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World Cup disease with us until July 9

Street Soccer to honor HM the King at Kad Suan Kaew

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

World Cup disease with us until July 9

Chiangmai Mail Special football Correspondent
Husbands are staying out at night in bars, watching the World Cup. Wives are sitting at home, surrounded by children, watching the World Cup. Central Airport Plaza has put aside a corner called quaintly “Plaza Cheer World Match 2006” so that shoppers can watch the World Cup. Chiang Mai now even boasts of a tent that houses 3,000 people who are watching the World Cup. Face painters are making a killing, decorating cheeks and foreheads with miniature flags of those countries at the World Cup. And all the while, Chiang Mai’s finest are out at night watching the people who are watching the World Cup, to ensure nobody has a flutter on the results, even though it is apparently OK to send in an SMS with your prediction and win prizes if you are lucky!

Newspapers are full of items that examine in minute details, the feelings of every player, every coach and every official in Germany for the World Cup. You have probably read more about Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen’s fractured feet than their own doctors. Countries like Togoland, Angola and Montenegro that you have no idea where they are on the globe are suddenly stars in the World Cup. There seems to be no end.
Letters from the English speaking folk in Thailand appear in the papers to complain of a lack of English commentary, while letters come in from Thais to complain about the standard of the Thai commentary. Arguments ensue over red and yellow cards, as if they hold the answer to the world’s problems. It seems nobody is happy, but the fever rages on unabated. Souvenirs are sold, company staff appear in bright football jerseys, and all the retailers rub their hands together with glee. It is like an extra Xmas.
However, don’t despair, it all comes to an end on July 9, the jerseys are sent to the bottom of the wardrobe, and the press will find something else to feed the frenzied fans. We might, just might, find some other news topics to fill the pages, but in the meantime, do you think the final could be a nil-all draw?

Street Soccer to honor HM the King at Kad Suan Kaew

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
16 Chiang Mai teams of 5-player Youth Futsal aged under 18 years old joined the Street Soccer competition to honor HM the King, held by the Office of Tourism, Sports, and Recreation in Chiang Mai at Sky Hall, Kad Suan Kaew Department Store, Chiang Mai. The competition started on June 17-18, and the competition will be held every Saturday and Sunday.

Thinakorn Namboonjit, Director of Office of Sports Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Recreation in Chiang Mai was honored to open the event.

This competition is to select youth Futsal teams in Chiang Mai to be the province’s representatives to compete in the Northern region 16 teams competition between Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son. The competition will finish in July.
The four winners will be selected to compete in national level at Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok in August. There will be 40 teams, from 10 regions all over the country to compete this competition. The winner will be awarded with 100,000 baht cash. First, second and third runner-ups will be awarded 50,000 baht, 30,000 baht, and 20,000 baht.
This Street Soccer 5-a-side youth Futsal program honoring HM the King is held by Ministry of Tourism and Sports to promote football playing among youths who are otherwise at risk of getting into wrong habits.

Witthaya Chuiklab, Asst. Director of Office of Tourism, Sports, and Recreation in Chiang Mai outlined the competition.

Prince Royal’s College scoring at the opening matches.

Players joining in the Futsal competition.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Bangers blast Out Back

Pat Black
After taking a week out to celebrate the 60 year reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol, the Chiang Mai Pool League was back in full swing last Friday when it reached the halfway stage of the current season.
While wins for Half Moon Pub and Friend’s Corner were business as usual, December Bar ran riot at Happy, La Villa shot up three places in the league ladder, and in what promised to be a close encounter Chiangers and Bangers blasted Out Back.

Pool pin-up Puey from Rock hard Bistro.

At this significant juncture in proceedings, The Moon found themselves where they left off last season ญ top of the table ญ and they made sure of that with a comfortable win at home to Rock Hard Bistro. In no time at all, the visitors were 0-5 down, and credit must be given to the Bistro for hanging on in there to take three of the four remaining frames.
On the other hand, Happy Bar couldn’t find the heart to fight back from December Bar’s massive assault of clean sweeping all the singles and going on for a resounding 8-1 victory that saw them climb to 8th in the league.
Another big climber last week was La Villa, who came out just about best in a tense bottom of the table clash at The Local. With honors even at the halfway stage, The Pizza Boys surged ahead 5-3 in the doubles, and despite losing the final frame, rose three places from one off the basement to 10th slot.
Perhaps the performance of the night came from second placed Chiangers and Bangers after producing an exhibition of power and consistency. Out Back might blame some lapses in concentration, but they were really given very little chance in the first 3 frames. Kriang pulled back arrears in the fourth game; however, the constant pressure inflicted by The Bangers took them into a 4-2 lead at the break and an eventual 7-2 win.
This result meant that Out Back dropped a place to fifth to make way for Blue Sky Bar, who returned to winning ways at Enjoy Place, and not forgetting Friend’s Corner ญ still third after coasting past Blue Sky Garden 6-3 away from home.
Elsewhere, Number 1 Pub was always chasing the game at The Wall. Drawing level at 1-1 was as near as the away side got to taking a lead and they fizzled out 2-7 as The Brickies polished off the doubles.
When James took the captaincy over at Chiangers and Bangers, the side was one of the league’s whipping boys, rooted down amongst the dead men. He has since been instrumental in bringing The Bangers up into the big time as serious contenders for championship honors. But last week he told me that he was moving on. After a brief spell in the UK, he plans to open a new recording studio in The Philippines.
James will be remembered as the nice guy who usually finished frames by potting the eight ball down the correct hole. For those of us who know James as a friend, we wish him and his lady the very best of everything, but as far as his opponents are concerned, we’re glad to see the back of him.

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