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Lanna Tigers land 2nd on League table

1 win - 1 loss

Chiang Mai FC the Lanna Tigers beat Uttaradit FC at home on April 21, 2013. (Photo by Lek Changply)

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Lanna Tigers landed second on the AIS Regional Football League Northern Zone table after one home win and one away loss this past month. Chiang Mai FC played against Uttaradit FC on April 21, 2013 at the 700 Year Stadium in Chiang Mai. Chatchai Nagwichit scored 3 goals in the first half, one at 12 minutes, one at 16 minutes and the third at 60 minutes into the first half. The fourth goal that gave the Tigers a 4-0 win was made by Anan Butpha in the 55th minute.
The Tigers visited Nan FC at Rajamangala Nan University on April 27, 2013 where they lost 2 -1 to move to second on the table.
“The goal of the Chiang Mai FC team this season is to be promoted up to the Yamaha League 1. The narrowly missed chance for promotion last season was very disappointing. We have a great team and hopefully we will continue to be successful and move up, “said Motri Harnjai, team manager.
 


Chiang Mai Junior Golfer wins in the USA

Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon joined in competitions in the United States where he won the Maryland Callaway Junior World Qualifier which enables him to compete in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship in July.

By Joy Huss
Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon, Grade 11 student from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School and Team Elite player from the Three-Generation Golf Academy in Chiang Mai recently travelled to the USA to compete in two junior ranking golf tournaments.
Smart’s first event took place on 6 and 7 April at the IJGT College Classic at Duke University in North Carolina. This young Thai player battled practice round temperatures of 4C and rainy conditions but overcame the difficult Duke Golf Course and very wet conditions shooting a 79, 80, tying for a second place finish.
For the second tournament, Smart travelled on to Washington DC to take part in the Maryland Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Glenn Dale Golf Club on 13 and 14 April. The competition was fierce between the forty boys in the 14-18 division all wanting to capture the first place title which would qualify them for the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championship 2013, to be hosted at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California in July.
Smart got off to a rough start on both days, going three over on the first three holes with the difficult greens being his biggest challenge over each of the rounds. However, he was able to make a remarkable recovery to shoot an amazing comeback 74, 72 and win by four strokes.
Smart will return to the USA in July to take part in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship 2013 with top ranking junior golfers from around the world.


Chiang Mai to host Lanna Adventure 2013

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Province will host the adventure sporting event “Lanna Adventure 2013” May 25-26, 2013. The event will see adventure sports such as cross-country running or walking, swimming, boating, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, abseiling, climbing and others. There will also be a mountain bike championship at Doi Suthep – Pui National Park. The park covers an area of approximately 262.50 square kilometers and links to Hang Dong and Mae Rim Districts, it holds an abundance of forests and is a major watershed. The natural and historical significance makes it an ideal place for adventure sports.
The games will boost the economy and tourism in the province and market the area in different ways, offering alternative activities for both domestic and international tourists. For more information; www.lanna-adventure.com or Tel. 0-5371-1805.


Chiang Mai Golf Festival swings into play

Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sanuengsad, Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai Office director Wisoot Buachoom, Sayan Cherjedton Vice President of Northern Golf Resort Association announced the Chiang Mai Golf Festival which offers a special price of 1,000 Baht per day on play through May and June, 2013. Wisoot Buachoom, Director of the TAT Chiang Mai Office, said this is the fourth time the event has been held, he noted that last year proved quite successful with more than 50,000 golfers joining in for the two month event, generating 115 million baht in revenue. The Festival also has a competition, the Golf Festival Championship where play began on May 4 at the Inthanon Golf and Natural Resort, on May 11 at Mae Jo Golf Club and Resort, on June 1 at Alpine Golf Resort, June 8 at Royal Chiang Mai Golf , June15 at Gold Canyon Country Club and on June 30 at Summit Green Valley Chiang Mai Country Club.


Chiang Mai Boys head for Malaysia

Thailand’s U19 squad head to Malaysia to take part in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup.

Richard Lockwood
A busy cricket season is drawing to a close as temperatures are rising and the threat of rain is growing, but some of Chiang Mai’s junior cricketers are going on the trip of a lifetime as they head for Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where they will be playing for Thailand in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup.
This is a highly prestigious event with two sides from the tournament taking part in the next Under-19 Cricket World Cup against the likes of England, Australia, India and Pakistan. Boys from Chiang Mai make up exactly half of the Thailand squad as no fewer than seven players took part in the Chiang Mai Senior League where two junior sides competed against the men.
The juniors have already shown they have great ability as the Chiang Mai league was won by CPP from Doi Saket with the team’s captain leg-spinner Pongsakorn Siricaiyadsakun (Jay) selected alongside opening batsman Tichakorn Chalasri (John), off-spinner Suthep Prasertphattarawet (Thep) and opening bowler Kittanu Saekue (Kaa).
Gymkhana Juniors also performed admirably in the league and they provide three players to the squad, Bunchuai Sombatraksa, who was named junior batsman of the year, Nikom Mayer, a promising all-rounder, and Sufiyaan Wani. Sufi is only 13 years old and the youngest in the squad but he has been at school in Delhi and has been coached by former Indian Test batsman Ajay Sharma.
Four of the squad played for the senior Thailand side in the ACC Challenge held in Chiang Mai in December with Under-19 captain Kushal Shah highly impressive with both bat and ball. His left-arm spin could be a feature in the tournament in Malaysia as he has been working with new ACC Development Officer Venkatapathy Raju who was a notable Indian spinner.
Witsunakorn Thapthimthai is now an experienced cricketer even at a young age having played in the last two ACC Challenge competitions as well as facing plenty of fast bowling in Perth in Western Australia where he lives.
The Thailand Under-19 squad has been practising hard in the lead up to the tournament and also played some warm-up matches against the Sri Lankan Navy side when they visited Bangkok so this is a very well-prepared side.
The boys still remain inexperienced in the art of 50-over cricket as most of the matches they have played so far have been 25 or 35-over aside. Thailand have been drawn in Group A alongside Afghanistan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia so will face some difficult contests against some powerful sides. Nepal, Qatar, Bahrain, Malaysia and Kuwait make up Group B with the top two sides in each group reaching the semi-finals.
Thailand face a stiff challenge against some of the best young cricketers in Asia outside the main Test playing countries but they are well-prepared and the make-up of the squad is a tribute to how well children from the hill tribe regions have taken to playing cricket so that several of them now have an opportunity to take part in a competition at such a high level.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna Tigers land 2nd on League table

Chiang Mai Junior Golfer wins in the USA

Chiang Mai to host Lanna Adventure 2013

Chiang Mai Golf Festival swings into play

Chiang Mai Boys head for Malaysia