Chiang Mai Rugby Union Tournament Wk 4 at Prince Royal’s College
I’m feeling feint!
Saturday afternoon at Prince Royal’s College on a balmy
winter afternoon, ideal conditions for rugby, and Chiang Mai’s
international team, the Suas (Tigers), took full advantage. Clicking into
gear after a few games spent dusting off the cobwebs and getting to know
each other’s names, the Tigers tore into a Maejo side which, despite
having enjoyed some good results of late, had no answer to the power and
size of their international counterparts.
Well drilled, suitably skilled, taller and heavier than
the Thai opposition, the Suas wasted no time in amassing an impressive
points tally that effectively saw the game over by half-time. Gavin, a
teenager vacationing in Chiang Mai, opened proceedings with a great try, an
impressive debut score. More tries duly followed from Chris Hartley, while
skipper Chris Jenkins and Luke Simon scored two apiece.
The final score of 43-0 by no means flattered the
victors, but it was a little harsh on a Maejo side who proved game
competitors and were certainly up for the fight.
At this point, and on a more solemn note, we must report
that the game had to be abandoned early in the second half due to an injury
to a member of the Maejo team, who was subsequently taken to hospital. The
sincere best wishes of all involved go with the player, and we hope he
The group stages of the tournament should conclude next
Saturday, at the same time that this report goes to print. The Suas are
expecting a much tougher match against the Prince Royal’s College, and we
look forward to that with much anticipation.
ain’t heavy........Ronnie checks out the view of Doi Suthep.
Chris Hartley, an experienced rugby player who even used
to play professionally for Leeds Rhinos in England, was optimistic about the
team’s chances of progressing to a final against the Barbarians,
“We’re getting more disciplined all the time, and we’re learning how
to support each other,” he enthused after the game, thoughtfully supping
on his Tiger Beer.
Chris is also involved in the wider push to develop rugby
across Thailand at grassroots level, for example in schools. And even Thai
girls are playing rugby now.
Ronnie Levi is also supporting Thai rugby in Thailand,
and emphasized that the momentum is now firmly established for the
development of the game in our region.
“Chiang Mai Suas are one year old”, he informed us,
and proceeded to elaborate on how it took just three like-minded fans
getting together last year to create what is now a burgeoning rugby union
scene. If you would like to be involved in the rugby scene, then Chiang Mai
Suas are looking for more players. Please contact Ronnie at
[email protected], or drop into the Irish Pub in the Old Town and have a
word with Sandy.
And finally a mention to the kind sponsors of the rugby tournament, Go
Putt-Putt Crazy Golf. Their excellent crazy golf course can be found in
Chiang Mai Business Park behind Carrefour supermarket, www.goputt-putt.com.
Bikers from Thailand and overseas gather for Chiang Mai Bike Week 2005
Sirichitrachinda, deputy managing director VVP Automobile and authorized BMW
dealer (back row left) and members of the North Comets Club Chiang Mai
members, the host of this activity
Almost 800 bikers from 100 clubs throughout the country
and more from overseas descended on Chiang Mai for Bike Week 2005, hosted
for the fifth year by North Comets Club of Chiang Mai.
Supporting this event were the Tourism Authority of
Thailand, VVP Automobile BMW authorized dealer, Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5 and Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Presiding over the gathering were Juthaporn Ruang
rom-asa, marketing department deputy governor of the TAT, and Pol. Lt. Gen.
Panupong Singhara na Ayuthaya, commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau
Supoj Wirapreechamet, president of North Comets Club,
said that Chiang Mai Bike Week 2005 said that
Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara na Ayuthaya, commissioner of Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 (right) presided over Chiang Mai Bike Week and welcomed the
bikers, joined with Pol. Col. Prayad Boonsri, Muang Chiang Mai Police
Station superintendent and Supoj Wirapreechamet, president of North Comets
along with members from about 100 motorcycling clubs
throughout Thailand there were bikers here from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong
Kong, several European countries, and Scandinavia.
Bikers had traveled to the North by riding along several
routes and passing through provinces including Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phrae,
Nan, Phayao and Mae Hong Son.
Chiang Mai Pool League: Fire smokes out top match
Locals - the defending Champions.
Last week’s Chiang Mai Pool League fixtures were
disrupted by fire at Chiangers and Bangers. Blue Sky Bar went down at Out
Back, The Wall marched on and The Local returned to true championship form.
Luckily, firemen were able to break into Chian-gers and
Bangers during the Royal holiday and quell a fire caused by a blown fuse box
on the wall between the bar and kitchen. Nevertheless, damage from the blaze
caused postponement of last week’s intriguing clash between Chiangers and
Bangers and Half Moon Pub, which was rearrang-ed for the following
Meanwhile, Blue Sky Bar failed to close the gap on the
leaders and dropped to third place after losing a tense, high-quality match
at Out Back. The away side found themselves down 2-4 at the start of the
doubles, but immediately hit back by winning the first of them. However, Out
Back wrapped up the point by winning the next game, which was a long
tactical grind that frequently swung in both side’s favor.
The Wall capitalized fully on Blue Sky Bar’s slip-up by
promoting themselves into second position with a comfortable win over Enjoy
Place. And reigning Champions, The Local, showed the kind of form that
landed them the title. They had an unassailable lead of 5-1 at the break and
went on to rout Rock Hard Bistro 7-2.
The most exciting game of the night, however, was at
Number 1 Pub, where Happy Bar looked odds on favorites to clinch their third
successive win at 4-1 up. But Number 1 stylishly dragged the score level,
before sad Happy handed the last frame of the match to the home
side by scratching on the black.
Elsewhere, La Villa overcame Friend’s Corner 5-4 in a
mid table encounter, and winners Blue Sky Garden, 4-2 up at the break, never
looked in trouble against December Bar.
When pool players start missing the easy ones, they
usually put it down to lack of concentration, practice or energy. But
failing to line up shots with the dominant eye could be the reason.
In general, players who are right handed have a right
dominant eye, while left handed contestants have a left one. But 5 percent
of people are cross-dominant (e.g. right handed and
left eyed) and some are
ambi-ocular (no dominant eye).
To test this, hold up your thumb at arms length
so it covers a distant
object – a clock or light bulb for instance – and then focus both eyes
on the object not your thumb.
At this point, your thumb will be transparent and you can
see the object through it. By closing one eye, the thumb will either move to
the side giving a clear view of the object – meaning the open eye is
non-dominant – or the thumb becomes clear and totally obscures the object,
which means your dominant eye is now
Therefore, the shaft of the cue should be in line with
your dominant eye when playing a shot. Some neck and stance adjustments
might be necessary for cross-dominant players and ambi-oculars should line
shots with their nose.
But if you’re playing
well anyway or can win
with your eyes closed – forget it.