Russia tastes Cup success at inaugural Chiang Mai Tens
The Cup losing finalists
Chiang Mai Tigers are still all smiles after the game.
Chiang Mai Tigers Rugby Club and Citylife Chiang Mai
were pleased to welcome all rugby lovers to the 1st Chiang Mai Rugby
Tens Tournament held over the weekend November 27-28 at the rugby field
of The Prince Royal’s College in Chiang Mai.
The tournament brought teams from all over Thailand
such as the Pattaya Panthers, Phuket Vagabonds, The Old Bangkok Bangers,
Goosers, Thonburi University, and a local team from The Prince’s Royal
College, as well as an overseas contingent in the form of the GU
‘Doverie’ team from Russia, who all came together in a celebration of
rugby and sporting spirit.
The college rugby field was presented in exceptional
condition and the tournament organizers received unstinting support from
A big thank you also goes to the Chiang Mai residents
who came along in large and vocal numbers to watch the rugby over the
two days and help to make this inaugural event a great success. The
feedback from all involved has been very positive and the organizers
have pledged to turn this into an annual event with teams from Australia
and New Zealand already penciled in for next year.
To the tournament itself, and after two days of
colourful and thoroughly entertaining Tens rugby, it seemed the long
trip taken by the GU ‘Doverie’ team was well worth the effort as they
overcame some spirited to opposition from the Chiang Mai Tigers to
record a 14-7 win in the showcase Cup final, having earlier disposed of
Thonburi University 22-0 in the semis in a comprehensive exhibition of
In the Plate final, some local honor was restored
when the host team, Prince Royal’s College, ran out 17-10 winners over
the experienced and well known Bangkok Bangers.
A tournament of this nature obviously cannot go ahead
without some generous help from sponsors and in this regard a great deal
of thanks and appreciation goes from the organizers and players to
Citylife Chiang Mai, Majestec, The U.N. Irish Pub, Athena Siam Limited,
On Smooth Thai, Chang, Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital, Pole Star, Nam Man
Muay and Green Bus. This tournament would not have happened without
their generous contributions.
Everyone is now looking forwards to another
successful Chiang Mai Rugby Tens Tournament next year!
The victorious GU
‘Doverie’ team from Russia
with the Citylife Chiang Mai Tens rugby Cup.
Chiang Mai welcomes 15th University Games
The organizing committee of
the 15th ASEAN University Games gather at a press conference for the event
at Chiang Mai University on December 8.
The ASEAN University Games 2010 was scheduled to kick off
in grand style this week with the opening ceremony taking place at Maejo
University on Wednesday, December 15.
Sportsmen and women from 11 ASEAN nations are taking part
in the sporting jamboree which will last until December 23. About 5,000
athletes and their support staff will compete in various disciplines
including badminton, basketball, football, swimming, volley ball, beach
volley ball, taekwondo, table tennis, karate, golf, petanque, takraw, track
& field, tennis, bowling and panchak silat.
The 700 Year Stadium in Chiang Mai, Maejo University,
Monfort and Prince’s Royal College, North Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai
University, Payap University and UFO Bowl –are being utilized to stage the
The organizing committee has set aside some 64 million
baht to put on the event which for the first time will feature
representatives from all the nations within the ASEAN umbrella.
Chiang Mai was the venue for the inaugural University
Games in 1980 and Thailand has since hosted the biennial event on two other
occasions; 1988 at Burapha University near Pattaya and 1996 at Ramkamhaeng
University in Bangkok.
T.C. Chen wins PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010
Taiwan’s T.C. Chen, seated
left, holds the winner’s cheque following the third and final round of the
PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010 at Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort.
The PTT Thailand Senior Open 2010 was held at the Royal
Chiang Mai Golf Resort in beautiful Chiang Mai from December 1-4. The course
conditions were perfect, the skies were blue and sunny, and the players
Taiwan’s T.C. Chen played some very solid golf with
rounds of 68, 64 and 74. He led the field right from the start and after Day-2
he was leading with 12 under par total that put him 8 strokes in front of
fellow Taiwanese player and nearest challenger Chen Tsang Te.
Despite a closing round 2-over par score on Day 3, Chen
hung on to top spot to finish on 10 under par and two strokes up on Chung
Chun Hsing (-8) from Taiwan and three ahead of Jee Tae Hwa(-7) from Korea.
Top ranked Thai players were Choompol Chamchen and
Nopajuk Meesom, both tied for 4th place with 5 under par after three days of
Preceding the main event at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf
Resort was a Pro-Am tournament on December 1 featuring twenty amateur teams
of four who were given the chance to play a round with of golf with a Senior
Representing Chiang Mai’s very own Three-Generation Golf
Academy (TGGA) and the PTIS International School were Team Elite players
Tapat (Es) Wittayakom (Grade 10) and Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon (Grade
9) along with cricket coach, Englishman David Buck and PTIS operations staff,
Australian Rod Driscoll. Teamed up with PGA Senior Tour player Don Leary
from Perth, Australia, they appeared to be a well-rounded team with
handicaps ranging from 0 to 27.
It’s white-knuckle time for most amateurs teeing it up
for the nerve-wracking first shot from the championship tees under the
watchful eye of a Tour Player, but with this group one felt as if they were
out for a weekend round of golf such was the easy going camaraderie that Don
Leary established early on in the day.
Es and Smart, the only junior golfers who entered the Pro-Am
event, played with ease and confidence. Their combined tournament experience
and golf talent contributed to the team winning not only the team event, but
also Es taking home the individual amateur trophy for his gross round of 75.
Team Elite players Tapat (Es)
Wittayakom and Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon with David Buck, Rod
Driscoll and PGA Senior Tour player Don Leary.