The 30th ASEAN School & Field Championship 2006
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.
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.
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
The ASEAN School & Field Championship will be held again next year in
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.
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
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.
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
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.