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2006 Senior’s Sportsfest

Chiang Mai Kindergarten Sports Day attracted 650 students

Chiang Mai Pool League: Half Moon Pub goes the whole way in pool championship

Chiangmai SportRoundup

2006 Senior’s Sportsfest

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Senior cheerleader team from Mae Jam district.

Chiang Mai senior citizens societies organized the Chiang Mai Senior Folk Sports Festival on January 25, 2006 at the Chiang Mai Municipality stadium; with almost 1,000 seniors from around Chiang Mai province cheerfully joining the activities.

It was the second time around for the Chiang Mai Senior Folk Sports Festival. The first one, held last year, enjoyed a very positive response, but this years’ event was received with even greater enthusiasm by the remaining senior citizens around Chiang Mai.

The folk sports festival was arranged to bring together groups of senior citizens in Chiang Mai and adapt various sports and games in which they could compete. The various events such as hoop bowling, egg and spoon race, land boat race, and the three legged race were all hotly contested by the 1000 competitors, whose minimum age was 60 years. During the races, seniors from every district cheered on the competitors enthusiastically and everyone present agreed it had been a great day out, with no deaths recorded, and looked forward to coming again next year.

Land boat competition.

Chiang Mai Kindergarten Sports Day attracted 650 students

Kittiyaporn Kanjam and Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student trainees MFLU)

Three winners in the high jump with Sawet Viangthong, from Chiang Mai PAO, presenting the medals.

Watthana Suriyachan, from The Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai Campus was the teacher responsible for putting on the “1st Chiang Mai Kindergarten Sport Day” and said that this competition is the continuation of a project begun in kindergarten and primary schools, where teachers instruct pupils in movement skills which conform to the children’s growth. Because some teachers did not graduate in the field of physical education, they might inadvertently teach their students incorrect physical skills. This project, held on January 21, 2006 was supported by Chiang Mai PAO, with 49,900 baht coming from their funds.

The representative of Wat Chiang Yuen kinder-garten school in ball throwing competition.

The competition provided an opportunity for all teachers who participated in the training of kindergarten and primary school pupils, to bring their knowledge up to scratch and to develop their students for this competition.

The types of sport that were contested were different from adult sport, with the emphasis on basic movement skills for the correct development of children. The competition attracted around 650 participants coming from 26 schools from Chiang Mai. The children enjoyed many different activities, such as high jump, throwing balls, a relay race, and throwing the rocket.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Half Moon Pub goes the whole way in pool championship

Pat Black

We are the Champions.

Chiang Mai Pool League supporters won’t forget the finish of two seasons ago, when Half Moon Pub and Rock Hard Bistro both ended top with the same number of points and games won.

In a magnificent play-off at a crowded Out Back, fortunes fluctuated down to the very last black, which was coolly sunk by The Moon’s Steve.

Ironically, Half Moon Pub clinched this term’s title against the same opposition, but they didn’t leave it so late this time, with two league matches still to play.

Last week, a jittery start by the favorites allowed Rock Hard Bistro an early lead before a forceful recovery saw The Moon surge to a 3-1 advantage. Rock Hard made a spirited reply to pull one game back, but Half Moon took the rest of the frames to run out Champions for the second time in three seasons.

In an exclusive interview with Chiangmai Mail, Half Moon’s skipper, Steve said, “We joined the League four years ago, and I must say we’re pleased with our achievements since then.”

Pat Black (PB) “To what do you attribute this success?”

Steve: “In a word, consistency, as we’ve managed to keep a good nucleus of players who have given solid performances and after losing, we’ve managed to bounce back to form quickly.”

PB: “So what about the future?”

Steve: “We’re confident of course, but there are a lot of good players around and there are no easy matches in this league.”

PB: “So, I guess right now you must be over the moon.”

Steve: “Well yeah! 50 percent of it anyway.

In Chiangers and Bangers’ quest to catch the leaders, their 8-1 thrashing of Enjoy Place turned out to be futile. Nevertheless, this score line has done no harm to their chances in the race for runners-up and keeps them ahead of third placed Blue Sky Bar, who also won 8-1 in a derby match against Blue Sky Garden.

Despite Chiangers leading Blue Sky Bar by a point, they trail by ten games and all eyes will be on these two sides when they meet in the next round of fixtures.

The Wall maintained fourth position with a Houdini act at December Bar. The home side’s recent good form looked set to continue as they led 4-2 at the break. But “The Brickies” cemented three wins in the doubles to give themselves a mathematical chance of second place.

Elsewhere, Friend’s Corner could complete their best season ever after beating The Local 6-3, and leapfrogging them to 5th place in the table. It was all square at 3-3 before the Corner took control and extended The Local’s surprisingly bad run to 3 consecutive losses.

Even worse, Out Back faced their 6th successive defeat by going 0-4 down to Happy Bar. A recovering to 3-4 only saw Happy take the match in the next frame for their third victory of the season.

Number 1 Pub also managed a much needed win when they eased their way past La Villa 6-3, after leading 5-1 at halftime. And lastly, the match postponed from the Friday before last was eventually awarded 9-0 in favour of Blue Sky Garden by default against Enjoy Place.