City Sport

 |  December 28, 2010

The Farangutans

Chiang Mai’s expat team came back from their Phuket East Asia tournament fairly happy. Out of 22 (over 50 teams in the whole tournament) teams in the seniors they came third, being knocked out 1-0 by the eventual winners, a Phuket side. The guys are always looking for local teams to play so if you want to play them, or know someone who does, please get in touch.

Congratulations to Traidhos staff and students winning the PTT Thailand Senior Open Pro-Am Team and Individual Amateur Events at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort held December 1-4, 2010.

The Chiang Mai International Tens

The Chiang Mai Tens tournament was a resounding success. All teams played heroically though there could only be one winner, well two, if you include the Plate Competition. Organised by Citylife, the Tens Tournament was a one of a kind experience (well, until next year), an amazing two days of blood, breathtaking action and some amount of beer drinking. One of the teams came from Russia, though the rest of the teams were from Thailand: local (Suas, PRCF, Prem) and other teams came from Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok. Citylife wants to thank all the organisers of the tournament, especially Sandy Cullen, whom has dedicated himself to Chiang Mai rugby for years and was a loadstone of support for this competition, both logistically and as encouragement to the teams.

PRC, courageous as they were, made it all the way to the Plate finals. They exhibited some incredible playing skills, fighting with every last vestige of their stamina, beating the Bangkok Bangers. The Bangers were valiant and played with vim, though in the end were no match for the local boys, who should be proud of themselves. Score: 17-10.

The Suas did make it all the way to the final of the Cup though were thwarted by a strapping Russian team called GU Doverie, who were just too much in the end for the local side whose seemingly unconquerable speed, style and intelligent play justified their title as Chiang Mai’s Tigers. With an exemplary array of jostling, running and no-fear tackling, the Chiang Mai team still could do nothing to hold back the big Russians.

Rugby, though still not exactly one of the city’s most popular sports, is certainly taking off, spearhead by the Chiang Mai Suas, a team made up of local Thais and expatriates. Since their inception in 2005, rugby has become much more popular and local teams are springing up everywhere. Perhaps in the future rugby will become vastly more popular bringing young generations together, fostering sportsmanship, camaraderie, integrity. Citylife is delighted to play such a big part in this exciting plan. Watch out next year when the event comes back to the city: teams have already been booked from New Zealand and Australia, and two other Russian teams have pledged to attend. And remember, you don’t have to be a burly sportsman to enjoy the fun; much enjoyment was had by the crowd who indulged in two days’ worth of great sport, beer and delicious food.

Citylife wishes to thank all those involved, all those who supported the event and attended the games, and a massive thanks to all the sponsors:

Citylife, UN Irish Pub, Green Corporation, Nammanmuay, Polestar Water, Chang Beer, Onsmooth Thai Co, Ltd., Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital, Majestec Security Doors and Windows, Athena Siam Ltd.

CMCC has finally made a start to its season, holding four fixtures in the last month. All fixtures have been played at Prem, due to some pitch problems at Gymkhana. CMCC is always looking for new players. If you are interested in playing (or watching), please contact Chairman Steve Potter on 080 031 8283 or check out the Facebook page: CMCC Chiang Mai Cricket.