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Vol. XII No.21 - Sunday October 20 - Saturday Novemer 2, 2013

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Chiang Mai International Tens Rugby Tournament

This weekend at Prince Royal’s College

Rugby Tens is different in that the team consists of ten players with each match of 14 minutes and any scrum must include 5 players from each team. Halves last 7 minutes each (By Elparchefx (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

This weekend, 26th–27th the Chiang Mai International Tens Rugby Tournament will take place at Prince Royal’s College in Chiang Mai. A strong field of 20 teams will converge to do battle and see how others are playing the game in places as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.
Kick-off will be bright and early at 9.30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with at least 26 matches already scheduled for the first day alone. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and enjoy an international sporting gathering. Refreshments will be available and a fun weekend is expected all round, with upwards of 300 rugby players facing off and pulling each other to the floor at regular intervals, and this just in the queue for the beer tent!
There will also be ladies rugby, with five teams organised into a ladies round-robin competition. Thai ladies play rugby – yes they do – and you can watch it here in Chiang Mai !
The Chiang Mai International Rugby Tens Tournament is organised with the aim of promoting the sport in Northern Thailand, and all funds generated will be used to this end. The host team, Chiang Mai Tigers Rugby Club, have pulled out all the stops to make sure the logistics for this large event are all in place, and the help from sponsors such as the U.N. Irish Pub has been indispensable.
For those unfamiliar with Rugby Tens, the number of players in each team is of course ten, and for this tournament each match will comprise fourteen minutes of playing time, with two periods of seven minutes divided by a half-time pause of two minutes. Any scrum-down must include five players from each team, and the new IRB law variations will be in force and enforced by our experienced group of international rugby referees.
Some serious rugby will therefore be very much the order of the day, and while we can’t predict the weather, we can anticipate a lot of fun and sporting endeavour from our international and Thai players alike. Please join us at Prince Royal College, Chiang Mai, this Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free. (PR)

Hill tribe children are the future of cricket

Richard Lockwood
The new cricket season is finally underway in Chiang Mai and while the juniors took a well deserved break during the school holidays it was the adults who played the first match of the season.

Hill tribe children enjoy cricket on the beach at Cha-am.

Players from Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club and Chiang Mai Cricket Club met up at Gymkhana Club last Sunday for a hastily arranged practice match after a prolonged spell of dry weather had left the ground in perfect condition with the four new grass pitches settling in nicely.
Chiang Mai is well known for holding its International Sixes competition each year so it was appropriate that the season started with a pair of enjoyable sixes matches and the players who had been attending nets each Wednesday and Friday during the wet season were able to show off their improved skills.
The players of both sides had an enjoyable afternoon as the season started on exactly the right note and everybody is now looking ahead to a busy few months with cricket played every weekend until April and beyond.
A five-team Chiang Mai Senior League is being planned with two junior sides playing alongside three men’s teams, and on many Sunday mornings the younger children will also play matches with teams from Chiang Mai, Mae On and Lamphun being involved.
Chiang Mai now has three exceptional grounds in the form of the Gymkhana Club in the city and Prem Centre and Royal Chiang Mai on the outskirts so there will be a feast of cricket to play or watch.
Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces are taking part in the Northern Qualifiers for the National Youth Championships at the end of October with Uttaradit and Petchabun also involved in four-team competitions for boys and girls.
CPP School at Doi Saket is now home for many of the most promising young cricketers in Thailand as these children have the chance to play cricket every day as well as to further their education.
Another new initiative being planned is a three-team national women’s championship which will be held at Royals during November and a tournament alongside teams from Malaysia will also be held as the Cricket Association of Thailand tries to build on the success of the women’s team in Ireland.
A visiting boys’ team from Hong Kong will be playing four matches at Prem Centre at the beginning of December against adult and junior teams and there will be a series of touring teams visiting Gymkhana Club throughout the season with Singapore Cricket Club leading the way in November.
But the real feature of the new cricket season in Chiang Mai will be the adults doing their best to support the development of junior cricketers to ensure a bright future for the game in the North of Thailand.
Many of the children taking up cricket are from a hill tribe background and Chris Dodd must take great credit in his work not only as coach of Lamphun’s boys and girls teams but also running the Hill Tribe Fund which enables him to look after all the needs of a number of his young cricketers.
In the last year the children have represented Lamphun in junior cricket competitions, played with and against the adults in the Chiang Mai Senior League, had the chance to go on cricket tours to Phuket and Pattaya and even to play for Thailand national teams. But more importantly they have been looked after properly and had the chance of a good education.
And the hill tribe children have even had the opportunity of a visit to the seaside at Cha-am and thoroughly enjoyed their games of cricket on the beach. These children are the future of the sport in Chiang Mai and Lamphun and so deserve the support of all cricket enthusiasts in the North of Thailand.
For further information on supporting the Hill Tribe Fund and to see more photographs of the children please follow Lamphun Junior Cricket on Facebook.

Thailand nabs Best Golf Destination from Indian travel magazine

Mrs Runjuan Tongrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi office, and TAT’s golf ambassador Gaganjeet Bhullar with the two awards.

Thailand has been named the “Best Golf Destination” at the Safari India National Tourism Awards 2013 at the award ceremony held on October 4, 2013. Safari India is a regional tourism magazine covering India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South East Asia.
Mrs Runjuan Tongrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi office, also has been honoured with the “Best Professional in Marketing” award in appreciation of her commendable work towards taking Thailand tourism to newer heights.
Mrs Runjuan expressed her gratitude to the editors and management of Safari India, saying the golf award is the recognition of efforts made towards promoting the increasingly popular sport as Thailand has become a natural attraction for golfers thanks to its modern facilities, internationally-designed and championship courses, cost competitiveness, unmatched hospitality and excellent infrastructure.
“We are also very delighted to have Gaganjeet Bhullar on board as our golf brand ambassador as he is India’s most promising golfer and we believe he will be a huge inspiration to golfers in India. He has often been to Thailand, and enjoys playing golf there,” Mrs Runjuan said.
There are more than 250 world-class golf courses in Thailand, ranging from locations in cosmopolitan city such as Bangkok to beach destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Phuket, as well as in the highland areas of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khao Yai.
Golf has been played in Thailand for 100 years now, with matches reported at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club as early as 1905. The first recognised 18-hole course, Royal Hua Hin, was built by a Scottish engineer in 1924 in the aristocratic seaside resort of Hua Hin.
Thailand hosts many globally recognised golf tournaments, such as the Honda LPGA Thailand and the Royal Trophy – Europe vs. Asia Golf Championship. Thailand also hosted the Asia Golf Tourism Convention in late April and the Yatra Tournament in June. (TAT)

Tigers start Champions League in good form

One win and a draw

The Tigers fought hard but failed to score against Central champs Paknampoo NSRU FC on October 13, however defense remained strong and the visitors also failed to score.
(Photo By Noppadol Namwongphrom)

The Lanna Tigers started the Champions League Division 2 Tournament with high hopes of reaching Division 1 after a successful winning season in Division 2.
The Chiang Mai FC is in Group B with Sukhothai FC, Paknampo NSRU, Angthong FC, Nakorn Nayok FC and Udon Thani FC.
They played their first match on October 6, 2013 at Nakorn Nayok and took the match 1 – 0 with Arnon Bubpha scoring the winning goal in the first half. Their second match was against the Champions of the Central Zone; Paknampoo NSRU FC at home on October 13.
The match at 700 Year Stadium was close fought with many near goals but both teams were very strong in defense and the match ended 0 – 0. Paknampoo also won their first match against Angthong FC 1 – 0 so the two teams remain even.
The Tigers took on Angthong FC on October 19 at Angthong and will play at home next on October 26th against Sukhothai FC at the 700 Years Stadium.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai International Tens Rugby Tournament

Hill tribe children are the future of cricket

Thailand nabs Best Golf Destination from Indian travel magazine

Tigers start Champions League in good form


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