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Thai’s rule in marathon mountain event

ESC and Chiangmai Mail are major sponsors of Chiang Mai cricket sixes

Royal League in crisis

Chiang Mai Pool League

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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 category.

Pol 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 Inthanon.
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 money.
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
Special Correspondent

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.

These 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 Spoon.
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:
Round 1:
Nine groups of 3 teams, round robin.
Round 2:
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 robin
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
Round 3:
Cup Eliminator:
Two lowest Cup Round 2 teams play off for place in quarter finals
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:
Group A
Silver State
Group B
Lords Taverners
Group C
Floggers & Robbers
Marchwiel Outlaws
Tokyo Wombats
Group D
Group E
Darwin Dilettantes
Shanghai Dragons
Group F
Gloucestershire Gipsies
Sugar Shack Postels
Thai Thevada
Group G
Irish Pub Gang Green
Group H
Awali Taverners
Divine Felons
Group I
Perth Postels
Sa Pa
Taranaki Taverners
The Spoon Group will comprise:
Bangkok Postels
Gymkhana Cavaliers
Los Malakas
Stuffed Beavers
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.

Sandy Lie
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 space.
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 impressive 71.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Pat’s back in business

Pat Black
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.

New 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 on crutches.
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.