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Students gather at CMU for regional games

Kick-off for Prime Minister Cup

Far Eastern College “To Be Number One” Tae Kwon Do competition

Female weightlifter from CMU wins gold and silver at Asia contest

Chiang Mai Pool League:Top teams dive in flood-ridden pool league

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Students gather at CMU for regional games

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Chiang Mai hosted the Student Games for Area 5 this year, with students under the age of 18 from eight northern provinces gathering at Chiang Mai University.

A female handball match.

Student Games is organized every year and each province takes turns to host.

The games were held between October 2 to 6, with athletes from Chiang Rai, Phrae, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai taking part.

A male volleyball match.

Nineteen sporting activities were represented, namely athletics, basketball, handball, male and female football, petanque, rugby, takraw, table tennis, lawn tennis, volleyball, weight lifting, social dance, tae kwon do, futsal, shooting, swimming and Thai and international boxing.

Each champion received certificates from Chiang Mai Sport and Recreation Center. The games next year will be held in Lampang.


Kick-off for Prime Minister Cup

Nopniwat Krailerg

Tinnakorn Numboonjitt, director of the Thailand Office of Sport and Recreation Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports said that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had assigned the office to organize the Prime Minister Cup.

12 years old foot ball players.

The first round would be held in each province by the provincial office of sport and recreation development. Then each province’s representative team would compete in the next round, an educational area competition separated into 10 areas.

Ten winning teams of each educational area will join the final round that will be held in Bangkok and in Chiang Mai.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will provide a budget for Chiang Mai Office of Sport and Recreation Development to prepare the final round competition that will take place in April next year.


Far Eastern College “To Be Number One” Tae Kwon Do competition

Nopniwat Krailerg

Far Eastern College, Chiang Mai, in cooperation with ONCB Northern Region and Central Airport Plaza are to organize 3rd anti drug Tae Kwon Do (To Be Number One) Far Eastern College Open on October 21-22, 2005 in the Lanna Hall of Central Airport Plaza. This competition is to compete for trophies sponsored by HRH Princess Ubonrat Rajakanya and will feature Tae Kwon Do athletes throughout the country.

The competition is separated into six age divisions, covering under 8 years old youth both male and female, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, 13-14 years old, 15-17 years old and athletes older 18 years old.

The competition begins with the younger age groups on October 21 and the next day will be a turn of 9-10, 11-12 and athletes older 18 years old. Each division’s winner will receive gold, silver and bronze medals together with certificates.


Female weightlifter from CMU wins gold and silver at Asia contest

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

A female weightlifter who is studying at Chiang Mai University has won two gold and one silver medals at an Asian weightlifting competition.

Sureerat Thongsuk is training in physical education at the faculty of education at CMU, and was selected to represent Thailand at the 7th Asia Youth Weightlifting 2005 contest which took place from August 15-26 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Sureerat won two gold medals for weightlifting in the under 58 kg snatch category and one more silver medal for the under 58 kg clean and jerk category.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Top teams dive in flood-ridden pool league

Pat Black

While most of downtown Chiang Mai languished in its second worst flood in 40 years, all of last week Pool League venues luckily stayed above water. Matches among the top teams saw Half Moon Pub maintain pole position, Blue Sky Bar move up to second, but Chiangers and Bangers, Rock Hard Bistro and Out Back all lost valuable ground.

League leaders Half Moon Pub went with the flow in their home encounter with luckless Happy Bar, and although the away side showed some resistance in the singles, they lost all their doubles games to give the frontrunners a 7-2 win.

Here’s Alex, 62 and still breaking his balls.

With players absent, a weakened Chiangers and Bangers lost second place by missing out at home to The Wall, who climbed one spot to sixth. Nip and tuck during the singles saw scores level at the break, but Chiangers capsized in the doubles to come out losers 3-6.

The performance of the night, however, came from Blue Sky Bar, who went second after whitewashing No.1 - 9-0. But thoughts of No.1 being out of their depth could be regarded as shallow thinking, because all games went close to the wire.

Rock Hard Bistro continued their disappointing run and sank to eighth in the league when handing Blue Sky Garden their second triumph of the season, and Out Back always chasing the game went down 3-6 at Friends Corner.

A quick look at the table shows that while Half Moon are the team to beat, only two points separate the top nine sides, with The Local and La Villa beginning to surface as serious contenders for the title.

A very confident local side shrugged off early challenges from a spirited Enjoy Place to go into the break 4-2 up and then seal the match in the first game of doubles. While at Rachadamnern Road, La Villa sailed home against lowly December Bar, 8-1.

Interestingly, this set of results failed to produce a 5-4, and there is some speculation as to whether Blue Sky Bar clean sweep was the first ever in open play. Some pool league vets claim that all previous 9-0 have resulted from default. Can anyone out there remember differently?

A few weeks ago I featured the youngest players in the league and asked for your help in finding the oldest. Well, that appears to be Alex from Toronto, Canada, who at 62 plus has lived here for nearly three years and plays for Chiangers and Bangers.

He takes up the story. าThe boys call me the Silver Hurricane but I seldom live up to the name. Too many young eyes in this league but I do win the odd one here and there. It is fun for me more than anything and I really enjoy meeting new friends as we do the circuit.

Good on you Alex, I guess that what the Chiang Mai Pool League is really all about and you win two free tickets to watch The Wall in their next home match.

Incidentally, the oldest current player I could find on record is 92 year old Joe Cunningham, who plays for the Cedar Falls Senior Center Billiards Activities Group somewhere in the USA - and apparently he just bought a new cue.

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