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Poles apart: Chiang Mai Media team bounce back in style

Gymkhana Juniors gain morale booster over Sahakorn Song

Poles apart: Chiang Mai Media team bounce back in style

Supoj Thiamyoj

Polish Media 9 v 1 Chiang Mai Media

A friendly football match between a Polish Press/Media team and their Chiang Mai counterparts was played at the city’s Municipal Stadium on March 2, and resulted in a resounding 9-1 victory for the visitors from Europe.

Chiang Mai Mail editor and Media team captain, Phitsanu Thepthong, right, shakes hands and exchanges pennants with his Polish counterpart, Radek Pyffel, before the start of the match.

In a frantic first half, the Polish team, led by Radek Pyffel, took advantage of their superior fitness and finesse with the ball to run rings around their local opponents and they stormed into a 6-0 lead by half time.

Things didn’t improve much for the Chiang Mai players in the second half as they began to wilt in the hot weather conditions and the Poles scored three further goals to hold a 9-0 lead.

Then, with the clock ticking down, up stepped Chiang Mai Mail’s very own editor Phitsanu Thepthong to spare his team’s blushes with a fine consolation goal, hitting a right foot shot into the far corner of the net to avoid a total whitewash for the home side.

The Polish Media team celebrate their 9-1 victory at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium, Tuesday, March 2.

Following the match, Phitsanu was awarded a prize of 1,000 baht from Kannit Chaicharnkanit, the sponsors from Community Radio 91.75 GSSM station, for being the only goal scorer for the Chiang Mai team.

Chiang Mai Judges 4 v 5 Chiang Mai Media

They say the sign of a good team is its ability to bounce back after a heavy defeat, and that was utmost on the minds of the Chiang Mai Media players as they entered the 700 Year Stadium a day after the Polish demolition to take on a team of judges from the Chiang Mai Provincial Court, led by Chief Judge Natthaporn na Kalasin.

In a much more evenly contested game than the previous day, it was the judges’ team who took the lead in the 12th minute when Prinya Chiaranaikulwanitch’s shot evaded the dive of Media keeper and Thai Rath newspaper’s Chaipin Katiya.

Memories of the previous day’s game came flooding back to the Media boys when the judges went further ahead soon after, Komkrit Wannapaiboon netting after 26 minutes to give his team a 2 goal cushion.

However, on this day the Chiang Mai Media team weren’t about to lie down and they fought back strongly, pulling a goal back in the 35th minute through TV Channel 7’s Tawa Tachan to only trail 2-1 at the half time break.

Soon after the restart the Media team were on level terms when Tachan scored again, and they took the lead for the first time in the match in the 60th minute through a goal by PBS TV’s Somkran Kruaboon.

The play was now end to end and the judges fought their way back to level terms with a goal from Chatchai Luang-orn in the 67th minute to make it 3-3.

However, the Media team now had the bit between their teeth and they could scent a victory. In the 70th minute Kruaboon scored his second goal of the match with a spectacular 25 yard effort and captain Phitsanu Thepthong of Chiang Mai Mail followed up 5 minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Media outfit a 5-3 lead.

There was just time before the final whistle for the judges to pull a goal back through Komkrit, but it was too little too late and the final score went in favour of the Media team who took a well deserved 5-4 victory.

The Chiang Mai Media team (blue shirts) and the Chiang Mai judges team pose for a group photo prior to their match at the 700 Year Stadium, Wednesday, March 3.

Gymkhana Juniors gain morale booster over Sahakorn Song

Chiang Mai Junior Cricket News

The Sahakorn Song team line up before the start of their U-15 League game against Gymkhana Juniors.

Graeme Monaghan
At the Gymkhana Club last week in the U-15 League; Gymkhana Juniors were seeking their first victory of the season in their final match against Sahakorn Song from Mae On.

With a strong line up the Gym Juniors chose to bat but their game plan quickly went wrong with some good bowling from Jam, reducing the batting side to 9 runs for 3 wickets. However, Jun Aryi with 21 runs and Nikom Mayer (Nik) with 19 runs, took the game to Sahakorn. Both players played exceptionally well; Jun playing powerfully through the covers and Nikom showing his technical prowess with controlled shots. They pushed the score on to 70 runs before Jutamat Tamasee (Nan) bowled Nikom. Gym Juniors went on to make 82 from their 15 overs, a creditable score after such a shaky start.

With two of their top order batters unavailable, Sahakorn were relying on Artit Supamoon (Formot) and Hloo Loonglek (Kam) who made a good start in the run chase. However, with some tight bowling from Pongpipat Neemitsin (Porn), whose 2 overs only cost 3 runs for 1 wicket, and Jun’s very quick swing bowling, Sahakorn’s hopes of getting the runs diminished when the openers went cheaply. Even with a great many extras in wides, Bongpat Banyara (Pepsi) and Nan found it difficult to get runs and the innings faltered to 68 for 4 wickets giving Gym Juniors the win by 14 runs and a much needed boost before next season.

Jun was awarded Player of the Match for his batting maximum.

Although Sahakorn finished bottom of the table they can take heart from an impressive win over Watdonchan earlier in the season and with more depth in batting will feel they can compete for a top spot in 2010-11.