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Chiang Mai led the gold medal table at the Nakorn Ping Games

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul joins the medal winning home team at the end of the Nakorn Ping Games.

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Chiang Mai athletes led the medal tally with 62 gold medals, 51 silver and 42 bronze at the 41st Annual Region 5 National Games; the Nakorn Ping Games. More than 5,700 people took part in the games that saw competitors from 15 provinces in the North take part.

The games, which had 36 different kinds of sports featured, took place at the 700 Year Stadium from August 14-23, 2012. Phitsanulok Province came second on the medal table with 34 gold, 25 silver and 20 bronze. 3rd ranking Phetchabun took 17 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze. Lampang came in 4th in the medal tally and Chiang Rai 5th.

Chiang Mai governor M.L. Panadda Diskul presided over the closing ceremony which saw the delivery of the flag to Nan Governor Pongsak Wangsmer for the next Region 5 Games to be held in Nan from June 22-July 1, 2013.

Lanna Tigers Chiang Mai FC draw 2-2 in an intense game

TIGERS: Man of the match for the home team, number 22 Aliou Seck hits a header into the goal in the first half to bring the game to a draw.

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In an intense competition that saw 1st place Chiang Mai FC battle it out with visitors Golden Dragon Paknampho NSRU FC team out of Nakhon Sawan end in a draw after an exciting match that drew over 6,000 fans to the match on August 25, 2012.

The second ranked visitors played an attacking game against the home team with Djiatcheu Jules Brice shooting the first goal of the match from close range in the first five minutes. The home team quickly fought back with several near misses at the goal. However, it wasn’t until the 43rd minute when Number 22 Aliou Seck hit a header into the goal from close range to bring the match to a 1-1 draw.

The second half was even more intense with both teams pushing hard. The visitors made their second goal in the 64th minute when number 8 Machuca Noguera Anggello scored. However, a few minutes later he was red carded by the referee for leaving the pitch for a drink of water.

Paknam NSRU FC continued on with only 10 players and the home fans booed often because the Paknampho NSRU FC goalie kept using time delaying tactics.

However, in the 77th minute the Tigers number 27 Toure Ousmane passed the ball to Aliou Seck who scored the second point for the Tigers. The Chiang Mai FC still lead the AIS table with 44 points. The next match will be at the 700 Year Stadium when they welcome Uttaradit Mor Seng on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

3rd University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai

Maejo University hosted the opening ceremony of the 3rd annual University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai (USTCM).

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The 3rd Annual University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai (USTCM) opened at Maejo University on August 17, 2012. The games are being held until September 15 and are co-hosted by Maejo University, Payap University, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, North Chiang Mai University, the Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai, Pattanasilp Academy and Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Chiang Mai.
The games see competitions in only two sports; football for the men and volleyball for the women with each school playing the other. More information at or

From gardener to groundsman at the Cricket 20-20 World Cup

Pirom Chinkham is joined by his mentor David Buck at the Three-Generation Oval. Pirom will be providing his services as groundsman in Sri Lanka.

Joy Huss
Pirom Chinkham, a groundsman at the Traidhos Three-Generation cricket field, has been selected to be a part of the team preparing and caring for the grounds to be used for the 2012 Cricket 20 – 20 World Cup in Sri Lanka beginning on 20 September 2012. The distinction includes not only learning, working and collaborating under the best grounds staff in the world, but opens the door for Pirom to see cricket at its finest and to witness the passion that people have for cricket when it is played in a world-class arena. Pirom will leave Northern Thailand on 13 September and his skilled services will be used for almost three weeks before, during and after the competition.
This great honour comes to a man of humble beginnings.

Before the cricket ground was developed on the Prem Centre campus in 2005, two professional staff were employed as cricket groundsmen, but their appointment was not confirmed. Pirom was then randomly selected from the Traidhos gardening department to be transferred to the cricket grounds under the tutelage of Three-Generation Cricket Academy Director, David Buck. With David’s Level 1 groundsman’s qualification from England and the help of six workers from Myanmar, the makeshift team slowly and steadily built the ground that today is known as the Three-Generation Oval.

Over the subsequent ten months, and without any professional cricket grounds machinery, the ground was developed by hand - one blade of grass at a time. Grass for the ten-strip turf wicket was imported from Perth, Western Australia, so there is forever a corner of Thailand that is linked to the famous WACA. This was probably first time in cricket history that a ground has been built using traditional Thai “paddy field” techniques. Under David and Pirom’s supervision, the ground was ready to host its first cricket tournament on 14 December 2006 – an Asian cricket tournament which played to fantastic reviews.

Over the coming years, the ground established a reputation as being one of the finest grounds in Asia - and certainly the best cricket field in Thailand. Pirom has earned his credibility through diligence and hard work and is now regarded amongst players and coaches as the best groundsman in Thailand.

Pirom’s achievements and the recognition he has gained in the world of Asian cricket is well-deserved for his outstanding contribution to Traidhos and the promotion of cricket in Thailand.

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Chiang Mai led the gold medal table at the Nakorn Ping Games

Lanna Tigers Chiang Mai FC draw 2-2 in an intense game

3rd University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai

From gardener to groundsman at the Cricket 20-20 World Cup