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
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
For further information on supporting the Hill Tribe Fund and to see more
photographs of the children please follow Lamphun Junior Cricket on
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
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