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Phayao wins Five-a-side footy

ASEAN Athletics meet brings seven countries to Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Pool League

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Phayao wins Five-a-side footy

Preeyanoot Jittawong
The Office of Sport and Recreation Development, Chiang Mai organized a five-a-side football competition for region 5. Teams competed from eight the Upper Northern provinces, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Nan, Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai (host).

Youngsters who joined the competition.

This competition was to honor HM King Bhumibol on the occasion of his 60 year anniversary of accession to the throne, and to encourage students and youngsters spend their leisure time usefully.
In the final, Phayao B team beat Lamphun A team on penalties (4-2); while the third spot went to Lamphun B team after beating Phayao A tem 1-0.
These four teams will be the upper northern region’s representatives to compete in the national matches on August 12, 2006 in Bangkok.

Phayao B Football team, the champions.

ASEAN Athletics meet brings seven countries to Chiang Mai

Saksit Meesubkwang
The forthcoming 30
th ASEAN Student Athletics competition will be held on July 26-28, hosted by Physical Education Institute, Chiang Mai Campus.

(From left) Phanich Chaiyasri, Chao Lueang-Aram, and Rithidej Kothsarn, Assistant Chiang Mai Public Relations officer.

Chao Lueang-Aram, Assoc. director general of Physical Education Institute, Chiang Mai Campus said that the sporting event will be arranged by the Office of Sport and Recreation Development in cooperation with Chiang Mai, with an expected attendance of over 224 officers and athletes from seven countries. This number is made up of 21 from Brunei; 4 officers and 17 competitors; 29 from Indonesia; 7 officers and 22 competitors, 46 from Malaysia; 11 officers and 35 competitors, 42 from Singapore; 7 officers and 35 competitors, 19 from Vietnam; 7 officers and 12 competitors, 20 from Philippines; 5 officers and 15 competitors, and 43 from Thailand (host country); 8 officers and 35 competitors. The competitors from each country will arrive in Thailand on July 24th and stay at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai.
The opening ceremony will be on July 26 at 3 p.m. at Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium. The competition will be monitored by Chiang Mai Physical Education Institute and spectators who are interested in watching this event can do so in the evening of July 26.
Chao also said that there will be separate events for both male and female athletes, including the 100 meter sprint, 100 meters hurdles, relay race, broad jump, high jump, and numerous other track and field events. Thailand has been the champion nation 17 times. It is expected that Thailand will also win this 30th ASEAN Athletics competition.

Society golf

Sandy Lie
Most players would say that a frantic car drive followed by a sprint to the first tee was the worst possible preparation for a round of golf. However, for last year’s Royal League prize list winner, Grahame Curry, this set of circumstances led him to birdie the first hole in last Thursday week’s competition and complete a front nine in 37 strokes and 22 stableford points.

Golf picture - Who fancies this shot?

In clement conditions at the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, just outside Chiang Mai, Grahame, who put the car chase down to an alarm clock malfunction, had this to say about his game. “I misread a two-footer on the 8th otherwise I could have had an even par front nine. The back was a different story. Assuming the game was easy I started to worry about the score not the next shot I had to play. A 44 with 15 points resulted.”
Nevertheless, Grahame’s creditable performance was only good enough for second place, as Ian Laidlow topped the leader board by 4 points with five pars, a bunch of bogeys and a handicap of 27.
According to Grahame, Ian’s competitive nature has put him at current second in this year’s Prize Winners List, while Grahame must be satisfied with fourth. Jack Cooper, who finds himself in sixth position, helped his cause by coming in third last time out.
In every golfing circle I’ve been associated with, handicaps have always been a matter of contention. No less at the Royal League it would seem, as they are to seriously consider switching from local rules to those of the USGA.
A trial of the USGA system will be carried out over the next two months and, if successful, followed by a vote on whether to implement it permanently.
For more details of the Royal League, visit www.

Chiang Mai Pool League: No space between The Moon and Friend’s

Pat Black
Last Friday’s Chiang Mai Pool League saw Half Moon Pub rise to join Friend’s Corner at the top of the table with identical points and games won, while Chiangers and Bangers kept the pressure on them by winning at Blue Sky Bar.
La Villa must have been hoping to continue their recent good form when they came up against Half Moon Pub last week. But the reigning champs found little resistance from the Pizza Boys as they eased into a 4-1 lead.

Martin building a break for The Wall.

At 4-2, Chris and Daeng put La Villa in with a good chance of retrieving another game, but they uncharacteristically squandered the opportunity and the rest is history.
Meanwhile, Friend’s Corner won their way through a thrilling match at home to Enjoy Place. After scores were level at the interval, Friend’s moved into a 4-3 lead only to see Enjoy make a fight of it by forcing a decider. It was Friend’s who held out, however, to take the match and share the league leadership with Half Moon Pub on 13 points and 89 games.
It’s hard to believe that after 8 matches this season, it was Enjoy Place who shared pole position with Friend’s. Since then, they’ve slipped down the ladder to 11th spot courtesy of nine consecutive defeats ญ seven of those by the odd frame, 4-5.
Back at the top, Chiangers and Bangers stayed one point behind the leaders by winning a high profile encounter against a faltering Blue Sky Bar. The Bar followed up last week’s disappointment at The Moon by taking only one frame from the first five, and they lost the match before the break.
Chiangers went on to win 6-3, which did no harm at all to their very superior game advantage of 96 so far this term.
While Blue Sky Bar maintained 4th slot, Out Back scrambled back into contention at 5th, with a 5-4 victory at Rock Hard Bistro. Out Back were always in front during the singles, but a resilient Rock Hard kept bouncing back to reach the interval at all square.
However, the away side broke a four match losing streak by winning the first two doubles and moving on to 10 points.
It was all smiles at Happy Bar as they inflicted misery onto The Wall. Happy wasted no time in making sure of the match with a 5-0 lead before their opponents could reply. The Wall then cemented the next
3 games, but cracked in the last to go down 3-6.
Blue Sky Garden also found an easy path at Number 1 Pub. Despite Number 1 pruning the Garden’s lead to 3-4, the latter came out 6-3 winners to move two rungs up the ladder.
And December Bar continued their impressive run by curtailing The Local’s recent recovery with a resounding 8-1 win. At 2-0, The Local hit back to make it 2-1, but from then on it was a one-horse race that saw December Bar stay in 7th position and The Local’s hopes of moving off the bottom dashed.
The next round of fixtures provides some exciting prospects with Friend’s entertaining December Bar, Blue Sky Bar hosting The Wall and Chiangers and Bangers up against Half Moon Pub.