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Vol. XII No.23 - Sunday November 17 - Saturday November 30, 2013


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SPORTS
 

Let’s cycle in Chiang Mai!

“Want bike, Let’s bike”

Cyclist started out from Kad Suan Kaew to promote healthy and safe cycling in Chiang Mai.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A cycling event was held at 7 a.m. on November 10, 2013 at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center and was presided over by Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri as cyclists took off in the early morning cool air.
The event, held in coordination with Chiang Mai News, Independent News Network, CM Cycling Network, Chiang Mai Sunday Bicycle Club, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) and Accident Prevention Network was held to promote Chiang Mai as a healthy and safe city during the upcoming high season and busy holidays.
The event, to promote healthy lifestyles in Chiang Mai, encourages people to join in cycling and help alleviate traffic and pollution. The event also provided scholarships, sweaters and blankets to underprivileged people.


University teams go head to head at University Sports Tournament

The 4th annual University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai is being held from October 31 to November 23 at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium.

Staff Reporter
Teams from 11 northern universities went head to head in sports at the 4th annual University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai that is being held at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium from October 31 to November 23, 2013.
Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Chana Pangphiboon presided over the opening ceremony held on October 31, 2013 with chancellors from the 11 participating universities taking part. Chiang Mai Rajabhat University is co-hosting with Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna.
Cheerleaders from the two hosts welcomed athletes from Chiang Mai University, Maejo University, Payap University, North Chiang Mai University, Far Eastern University, Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Chiang Mai, Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Mahamakut, Buddhist University Lanna Campus, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.
Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Rajabhat University started the games with a football match that saw CMU win 2 – 0. There was also a Thai dance show from the Bunditpatanasilpa Institute at the opening ceremony as well as a cheerleading competition. The games will end on November 23, 2013.

CMU took the first match of the games with a 2 – 0 win over Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.
 


Lanna Tigers remain at the top of the leaderboard in the Champions League

The Chiang Mai FC continue their winning ways remaining at the top of the Champions League with hopes to advance to Division 1 next year.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers remain at the top of the AIS League Division 2 Champions League after winning 4 matches and drawing 2.They have 14 points to handily overcome second place Angthong FC with 10 points. Sukhothai FC is third with only 8 points.
The matches are heating up and competition is getting fierce as the top two teams vie for play in Division 1 next season.
The Lanna Tigers faced Sukhothai FC at home on November 3, 2013 and beat the visitors 2 – 1 after a hard fought match. The next game was away at Sukhothai on November 10 where the Tigers drew 2 – 2. Their next match is tonight, November 17 away at Udon Thani FC.


Daniel Lawson’s hat-trick can’t stop CMCC

The boys were delighted to have their photos taken at the ‘Cricket in Chiang Mai’ stand alongside Lanna CC chairman David Holt and also to receive copies of the Chiang Mai Mail that regularly features reports of their exploits on the cricket field.

Richard Lockwood
The new season of the Chiang Mai Senior Cricket League gets underway at Gymkhana Club on Sunday 17th November when the juniors from CPP School, last year’s champions, take on Chiang Mai Cricket Club who will be making their much-anticipated debut in the competition.
There have been a series of warm-up matches at Gymkhana Club which have been full of interest with CMCC taking on Chiang Mai Lanna CC and also featuring some of the youngsters who will be playing for Lanna Juniors in the league.
Chiang Mai Cricket Club look to have a strong side with plenty of fast bowling and a pair of left-arm spinners in Maki and Ubaid, but their batting has so far been dependent on Ismail who has made runs every time he has batted, looking to build an innings rather than go for his shots in the style favoured by most of his team-mates.
CMCC won two well-contested matches against Lanna over the last two weekends, but the best individual performance came from Lanna’s left-arm seamer Daniel Lawson. He has often been seen as a steady opening batsman but has been trying to convince his team-mates that he should be considered as an all-rounder.
He conclusively proved his point after being brought on to bowl with CMCC heading for a big score and immediately having Ismail caught behind for 58. But more was to follow in his next over as he took three wickets in three balls to complete a hat-trick and even added a fourth wicket in the over to finish with figures of 5 for 17.
The two matches also saw some of the young Thai cricketers who have been playing junior cricket for Lamphun gain some valuable experience in men’s cricket. Bunchuai made a highly impressive 41 for Lanna in the first match, while Chanchai batted responsibly for CMCC in both matches, sharing useful partnerships with Ismail on both occasions, and Cher was always a handful when bowling with the new ball.
Four less experienced Lamphun boys, Champ, Boom, Leng and Por enjoyed their first chance to play in senior cricket and they will now get regular cricket for Lanna Juniors in the Chiang Mai Senior League that sees two junior teams, CPP and Lanna Juniors, compete with three men’s teams, CMCC, Lanna and Floggers & Robbers.
Each of the five teams will play four matches and the season will be completed with a final in which the two best teams will meet to decide the league champions. Chiang Mai Cricket Club are perhaps favourites for the title after their two victories over Lanna but it should be an exciting competition.
These are exciting times for junior cricket as several of the girls team from Lamphun as well as those staying at the Centre of Excellence at CPP have been taking part in a three-team tournament alongside members of the Thailand’s senior team at Royal Chiang Mai. Coach Chris Dodd had a lot of driving to do as he took his girls to Royals and his boys to Gymkhana Club, but he still had time for a visit to the CityLife Garden Fair at JJ Market.


Chinese duo take Phuket Open gold

China’s Chen Xue (left) and Xinyi Xia (right) hold up their gold medals after winning the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Phuket Open title, Sunday, Nov. 3

China’s Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia clinched gold in the final of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Phuket Open, held at Karon beach from October 29 to November 3. The penultimate FIVB Open event of the season was back in Thailand for an eight consecutive year.
Xue & Xia never allowed USA’s Emily Day and Summer Ross to find the play that had brought them to the medal match, taking the gold in only 36 minutes 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) on Sunday, November 3. Sixteen-year old Xia complemented her playing partner Xue perfectly, with the latter now having taken gold in Phuket for a third time.
“We are so excited, it’s almost our last tournament of the year. It’s very great to play here and it’s our lucky place,” said Xue afterwards. “I must say Xinyi played very well and she created a new history in a Chinese team, as she is the youngest at just sixteen years old and she made her first gold medal, so I’m very proud of her.”
Despite professing their desire for gold, the silver medal was Day/Ross’s best result and the Americans’ first ever podium finish. The pair have also only been in the final four once before when they finished fourth at Long Beach Grand Slam this year.
“We wanted the gold obviously, but we’re proud that we had such a great finish to this tournament. They played an awesome match and really did well against us, so we couldn’t do too much,” said Day
In the bronze medal match, it was familiar faces all round as Brazilians Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg faced off against their fellow compatriots Agatha Bednarczuk and Maria Antonelli. It was a close affair in the first set with some outstanding rallies and well-read defence from both teams, but Maria Clara/Carol’s skill in bringing the ball back into play from every angle secured the bronze in another two set finish 2-0 (21-18, 24-22).
The final FIVB Open of the season will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 December.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Let’s cycle in Chiang Mai!

University teams go head to head at University Sports Tournament

Lanna Tigers remain at the top of the leaderboard in the Champions League

Daniel Lawson’s hat-trick can’t stop CMCC

Chinese duo take Phuket Open gold
 

 



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