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.
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.