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Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
Sumo Wrestling Championship begins this week
Grunting Tigers miss out to Gropers
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2
weeks. If you need a lift from the HHH Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi
2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website:
CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every
week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel.
053-418210). Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/cumh3.html
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from HHH Pub on Moon
Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.15 pm. Website:
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive
thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from
Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website:
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the
month. Pickup from HHH Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at
3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet
all the long-time expats here!
Championship begins this week
Much to everyone’s surprise the 15th International
Amateur Sumo Wrestling Championships are set to take place in Chiang Mai
between November 16th and 18th. That the news came at the ’11th hour’ is
even more surprising since the event was originally scheduled to take place
This quintessential Japanese cultural sport will take place in Gymnasium 3
of the 700 Year Stadium with free admission, and gives locals and tourist
alike a rare opportunity to witness this bizarre spectacle, including all
the pomp and ceremony.
Despite the confusing late change in hosts, as many as 35 nations are
expected to send teams, competing in the under-85kg, under 115kg and jumbo
‘open weight division’. There are also separate women’s categories in this
‘dohyo’ (amateur) championship.
Although Thailand’s teams are not fancied to take away any ‘Henka’
(victories) the country will be celebrating the 120th anniversary of its
relations with Japan. Most of Japan’s best Sumo Wrestlers compete in their
tradition professional league which receives huge interest domestically, but
the sport attracts participants from around the world, with wrestlers from
Mongolia, Russia and Bulgaria expected to challenge some Japanese favorites.
Events kick off from 10am each day. For more information visit
Grunting Tigers miss
out to Gropers
The Chiang Mai Suas entered their third consecutive Bangkok 7’s with high
hopes of producing a shock to Thai Rugby in Bangkok by emulating their third
consecutive Quarter final cup spot, but this was a year that was not to be.
Starting strongly against Thonburi University the Suas notched up a 51-0
victory to leave the Chiang Mai management very happy and in high hopes.
However soon after the
Linton Army of New Zealand humbled the Chiang Mai boys with a 36-0 win.
The Suas finishing second in their group set up an early match on Sunday
with The Margaret River Gropers of West Australia, and it looked like
another whooping with the Gropers grabbing 2 early tries to dent the Suas
pride. However the Suas had not read the script and made a late comeback and
at 19-14 nearly took the lead with Muang getting within a meter of the line.
However the Gropers managed to pick up and run out 26-19 winners sending the
Suas into the second tier competition.
Another Australian team the Darwin Dingoes were the opposition in the plate
competition that dragged for the Suas, with the Dingoes superiority in size
showing through. By this time the Suas were walking wounded and struggling
for a team to field but they kept battling to the bitter end and once again
won the respect of the followers with their sheer determination and desire
to alight the fields with a brand of Northern Thai Champagne Rugby.
With the Suas left to ponder what could have been they sat and enjoyed the
rest of the competition with the legend that is Waisale Serevi’s Thai
Pacific Airways team running out winners of the Raimond Land Cup.
If you are reading this and feel that you could have made a difference or if
you enjoy the atmosphere of live rugby, sunshine and beer then look for
Sandy at the UN Irish Pub who can fill you in on the Rugby scene here in
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