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Hundreds attend Arena Chiang Mai Swimming

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Hundreds attend Arena Chiang Mai Swimming

Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong
Almost 300 swimmers from the Northern region attended Arena Chiang Mai Swimming, organized by the Swimming Association Chiang Mai in cooperation with Bangkok Atlantic (Arena) at the Kawila School swimming pool on May 27-28, 2006. The competition was to encourage youngsters to spend their free time usefully, and to practice swimming before the Youth National Sports Championships Region 5 which will be commencing shortly.

Swimmers from various clubs of the Northern region.
The competition was over several events, including 50, 100 and 200 meters free style, 50 and 100 meters butterfly, 50 and 100 meters backstroke and 50 and 100 meters breaststroke. There were also mixed singles for 200 meters, freestyle feet for 50 meters, relay freestyle and mixed relay for four persons, by 50 meters, for six years old up to 14 years old.
This competition attracted several swimming clubs including Kawila, Rujirawong, Kittiya Chiang Mai, Sport Authority of Thailand Region 5, Dara Wittayalai School, Chanachon, Petcharat, Sara, Panich Samakhi and Jia Jia Sport Club.

Champion boys freestyle 100 meters under 10 years.


Chiang Mai Pool League: The Local retreats from the Rock

Pat Black
Mystery surrounds the circumstances at Chiang Mai Pool League’s Rock Hard Bistro after a team from The Local left the premises without playing a shot.
Renovations had caused temporary closure at The Bistro, but behind the trestles and paint pots, a playing area with tables, chairs and the usual refreshment had been organized.
According to Rock Hard, The Local found this environment not conducive to pool and refused to play. As Rock Hard is perceived as having broken no rules, they were awarded a 9-0 walkover, which can be rescinded if they request the match to be actually played.
Up to print deadline, no one from The Local had contacted the League or been available for comment. The Local has always been regarded as a sporting side and jolly good bunch of blokes, so here’s hoping that the matter can be sorted amicably.
That rather strange event somewhat overshadowed the expected highlight of the week ญ Friend’s Corner versus Half Moon Pub. In a disappointing match, Friend’s saw their unbeaten home record go up in the air as The Moon rose to the occasion by easing into a 4-2 halftime lead before mopping up the doubles.
This result left The Moon in the familiar position of head of the pack, while Friend’s dropped to third.

Aum stretching out for Happy Bar
Chiangers and Bangers moved into second slot after coming back from 0-2 down to beat La Villa 7-2. Chiangers will remember being set for runners-up last season until Blue Sky Bar robbed them at the last knockings, and once again they are looking over their shoulder at a Bar side that has currently won six games on the trot.
Last Friday, Blue Sky Bar found themselves two games adrift at the interval against Number 1 Pub, but they rallied to take all the doubles and remain 4th in the league.
During that match, Number 1’s John was waiting for his singles when the boys in brown arrived and asked him to come quietly down to the station. The Bar’s skipper, Mark, sportingly allowed Number 1 to change John’s name listed on the board and the lady substitute went on to win her frame.
Happily, John was released without bail and seen back in the pub with a G and T before the match finished. Apparently someone had hit his car, which was parked in a nearby soi.
Elsewhere, December Bar got off to a flyer by shooting into a 4-1 lead at home against Enjoy Place. Desperate to keep in touch with the leaders, Enjoy pulled back to 3-4 before December hammered in the last nail.
Blue Sky Garden was also ideally placed at the break by leading a resurgent Wall team 4-2. But a surprise win was not to be, as The Wall closed in on the Garden and then ran out winners - 5-4.
Meanwhile, Out Back kept up their challenge at the top by beating a very under-strength Happy Bar, who had three key players missing. Despite Out Backs 7-2 win, they made heavy weather of it by needing snookers to get through several frames.
As this season approaches the halfway mark, the next round of fixtures throws up some interesting contests, with Blue Sky Bar entertaining Out Back, Friend’s Corner at home to Rock Hard Bistro and Chiangers and Bangers visit Number 1 Pub.



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