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Speed Badminton Tournament

International Soccer 7s gaining more support

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Speed Badminton Tournament

Singles (men under 18 years old) Champion Khumthong Jantharamano from Wichai Wittaya School.

Speed Badminton Club
100 players competed in the second Thailand Tournament on April 8-9 at Yupparaj Wittayalai School, Chiangmai. 14 general competitors aged 20-57 and 86 students aged 12-18 took part; representing 21 schools. A total of 45,000 baht in prizes were presented, with the students winning 15,200 baht in free sports equipment for their schools and general competitors winning 2,000 baht per person.

The “Speed Badminton Club” is now organizing an adult division. We invite everyone to join “The Speed Badminton Clinic” at the Yupparaj Wittayalai School, on Saturday and Sunday, 9 – 12; and at the old sports stadium on Monday – Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Coaches and equipment will be available for use. These weekly clinics are free. For more information, please contact “Speed Badminton Club”, 7-15 Baan Thapae Building, Thapae Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Tel. (053)275-583, (053)272-135 Fax. (053)275-628.

Schools represented at the tournament were Yupparaj Wittayalai School, The Prince Royal’s College, Chiangmai International School, Wachirawit School, Wichai Wittaya School, Watanothai Payap School, Regina Coeli College, Montfort College, Khowith School, Phutdhi Sophon School, Sacred Heart College, Polytechnic Lanna College, Nawamin Rachutit Payap School, Chiang Mai University, Rajabhat University, Sports College, Rajamangala University of Technology, Surachai’s Tennis Association and the Deaf School including Bann Viengping, Baan Chiang Mai School, the Orphanage School and School for the Deaf.

Member of Chiang Mai Speed Badmiton Club

International Soccer 7s gaining more support

Players battle for the ball at the an International Soccer 7’s Tournament

Chiangmai Mail reporters

Following on from the concept of the very successful Chiangmai Sixes cricket tournaments, the soccer devotees have devised the Soccer 7s, having just had the second Bangkok International Soccer 7s tournament on April 22-23.

16 teams from 10 countries entered for the Open and Masters Men, with further matches being planned for Pattaya in July and Phuket in November this year.

The philosophy of the Thailand International Soccer 7s events is to combine “Sport and Leisure” for peoples from various countries and of all races and religions through friendship seven-a-side tournaments.

These tournaments were created to foster international friendship through sport and also to promote Thailand as a sports tourism destination.

Thailand Soccer 7s tournaments have quickly developed a reputation as being among the best of its kind in Asia with professional organization and the quality of teams participating. They attract soccer teams from all over the world and have become major competitions for football players in the Asia Pacific region.

Results of the 2006 Bangkok tournament - April 22 and 23, 2006.
Masters Cup Champions: Soccer Experience Masters
Masters Cup runner-up: Bangkok Cosmos Masters
Open Cup Champion: Soccer Experience Nippers
Open Cup runner-up: Bangkok Cosmos FC
Open Bowl Champion: SCI Saints
Open Bowl runner-up: London Panthers
Thailand International Soccer 7s Event Calendar for the rest of the year:
1st Pattaya International Soccer 7s July 2006
4th Phuket International Soccer 7s November 25-26, 2006

Chiang Mai Pool League: Wall blocks Moon’s orbit

Capt. Kim and fans from Number 1 Pub

Pat Black
After the tablecloths, carpets and some of the players had dried out from Songkran, the Chiang Mai Pool League got back into full swing last Friday, with Half Moon Pub being brought down a peg or two, Friend’s Corner taking a tumble, and Enjoy Place and Chiangers and Bangers making clean sweeps.

Reigning Champions, Half Moon Pub had seemed invincible again this season until they found no way back from a 1-3 deficit away at The Wall. Despite fighting to even the score by half time, The Moon saw the match slip out of their grasp by losing the first two doubles, and they failed to take the last.

Nevertheless, the champs maintained their spot in pole position, while The Brickies climbed up two places to 9th in the league.

At just one point behind The Moon, Friend’s Corner will be kicking their selves for missing out on a great opportunity to move into the lead. They never looked comfortable against Blue Sky Bar and with a two frame disadvantage at the break; it was downhill all the way to 3-6.

While this result pushed The Bar into the top half of the table, Friend’s Corner tumbled down to fourth, due to amazing score lines achieved by Chiangers and Bangers and Enjoy Place.

In four years of pool league, only three sides formed the elite of the Nine Nil Club. Half Moon Pub was the first to achieve a whitewash in open play against Out Back two seasons ago, while last term, Blue Sky Bar clean swept Number 1 Pub; and three weeks later Out Back took all nine frames against December Bar. But in the space of two hours last week, two more names were added.

Although five of the first six frames went down to the last ball, Chiangers and Bangers took them all and capitalized to inflict a 9-0 win on the luckless Local. This meant Chiangers moved up into second place just ahead of surprise package Enjoy Place, who also swept the board against the Pizza Boys at La Villa.

Elsewhere, Rock Hard Bistro put some consistency together for once by winning their second match on the trot at Happy Bar. However, the home side could consider themselves a little unfortunate. After fighting back from 2-4 down to square proceedings, they potted the white instead of the black to give Rock Hard a chance they didn’t miss in the deciding frame.

Out Back’s promising start to the season continued to crumble as an adept Number 1 Pub punished some sloppy play to run out comfortable 6-3 winners and shoot three places up the league ladder to 6th.

And Blue Sky Garden was also pleased to make progress after sewing up their match against December Bar before half time.

At the quarter stage, there seems every reason to believe that this season will be a closely fought contest, with only two points separating the first eight sides. The next week’s fixtures include interesting clashes between Enjoy Place and Number 1 Pub while Friend’s Corner entertains Chiangers and Bangers.

Half Moon welcomes Out Back, and in the foundations of the league La Villa, December Bar and The Local will be trying to dig their selves out of trouble.