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Farangutans stop the rot with eleventh hour victory

Toyota Motor Sport Day 2005 show at Chiang Mai Stadium

Maejo and Watthanothai Payap schools win student volleyball competition

Aero Thai Mini Volleyball 2005

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiang Mai Pool League: Champs downed in second match*

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Farangutans stop the rot with eleventh hour victory

After suffering a recent string of heavy reverses, the Farangutans traveled out to Mae Faek this last Sunday with only one thing in mind: victory!

Farangutan FC on tour at soggy Mae Jo.

In glorious sunshine, the newly strengthened squad warmed up for the game with an impromptu session of foot/volleyball, bonding the team and providing the rusty Westerners with a chance to get their eye in and their legs moving. Many of the Farangutans had been away all summer (typical teachers you might say!), and it was a welcome sight to behold a large playing squad eager for kick-off.

The game eventually kicked off at 4.30 p.m., and it was a full-blooded opening five minutes, with skirmishes at both ends of the pitch. The game was given an extra edge by a large crowd of assembled Thais who looked on, astonished by these tall outlandish foreigners who had suddenly descended on their back yard. Their fervent cheers, for both teams, further enhanced what was already a very pleasant atmosphere in the balmy evening sunshine.

10 minutes into the game the Farangs drew first blood with an unstoppable counter-attack. With the Thais attacking in numbers, James collected a loose ball on the edge of his own area. Looking up, he picked out Adam’s run with a long raking pass a la Beckham. Adam eagerly accepted the ball into his stride and clipped the ball over the advancing keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Thus stung into action, the Mae Faek team began pinning back the Farang defense with repeated assaults on their goal, and, despite dogged defending, an equalizer could not be prevented. The Man of the Match, goalkeeper Mark de la Fleur, parried several shots before one loose ball eventually fell to the feet of the Thai strikers, who brought the scores level after half an hour.

The Farangs were struggling to keep their shape after adopting a policy of constant rolling substitutions, but they did manage to contrive some attractive passages of play as half-time approached. New boy Richard went close five minutes before the interval, his mazy run delighting the gaggle of Thai girls on the touchline, who seemed only to be watching him, for some reason! The rest of us tried not to laugh as Richard was unceremoniously brought down by the Thai centre-half and landed head first in a puddle of mud.

The half ended well for Farangutan FC. Good play on the left from Ross the Smoking Monk found Adam unmarked in front of goal, who in turn slipped the ball sideways for the attendant full-back Dr. Tim Cressey. The Doc made no mistake (he couldn’t miss!), and the ref blew for half-time. Farangs 2, Mae Faek 1.

Half-time oranges brought nutrition to tiring limbs, but it was the Thais who were quickest off the blocks in the second half. Stepping up their game considerably, the Mae Faek team produced a mesmerizing display of controlled possession football, and it was only the heroics of Mark the goalie that blocked the route to goal. However, even he could not stem the tide forever, and the second equalizer arrived after sixty minutes, setting up a tense finale.

With the Farangs bravely repelling wave after wave of Thai attacks, the Mae Faek outfit were drawn further and further forward, and succumbed to a fatal counter-attack in the final minutes. Good work from Rick Mann down the left saw Adam put through in the inside left channel. Managing to evade the desperate lunges of first the full-back and then the goalkeeper, the Farang striker gleefully poked home the winner for a memorable and very welcome 3-2 victory.

The credibility of our noble team thus restored, the Farangutan team can look forward with increasing confidence to our next match, wherever that might be.

Thanks go to an excellent and very sporting Mae Faek side, and in particular to Khun Pakhon for organizing the whole shebang.

Finally, thanks as always to our kind sponsors, the Chiangmai Mail and the UN Irish Pub.


Toyota Motor Sport Day 2005 show at Chiang Mai Stadium

Nopniwat Krailerg and Saksit Meesubkwang

Toyota Lanna Saha Panich, champion of the Soluna Vios One Make Race.

Toyota Motor Thailand held the their sports days event at Chiang Mai Stadium August 13 - 14. The total awards were worth almost 200,000 baht with the winner taking home 150,000 baht.


Maejo and Watthanothai Payap schools win student volleyball competition

Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong

Maejo School (right) defeated Jitra Witthaya School and became the U-14-year-old cham pions.

The final round of the Chiang Mai student volleyball competition 2005 took place on August 24 in Chiang Mai municipality stadium. Eight different age teams were represented in the final matches.


Aero Thai Mini Volleyball 2005

Nopniwat Krailerg

Some of the competition teams.

Prinya Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor opened the official 6th Aero Thai Mini Volleyball 2005 for 16 Under 12 year old teams. Provincial champions will progress to the national level competition to be held in Bangkok, where the winners will receive 20,000, 15,000 and 10,000 baht plus trophies presented by HRH Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.


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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/

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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/cumh3.html

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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/

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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html

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: Changers stay on top

Pat Black

A resurgent Changers and Bangers convinced doubters that their position on top of the Chiang Mai Pool League is no fluke, with an emphatic 6-3 win over a strong La Villa side last time out. Leading 4-2 after the singles, Changers took two of the three doubles to remain undefeated this season. But they are closely followed by my favourites - Rock Hard Bistro - and Half Moon Pub, who both maintained 100% records.

In this third week of the new season, Rock Hard coasted 6-3 away at No.1 Bar while Half Moon smashed Blue Sky Garden on foreign baize 7-2.

The very beautiful Ieu demonstrates the difference between a pool cue and modernised chopstick at Friends Corner.

Last year’s Champs – The Local – rebounded well against The Wall at home after last week’s slip up at Outback, by running out 5-4 winners in a closely fought contest; while Outback kissed their unbeaten record goodbye when losing on home soil to Enjoy Place by the same margin. Outback can’t complain after winning three of their four matches on a scratched black.

Relief must have spread through the Friends Corner camp as they chalked up their first win of the season, and it was a banker that they’d manage it at home. There must be half a dozen spots around their table with only room for a modified chopstick instead of a cue. Perhaps Happy Bar couldn’t quite get to grips with the tiny stick and went down narrowly 4-5.

They join No. 1 in looking for their first victory this season together with December Bar who went down 3-6 at home to Blue Sky Bar.

So, the leading positions in the league this week saw little or no change, with the same three sides topping the list. However, The Local made a significant move up from eighth to sixth in mid table and Blue Sky Bar from seventh to fourth. At the foot of the ladder, Friends Corner moved up one to leave December Bar in a bottom three that still have plenty of time to rally round.

In recent seasons, competitors of increasing ability have been attracted to the Chiang Mai Pool League and the gulf has widened between the good and average player. In the past, home sides used to display their playing sequence before visitors prior to the start of a match, thus allowing for tactics. For instance, away teams might throw a weaker player up against a good one in the hope of a shock win, while keeping their better contestants for later.

This was eventually deemed unfair and last season a ruling was made that each side record their order of play privately on paper before it is displayed on the board, after which it can’t be changed, not even for late comers or players that vanish.

Nevertheless, this rule has been met with criticism and in some cases ignored. What are your views?

Don’t forget if you have any news and views on the rules, pool generally, future tournaments, outstanding performances, freak happenings, or a need for new players, just email bobby.k0 @lycos. com and we’ll try to include them in this column.