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Audemars Pigeut win 9th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

‘Tigers’ still top despite first loss at Pichit

J-mart top the tree at charity golf tourney

Audemars Pigeut win 9th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

The victorious Audemars Pigeut team hold the trophy aloft after winning the 2010 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Chiang Rai, Sunday, March 28.

Report & Photos Anantara Golden Triangle Resort

This year’s annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament, held in the idyllic surroundings of the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort, provided spectators with nail biting matches, a beautiful setting and a great cause to rally around.

From March 22 to March 28, twelve elite teams from all around the world descended upon Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand and battled it out for the championship of this unique and increasingly-competitive sport. The real winners, however, were the elephants themselves – over US$300,000 has been raised since the tournament started in 2001 to help provide protection and support for the embattled Thai elephant.

Expanding in popularity, The King’s Cup Elephant Polo has gone from a small two day event with six teams into a week-long extravaganza with the 2010 tournament featuring twelve teams from four continents, encompassing forty players from a least fifteen different countries.

As anticipated by the experts, the finale pitted King Power against the Audemars Piguet team. It was a close game until the second half, where Audemars Pigeut’s superior polo-skills and greater reach eventually won out with the team coming from behind to take the overall tournament.

King Power look set for a win early in the game by firmly planting the first goal in the opening thirty seconds but it was the unbeatable performance and teamwork of team captain Peter Prentice and brothers Uday and Angad Kalaan that took the Audemars Piguet team to a resounding four point win over Kings Power; the final score being 10 to 6.

To top everything off, a gala dinner held during the tournament garnered 1.8 million baht for the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre and the National Elephant Institute, the official beneficiaries of the annual event.

The expanded tournament featured teams from four continents.


‘Tigers’ still top despite first loss at Pichit

Chiang Mai F.C. (dark blue shirts) take on Kamphaeng Phet FC at the Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium on March 28.

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai F.C. maintained their position at the top of Northern Regional League Division 2 with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Kamphaeng Phet F.C. at the Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium on March 28.

The ‘Tiger’s’ midfielder Warut Sapso opened the scoring for the hosts in the 33rd minute to give the team a 1-0 half time lead. Winger Chanatpol Sikhamontol doubled the lead for the home team in the 72nd minute to keep Chiang Mai’s 100% record in the league intact with seven wins out of seven.

The following weekend the ‘Tigers’ would come unstuck at third placed Pichit F.C., losing the match 2-1 and with it their 100% league record. The team was due to play a home game against Phrae United at the Municipality Stadium this past Saturday, April 10, and will next face an away trip to Sukhothai F.C. on April 25, kick off at 5 p.m.

‘Tiger’ fans celebrate the 2-0 win that keeps their team top of the league.


J-mart top the tree at charity golf tourney

The J-mart winning team pose with the trophy
of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Staff Reporters

A charity golf tournament in aid of the Maejo University was held on Saturday, April 3, with the trophy of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn up for grabs.

Dr. Suthitham Chirathivat, the executive of Central Pattana Group, the organizing committee chairman, said the tournament was used to raise funds both for supporting school scholarships and for the Maejo University development.

Narong Tananuwat, left, receives the individual category trophy from Assist. Prof. Dr. Chamnien Yosraj, Vice President of Maejo University.

The tournament opening ceremony was presided over Gen Dr Paeng Malakul na Ayuthaya, the senior advisor to Maejo University, who also presented the prizes to the winners from the more than 40 teams who entered.

J-mart emerged as the winning team and were duly awarded the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy. Narong Tananuwat won the individual category award and received the trophy of the Privy Council chairman, and Assist Prof Dr. Chamnien Yosraj was the long drive champion, winning the PM Abhisit Vejjajiva trophy for his effort on the second hole.



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