Farangutans knocked out
After a long unbeaten run the Chiang Mai expat team finally came undone at the hands of the municipality’s PE college team. The undermanned foreign team battled hard throughout the 90 minutes. Defense was stalwart as usual and the game remained 0-0 up until the 70th minute when James J slotted in a pass from James F _ both of whom would go on to miss their penalties in the ensuing shoot out. The college team equalised just a few minutes later when Ross Brockie took the legs away from an attacker just a couple of yards outside of the area. The kick was taken and when Big ‘Jesus’ John came to collect the ball a college player managed to get a head to it and the ball went past the keeper. Next the boys will play against the city’s youths at their schools and universities.
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Just a reminder that softball is still played at the entrance to Chiang Mai Land starting at 2 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.
Prem Tennis Academy takes ITF
Elite players, Natasith Leusantia and Siriporn Phakamad, continued their move up the world junior rankings at the Singapore ITF Junior Championships. Both Natasith and Siriporn played singles and doubles during the week long Group 5 event. In the girls event Siriporn entered the singles ranked around 990 playing the #7 seed from India ranked 870 in the world. She won 6-3, 6-4 playing mediocre tennis. In the 2nd round she faced a tougher opponent from Taipei ranked in the 900’s and lost 6-2, 6-3.
In the doubles event she teamed up with an up and coming player from Australia, Wan-Yi Sweeting.
In the first round they faced the #1 seeded team from Indonesia and Singapore with singles rankings of 280 and 311 in the world. In the finals they again played some great doubles to upset the # 3 seed team from Malaysia and Hong Kong 7-5, 6-3. This was the first ITF title for both Wan-Yi and Siriporn. Siriporn moved up the rankings over 200 spots reaching her best ranking of 797 since joining Prem Tennis Academy 7 months ago.
The January Royal League Little Man Competition
John Almquist Takes His First Little Man
John Almquist lead home a respectable field of twelve players to record his first win in a Little Man competition. John also picked up the low gross of the day. Not bad for a 17 marker.