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PM Thaksin impressed by Chiang Mai Youth Cricketers

Street Soccer pilot project in Chiang Mai presided over by the PM

Chiang Mai Pool League: Second spot goes to the wire

Chiangmai SportRoundup

PM Thaksin impressed by Chiang Mai Youth Cricketers

Peter Dawson, Eric Little

PM Thaksin was delighted to pose with cricketers and officials.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met the CMSCA junior and senior cricketers of Chiang Mai at Montfort College on Monday February 6, 2006.

He was welcomed by Puttiwat Poshyanonda (Parn), Chairman of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA), who explained that cricket was first played in Thailand at Sanam Luang, Bangkok 116 years ago and at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club 101 years ago.

The CMSCA was formed six years ago and has already coached 10 boys to a level of competence such that they have played for Thailand’s U-13, U-15 and U-17 cricket teams. These boys have played overseas 16 times for these national teams. All these boys were presented to the Prime Minister. He said that he was very impressed by the enthusiasm shown by both hard ball and junior cricketers in Chiang Mai and promised his support through the Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Lip-tapanlop. Thaksin reaffirmed that he would assist cricket in Thailand.


Street Soccer pilot project in Chiang Mai presided over by the PM

Nopniwat Krailerg
Photo Saksit Meesubkwang

PM presiding over the Street Soccer opening ceremony.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports has chosen Chiang Mai to be the pilot province to introduce the new concept of Street Soccer. The purpose of this project is for 256 teams to compete in a soccer championship throughout the country, the teams being for males under 16 years old and 18years old. The first match of the project was between two teams of VIPs made up of ministers, MPs and senators and VIPs of Chiang Mai province.

This project has been organized by Office of Sport and Recreation Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports to encourage youngsters to play sports for health. The PM Thaksin Shinawatra said that he would like all participants of this project to play sport imaginatively and to pay respect to the rules of competition, saying , interestingly, that people nowadays were not paying enough attention to social rules. He added that sportsmen and women should set a good example for other people to follow by paying strict attention to rules governing their particular sport and endeavor to defeat their opponents with ability, and not by cheating.

PM Thaksin Shinawatra with Street Soccer athletes of Montfort College.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Second spot goes to the wire

Pat Black

Neung of The Wall.

While Half Moon Pub has both hands firmly wrapped round the Chiang Mai Pool League Championship, the runners-up places will be hotly contested to the last match of the season.

In spite of mission accomplished, Half Moon Pub didn’t relax in last week’s home defeat by Number 1 Pub, and nothing can be taken from the away side’s achievement in completing the double over this season’s Champs.

In the first encounter Number 1 edged The Moon 5-4, however, this time out they built on a 4-2 lead after the singles to complete a famous 6-3 victory.

Meanwhile, the fight for runners-up continued in an exciting scrap between Chiangers and Bangers and Blue Sky Bar. With Chiangers needing a win to secure second spot, they looked good at2-0 in front, but Blue Sky replied to even the score 2-2. Veteran Alex put Chiangers back in the lead, only to see his opponents rebound again to 3-3.

After chasing the game for so long, Blue Sky Bar made a surge in the doubles and won the contest at 5-3. This meant that Blue Sky moved up to number two, and Chiangers’ last frame consolation win in this match proved cold comfort. “We’ve been second for the last two months, this is hard to bear,” said Chiangers’ skipper James.

Chiangers and Bangers now have to win their last match away to Blue Sky Garden and hope Friend’s Corner beat Blue Sky Bar.

Despite a powerful performance from The Wall against Out Back, there chance of second place slipped by. “The Brickies” got off to a flying start to take 5 of the singles. But they allowed Out Back in by losing two of the doubles and, while they can still equal Chiangers and Blue Sky Bar on points, they are too far adrift in games.

Elsewhere, The Local not only finished their match with La Villa before midnight, they also ended a long losing streak by running out 6-3 victors, thus ensuring them of sixth place with a chance to move up one.

As ex champs now, The Local face Half Moon Pub in the final match of the season, and “The Grinders” warned of a long drawn out affair to determine who the best side in the league really is.

Blue Sky Garden responded to the 1-8 defeat in their previous match by whipping into a 6-0 lead against Happy Bar. Although they took their foot off the gas in the doubles, the7-2 result lifted them two league places to seventh.

A few seasons ago, Friend’s Corner permanently propped up the table, but roughly the same playing staff has risen to fifth position this term. Last week, they eased into a winning 5-2 lead before their gutsy opponents - Enjoy Place - restored some pride by taking the final two frames.

Lastly, the enigmatic Rock Hard Bistro handed December Bar their second away win this season by losing 3-6. Rock Hard look destined to finish ninth, but could shoot up to seventh slot if they end their season beating Out Back. Whereas, December Bar’s recent revival could lift them out of the bottom two if they can land a win at Number 1 Pub.



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