Thai’s rule in marathon mountain event
In a new marathon event, Thai athletes
swept five of the top six places in their quest to post the fastest time
running up Doi Inthanon Mountain. A racer from Holland was able to prevent
total Thai domination as he managed to take third place in the Men’s
Lance Corporal Boonchu Chandecha, Boontueng Srisang and Sunisa Sailomyen,
competition winners, are seen posing for a group photo with Gen Vinai
Pattariyakul, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defense, who
presided over the opening ceremony of the first Doi Inthanon marathon event
held in Chormthong district, Chiang Mai.
The event was held late last month at Doi Inthanon National Park. General
Vinai Pattariyakul, the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Defense,
presided over the opening ceremony of the marathon competition, (the run up
Doi Inthanon) to win awards worth a million baht.
This marathon covered a distance of 16 km, beginning from the starting point
at the National Park Office, and finishing at the highest point of Doi
About 300 contestants, both Thai and international, competed in this test of
speed and endurance.
The results for the Men’s category:
Thai racer Police Lance Corporal Boonchu Chandecha won the first prize with
record time of 1 hour and 20 minutes and took home the first prize of
100,000 baht. Boontueng Srisang won second place (first runner-up) to
collect his prize of 50,000 baht, while the second-runner up was Mr. Neil
Stirs, a racer from Holland - who received the 30,000 baht third place prize
In the Women’s category, Thai athletes swept the top three places. Sunisa
Sailomyen won the first prize of 100,000 baht, Saifon Piawong won the first
runner-up prize of 50,000 baht, and Kan Kusuwan won the second runner-up
prize of 30,000 baht.
In addition, prizes of 5,000 baht were also presented to those finishing 4th
- 20th place, and 3,000 baht was given to those finishing in 21st - 30th
place in both the men and women categories.
ESC and Chiangmai Mail are major sponsors of Chiang Mai cricket sixes
Action from last year’s event.
By Peter Cummins, Chiangmai Mail
Spurred on by joint sponsorship from the European Security Concepts (ESC)
and the Chiangmai Mail, amongst many perennial supporters, the 20th edition
of the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, incorporating the Eighth
Sawasdee Cricket Cup for juniors, is only a few weeks away. Already there
are 27 teams entered from the cricketing nations of the world to descend on
the Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai from the first until the seventh of April.
27 will vie for the four main tournaments comprising the week-long event -
the Cup, the Shield, the Bowl and the Plate - plus six more teams in the
Maurice Bromley who, as the highly-dedicated and motivated tournament
director, basically since Day One, has just announced the following format
and schedules for the four major divisions:
Nine groups of 3 teams, round robin.
Cup - Nine group winners - 3 groups of 3 round robin
Shield - Six best* runners-up - 2 groups of 3 round robin
Bowl - Next 3 runners-up + 3 best* 3rd- placed teams - 2 groups of 3 round
Plate - Three remaining 3rd placed teams - 2 groups of 3 round robin
* Best is calculated in accordance to points, then run rate off the bat
Cup Eliminator: Two lowest Cup Round 2 teams play off for place in
Round 4: Quarter Finals
Cup - Eight remaining teams
Shield, Bowl, Plate - 2nd & 3rd placed teams from opposing Round 2 groups
play for place in semi final
Round 5: Semi Finals in all 4 competitions
Round 6: Finals in all 4 competitions
The Spoon Section will consist of a 6-team round robin + final
The usual fun and competitive spirit will again dominate the week-long
cricket-fest and many familiar team names will be there again, slogging it
out on the pitch and around the bar.
Maurice has outlined the Main Tournament groups, thus:
Floggers & Robbers
Sugar Shack Postels
Irish Pub Gang Green
The Spoon Group will comprise:
And, of course, there will be that always-popular women’s challenge, pitting
the perennial winners, the Chiang Mai Chassies against the World Women Dixie
Belles. Many of the males “down their bats” to go and watch some classy
Chassies and some great Belles, whose talent on the field is only surpassed
by their abilities at the bar later.
Through the generosity of the Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes participants, junior
cricket is also thriving in Thailand, with many of the more promising Thai
youngsters graduating to play in some of the regional competitions.
In the unlikely event that any of the big number of Aussies would ever
become home-sick during this great sporting and social week, they can always
visit the Chiangmai Zoo where there are now four Aussie Koalas in residence
- some of them already bi-lingual.
Royal League in crisis
The Royal League setting out.
After six years as the Royal League’s golfing coordinator, Grahame Curry has
decided to call it quits. It’s no secret that disagreements within the
organization of late turned to fisticuffs a few weeks back and perhaps this
proved to be the final straw.
Grahame had this to say: “Six years ago, George Munro and I thought it would
be a great idea if we could organize two competitions each week where
players teed it up with fair handicaps, played to the rules of golf and
displayed the appropriate golf etiquette, summarized by the oft quoted
expression the ‘spirit of golf’.
“Many [players] view the Royal League as elitist, pedantic on rules, uptight
and way too serious for what is meant to be a leisure pursuit. While having
sympathy for players who struggle with their game and who find the nit
picking adherence to the spirit of golf incomprehensible and frustrating, I
can only say that that is golf as it is meant to be played. Further, it in
no way should detract from the pleasure of playing the game or from enjoying
the company of fellow competitors during and after the round.”
Point taken, I’m sure, and while Grahame will continue to play golf in the
League, his service to it will certainly be a hard act to follow. Watch this
Meanwhile, in last week’s stroke play competition, Jon Haid returned a net
67 to win by one stroke over Jim Gross. Jon went out in 45 and came home
with a 41, recording two birdies for the round - one in each half.
Jim put in a creditable performance to come second with a round that also
contained two birdies one on the very difficult par 4, fourth and the other
on the par 5, sixth. He completed the round with a par on the last, which is
not bad for a 24 handicapper.
The League’s only lady player, Samantha Richdale, has already won one
tournament this season against her male rivals and last Thursday she carded
an impressive gross score of 74 to finish third. Playing off a 3 handicap,
she opened her round last week with six straight pars. Her complete
performance won the day by miles on the course, and that’s why handicaps on
paper can be such a sensitive issue.
Chiang Mai’s other golf society, Happy Bar Stds Golfers, are well into
another eclectic competition at Mae Jo Golf Club, with Jim Cannon firing
ahead of Don Petersen and Noel O’Dwyer.
In last Monday’s match, Don Petersen came in first with a net 73, but that
score was bettered by Joe Ritter on the following Friday when he netted an
Chiang Mai Pool League: Pat’s back in business
A lot can happen in a short space of time, and during four months in which
the Chiangmai Mail went into hibernation; Thailand saw political
changes, Christmas, New Year and new man Shaun do a sterling job in running
the Chiang Mai Pool League.
signing Ron at Happy Bar.
Since Shaun of December Bar took over last year, the league has operated
like a well oiled machine. The rules have been streamlined, communication
revamped and four new teams have emerged such as Inter Bar, Maggie’s Place,
Oasis and Heaven’s Beach.
Friend’s Corner has changed its name to Em and Em, but stayed at the same
location, while La Villa, Blue Sky Bar and Blue Sky Garden have changed
location, but kept their original name. And as if to promote the sales of
street maps, Maggie’s Place has already changed its venue to the Boxing
Arena off Loi Kroh Road.
There have also been a number of significant transfers including Kamol from
Em and Em to Inter Bar and veteran Ron from Half Moon to Happy Bar. And it
was good to see Gordon of The Local on two legs again after spending months
While the Mail slept, half this season has been played out and the
usual suspects; Blue Sky Bar, Half Moon Pub and Enjoy Place have been joined
by debutants Inter Bar and Oasis in the top five league positions. And down
in the sediment The Local and Rock Hard Bistro surprisingly share the last
four spots with last season’s runners up, Em and Em, and third placed
Chiangers and Bangers.
Last Friday’s results produced few surprises, with Blue Sky Bar scraping by
Chiangers and Bangers, Enjoy Place out pointing Out Back and Inter Bar
brushing off La Villa. But Half Moon demolished close rivals Oasis, 7-2.
In mid table, Happy Bar will be pleased to have got the better of Number 1
Pub, 5-4, while Heaven’s Beach coasted past Maggie’s Place by the same
margin. The Wall stood firm against Blue Sky Garden and seasoned
campaigners, December Bar, narrowly defeated The Local.
In the only clash at the bottom, Rock Hard Bistro gave themselves hope of
climbing the league ladder by beating fellow basement boys Em and Em.
At this stage of the season, half the league can consider they have a good
chance of landing the title, while teams near the bottom will be out to
avoid the wooden spoon. And watch out! There’s rumour that the league may be
divided into two divisions next term.