Chiang Mai Junior Cricket
The 38th Sawasdee cricket tournament was held at the Prince
Royal’s College on Saturday, February 6 under the guidance of the Chiang
Mai Schools cricket Alliance, and with the best five grade 6 teams
playing the standard of cricket was extremely high.
victorious Wat Doc Chan School cricket team.
As Chol Prathan Phateak School had won every competition for the past
three years they were the obvious favourites. However, they received
quite a shock from the Wat Doc Chan School who went on to win the
tournament convincingly. The interesting thing about this school is that
it consists entirely of Hill tribe boys. They were introduced to cricket
less than a year ago by the diligence and enthusiasm of Chris Dodd,
Martin Papworth and have come on in leaps and bounds as their recent
performance indicates. They are now the team to beat.
The favourites, Chol Prathan Phateak narrowly avoided finishing third
after a close fought game against Sahakorn Song from Mae On, coached by
Peter Dawson; who, incidentally, was awarded the International Cricket
Council Centenary Award medal for his services to cricket.
The next Sawasdee tournament is due to be held during the San Miguel
Chiang Mai International Sixes on 1st and 2nd April, when 12 teams are
expected to compete.
Smart wins Srixon-Cleveland Junior golf tournament
Smart (center) collects his
trophy after winning
the Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Tournament, Sunday, January 31.
January 2010 has been a victorious month for young Thai
golfer Smart, a Grade 8 student from the Prem Tinsulanonda International
School in Chiang Mai.
Last month, as reported here in the Chiang Mai Mail, Smart secured
his second victory in the Mercedes Trophy Junior Golf Championships. This is
a seven-leg series, played at a variety of courses around Bangkok, of which
Smart has now won the first and fourth events.
This is a special event because the player’s grades come into play for
points in their standing. Smart’s application to his studies at school saw
his name listed on the Honor Roll, again, which gives him twenty extra
ranking points for each event in which he plays. His best 18 Hole score was
a 2 under par 70!
Two weeks later, Smart was champion yet again after an exciting playoff
finish at the Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Tournament. The event was held on
30-31 January at the Inthanon Golf Club and sponsored by the Northern
Thailand Junior Golf Club (NTJGC).
Smart has been studying at The Prem Golf Academy for two years. After the
first year of working together he lowered his handicap by 20 strokes which
earned him a 50% scholarship to PTIS. Not only does he have great golfing
skills, but Smart is an extremely well-rounded person with a great sense of
humor and dedication to everything he does.
“He represents what I call being ‘in The Zone’,” says Coach Spike. “I’m not
talking about that elusive ‘mystical zone’ so often talked about and seen as
‘unconscious’ or ‘miraculous’. I’m talking of the ‘Real Zone’ where one
participates fully in everyday life with eyes and heart wide open.”