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Boonwong takes the plaudits at Chiangmai Highlands

‘Tigers’ denied at final hurdle

Chiang Mai keep the heat on title rivals

What did we learn from the Monaco GP?

Boonwong takes the plaudits at Chiangmai Highlands

Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2010

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The 2010 Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship held its second tournament round on Saturday, May 8 at the Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort in San Kamphaeng District.

Pairote Saengphuwong, left, deputy governor of Chiang Mai presents the winning trophy for Overall Low Gross to Kachen Boonwong, at the Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, Saturday, May 8.

Deputy Governor Pairot Saengphuwong was on hand to see the golfers tee off on this beautiful golf course which was recently voted one of the best in SE Asia by South East Asian Globe Magazine.

There were some good scores recorded on the day, none better than the 75 returned by Kachen Boonwong off his 9 H/cap, which gave him the Overall Low Gross honours.

In the A Flight the winner was Pongsiri Nitisuwannakul (6) with a gross 78 ahead of Disthawat Mankiartyos and Sakorn Saendee.

B Flight honours went to Theera Patikorn (18) who came into the clubhouse with a gross 78 and was followed in the rankings by Adisorn Kulprayong and Aphiratch Pusahesa.

Noparat Jirathitikul (19) was the top player in the C Flight with a gross 83 ahead of Paweenawat Polnikorn and Santi Charusrungsirikul.

Finally, in the Ladies flight it was a good day for Chantarajira Nongkaew (16) who took the Low Gross award with an 83 while Petchnoi O-sataphan (20) topped the Low Net podium with a net 77 ahead of Pornthip Wongla.

The following weekend, Saturday, May 15, the tournament moved to the Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort in Lamphun where Suthas Tapanya topped the Low Gross scoring with a 75 of his 11 H/cap.

In the A Flight, Suphapol (5) took the Low Gross prize with a 78 while Disthawat Mankiartyos won the Low Net with a net 74 off his 9 H/cap.

B Flight Low Gross went to Charn Harnpitak (15) with a gross 80 score and Lt Commander Preecha (18) was the Net winner with a net 80.

Suwat Promtum was the clear Low Gross winner in the C Flight scoring a superb 77 off a 24 H/cap while Pitipong Laohapongsiri (19) picked up the Low Net award with a net 70.

In the Ladies it was Ms Assama Kanchanayanin (18) who came out on top with a Low Gross winning score of 86 and Arisara Wetchakama (18) pipped Pornthip to the Low Net title with a net 70.

The next round of the tournament will be held on Saturday, May 29, at the Gold Canyon Country Club with a shotgun start at 12 o’clock noon.

‘Tigers’ denied at final hurdle

The Chris Kays Memorial Pattaya Rugby 10’s

Christopher Jenkins

The Chiang Mai Sua’s (Tigers) rugby team attended the Pattaya Chris Kays Memorial 10’s over the weekend of May 1 & 2 after a one year absence from the tournament.

The Chiang Mai Sua’s, left, take on Thai Legends 1, right, in the final of the Pattaya Chris Kays Memorial 10’s rugby tournament at Horseshoe Point, Pattaya, Sunday, May 2.

Drawn in the ‘pool of death’ group, they lost the first game 7-0 to a strong AIA Legends team but against all the odds they then went on to win the following two games against Thai Barbarians 1 and Southerners by scores of 14-7 and 21-0 respectively. With other games going their way they managed to top the group in the pool stages.

On the second day the Sua’s beat the developing Thai nation team ‘Young Blood’ 21-0 to make it to the Cup semi final, seemingly not missing too much the only casualty of the first day, Zimbabwean, Bradley, who dislocated his thumb.

The semi final saw a hard fought victory for the Sua’s, having succumbed to the first try by the Thai Barbarians 2, but showing true character they clawed back to win 10-7 and send them into the Cup final. Scrum half Nai and hooker Faham had showed true class on route to the final with their strong ball carrying runs that split opposition defenses.

Running out to play the Thai Legends in the final match, the Sua’s felt confident that they could bring home the silverware, however the Legends, made up of Thai International players, had a ghost of an outside half that the Sua’s could not deal with and they ended up losing out 19-0 by the final whistle.

The Sua’s would like to thank all their sponsors and Sandy of the UN Irish pub for making the tour happen and would like to invite anyone willing to sponsor or play or support for future tours to contact Sandy at the UN Irish pub. There are plans in the works to tour Cambodia for a 10’s tournament and to also return to Pattaya next year and go one better.

Chiang Mai keep the heat on title rivals

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

Chiang Mai FC maintained their push for a promotion playoff spot with a resounding 4-0 victory over Phitsanulok FC in front of more than 3,000 fans at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on Saturday, May 15.

Chiang Mai FC’s Anucha Chaiyawong, right, challenges for the ball with Phitsanulok midfielder Ayok, left, at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on Saturday, May 15.

Following a somewhat cagey opening, The ‘Lanna Tigers’, playing under the watchful eye of Chiang Mai governor Amornphan Nimanant, took the lead through Sarun Sridej in the 12th minute of the match. Ghanaian midfielder Benjamin controlled the ball in center field and advanced to the Phitsanulok penalty area before releasing the ball to Sridej, who strode forward to hammer a shot into the back of the visitor’s net.

The goal seemed to vanquish the nerves of the home team who went on to create several further chances but they were all spurned. Anucha Chaiyawong came closest to scoring in the 23rd minute when his close range shot was somehow blocked and cleared to safety by a Phitsanulok defender and the goalkeeper.

The visitors themselves had a rare first half chance following some fine play by Yuttapong Innoi which saw him force a good save from Pansa Meesatham in the Chiang Mai goal.

One more opportunity fell to Chiang Mai on the half hour mark but Nanta headed wide when well placed and half time came with the score remaining at 1-0 to the hosts.

Phitsulok started out the second half playing some enterprising football as they went searching for an equalizer but a death knell was sounded for their hopes of getting back into the game when Benjamin headed in a second goal for Chiang Mai on the hour mark. Soon after, a mix up in the visitors’ defence between goalkeeper and defenders saw the ball roll out to Anucha who made no mistake in making it 3-0 to the ‘Tigers’.

To put the icing on the cake for the home team, Wasuwat Lakthan scored with a close range shot just before the final whistle to make the score 4-0 to Chiang Mai and so cap an impressive second half display.

After the game, Benjamin was voted ‘Man of the Match’ for his powerful performance in midfield for the ‘Tigers’.

At press time Chiang Mai FC were due to play league leaders Chainat FC at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on Sunday, May 23. A report of the game will be in next week’s Chiang Mai Mail. The ‘Tigers’ next fixture is away to bottom placed Phayao FC on Saturday, May 29. Kick-off is schedule for 5 p.m.

The ‘Tiger’ fans turned out in force to cheer on the team.

What did we learn from the Monaco GP?

by Dr. Iain Corness

Well, we learned that Mark Webber’s win in Spain was no fluke, with another totally dominant win in Monaco. The first Aussie driver to win at Monaco for over 50 years. He now leads the driver’s championship, but there’s a long way to go, so Australia shouldn’t be firing up the barbies yet! His running mate, young Sebastian Vettel, although coming second, is beginning to have a pout at being upstaged by his much older partner.

Rooby baby in the Williams threw more than his toys out of the pram at Monaco. The very expensive steering wheel (20,000 euro) getting the old heave-ho as Barichello vented his anger at his car, Frank Williams and all who sailed in her, after the rear suspension collapse threw him into the wall. The media are calling for his head on a plate, but Barichello has always worn his heart on his sleeve and was undoubtedly very angry. Since I once threw my helmet at a flag marshal for giving me a black flag, I can sympathize with Rooby Baby, but I cannot really condone this behavior at the Formula 1 level. His running mate Hulkenberg did not have a great time either, with a front wing failure throwing him into the wall in the tunnel on the first lap.

We also saw that Schumacher remains the wily German he always was with a hugely opportunistic move on Alonso at the last corner to take sixth place - only to be penalized by the stewards and relegated to 12th. One of the stewards was Damon Hill, no friend of Schumacher’s. Since the green flag was shown by the flag marshals, this means “racing is on” and I think the German should be reinstated. Mercedes have appealed so we shall see in a week or two! Alonso should also understand “opportunistic” moves after his one on his team mate Massa going into the pits in China. And speaking on Massa, he was there, he finished, but he did not shine. Massa will be out of Ferrari by the end of the year. Scuttlebutt has Kubica alongside Alonso next year in a prancing horse. It makes sense.

Lada/Renault had a great result with Kubica’s third place, with the Polish aerodynamic nose heading for Ferrari come December. Despite the team saying Vitaly Petrov was unlucky at Monaco, Petrov was actually a second a lap slower than Kubica, and is showing his colors as a true ‘pay driver’ ($14 million). His sponsors will have to dig deep if Petrov will be on the grid next year.

McLaren did not have a good weekend at the Monaco GP. Described as a “human error” by the team, a cooling cover was left over the radiator, instead of being removed, in Jenson Button’s car. Overheating was one consequence. A vacancy for a race mechanic will be the other consequence. Come on chaps, this is F1, not the Retro series at Bira! Hamilton did also not have a great race being told by the pit wall to take it easy on the car, with Hamilton replying “What do you want me to do? Race or save the car?”

Jarno Trulli in the Lotus found a new method of overtaking Karun Chandhok in the Hispania. Rather than going around either side into the Rascasse hairpin, he went ‘over’. True ‘over’taking. While doing this interesting maneuver they almost ruined the race for Mark Webber who fortunately had enough space to squeeze through on the inside.

That was the action. The rest of the race was a giant bore.