‘Tigers’ hit Tak for six of the best
The ‘Tigers’ of Chiang Mai FC handed out a
comprehensive 6-1 defeat to Tak FC at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium a
week last Saturday as they continued their pursuit of top spot in the
AIS Division 2 Northern Football League.
Before the match, Chiang Mai were bolstered by the
return of star striker Anucha Chaiwong from injury, to partner Pravit
Wasuntra in attack. Also returning to the ‘Tigers’ lineup was Pravit
Pamornpol, back from suspension to form a formidable midfield pairing
with Natthapong Suk-ngarm. The only absentee from the Chiang Mai
starting eleven was left winger Waruth Sabso, who was absent through
illness and was replaced in the side by debutant Suwat Lakthan.
Chiang Mai got off to a perfect start against their
mid-table opponents when they opened the scoring in the first minute of
the match though a free kick from Natthapong that deceived Surapong
Yaoin in the Tak goal. Scoring so early in the game allowed the hosts to
relax and they were soon into their free flowing football that had the
Tak defence on high alert.
In the 25th
minute the ‘Tigers’ doubled their lead when a right wing cross was met
by the oncoming Anucha Chaiyawong who thrashed the ball into the net to
make it 2-0. Almost immediately after the restart Chiang Mai scored
again through a free kick out on the right by Thongkrit.
The ‘Tigers’ were really cruising now and with the
game virtually in the bag inside the first half an hour they went
looking for more goals. Prawit obliged for them with the fourth goal in
the 32 minute and then just before the half time whistle Wasuwat notched
a fifth for the home team.
The second half has not surprisingly a more sedate
affair as Chaing Mai took their foot off the pedal and Tak were able to
score a consolation goal through their African striker Numdieke who
latched onto a fine cross from Ekachai.
The hosts would have the final say however and sign
the game off in style with their sixth and final goal on the hour mark
from substitute Panuwat Art-in.
This fine win by Chiang Mai keeps them neck and neck
at the top of the table with league leaders Chainat FC. Both teams had
28 points each going into last weekend’s games where Chiang Mai were due
to face a trip to Nakhon Sawan and Chainat had an away fixture at
Phitsanulok. Chiang Mai’s next home match is this coming Saturday, May
15, against Phitsanulok at the Chiang Mai Municipl Stadium, kick off is
scheduled for 6 pm.
Runners pound their
way up Doi Suthep
The Doi Suthep Mini-Marathon 2010 was held in the early
morning of Friday, April 30, along a 10.5km course up the winding road to
Doi Suthep Mountain. The race got underway at the Kru Bah Srivichai statue,
marking the celebration of Khru Bah Srivichai, the saint/holyman of the
Lanna Thai northern region, who firstly built the road up to the temple on
the mountain 75 years ago.
Mini Marathon winners, Sunisa Sailomyen, left, and Lekham
Karatluang, right, parade their trophies, with Thaweepong Hinkham, the Mayor
of Tambon Suthep, standing center.
Thaweepong Hinkham, the Mayor of Tambon Suthep
Municipality, Chiang Mai, presided over the opening ceremony of the race,
and released the 300 runners from the starting point at 6 am.
The overall winner in the men’s field was Lekham Karatluang from Chiang
Mai, while Sunisa Sailomyen, also from Chiang Mai, took the honours in the
woman’s group. Both runners received trophies of HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn, together with cash prizes of 2,000 baht each.
The 300 athletes all set to get underway.
Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010 tees off
The Maejo Golf Club and Resort hosted the first leg of
the Chiang Mai Golf Festival tournament on Saturday, May 1, with Wichai
Srikwan, the chairman of TAT Board, presiding over the opening ceremony as
the shotgun start sent the golfers on their way at 12:00 pm.
Wichai tees-off to officially get the tournament
The Overall Low Gross winner of the first event was
Pongsuphan Kanthima with a superb round of 73 off his Handicap of 7. In the
A Flight the winner was Sudsayam Chantrathit (9) with a score of 74 ahead of
Charun Kaewmool and Prakong Batpim in second and third respectively.
Samart Wathasithikul took out the B Flight with a gross
77, three ahead of runner-up I-chart, who was himself one shot up on third
placed Watchara Nakwatchara. C Flight honours went to Thongma Phutornrit
with a gross 83 off his 24 Handicap, leaving Krasae Rerkdamnoenkan and
Nopparat Jirathitikul to pick up the minor placings.
In the Ladies Flight it was Thammathita Air uam who
proved to be the strongest with a gross 86 playing off a 24 Handicap.
Rasintra Pooprapai picked up the Ladies low net award with the same score of
86, fully five ahead of runner-up Surat Phathong.
The second leg of the tournament was due to be held this
past Saturday, May 8, at the Chiang Mai Highland Golf Course.
The golf festival is being held through May –June this
year at selected golf courses in and around Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces
and as well as providing a challenge to the competing golfers, it will also
help stimulate sport and tourism during the low season..
The low daily rate of only 800 baht per person is being
offered for every golf course involved in the event throughout the duration
of the tournament. The competition itself is being held every Saturday, and
will run until June 26. It will take place at nine of the twelve selected
golf courses in the area.
For more information, call 053 248 604, 053 248 607from
8:30 am – 4:30 pm, the TAT Call Center on 1672 from 8 am – 8 pm, or visit
the official tournament website at
Wichai Srikwan, TAT Chairman, 4th
left, Boonlert Buranupakorn,
president of Chiang Mai Provincial
left, and guests of honor attend the opening ceremony of the Chiang Mai Golf
Festival 2010, held on May 1, at Maejo Golf Club and Resort.