem Center for International Education

The Prem Tinsulanonda Center for International Education hosted a five day Specialist Coaching Course in July, organized by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and attended by twenty of Asia’s top cricket coaches, including national team coaches from Pakistan and Sri Lanka and some former Test and International players.

ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander with Cricket Australia presenters Andrew Zesers, Chris Harris and Marc Portus.

The course was conducted by a three man team from Cricket Australia, the organization responsible for the development of the game in Australia as well as the Elite Test and One-Day International teams. Focusing on the skill areas of Fast Bowling and Batting the participants and presenters embarked upon a ‘five day conversation’ about cricket and coaching techniques which included both theory and practical sessions using the latest technology and input from sports science experts.

This is the first of two ACC conferences to be held at the Prem Center in 2005 with a Sports Medicine and Fitness Course scheduled for mid December.

Farangutans fall on hard times, as well as hard ground

Rick Mann

You would think that given our plummeting position in the Chiang Mai Seniors League, our biggest problems would be faced on the pitch. Far from it; these days the greatest challenge seems to be in being able to find the right pitch at the right time. The previous week had seen the Farangutans trawl many a mile to the allotted pitch at the rather unseemly time of 9.30 Saturday morning, only to be met by the league “organiser” who informed us that the kick-off had been put back to 2.30 pm!

The Farangutans in action (File photo)

Well this week was no different. Two of the players arrived at the right pitch on time, twelve of the players arrived at the wrong pitch on time. A flurry of mobile conversations later, and the squad had reassembled at the right pitch at precisely 1.58, in plenty of time to change, warm-up and discuss tactics ahead of the 2.00 kick-off. Thankfully we were given the time to do the above and the stage was set.

Our opposition, Fon Kaew, were the poor-form horses of last season; so on the back of several straight defeats of our own, this would prove an interesting match-up. The Farangutans line-up saw a string of new faces (no doubt responding to the desperate call for players over the last few weeks). So as the referee blew for kick-off, “Right come on lads, let’s get stuck in...” it was replaced with “Good afternoon, what’s your name? Oh, it’s Craig, pleased to meet you. My name’s James, by the way...” Needless to say our opposition were slightly bemused at the sight of several Farangs shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries whilst they surged forward into our half.

But it was the Farangutans who managed to assert themselves early on - helped by the resolute defensive work of Eugene and Leandro in particular, as well as the sprightly Massau and Dave in midfield. And indeed it was new boy Dave who threaded a ball through to Adam who coolly slotted past the onrushing keeper. 1-0. And moments later, another exquisite pass found its way through to Adam, who this time slotted it coolly over. 1-0.

Fon Kaew came back strongly with their under-tall, nippy striker proving a thorn in our sides throughout. He created a number of chances for himself, but stand-in keeper Matt did well to keep him at bay. But he continued to prove a danger, and on one foray forward, having been held up by Warren, an over zealous Tim chopped him down. Tim may have got the ball, but with it the man. These referees don’t need a second invitation. Penalty. 1-1. And that was half time. Tired limbs were rested, electrolytes were quaffed and despite their late goal, a real confidence was emanating around the players that this game would still be ours.

A few minutes into the second half and we were 2-1 down. An innocuous-looking punt forward caused panic in the Farang defence. The Fon Kaew striker reacted first to prod the ball home. This brought a couple of changes - Eric and Sergio were introduced to give added experience and European flair. Also Tim was pushed into a more attacking role in midfield. Indeed it was he who started a crisp move down the left. His cross field pass found yours truly; I carried it to the penalty area before squaring a return ball to Tim, who then unleashed an absolute pile-driver of a shot at goal - and if he had actually connected with the ball rather than falling flat on his face with the ball trickling by, we may have had something to celebrate!

Still, with time running out, we were handed our life-line - and with it surely a first for the Chiang Mai Seniors League - yes we were awarded a penalty! Adam duly converted - and it was game-on. The drama was not over of course - but alas, it was us who would be crying into our beers later on at the UN Irish Pub. Fon Kaew’s final onslaught saw the ball pin-balling around our penalty area. Matt’s attempted clearance ricocheted off a defender and looped tantalizingly to an opposing striker, who bravely headed into the empty net.

Final score- Fon Kaew 3-2 Farangutans.
Men of the Match: Adam, Rick, Eugene.

2nd Thai Product Cup finds final match teams

Nopniwat Krailerg

The semi final of the Northern youth football competition “2nd Thai Product Cup” took place in San Pa Tong, between Monfort College and Wangsingkham School (under 16) teams. Wangsingkham School defeated Monfort College 4-2 after scoring in extended time with a penalty kick.

In the final matches, the 12 year old team of Monfort College will compete with Baan Namdib Lamphun School team; the 14 years old team of Monfort College will meet Lampang Sport School teams and the 16 year old team of Wangsingkham School will meet San Kamphaeng School team. The first final match will take place on August 6 at 3 p.m., Thai Product Football field in San Pa Tong, Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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