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Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes

A fantastic display of cricket once again saw the UN Irish Pub Gang Green almost victorious at the Cricket Sixes this year in Chiang Mai, easily reaching the semi-finals of the cup, the only local team to do so. Unfortunately they were licked by the Lik Lik Wombats who went on to lose the cup to the Bangladeshi Cricketeers. A sea of green supporters showed up on finals day as the Irishstanis (the team comprised of Pakistanis, Indians and an Englishman) and their fans became ‘the’ social spot at their Green Bar. The Floggers & Robbers, another local team comprising players from the tobacco industry didn’t fare so well on-field, but as always held their own socially, propping up the Legless Arms bar ’til late every evening. One of the tournament’s longest standing teams, the Chiang Mai Chassies, were completely trounced by the up and coming local girls’ teams _ the Thai Pixies and Thai Angels, both of whom performed spectacularly. The local boys’ team, the Thai Theravada, runners up for the bowl division, have also become a tournament highlight with their annually-improving skills. For more information visit www.chiangmaisixes.com. Next year’s tournament will be held from the 3rd to 9th of April 2011.

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The Farangutans came home with silverware from their Bangkok SE Asia Football Tournament in April. The Chiang Mai team was just a tad worried after being pitted against four of the competition’s favourites in the ‘group of death’. But their first day didn’t turn out too badly with the team respectably – considering their opponents – drawing every game, including a thrilling 1-1 draw with finalists Olympique de Saigon. The second day saw them lose once and then win three consecutive games in the afternoon heat (reading out on the pitch: 45 degrees). Their last game, the final of the Bowl Competition, was a resounding 2-1 victory over the always sporting London Pink Panthers. With only one loss from eight games and just 3 goals conceded the small town boys can proud of themselves.

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Prem Tennis Academy scholarship and team elite players, Kana and Kanoon Vasupongchai, recently played in the TrueVisions Chiang Mai tennis event winning their age divisions as the 14 and 16 under champions. Kana also recently represented Northern Thailand as the captain and number one seeded player in the yearly national team competition. Her partner and she reached the doubles finals.

Siam Poulsen, a 10 year old Prem Tennis Academy team elite player, who is living in Chiang Mai, recently won a 10 and under singles event, doubles 12 and under event, and was a finalist in a 12 under singles event in national tournaments held in Bangkok.