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Scribblers out-dribbled by San Kamphaeng police

Charity run helps the poor with their medical bills

Biking for Education number 2

Mahidol Charity Petanque 2005.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Black day for blue skies

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Scribblers out-dribbled by San Kamphaeng police

Saksit Meesubkwang

This year’s Police League has been hotly contested and 16 teams have already bowed out, and those that have gone through to the second round have been divided into four groups.

Chiang Mai Provincial Police team (in white) and Chiang Dao Police Station team (in red) shake hands before play begins.

A Group consists of Hang Dong, Mae Ping, Muang and Chiang Dao police stations and Chiang Mai Provincial Police. B Group has San Kamphaeng, Chang Puek and San Pa Tong police stations and the media team. Phuping, Nong Tong, Mae Taeng and Doi Saket police stations are in C Group, and D Group consists of Mae Rim, Saraphi and Phrao police stations and Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.

The second round took place at Chiang Mai 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on September 15, starting with the media and San Kamphaeng Police Station teams. In the first half the police dribbled past the stunned media and scored three goals. In the second half, three media players were changed with Saksit Meesubkwang from Chiangmai Mail, Worapong Tuakjankham, a DJ and Aek from channel 5 coming on. Poramat Matchim of the media team scored one goal but trailed the police team by five goals throughout the rest of the match. The final result saw the media lose to the police 6-1. The scribblers go on to meet Chang Puek Police Station team on September 23.

The second match saw Chiang Dao Police Station pitted against Chiang Mai Provincial Police. At the eighth minute Chiang Mai Provincial Police scored a goal but try as they might, could not get another. Chiang Dao changed their goalkeeper and the match continued head to head, but Chiang Dao could not get past the defenses to score in the first half. Chiang Mai Provincial Police scored once more in the second half and Chiang Dao went down 2-0.

Charity run helps the poor with their medical bills

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Each year around September 24, Mahidol Day, the faculty of medicine at Chiang Mai University organizes various activities in memory of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the father of modern medicine in Thailand.

Assoc. Prof. Watchara Rujipongsathorn, CMU vice president cuts the ribbon at the start of the charity run

The events include a charity run, held every year since 1975. This year’s event, the 31st, was held on 18 September and presided over by Assoc. Prof. Watchara Rujipongsathorn, vice president of CMU.

Everyone joining the run makes a donation of money, with all the funds collected going to the Ratchasamadhorn foundation to pay medical expenses for the underprivileged. The run is not primarily a race but an event for testing and displaying the health and stamina of the participants. Runners over the age of 45 are given a health check before starting off.

Ratchasamadhorn is a fund that Their Majesties the King and Queen established for Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital in 1964, and both also present money to the budget every year to help poor patients in the hospital.

Biking for Education number 2

Another long charity ride

Zontian Dittaya Curtz, the chairwoman for “Biking for Education 2” has announced this year’s event will take place in November 10-13 2005. ‘Kick-off’ and breakfast 7 a.m. at the 700 year anniversary complex.

David Curtz, man on a bike with a mission, during the first ‘Biking for Education’ in 2004.

This year David Curtz will bike 550 km in four days. The route is from Chiang Mai – Fang – Chiang Rai – Phayao – Chiang Mai. The financial support raised will be for children who are dependents of the Zonta Home Cares Group at Thursday Club based at Red Cross Station 3.

Information can be obtained from For riders interested in joining, please contact David Curtz at [email protected]

Thursday Club a monthly lunch gathering and support group for people with HIV/AIDS, at the Thai Red Cross Chiang Mai # 3 Station. It regularly attracts 60-70 people to its lunches. Medical attention is available at each meeting and food and herbal medicines are also offered with exercise sessions and vocational training done at these gatherings. The lunches are also used as occasion for the home care team to monitor the health of these club members.

Zonta Chiang Mai Club has to raise funds to support these children from the Thursday Club families. The aim this year is to support 300 children residing throughout Chiang Mai province.

We invite biking enthusiasts and corporate sponsors to contact for more details Zonta Chairwoman Dittaya Curtz at e-mail: dittaya_ [email protected] 0 5383 8092, or 0 9433 4141.

Mahidol Charity Petanque 2005.

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The faculty of medicine at Chiang Mai University organized the 13th Mahidol Charity Petanque 2005 to raise funds for Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, as well as to promote the game in the region.

Tha Ruea Petanque team in the Mahidol Charity Petanque 2005.

Almost 100 teams from various organizations, institutes and clubs competed in the two day event.

This competition is held every year and the winning teams received trophies sponsored by Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Petanque was a favorite of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother, having played the game during the years she lived in Switzerland. In 1978, after learning that Petanque was played in Thailand, a president of the Petanque confederation was assigned to maintain this sport because it is beneficial for every age. Later in 1984, HRH the Princess Mother accepted that the sport of Petanque to be under her patronage.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Half Moon on top of the world

Pat Black

Half Moon Pub came through last week’s Chiang Mai Pool League fixtures with their 100 percent record still intact, but Chiangers and Bangers, Rock Hard Bistro and Out Back all stayed close to the leader’s tail, one point behind in joint second place. In the meantime, Blue Sky Bar, La Villa and No. 1 Bar made progress up the league ladder, while The Local and Wall fell off the pace, and Happy Bar are still looking for their first ever win.

The Brickley brothers cue up for Blue Sky Bar’s win at The Wall.

At Half Moon Pub, the top of the table team were rarely in trouble from a spirited performance by Friend’s Corner, and while the away side won the first of the doubles, reducing the deficit to 3-4, Half Moon polished off the last two games.

Behind them, the battle royal for outright second spot continued with Chiangers and Bangers, Rock Hard Bistro, and Out Back all winning 6-3 against December Bar, Enjoy Place and Blue Sky Garden, respectively. And Blue Sky Bar made a significant move up two places with a good win away at The Wall.

The surprise of the evening came at The Local, where lowly No. 1 Bar pulled off their second successive win 5-4 against last season’s Champs. Although No.1 led 4-2 after the singles, every game in the first session had gone to a lone black ball finish. The Local hit back in the first doubles, but No. 1 made sure by winning the next frame in a marathon match that lasted nearly three hours overall.

Happy Bar must have raised their hopes of achieving a first ever win when Ning and her husband Ken fought back to make it 3-3 at home against La Villa. However, it wasn’t to be this time, when the “Pizza Boys” from Rachadamnern Road reeled off all the doubles to go out 6-3 winners.

Pool is often thought of as an American sport with American champions, but over the years the game’s popularity has spread globally and produced multinational world class players, especially from countries like Germany and Finland.

In Asia last July, Taiwanese Wu Chia-ching went into the history books by becoming the youngest World Pool Champion ever, aged 16 years. After making his professional debut just two years ago, the “Taishan Kid” took his place against 128 big names from 43 countries that included Canada’s Alex Pagulayan, America’s Earl Strickland and Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, all competing over four days for a purse of US$350,000.

The social stigma attached to pool in Taiwan has been largely removed due to rising international stars like “Cool Hand” Chao Fong-pang and female cueists Jennifer Chen and Liu Shin-mei, and now young Wu Chia-ching joins a national hall of fame of which any country would be proud.

The Chiang Mai Pool League is also rearing its youngsters, with Blue Sky Bar’s Brickley brothers, Billy aged 14 and Willy only 12 have already made their mark in local competition and it is hoped that they receive encouragement and get time from studies to develop their talent further.

And who’s the oldest player in the league? Well, someone I know is almost 60 and still able to win a frame or two. Can anyone top that?

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