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The 10th Rincome Angkhang Season Rally

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

The 10th Rincome Angkhang Season Rally

Nopniwat Krailerg
The 10th Rincome Angkhang Season Rally organized by the Amari Rincome Hotel together with Angkhang Nature Resort was held on April 22-23, and was joined by more than 30 cars, full of people who love adventure and participation in this Angkhang Rally. There were numerous prizes and the winner’s cup was presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, President of the Royal Project.

HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of Royal Project presenting the Royal Cup to the winning team in the general class.
On the morning of April 22, the participating vehicles started out from Chiang Mai Amari Rincome Hotel, traveling along Huay Kaew Road, entering the irrigation canal road, passing the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium, before motoring along the Chiang Mai - Mae Rim Road, heading to Fang district which lies about 100 km to the north. Along the way, officers from Pha Muang Task Force at Doi Angkhang provided exciting and funny games for the amusement of the contestants.
The results in the general class proclaimed the winners to be Prasert Sajil-amphai and Chaiya Rujanawet, PTT petrol station’s employees who were awarded with the Royal Cup from HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, as well as winning 5,000 baht, four tires, and air tickets to travel from Chiang Mai to Xisjuanbanna, in Yunnan. In the mass media class, the winners were Phumithat Jianjetchai and Juthamat Phin-yokham from Chiang Mai City Life Magazine. At the end of the rally there was a small party for the participants to relax, before retiring to a soft bed in Angkhang Nature Resort.
The Rincome Angkhang Season Rally has been held for the last 10 years so that people can experience the joys of nature on the delightfully scenic route to the mountains in the north. It is to promote natural tourism in the form of a nature trip from Chiang Mai to the summit of Doi Angkhang, one of the highest mountains in Thailand. This event has enjoyed enormous response from participants every year since its inception and this year proved no exception.

HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of Royal Project photographed with participants at the starting point.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Enjoy and Friend’s go top

By Pat Black
Thirteen positional changes last week have given every indication there’ll be no runaway champions in this season’s Chiang Mai Pool League. While Out Back were capitalizing on an out of sorts Half Moon Pub, Enjoy Place and Friend’s Corner took full advantage, as Blue Sky Bar and The Wall made ominous progression in mid table.

“The Gloved Gladiator” - Ron of Half Moon Pub.
Half Moon Pub made a typical start with a comfortable first frame win at home to Out Back, and things were going much the same way into the second until an unlucky white in-off and two snookers turned the match on its head.
The away side drew level and then raced into a 4-1 lead before The Moon could respond by taking the last singles. With the match nicely poised for a Half Moon recovery, a dogged Out Back chalked up a hard fought 7th game and polished off the last two to inflict the reigning champs with their heaviest defeat in well over a year.
Meanwhile, Enjoy Place were embroiled in a dour battle with Number 1 Pub. After dominating the early stages, Enjoy allowed a 3-0 lead to slip to 4-2 at the break, and a determined Number 1 went on to level the score at 4-4 before losing out in a tense match decider.
In a top of the table tussle, it wasn’t surprising when Friend’s Corner and Chiangers and Bangers went in at half time level pegging. But it was Friend’s who proved the stronger in the second period by sweeping all the doubles.
These results moved Enjoy Place and Friend’s Corner up into a joint league lead and knocked Half Moon Pub off the top of the table for the first time since September 10th 2005.
Elsewhere, Blue Sky Bar continued their charge after a poor start to the season with a comfortable 7-2 win at Rock Hard Bistro, which saw these two teams swap league positions. The Bar progressed to a challenging 5th while The Bistro slid down to 7th.
And The Wall climbed one place to 8th by continuing The Local’s wretched run of only one win in eight matches. The Brickies never looked in trouble as they cruised into a 4-2 lead, and took the first two doubles before The Local won the last frame as consolation.
The Grinders might be bottom, but they can still be a class act, and this situation indicates how performances in the league have reached such a high standard.
Blue Sky Garden put up a good showing in their home match with Happy Bar. Their 6-3 victory saw them move towards mid table, but after a promising start to the season, Happy has slipped to 12th.
Lastly, La Villa had something to prove after being whitewashed the previous week and they stormed into a 4-1 lead at home against December Bar. The Pizza Boys have yet to win on their own turf and things looked decidedly dodgy when December drew level at 4-4.
Nerves crept into proceedings and after several uncharacteristic errors towards the end of the deciding frame, Shaun polished off the last two balls to put the match beyond doubt for December.



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