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Fundraising flight to England

Montfort College football champions in two divisions

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiang Mai Pool League: Champs downed in second match*

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Fundraising flight to England

During July, two members of the Chiang Mai Cricket Alliance flew to England to attend the famous “Cheltenham Cricket Festival” in an effort to raise much needed funds for the junior cricket programme. The idea was proposed by Chris Cooley, who, on his annual visit to the Chiang Mai Sixes competition last April, discussed the possibilities with Head Coach David Buck and his wife Linda.

Some of the handmade souvenirs available for cricket fans.

It was agreed by the CMSCA that stocks would be sent to the UK in the hope that similar monies raised at the “sixes” would be matched by the Glostershire public. Both David and Linda made their own arrangements to fly to the UK.

A small marquee was provided for the week’s tournament, kindly donated by Chris Cooley, and David and long standing friend Norman Buckler manned the stall throughout. The crowd was disappointing in numbers, considering the prestige of the tournament, but as Chris Cooley remarked “The crowds have been poor this season because Glostershire have not done well in all competitions this year, and they have no real superstar in the team”.

The teams that were on show during the week were title challengers Hampshire, who played a four day game followed by a one day game. Nottinghamshire followed with a one day game and then Sussex. Whilst Hampshire was there, David (being an ex-Hants man) managed to arrange for a stall at the evening game against Lancashire and that proved to be the best day of all. At the end of it all though, David remarked that he was disappointed with the public support and what was hoped to have been sold would have to be returned to Thailand at additional costs. He added “We tried to make people in England aware of junior cricket, and all were very supportive. Some interest was also shown by a large company based in Bangkok, so it was not all bad, and the stock is still available for other fund raising events.” Also at the event, a charity group was collecting for the tsunami relief, which was well supported.

Montfort College football champions in two divisions

Nopniwat Krailerg

The U-12 football Champions Dara Wittayalai (dark jerseys) with Mae Ai School and Montfort Colleges. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

Montfort College had two champions in Chiang Mai student football competition in the 16 and 18 year old divisions after defeating Chiang Mai Technology School 2-1 and Payap Technology School 3-0.

The Chiang Mai student football competition 2005 finals were on August 19, at the Chiang Mai Center of Sports and Recreation. There were two final matches, Under 14 and Under 18 years and a match competing for the second runner-up.

The U-14 match was between Yuparaj Wittayalai School and Dara Wittayalai School which Yuparaj Wittayalai School won 1-0.

In the final match of U-18s, Montfort College defeated Payap Technology School 3-0 and Montfort became Chiang Mai representative football team to compete in the first round of Region 5 student football competition.

The final match of U-12s between Dara Wittayalai School and Mae Ai School was won by Dara Wittayalai 5-3.

In the U-16s division, Montfort defeated Chiang Mai Technology School 2-1 while Hang Dong Rat Raad School beat Fang School 4-2.

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 H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website:

CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel. 053-418210). Website:

CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm. Website:

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website:

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from H3 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.

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

Chiang Mai Pool League: Champs downed in second match

Pat Black

August 26th saw Chiang Mai’s top cueists go into action on the green baize for match two in the second season of the Chiang Mai Pool League 2005, and there was no shortage of surprises.

After comfortably winning their first match with December Bar, reigning champs - The Local - were gunned down convincingly 6-3 by last session’s whipping boys – Out Back. With a 4-2 deficit at the end of the singles, the shocked favourites failed to recover, but I’m sure they’ll bounce back.

Ex champions - Half Moon Pub - also found themselves down 4-2 at the break, but they managed to claw their way to a 5-4 marathon victory in the doubles away at Blue Sky Bar.

It’s been far from an easy start for most of the top teams this time out and last season’s runners-up The Wall were soon up against it when they lost their first match to Rock Hard Bistro a week ago. But they climbed back on track last Friday with an 8-1 mauling of new boys - and girls - No. 1 Bar.

Enjoy Place and La Villa posted their first wins against December Bar and Blue Sky Garden, respectively, and I’m sure No. 1, December Bar, Friends Corner and Happy Bar will cheer up once they get off the mark.

Sometimes struggling to put a side together last season, Changers and Bangers finished third from bottom, but they top the table today with back to back wins against Happy Bar and Friends Corner. Nevertheless, my money goes on Rock Hard Bistro for the title up for grabs, as they’re always a tough nut to crack.

This column aims to bring you weekly updates on the Chiang Mai Pool League and any other pool events. It would also like to act as an open forum. We would like to hear about future tournaments, outstanding performances, opinions of the rules, freak happenings, or maybe your team is looking for new players.

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