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The 30th ASEAN School & Field Championship 2006

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The 30th ASEAN School & Field Championship 2006

Nopniwat Krailerg
Thai student athletes received the highest number of gold medals at the 30th ASEAN School & Field Championships 2006 held between July 26 and 28 at Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium. There were 224 athletes competing at the Championships, coming from 7 countries, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand, during which, records were broken in several events.

Medal for winner of each event has a symbol of 60-year anniversary of HM the King ascending the throne.

Thailand’s final medal tally came to 24 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze medals, while their closest rivals, Singapore, could only achieve 2 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze medals; and Vietnam, who won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Indonesia had 3 silver and 1 bronze medal and the Philippines won 3 bronze medals, but Brunei did not manage to get placed in any event. The best female athlete award went to Wan Lay Zai, the shot-putter from Singapore; and best male athlete was adjudged to be Waranyu Khongnin, Thailand’s triple jump champion. Thai athletes also received the trophy for the highest male and female total team score.

Male 4x100 meters relay champions consisting of Yuttapong Muadthong, Uthid Thongkwan, Anucha Hewkhong and Natthorn Phettranon.
One of most interesting events of the competition was the ladies 4 x 100 metres relay, in which Thailand’s 4 lady sprinters created a new Championship record with a time of 46.38 seconds, breaking their own record at the same time. Malaysia came second with a creditable 48.66 seconds and Singapore, a close third, with a time of 48.85 seconds. In the men’s 4 x 100 metres relay, Thailand also broke the old record with a winning time of 40.92 seconds, while second place went to Singapore with 41.98 seconds and Indonesia coming third with a time of 43.78 seconds. Another exciting event was the ladies 100 meters sprint, with a Thai runner named Ying Jitladda Khankaew winning the gold medal in 12.08 seconds, Indonesia coming a close second in 12.14 seconds; and another Thai athlete coming third in a personal best time of 12.37 seconds. Thailand also enjoyed success in the men’s 100 meters with Thai sprinter Yuthapong Muadthong winning in a record breaking 10.69 seconds, Malaysia coming second in 10.72 seconds and Singapore taking bronze in 10.88 seconds. An outstanding Chiang Mai high-jumper, Tawlarp Sudchanda, a student from Chiang Mai University Demonstration School, won the gold medal with a prodigious leap of 2.11 meters, to create a new Championship record. He plans to continue to another competition, the World School & Field Championships 2006, to be held in China in the next two weeks.
The ASEAN School & Field Championship will be held again next year in Indonesia.


Society golf

with Sandy Lie

They say that the weather sorts the men out from the boys in golf, but it’s also a great leveller, and in last week’s soggy conditions at the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, the high handicappers stole the show.
After a deluge of overnight and early morning rain, several Royal League members decided to skip last Thursday week’s Stroke competition and stay in bed, while 12 die-hards teed up to brave the elements.

Fortunately, the drainage at Highlands copes well with potential flooding and the competitors set out with the greens holding and a few puddles here and there. This proved to be an ideal environment for Ron Hill, who chalked up his first win this year with a net 70 off a maximum male handicap of 27.
Ron’s steady performance pushed him to 10th position in the Prize Winners List, which is already an improvement on his 14th place finish at the end of last season.
Another mover in the list was the formidable Ian Laidlow, who went top after yet another first-three finish. His net four under par at the turn included a birdie on the difficult short 7th, and on the back nine he holed out for another by chipping in from 75 yards on the par four, 12th.
But the wheels fell off for Ian when he triple bogeyed the last four holes to finish with a net 73 and runner up on the day.
Jon Haid, currently sitting at 7th position in the Prize Winners List, has been out of the limelight for some considerable time However, he emerged from the wilderness last week with a net 74 to take third spot.
It’s good to see the high handicappers come into the running - Ron, Ian and Jon play off 27, 25 and 17, respectively. But enjoy it while you can fellas because the better you play the lower your handicap
More about the Royal League can be found on www.theroyalleague.com.


Chiang Mai Pool League: The Wall crumbles Chianger’s chancess

By Pat Black
While Half Moon Pub’s return to the top of the Chiang Mai Pool League was the only positional change last week, Blue Sky Bar ended a 3 match losing streak and The Wall came back from the dead to knock Chiangers and Bangers off the pace.

Although many of the singles games went down to the wire, Half Moon Pub took all of them in their home encounter with Number 1 Pub. And they mopped up the first two doubles before Number 1’s last duo prevented a whitewash. The 8-1 victory was enough to lift The Moon above Friend’s Corner on games won, as the latter edged Happy Bar, 5-4.
Happy was narrowly in arrears at 0-1 and 1-2 before Friend’s pushed on the gas pedal to move into a 4-2 lead. Never say die Happy replied in the first doubles, but lost the next one before taking the last for consolation.
The Moon and Friend’s have now opened a 3 point gap over third and fourth places, thanks to The Wall breaking down Chiangers and Bangers and Blue Sky Bar being back to winning form. At 0-3 down, The Wall held out little hope of toppling their high flying visitors, and things looked no better when starting the doubles at 2-4. But the home side took all the remaining games in style, with the governor’s wife, Lom, standing in to make up the numbers and putting in a star performance.
Meanwhile, The Local managed to squeeze into a 3-2 lead against out of form Blue Sky Bar. But in a characteristically long drawn out match. The Bar forced their way back in front and ended 6-3 winners at well past my bedtime.
There was plenty of excitement at La Villa, where Out Back rushed into a 3-0 advantage, only to see The Pizza Boys pull back to 3-3. Out Back took the first doubles, La Villa the next, and at 4-4 the away side was relying on rookie Jo and newcomer Dave to win the decider. And with just the black left on the table, it was Dave who knocked it in.
This result kept December Bar in 7th spot despite their 6-3 win over Rock Hard Bistro. Fortunes fluctuated in the singles with December on top at 2-1 and then behind when Rock Hard moved into a 3-2 lead. But The Rock fell apart after that and December cashed in on the next 4 games.
Lastly, Blue Sky Garden eased in to a 4-2 halftime lead against Enjoy Place, and although Enjoy won the first doubles. The Garden polished off the rest for a comfortable 6-3 triumph.
No one needs reminding that The League is still in crisis, and contrary to popular belief, Pat Black is in no position to run it - too many Champaign breakfast and garden party engagements take up my time, and besides, I refuse to carry a mobile phone.
Nevertheless, on talking to various bar owners and captains, it seems that the best idea is to have a meeting and form a committee from various sides, so the responsibility doesn’t fall on one pair of shoulders.
I would be prepared to liaise with a committee when it comes to collecting results. One thing is clear - no one wants to see the Chiang Mai Pool League fold up and it’s up to us to see that it doesn’t.