Fifth annual Chiang Mai International Rugby Tens draws teams from around the world
The 5th Chiang Mai International Rugby Tens
saw two days of action on the field, here between the Siberian
Journalists and Pattaya Panthers on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the
Prince Royal’s College.
The fifth annual Chiang Mai International Rugby Tens was held at
Prince Royal’s College on October 25 and 26, 2015 and saw a full
complement of 10 teams play as well as separate women’s matches which
saw five teams registered to play in a round robin format.
The Chiang Mai Tigers are, of course local favorites, but visitors from
around Thailand including Pattaya and Phayao, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka as
well as returning favorites the Siberian Journalists Rugby Club took
part in the popular event. The Royal Thai Air Force returned this year
to defend their title, in all 10 teams competed over the weekend coming
from Chiang Mai, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Pattaya and Russia. Referees came
from Thailand, Spain and the UK.
The Royal Thai Air Force took the Cup against the Chiang Mai Tigers with
a 34-10 win while the second place Plate went to Chiang Rai who beat the
Siberian Journalists 14 -10. The Bowl went to CMU Suan Dok who beat CMU
Science 12 – 7.
All funds raised by the tournament are donated to the Chiang Mai Tigers
Rugby Club or are used to assist in the development of Rugby in the
North of Thailand.
Canadian firefighter cycles the world for charity
Raising funds and awareness
Vancouver Fire Captain Rudy Pospisil at the
Golden Gate Bridge in the first leg of his journey around the world. He will
be visiting Chiang Mai on his way to Bangkok from November 18 -22.
A Canadian firefighter who will be in Chiang Mai from November 18 –
22 has embarked on a journey most cyclists only dream about, cycling around
the world. From Chiang Mai he will cycle to Singapore and then on to
Australia. Fire Captain Rudy Pospisil embarked on this journey from
Vancouver, Canada to raise funds for cancer treatment and raise awareness
about cancer. He is excited to cycle through Thailand as he wants to show
the world how safe Thailand really is. This leg of his journey will raise
funds for the Red Cross Cancer Research Center.
Rudy said, “I try to start fundraisers in Cities I visit that will carry on
each year. I did this in San Francisco, Phoenix AZ, Budapest, Prague and
Zurich. Bangkok is next! I cycle into cities with fellow police and
firefighters from there and usually to a fundraiser for their charity. In
Bangkok it’s the Red Cross Hospital; Hematological Cancer Research Center. I
have an event December 2 at Four Seasons Bangkok with pictures etc of my
journey. Info is on my website.
Starting out in Vancouver and down the coast, through barren West Texas, and
across to the Atlantic Ocean. From there he flew to Europe and cycled
through the Middle East and across India before ending up in Chiang Mai.
Logistics of course, is the biggest issue of its kind in this kind of
venture but Rudy said the welcoming attitudes where he travels make it
worthwhile. He avoids big cities and found Western Europe the most cycling
friendly complete with paths. Something we all hope Chiang Mai can have.
Rudy said, “My goal is that my global ride will inspire many other people to
start fundraising efforts around the world. To get pharmaceutical companies
to all try to work together and share information to find a cure rather than
a profit. I am sure that within 10 years almost all cancers could be a
treatable chronic illness, not a deadly disease with limited survival
rates.” Follow Rudy at www.firefightercycle.com or contact him directly.
Touring teams enjoy a weekend of merriment and serious cricket at Prem International School
By Richard Lockwood
Loose Cannons CC from Singapore and Centaurs CC from Hong Kong
arrived in Chiang Mai as the guests of Prem International School Cricket
Academy for an enjoyable two days of cricket. Both teams work for the
same banking group in different countries. The Centaurs last toured
Chiang Mai in 1982 with one of the players’ sons in the present side.
The two touring teams played a 30-over match on the Saturday and the
Centaurs batting first made 158 for 6 with all the Loose Cannon bowlers
putting in good stints. The youngest of the party George Pollard
returned the best figures of 2 for 22 after bowling with aggressive pace
in his 4-over spell. The man of the match Keith Frith top scored with 37
as the lower middle-order also made useful contributions.
Despite a fine 49 from Rob Hands, Keith Frith ripped out the
middle-order with 3 wickets in the 14th over, reducing the Loose Cannons
to 38 for 7, and the win was secured when Keith topped a remarkable
performance with a hat-trick of stumpings to finish off the tail, as he
produced match-winning figures of 7 for 18 from 6 overs, as Centaurs CC
won by 32 runs.
The Loose Cannons had chance to make amends on Sunday morning when the
two sides faced each other again in a 15 over game. Once play was
underway, the Loose Cannons batting this time came out with all guns
blazing and Centaurs’ bowlers were smashed to all parts of the ground. A
batting retirement at 30 runs was agreed beforehand and four players hit
maximums resulting in a total of 169 for 5.
The Centaurs’ response never got going and a rapid succession of wickets
left the chasing side well short and they were skittled out for 71 in
the 14th over to bring a satisfying win for the Loose Cannons by 98
The weekend’s action concluded with an afternoon match between the Loose
Cannons and Chiang Mai Lanna CC. The Loose Cannons clearly prefer
short-format cricket as they continued in the same style with the bat as
they had in the morning, reaching a total of 136 for 7 in their 15
overs, as Will Buck fired the shots with 63 runs from just 28 balls.
The Lanna bowling attack stuck with left-armer Jun the best of the
bowlers with one for 13 from 3 overs. Lanna were missing several
frontline players but their reply was full of intent and the top three
of Jason Bray, Basharat Wani and Brian Curtis hit the bad balls to the
boundary to keep up with the required run-rate.
The rising belief for a victory for the home side was dampened after
Wani fell lbw to Por, a young Lamphun boy who played for Thailand U-16s,
who was guesting for the Cannons. Once Chanchai fell for 14 Lanna’s
resistance came to an end as they lost by a respectable 20 runs.
It was apparent the players were soaking up the idyllic surroundings and
it can be guaranteed that it won’t be another 32 years before the
Centaurs tour here again, and the Loose Cannons had certainly found
their range with some powerful hitting by the end of a fun-filled
weekend which showed off cricket In Chiang Mai to its very best.