Gory Glory Hallelujah
And so at last the final showdown was upon us- I say “at last” because the
semi final had been played back in December 2005, and the (dis)organising
committee had then proceeded to play out a saga of delays, excuses and
deceit over the final. We suspected some skullduggery - had the opposition
cried off, had the organizers taken and spent the prize money? We stayed
patient throughout these long three months and were finally rewarded with a
game last Sunday in the Municipal stadium, offering a fantastic pitch and
This final was between Air Force FC and the now mighty Farangutans, fresh
from capturing their first silverware just two weeks before. A previous
encounter between the sides had seen a closely fought battle in which the
farang team had narrowly won 1-0. But for this big game where prize (beer)
money and an infeasibly large trophy were up for grabs, we knew that this
would be a completely different proposition.
The opening minutes saw both sides start brightly -
trading a couple of harmless shots each. Goalkeeper Mark was called upon to
make some regulation saves, but the warning signs were there - stalwarts Lee
and Warren in the center of defense and full backs Rory and Tim would have
to be on their guard. Meanwhile Olivier had to sit just in front of the
defense while our attacking options rested with Michael, Troy and myself
providing Arek and Ross up front.
The conditions and the occasion were maybe factors in a largely uneventful
first half though. Both teams struggled to gain any momentum and rhythm, but
the stalemate ensued and at half time it was 0-0.
The second half saw a couple of farang changes- James on for Troy and Albert
on for Rory - although this second substitution was delayed as the referee
once again took center stage. Albert was reprimanded for having the wrong
colored socks and ordered to change them immediately!
The second half initially took on a similar pattern to the first, but little
by little the Air Force team started to dominate possession. Their players
were comfortable on the ball and passed it around fluently. The Farangutans
were struggling to get a grip on the game and had to be content with the odd
isolated break forward. The first really dangerous moment came following an
Air Force free kick - the shot was spilled by Mark who then made up for his
error with a fantastic point blank save as the attacker pounced on the loose
At the end, the crowd could sit back and enjoy the players’ torment of
penalty kicks! Lee gathered the weary troops and asked for a show of hands
for those ready and willing to take a spot kick. There were some pretty
nervous faces out there, especially given our last sorry penalty shoot out
which had seen us miss four from five!
The Air Force went first - and despite Marks bobbing and weaving on the goal
line, the taker comfortably scored. Olivier then converted high and proud to
make it 1-1. The next Air Force player was again immune to Mark’s “Du the
Dudek” antics in goal - scoring to make it 2-1. Up stepped Michael, but
unfortunately his kick sailed over the bar. Whoops of delight from the Air
Force, as Michael trudged back. They then scored again to move into a 3-1
lead- things looked bleak. I was next - luckily the ball just found its way
past the keeper into the bottom left corner - 3-2, we were still alive. We
badly needed Mark to produce some magic - but again he was unable to keep
the penalty out - 4-2 and the Air Force were on the brink. We now had to
score our remaining two kicks, and they would have to miss their last.
Pressure on big Waren, but he assuredly tucked it away - 4-3.
Now, all hopes rested with Mark once again, could he keep the Farang hopes
alive? And he did!! A great diving save to his right denied the Air Force
victory, at least for the time being. Still Arek had to score and this he
did with a confident strike - 4-4!
The momentum was clearly with the Farangutans now. We had hauled our way
back and forced it into sudden death. The pressure was heaped upon the next
Air Force player and unfortunately for him he fired his shot straight at
Mark, the ball rebounding to safety. The final penalty was to go to Tim. A
collective hush fell on proceedings; the referees whistle blew, and Tim
gloriously tucked it past the keeper to seal a famous win! The jubilant
squad mobbed the hero of the moment stopping him midway through his
Final score: Air Force 0-0 Farangutans (Farangutans win 5-4 on penalties),
Man of the Match: Mark.
Charity bowling “Encouragement for Disabled” at Kad Suan Kaew
Capt. Suebboon Nanna, Director of the Air Traffic Control (ATC), Chiang
Mai announced that Aeronautical Radio of Thailand in cooperation with the
ATC is to hold a charity bowling event called “Encouragement for the
Disabled” to compete for a trophy presented by the Chiang Mai Governor; and
to bring in revenue for purchasing electronics tools, tailoring equipment
and exercise machines. These will be presented to the Yadthip Disabled
Development Center at Tambon Sanmahapon in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, which is
the primary disabled development center of the 17 Northern provinces. The
entire proceeds of this charity bowling competition will be donated to the
center on May 16, 2006.
“Encouragement for the Disabled” is on April 22, 2006 at 9 a.m. at the Bully
Bowl, Kad Suan Kaew. Entry fee for each team is 1,200 baht and 3,000 baht
for honorable teams and all teams will receive awards.
Capt. Suebboon said that Aeronautical Radio of Thailand and the ATC realized
the importance of disabled development therefore the staff of Aeronautical
Radio of Thailand had planned a policy to give practical help to disabled
people. The ATC is also offering a position for a disabled person to work in
The 10th Rincome Angkhang Season Rally
Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai in cooperation with Angkhang Nature Resort
and Dontree Season Co., Ltd. invites all to join a tourism rally to Doi
Angkhang and to compete for a trophy sponsored by HSH Prince Bhisadej
Rajani, president of Royal Project Foundation.
Suriyamanee, DJ of Dontree Season Company and one of the rally organizers
(photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Chawisa Suriyamanee, DJ of Dontree Season Company on behalf of one of
organizers announced to nature lovers and who liked to experience closely
the nature along Chiang Mai-Angkhang Resort route to join
“Rincome-Angkhang-Season Rally”. This is the 10th of the rally and it is
always warmly welcomed by media and residents besides attendants increase
every year. There is not only a trophy sponsored by the president of Royal
Project Foundation but many other rewards also. The route of this rally will
travel to Angkhang Natural Resort and attendants will have a fun time with
games and activities along the route. Most importance is that not only to
touch the nature along the route but also to conserve bio-tourism.
The rally will take place on April 22-23, 2006 by leaving on April 21 from
Amari Rincome Hotel to Angkhang Nature Resort. Convenient rooms and warm
welcome party are also provided at the resort so who would like to join the
rally could ask for information by phone number 053-894891 and 053-221130.
Chiang Mai Pool League: Chiangers back with a bang
By Pat Black
There was plenty of movement in the Chiang Mai Pool League last week, with
nine of the fourteen sides changing position. Out Back, Happy Bar and Number
1 Pub advanced towards the top, December Bar rose from the bottom and Blue
Sky Bar dropped from fourth to eighth after reeling to the full force of a
Chiangers and Bangers backlash.
Friend’s corner - still
Chiangers was pipped into second place by
Blue Sky Bar at the end of last season; and seven days since going down
surprisingly at Happy Bar, Bangers hit back and wreaked revenge by slamming
The Bar 8-1.
No one would have gambled on such a one sided affair, especially as The Bar
had made a steady start this term, but at 1-5 down their only win came
courtesy of a foul shot and the rest is history.
Win some, lose some was still the story from a schizoid Rock Had Bistro, who
never really got into the match at Out Back. They leveled at 1-1, but fell
away badly to reach the doubles at 2-4 down, and the home side secured the
next two games to rise three places to fourth in the table.
Happy Bar can feel contented after proving that their earlier success
against Chiangers was no fluke. They went on to beat The Wall away last week
to produce back to back wins.
Happy wasted no time in shooting into a 4-0 lead, and despite The Wall
putting up resistance by pulling back two games, Happy polished off the
match by taking the first two doubles and moving up to joint fifth.
Number 1 Pub also made progress and they’ll be pleased to have bounced back
after a previous 1-8 defeat to overcome Blue Sky Garden. Despite The Garden
leading twice in the early stages of the match, Number 1 came in at the
break 2 frames up, and took the 7th and 8th to climbed 2 spots up to ninth
on the ladder.
At the top of the table, Half Moon Pub came in for a scare before La Villa
threw away an early advantage. Perhaps La Villa was more shocked than their
opponents to find themselves in a 3-1 lead, and The Moon responded by
cleaning up the remaining five frames in championship style.
It’s already evident that Half Moon Pub is the side to beat this season, as
they’re out to keep their grip firmly on the championship title. However, my
outside bet, Friend’s Corner, continued their unbeaten run at Enjoy Place to
maintain a challenge – just one game behind the leaders.
Enjoy had looked good with honors all square at the break. But Friend’s
mopped up the first two doubles before Enjoy won the third as consolation.
Last but not least - at the foundations of the league - The Local continued
their shocking run of misfortune. Only two seasons ago they were Champs, and
last Friday they replaced December Bar at the bottom after losing at home to
the latter 4-5.
Full credit goes to both sides however - December for dogged determination
after weeks of adversity and The Local for still smiling. “We can still win
the title,” they maintain, and they possibly can.