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Vol. XIII No.6 - Sunday March 23, 2014 - Saturday April 5, 2014


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President of Chiang Mai FC banned for life

Slapped a referee’s head after match

President of the Chiang Mai Football Club Udornphan Chantarawiroj was banned for life by the Football Association of Thailand after slapping a referee in the head after a match.

Nopniwat Krailerg
In a surprise move the FA Thailand banned the President of Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers Udornphan Chantarawiroj for life and fined him 100,000 baht after he slapped a referee on the head at the end of a match against Nakhon Pathom United on March 8, 2014.
On March 15, 2014, Pol. Col. Dr. Narat Sawettanan, President of the Review Committee of Courtesy, Discipline and Protest, Football Association of Thailand investigated the case of Udornphan Chantarawiroj, President of Chiang Mai FC for hitting Surasak Kundiloksirodom, a referee of the match between Chiang Mai FC and Nakhonpathom United on March 8, 2014. They invited the referee to testify about the incident and the Committee resolved to punish the Udornphan according the rules and regulations.
Udornphan Chantarawiroj said that he accepted the fine but was being banned for life was a very serious punishment. He told reporters that the action hurt because he has worked hard to develop Thai football. He said he will not appeal as he is a real man and will resign as Vice President of the Football Association of Thailand.


The International Cricket Sixes is coming to town

Chiang Mai readies for the 27th annual competition

The International Sixes tournament attracts amateur players from around the world. (File photo)

Richard Lockwood
Cricketers from around the world will soon be arriving in Chiang Mai as the 27th edition of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes gets underway on Sunday 30th March 2014. The Chiang Mai Sixes has been long established as one of the major events in the city’s sporting calendar but it has also gained a reputation across the globe for being one of the most enjoyable weeks of cricket arranged for amateur teams anywhere in the world.
32 teams from around the world will be taking part in the tournament with a total of more than 300 players, officials and supporters involved in the event. Teams are coming from England, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Japan, as well as a strong contingent from Thailand.
All the 32 teams start the tournament with a chance of winning some silverware, as teams will be divided into five separate competitions after the first qualifying round of matches when teams play in eight groups of four. Teams are split into the Gentlemen’s and Players’ sections so matches should be competitive from the start.
The first round of matches will be completed by Wednesday and teams will then be graded according to their results so that they can compete for the Cup, Shield, Bowl, Plate and Spoon. Semi-finals will start on Friday and no fewer than 10 teams will be playing in the various finals held on Saturday 5th April.
There will also be two ladies’ matches and a junior match will bring the curtain down on the week’s cricket as winning teams get ready for the presentation of the trophies.
Bashundara Cricketers from Bangladesh are the defending overall champions and have dominated the tournament over the last five years, but competition will be strong as other teams are desperate to end their long reign of success.
There is a strong showing from local teams this year: the UN Irish have two teams this year while the Chiang Mai Warriors reached the Cup semi-finals last year and will be looking to do even better in 2014.
The junior side San Miguel Thais should have an excellent competition as many of their young players have already had a taste of success as Lamphun province won the National Youth Championships in Lopburi and they have also been playing in the local league for Lanna Juniors.
It is part of the magic of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes that money is raised to help the development of youth cricket in North Thailand and also to provide support for the living expenses of young hilltribe children who have shown great promise as cricketers and been given the benefits of a good education.
The competition is played at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club whose facilities available at the ground are continually being improved. The scorers will have a panoramic view from the upper tier of the Match Box and all the participants will be able to enjoy themselves at a newly extended bar.
Food and drink is available to players and spectators alike during hours of play which stretch from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Further information, scores and even a video feed with commentary are available on www.chiangmaisixes.com

 


Tigers first home game in Division 1 ends in a draw

Referee booed off the pitch

Chiang Mai FC drew their first home match in Division 1 on March 8, 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai’s first home game ended in a draw against Division 1 favorites Nakhon Pathom United. The Tigers first match in the Yamaha League 1 2014 saw hosts Trat lose 0-1 in the away match.
This season the Tigers have an almost entirely new team of players but retains superstar midfielder Anggello Machuca of Paraguay.
The hosts played on March 8, 2014 at the 700 Years Stadium, with the first half seeing both teams take the offensive. The Tigers scored a goal in the 21st minute when the new forward Babo Mark Landry shot the first goal of the match. The stadium was filled with the roar of the team’s loyal fans.
In the second half, both teams took turns attacking but the Tigers remained ahead by one point until the 90 minutes. However, in the 3rd minute of injury time Tchangou Pierre Sylvain equalized the score leaving the match at 1 – 1.
Fans voiced their disapproval of referee Surasak Kundiloksirodom who walked off the field with 6 military police.
The team played away on March 15 against Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC and drew 2 – 2. After three matches the team is still number 6 on the Yamaha League 1 table. .


Chiang Mai FC meets the public

Chiang Mai FC, Lanna Tigers, had a meet and greet at Central Festival Chiang Mai recently. At the event the team was introduced to the public and souvenirs from sponsors and players both Thai and foreign met with the public. Here Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo (4th left), meets with Udornphan Chantarawiroj (3rd left), President of Chiang Mai FC, Mongkol Meechai (6th left) Senior Deputy Manager of Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited and Sarawut Saeteaw (5th left), Director of Chiang Mai News at the press conference.


Youngsters enjoy their weekend of cricket at Prem oval

Richard Lockwood
Junior cricketers from across Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces had a special treat as they spent their Saturday at Prem Oval near Mae Rim playing in two special competitions to suit their ability and then the best players returned on Sunday to play their last warm-up matches before heading to Sri Saket to play in the prestigious National Youth Games.
The Sawasdee Cup with school teams from across Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces competing against each other has been an integral part of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Sixes for the last 14 years as well as an important starting point in the development of young cricketers in the North of Thailand.
Sawasdee Cricket is played with plastic bats and a soft ball with eight players in each team, each pair of batsmen facing two overs and everybody bowling an over, and this is played by the youngest children who have generally been involved in cricket for less than a year.
2014 has also seen the introduction of an intermediate competition where older children play with a hard ball and wooden bats, they wear pads, gloves and helmets, but matches are played to the same Sawasdee rules so that every player has a chance to bat and bowl.
Eight school teams, coaches, officials and supporters made their way to Prem Oval in Mae Rim on Saturday 8th March in a fleet of red taxis. It was a rare treat for the children to play on one of the best grounds in South East Asia with the Intermediate Cup being held on a pitch on the edge of the main square and the Sawasdee Cup contested on a pitch cut on the far side of the outfield as two separate competitions were held at the same time.
Four teams competed in the Sawasdee Cup, all primary schools with a long history of softball cricket, Ban Jam, Huay Geow, Buak Croc Noi and Sahagon Song, and the competition came to an exciting conclusion with Huay Geow and Brok Croc Noi meeting in the last match of the league stages having both won their first two games.
The teams played out a very closely contested match with Huay Geow winning by one run, but the pace of play in Sawasdee cricket is so fast that there was still time for a final to be played so Buak Croc Noi had another chance to take on their rivals but the result was more conclusive as Huay Geow won by 21 runs to claim the 15th Sixes Sawasdee Cup as worthy champions.
Meanwhile on a pitch on the edge of the main square four teams contested the Intermediate Cup which was staged for the first time this year to try to bridge the considerable gap between soft ball and hard ball cricket. Four teams took part, Buak Croc Noi, Muang Gwak, Mae On and a team made up from the other schools, and it was Buak Croc Noi who were the strongest team as their players had been regularly coming to nets at Gymkhana Club and had more experience of hard ball cricket than the other teams.
The pace of play in the hard ball cricket was slower with children needing to get padded up but every team played two matches and there was some excellent bowling and some proper cricket shots played with good technique. Buak Croc Noi won both their matches and Muang Gwak beat Mae On after being strengthened by the introduction of former pupils who have been playing in the Lamphun under-19 team.
The competition ended with Buak Croc Noi taking on the best of the rest and it was the combined Lamphun and Mae On team that won this match by eight runs. More than half of the players on show in the day’s finale were heading to Sri Saket to play for Lamphun in the National Youth Games and so this new intermediate competition had served its purpose already in setting youngsters on the road to hard ball cricket.
The children had all enjoyed their day with lots of cricket to play and they were also well fed thanks to the generosity of the lunch box fund with a meal provided as well as fruit and snacks, and all players received their souvenir shirts and medals at the end of the day. The captains of the two winning teams were presented with their trophies by David Buck, curator at Prem Oval, who had done so much to help make the day a great success.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

President of Chiang Mai FC banned for life

The International Cricket Sixes is coming to town

Tigers first home game in Division 1 ends in a draw

Chiang Mai FC meets the public

Youngsters enjoy their weekend of cricket at Prem oval
 

 



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