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‘Tigers’ close in on league title

Top field confirmed for PTT Thailand Open 2010

‘Smart’ makes it three in a row

‘Tigers’ close in on league title

‘Lanna Tigers’ fans are all set to celebrate
their team’s success in the Division 2 Northern League.

Staff Reporters

Chiang Mai FC all but assured themselves of taking top place in the Division 2 (North) League standings this season after beating mid-table strugglers Petchabun FC last week. The 1-0 win, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, left the “Tigers’ six points clear of their nearest rivals Chainart FC with just two games to go. Chiang Mai could indeed by now have already wrapped up the league title as at press time they were due to take on Chiang Rai FC in an away fixture last Sunday needing just one point to secure the championship.

The Chiang Mai ‘Tigers’ went into the match against the ‘Tamarind Warriors’ of Petchabun on the back of a 2-0 victory over Uttaradit Morseng the previous Sunday; a weekend that also saw main title rivals Chainart slip up with a 1-0 home defeat to Pichit.

Tigers’ coach Sarith Wutchuay made some changes to the starting line-up before the game, bringing in the speedy winger Wasuwat Lakthan to replace North Chiang Mai University’s Chanutpol Sikhamontol, who was relegated to the bench. In defence, Korakot Chotiwattanamas came in as center half, and Chakrapong Saenluang filled in at right back.

Chiang Mai were hoping that their deadly strike duo of Sarun Sridech and Anucha Chaiwong would prove to be too hot to handle for the Petchabun defenders, however it was the hosts who started the match the stronger and they controlled much of the possession in the opening 15 minutes.

Eventually the class of the league leaders began to tell however and they gradually took control of the match, with Anucha having the best chance of the first half with a header that flew just wide of the Petchabun goal.

It was a sluggish opening 45 minutes and when the second half started in much the same vein Sarith decided to ring the changes and brought on Chanutpol Sikhamontol in place of Anucha.

The substitution had an immediate effect with Chanutpol forcing a good save out of the Petchabun goalkeeper Asawin from a free kick and then providing a pinpoint cross for Wasuwat who saw his header blocked on the line.

In the 63rd minute Chiang Mai made a further change, bringing on Nathapong Suk-ngarm to replace their Ghanaian star Benjamin and just one minute later the ‘Tigers’ made the vital breakthrough that their attacking play merited.

Chanutpol fired in another stinging free kick from the left side of the area that neither the Petchabun defence nor the goalkeeper could deal with and the loose ball fell to top scorer Sarun Sridech who fired it home to give the visitors the lead.

Things got worse for Petchabun just two minutes after the restart when Ektawan Pluemjai received his marching orders from the referee for a late tackle on Wasuwat that brought the Chiang Mai forward down when he was clean through on goal.

Reduced to just 10 men the hosts struggled to find a way back into the match and were continually pushed onto the back foot by the now rampant Chiang Mai forward line. Petchabun’s hopes of grabbing an equalizer all but vanished in the final minute of the game when Amnart Namruang was dismissed for aiming a vicious kick at Chiang Mai’s Chanutpol.

The second red card had little effect on the game however as the referee blew the final whistle soon after, and as news filtered through that Chainart had been held to a goalless draw by Phayao FC on the same evening, the Chiang Mai team began celebrating what may turn out to be their most crucial win of the season.

Whatever the result of the match last weekend in Chiang Rai, there is sure to be a fantastic atmosphere at the 700-year stadium in Chiang Mai this coming Saturday when the ‘Tigers’ play their final game of the season against Lampang FC when all being well they will be able to show off the league championship trophy to their loyal fans. Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Division 2 (North) Standings Sept. 8

Team                               P       W      D      L      Pts.    GD

Chiang Mai FC             28      24       1      3       73     +47

Chainart FC                   28      21       4      3       67     +39

Pichit FC                         28      18       5      5       59     +45

Phrae United                  28      12     11     5       47     +14

Singburi FC                    28      13       8      7       47     +11

Nakhon Sawan FC       28      13       6      9       45     +16

Phitsanulok FC             28      13       5     10      44      +9

Sukhothai FC                27      12       6      9       42      +1

Petchabun FC               27      10       6     11      36      +7

Uttaradit Morseng        28      10       3     15      33     -12

Lampang FC                 28       7        5     16      26     -14

Chiang Rai FC              28       7        4     17      25     -19

Kampaeng Phet FC      28       6        7     15      25     -23

Phayao FC                     28       6        3     19      21     -43

Uthai Thani Forest       28       5        4     19      19     -37

Tak FC                           28       4        6     18      18     -41

Results:  Uthai Thani Forest 1-0 Phrae United, Phayao FC 0-0 Chainart FC,
Uttaradit Morseng 1-0 Phitsanulok FC, Singburi FC 0-1 Sukhothai FC,
Petchabun FC 0-1 Chiang Mai FC, Lampang FC 2-0 Tak FC.


Top field confirmed for PTT Thailand Open 2010

The Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani will host the 2010 PTT
Thailand Open from 25 September – 3 October.

World #1 Rafael Nadal headlines a bumper field of players coming to Bangkok to compete in the PTT Thailand Open from 25 September – 3 October at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Reigning US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez and Latvian rising star Ernests Gulbis had already confirmed their participation in the USD 608,500 event but are now joined by more of tennis’ top names including world #15 Jurgen Melzer of Austria, Spain’s Feliciano Lopez ranked #24, Thailand Open 2007 runner up German Benjamin Becker, and last year’s finalist Viktor Troicki of Serbia.

Joining the world’s top players and former finalists are other Bangkok favourites: #59 ranked Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain ranked #44, #48 Philipp Petzschner of Germany and Kazakhstan’s Evgeny Korolev.

A number of top players will be joining the PTT Thailand Open for the first time: #52 Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, Jeremy Chardy and Florent Serra of France and fast-rising Dutch star Thiemo de Bakker who has risen from outside the top 200 to #50 in a little over a year, have all confirmed they will participate in the tournament for the first time.

Also confirming their participation are Michael Berrer of Germany, Swiss Marco Chiudinelli and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina.

“We are again delighted to have such a strong field of players competing for the King’s Cup at the PTT Thailand Open,” said tournament Executive Committee Chairman Suwat Lipatapanlop. “Thai tennis fans are in for a fantastic nine days of tennis action.”

The main singles draw of the PTT Thailand Open will feature 28 players including three wildcards that have yet to be announced and four players who successfully come through the qualifying rounds. The Draw Ceremony for the tournament will be held at Impact Arena at 2pm on Saturday 25 September and this year will be open to the public for the first time in the tournament’s history.

Tickets for the PTT Thailand Open start at just Bt300 and are available from all Thaiticketmajor outlets, by calling 02 262 3838, or by logging on to www.thaiticketmajor.com.


‘Smart’ makes it three in a row

Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon holds up his latest trophy
after winning the Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Ranking event
at Chiang Mai’s Summit Green Valley Golf Club.

PTIS International School and Three-Generation Golf Academy Team Elite member, Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon (GR 9), has won his third consecutive Srixon-Cleveland Junior Golf Ranking event at Chiang Mai’s Summit Green Valley Golf Club on 28-29 August.

‘Smart’ shot an impressive 154 (75, 79) in a final 10-hour round in pouring rain to finish atop the leader board and retain his 2010-11 first place ranking for Northern Thailand’s TGA-CAT, boys B division.