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November 13, - November 19, 2007



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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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html
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!


Sumo Wrestling 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 in Switzerland.
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 www.sumofanmag.com


Grunting Tigers miss out to Gropers

Christopher Jenkins
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 Chiang Mai.



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