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Mae Tang football team and Chom Thong volleyball team win 3rd World Vision Cup

Bicycle marathon for National Mother’s Day

Farangutans are unlucky yet again

Aero Thai Mini Volleyball

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Mae Tang football team and Chom Thong volleyball team win 3rd World Vision Cup

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The Third World Vision Cup matches took place on July 29 at Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Anniversary stadium to find new male footballers and female volleyball athletes not over 12 years old to join a regional level competition in October this year and later at national level.

A Mae Taeng player dribbles the ball during the match with Mae On.

The objective of the activity was to encourage youngsters to play sports and music as a drug and AIDS prevention method. Target groups were 3,000 elementary students from schools joining World Vision’s program in 37 provinces throughout Thailand. Music and painting contests about drugs and AIDS were also held.

The final match between Baan Buak Meu School, Mae Taeng district and Baan On Klang School, Mae On district, with Mae Taeng winning convincingly 4-0.

On the volleyball finals, Baan Muang Fang Sai School team, Mae Taeng district was defeated by Baan Muang School team from Chom Thong district 2-0.

Baan Muang Fang Sai School volleyball girls team from Chom Thong district receiving the championship trophy.

Soccer player from Chom Thong district (yellow) seizes possession of the ball from a Doi Lo player (pink) before Chom Thong went on to win 6-0 and become the second runner-up.

Bicycle marathon for National Mother’s Day

Save your old coconut’s for an old rider

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To celebrate the 73rd Royal birthday anniversary of HM the Queen, the Chiang Mai Bicycle Club has gathered 25 riders from Lamphun and Samutprakan to ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and Samutprakan.

Khum Wongsaeng, 73, a member of Chiang Mai Bicycle Club participates in bicycle riding with his homemade coconut shell helmet, to celebrate the 73 year anniversary of the Queen.

This will occur during the Mother’s Week of 2005 from August 5-13. The activity is also campaigning to reduce pollution and traffic jams and for saving fuel oil and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Promoting the Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng culture route is also expected.

The riders will meet the deputy minister of transport in Bangkok to present him with a proposal to provide a bicycle way on Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng Road to accommodate bicycle riders and to persuade people to use bicycles. They will also meet the Bangkok governor to promote the bicycle riding policy to be applied in Bangkok.

Khum Wongsaeng, 73, a Chiang Mai resident is taking part and has modified a coconut shell as a bicycle helmet. He has ridden from Chiang Mai to Bangkok more than four times and said that he is still fit. A foreigner wanted to buy his coconut shell helmet for 5,000 baht but he refused as the coconut shell helmet had saved his life once before.

Farangutans are unlucky yet again

Eric Lynn

Sunday morning at 8.30: a time when every self-respecting Farangutan would normally still be just a couple of hours into a coma following a Saturday night at Spicey’s. Not this week though, we were all there at the Irish raring to get to Sankampaeng and reacquaint ourselves with the long forgotten experience of picking up 3 points – all except Ross, of course who, as usual, had to be dragged out of bed. Fortunately, nobody has yet thought about introducing breathalysers for footballers.

Yet again, the team had a new look with two debs (Rick The Singing Monk who had never before kicked a football in his life and Matthew), sprucing themselves up in their high heels and Sunday best and ready to learn a trick or two, as well as recent signing Tao from the land of the European Champions.

We began hopefully with our midfield confidently knocking the ball around for the first 10 minutes which, we thought, had the opposition suitably dazzled. They were well supported by a solid looking defence with Warren as yet untroubled, Ross still drunk but not yet disorderly and Eugene producing another solid performance at left back. The first goal could be only a matter of time. It was - unfortunately for the wrong team as they picked up a stray ball and broke clean through our defence. Chris made a brave attempt to get down in time to a hard low shot, but that final beer the previous night won the day and the ball was in the net: 0-1.

Somewhat shell-shocked, we kicked off again and took a siesta for the next 20 minutes. When we re-awoke, the score was suddenly 0-3. Hinsh, Rick Mann and Eric were still running in midfield and Adam was still foraging, but the opposition were running faster. Number 9 was causing Warren to dig deep into his supply of experience and number 8 was making Ross sober up quickly. Chris, who produced some stunning saves to keep us in the game, was helpless as he was left to pick the ball out of the net again.

The second half saw no new legs (the 22 we had were the only ones available) but a masterly tactical change initiated by Warren Wenger. Rick The Singing Monk was commissioned to man mark the opposition number 9 (and if all else failed, sing gently in his ear). Immediately following the kick-off, Eric sent Adam clean through the defence and we were back in the game: 1-3. One minute later, they repeated the combination, this time Adam slotted the ball coolly over the top: 1-3. But the pressure was beginning to take its toll on the opposition and the previously dangerous number 9 was so well shackled by Rick TSM that we had complete control of the game despite having to carry Eugene whose aging hamstring seized up. The defence was again solid and Rick slotted home our second shortly afterwards: 2-3 and the Farangutans were looking good.

With the opposition waking up slightly, Ross and his bum chum (no.8) were becoming ever more intimate with the referee visibly wincing at some of Ross’ tackles. Finally, the inevitable: yet another yellow card to add to the collection. Meanwhile, Chris was again there when needed and kept us in the game with a couple more good saves. When the referee blew up for yet another foul, Warren came up with the defender’s classic “I got the ball, ref”, conveniently ignoring the opponent writhing on the ground long before he made contact with leather. We thought we had equalized when Adam, after being obstructed, took a quick free kick to Rick who walked the ball home. Thai refs, however, like to be in control when free kicks are taken and disallowed the goal.

Suddenly our hopes were snuffed by a late breakaway goal and despite bravely fighting to the end, we succumbed to another defeat. Down, but by no means out! We’ll be back!

Final Score: Farangutans 2 Radar FC 4.

Men of the match: Rick Mann, Warren, Ross

Aero Thai Mini Volleyball

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Aeronautical Radio of Thailand in cooperation with the Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior has instituted the Aero Thai Mini Volleyball competition for girls and boys under the age of 12 years.

Gp. Capt. Seubboon Nanna, director of Aeronautical Radio of Chiang Mai

The winners will receive a trophy presented by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

The competition will take place from August 29 to September 3 at Chiang Mai municipality stadium. Aeronautical Radio of Chiang Mai will promote the competition in the seven northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phayao, Tak and Mae Hong Son.

Gp. Capt. Seubboon Nanna, director of Aeronautical Radio of Chiang Mai, said that 18 teams have already applied to join the competition but still more teams are needed; therefore he would like all schools in the seven northern provinces to send teams to join the competition. The team event has even attracted a long neck Karen tribe from Mae Hong Son.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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