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