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Pattaya City wins with sport

Charitable benefactors treated to fun night of boxing at Regent Marina

International Lawn Bowls coming to Pattaya

Free beer and wine after Thai-Ger Line’s 5th Anniversary tournament at Khao Kheow

Tammarind teaches young stars

Chaidara, Rush & Phur win Diana Seniors & Ladies July Open

PSC fishing from Bobby Joe’s 60’s Bar

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

Wednesday Quiz League

Pattaya Pool League

Three Sisters Golf

And Ciano makes four!

The Mangler & Sumo to the rescue

‘Ol Pete plays twice, wins twice

PSC Golf from Bobby Joe’s 60’s Bar

PSC Golf from The Caf้é Kronborg

The Square Ring

PH3 Run 1012


Pattaya City wins with sport

Suchada Tupchai

The boys and girls teams from Wat Yarn took home the top prizes in the recently held Pattaya Healthy Beach Volleyball competition on Jomtien Beach.

Twenty teams participated in the competition, all made up of under 18-year-old boys and girls. The competition ran for two days, beginning on August 2 and ending on August 3.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Jantaworanont (4th left) and Thawatchai Ratthanyoo (6th left), director-general of the Education Support Department presented trophies and prizes to the winners of all categories.

In the boys’ final, Wat Yarn defeated E-Tech (Eastern Technology Institute) and earned the top prize of 5,000 baht and a trophy. E-Tech finished second.

In the match for the bronze, Cholraj-umrung School defeated Benjamarachutit B to finish third overall.

The Wat Yarn girls also earned 5,000 baht and the championship trophy after defeating Datdarunee B School in the competition final. Datdarunee B School finished second.

A competitor in the under 18 year-old girls category sets up her team partner for an offensive spike during “Healthy Beach Volleyball Camp” at the Jomtien sports field.

Suwanrangsan A School finished in third place, and Pothisampan School finished fourth.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Wattana Jantaworanont presided over the opening ceremonies, as well as the closing ceremonies, and awarded the trophies to the top three boys and girls’ teams.

Once again, the competition enjoyed a large turnout, which the deputy mayor said was a good sign, as these types of events encourage citizens to make sports part of their daily life routine, making Pattaya City the winner.

“The Pattaya Healthy Beach Volleyball Camp encourages citizens, especially teenagers, to take an interest in playing sports rather than alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. This approach lifts up the level of sport development in Pattaya City,’ Deputy Mayor Wattana said.

Charitable benefactors treated to fun night of boxing at Regent Marina

Suchada Tupchai

The function room of the Regent Marina Hotel was turned into a boxing stadium last Saturday evening for the 2nd Annual Charity Indoor Boxing Gala Dinner.

The fight referee (center in blue trunks) gets up before the count of 10 after being mistakenly knocked down by the fighter to the right in the “blind boxing contest”. The boxer in the background (red trunks) must have fallen over the knocked down referee.

Local promoter and boxer Patrick Van den Berghe opened the event, thanking the many distinguished guests and fight fans for attending to raise funds for HIV and AIDS patients.

Five main events featured boxers from the well-known Sityodtong Muay Thai Boxing School in ancient and modern Muay Thai, special martial arts displays from ISS and an Aikido demonstration from the Yoshinkan Siam and Shindokan Dojos. The demonstrations intrigued all while inspiring many to donate.

Funds raised from the evening’s event were donated to Father Giovanni to maintain and provide further treatment and hospice care for HIV and AIDS infected patients at the Camillian Social Center in Rayong.

Patrick told Pattaya Mail that it was a successful event, “We raised 27,000 baht, which will be doubled by Thai Farmers bank, a new deal they do with 7 charity operations, which includes Camillian Center, Rayong.”

International Lawn Bowls coming to Pattaya

An international lawn bowls tournament is to be held at the Pattaya Lawn Bowls Center near the x-zyte disco this weekend (Saturday August 9 & Sunday August 10).

Two teams have been invited to play in the second annual “Lions Bowls Tour”. Team one is from The Hidden Vale Sports Club, which is situated in Angeles city in the Philippines. They will be bringing players both male and female, some of who play for the Philippine national side. Most of the players are expat players from the Philippines, some of who have moved to Pattaya after playing in last year’s tournament.

Team two is from the only other lawn bowling green in Thailand, situated in The Royal Bangkok Sports club. Once again some of the players are expats and some of the players play for the Thai national team.

With all these international players the team from the Bowling green will have their work cut out, but after their narrow win in last years tournament things are going to be very close.

The kick off for the start of play on both days will be three o’clock pm.

Come and watch outside or from the comfort of the air-conditioned club house and cheer on the lads and lasses from Pattaya.

See you there.

Free beer and wine after Thai-Ger Line’s 5th Anniversary tournament at Khao Kheow

Fabian, to mark the 5th Anniversary of Thai-Ger Line Golf, is staging his annual tournament at Khao Kheow on Friday August 22, playing the A & B Courses with a Shotgun Start at 12 noon.

Aside from the golf at this excellent course, a highlight of the day will be the prize-giving party in the Moon River Pub at Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya.

Fabian promises a big German Style Buffet, with free Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks with a large assortment of performance trophies and technical hole prizes to be awarded.

Details with Entry Form are to be found at all the Golf Venues in Pattaya, or just call and see Fabian at the Thai-Ger Line Golf Shop, Soi Chaiyapoom between Soi Bukhao and No. 3 Road.

It will be a typical Thai-Ger Line fun day, so be sure to sign-up.

Tammarind teaches young stars

Tammarind Thanasukarn or “Tammy”, renowned Thai tennis player, was recently the coach for the 2-day “Volvo Tennis Young Star Camp” organized at the Central Wong Amat Beach Resort, Pattaya. The young participants were taught in techniques and how to handle games.

Chaidara, Rush & Phur win Diana Seniors & Ladies July Open

By Mike Franklin

An ‘in-form’ Roger Rush returned the best Seniors score of the day in the Diana Group Senior & Ladies July Open at Pattaya Country Club, with 43 Stableford points.

Lamud Chaidara and Terry Phur each scored 40 points to win the Ladies and Super Seniors respectively.

Prize presentation in the Clubhouse at Pattaya Country Club.

Runners-up for the day were Mam Trayling 34 points, Gordon McKnight (Seniors) 38 points, and John Hurst (Super Seniors) 36 points.

Terry Phur bagged two other prizes by being nearest the pin on #5 and #7, John Hurst made it a double with the near pin on #12 and Mam Trayling had the near pin on #16 and the longest putt on #18. Michael O’Meara had the other long putt on #9.

Newcomers Bill Flath, John James and Stuart Henshall were duly welcomed at the mid-afternoon prize giving at Pattaya Country Club to wind up pleasant days golf in fine weather.

Thursday August 28 is the next Diana Seniors & Ladies Open, so sign-up at the Green Bottle or at the Diana Driving Range, North Pattaya.

PSC fishing from Bobby Joe’s 60’s Bar

With the weather of late we would have been better to have gone fishing on beach road itself, so with the weather forecast advising small boats not to go out lazy days on the sea have been out.

To go or not to go, well the seas on Saturday August 2 looked a bit choppy, especially with a 60’s Bar hangover, but a few weeks of no fishing meant off we went into the wind. Choppy it was but as we got farther out into the lee of the outer islands the sea calmed considerably. Now were the fish still there as just before the storms there were good signs that the fishing was picking up with Ray and Butterfly Fish to the fore, good eating.

David Hinz (L) and Curtis Rester (R)

Well the jury is still out, as from reaching to one hour before leaving only one Jack fish was pulled in, but in the last hour both Curtis ‘Not Dave’ Hinz and David Rester pulled in good size Pompanos. Maybe they were just coming on to feed, but who knows.

Hopefully the fishing will pick up as August usually heralds the start of better things and who knows what the next tug on the line will lead to. Tight Lines all.

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

New 12 team league starting today – still looking for some more bowlers

After another fun week of bowling on 1 August the new Pattaya Sports Club Friday league will start today, 8 August, with 3 new teams added and one old team gone by the wayside. Names have been drawn and sponsors organized and bowling will commence at 14:00 on 8 August with teams increased from 10 to 12 with three bowlers per team. Team sponsors are: Caf้ Ole, Caf้ Kronborg, House of the Golden Coin, Shakey Pete’s, Three Sisters, VFW Post 9876, Nice & Sleazy, Nam Tip, Alt Kolle, Brother D, Night Life and Jack & Tar.

Fun week winners Pin, Ooy and Ken (Jon not shown).

We still need some more bowlers so every PSC member is welcome to come out and we will put you on a team.

Three Sisters Golf

Wet weather again! Monday July 28, we again had a split field due to wet conditions at Siam. No carts were allowed at Siam when our groups arrived at 8:00 so the none walkers were again forced to go to Pattaya Country Club where carts were available. Although it sounds like an inconvenience and time consuming, the golfers that go to Pattaya Country Club finish about the same time as those at Siam and all meet back at Caddy Shack Two after golf.

Rollie Weese (left), the bag holder for the day, and Sus Ige (right), the winner.

This week the winner for the day was Sus Ige. Sus won on countback with a score of 16 points on the front and 22 on the back nine. Three other golfers were also at 38 points but scored 19 points on the front and 19 on the back nine. John Sinclair, Bob Benda, and Derek Brook all tried to be the winner for the day but fell short on the back nine. The winner today is the winner for the month - (End of The Month Winner - Name goes on the Three Sisters Trophy)

Holding up the bottom for the week was Rollie Weese. Although Rollie had his picture taken as the bag holder, I was told that perhaps Terry Curtis should have been in that position. (Terry did not turn in his card) Close to taking over from Rollie was Tully and Marcel Wittner. Both golfers came with 22 points, two shots away from the cellar.

Anyway, all had fun and had a good session at Caddy Shack Two having a few drinks and sandwiches.

And Ciano makes four!

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker

On Tuesday, July 29, the Bunker Boys reacquainted themselves with Century Ban Chang after seemingly months of absence. They set out in two divisions to challenge for the weekly medal competition, with the cut set at sixteen and under. In division two Mark Joshua and Saranya Chaiyanont managed to tie on net 73 for the minor placings whilst Jim Payne went two better to snatch the runner-up place. In front, showing a clean pair of heels, was George Redgewell whose fine net 70 was the best round of the day.

Division one saw a tighter struggle with the honours shared by the 72’s of David Smith, John Hughes, Hๅkan Widestedt and Ciano Glavina, whose modesty allowed him only the briefest of smirks in the direction of Mr. Loy at the prize giving!

Saranya had the honour of winning the Bunker Super Sawng award for her prodigious effort on the par three fifth whilst John Hughes claimed once again that he was the victim of his own success when a monstrous drive on the fourteenth got snarled up behind the lone tree in the middle of the fairway. He found little sympathy, and a large bunch of fruit was his only reward!

Tough Going
at Plutaluang

On Thursday, July 31, the Royal Thai Navy course at Plutaluang threw out the welcome mat for the Bunker Boys for their weekly stableford competition. The South and East course were dedicated for the event and sadly the heavy rains of late had left the greens very heavy and slow. The inconsistent fairway grasses were also more of a problem than usual and, at times, it seemed that even the sparkle in the eyes of the figurines marking the tees had all but disappeared.

It all made for a tight tournament however and in division two one shot covered the first three places with Neil Griffin firing 36 points, one behind the joint winners Duncan McGee and Gerhardt Schultze, on 37 points. Division one saw the Scandinavian pair, Magnus Johansson and Hๅkan Widestedt share second place on 35 points whilst the unassuming Ciano Glavina made it a second victory in the week by birdying the final hole to sneak the lead on 37 points.

Even Mr. Loy was fulsome in his praise of the Italian-Aussie at the presentation. Maybe his share of the Bunker Super Sawng award, with Bill Chadwick, had softened their friendly rivalry. The hapless but always smiling Unto Kilvonen enjoyed his first taste of the Bunker Banana Booby after firing a dismal 24 points.

The Mangler & Sumo to the rescue

IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven

Monday July 28
Pattaya Country Club

1st: Peter Hall, 39 cb9 21, cb6 15

2nd: Lamud Chaidara, 39 cb9 21, cb6 13

3rd: Robert Knutsson, 38

4th: B J Smith, 37

With the Doc back in the UK for his annual jolly and Club Pro-Am and Brian on his bed having injured his back at Majestic Creek it was left to Mark Campbell and Phil Groves to handle the week’s golf and they coped admirably. On this opening day 20 golfers fought hard all day on a course still playing long in wet conditions with Peter Hall just edging Lamud out on countback with Robert and B J hard on their heels. The 2’s was won outright by Lamud much to her and Bob’s delight.

Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the resident PGA professional welcomed back Robert Knutsson, John James and Richard Lyne whilst bidding farewell to Jens Gunnarson and Peter Hall.

Wednesday July 30
Siam Country Club
Monthly Medal

Division 1

1st: Richard Garland, 71

2nd: Yasuo Suzuki, 74 cb 35

3rd: Terry Phur, 74 cb 37

Division 2

1st: Peter Emslie, 72 cb 35

2nd: Trevor Edge, 72 cb 37

3rd: Jimmee Little, 73

A large turn-out for the monthly medal with very close scores ranging between 71 to 83 for the entire field, except for poor Mark Campbell and Serge who played together and somehow managed to upset each others game (?) both returning the dreaded NR. However the field was led home by Richard and Peter in their respective divisions and what a great start from Yasuo on his first game back after winning his club championship in Japan. The 2’s was shared by Trevor Edge and Peter Emslie. Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston welcomed Martin Hayes and of course a welcome back to Yasuo Suzuki.

Friday August 1
Natural Park Resort

1st: Richard Lyne, 4 up cb 2 up

2nd: Paul Hartley, 4 up cb 1 up

3rd: Mo Bertrand, 3 up

The last competition for some months at Natural Park Resort which along with Natural Park Hills is closing on August 3 for renovations under new ownership. A day of tight scores saw Richard completing a week of winners with the name of either Richard or Peter. Otherwise a disappointing end to Paul’s visit which saw his scores improving with each competition and to Bob Van Mol who only recorded 2 up as he played off the wrong handicap (6 instead of 5) and to Graham Davis who was only a few inches from a maiden Hole in One but had to settle for a share of the 2’s with Phil Groves. Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston welcomed back Trevor Schirmer and from the Bunker, Harry Riley and Bob Van Mol, whilst bidding farewell to Paul Hartley and Martin Reed.

‘Ol Pete plays twice, wins twice

IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday July 27
Green Valley –
White Tees
Stableford – Blind
Draw Pairs

1st Place Team: Nick Strasshine (37) & Phil Utting (37), 74 points
2nd Place Team: Pete Stonebridge (38) & Jez Lees (32), 70 points
3rd Place Team: Terry Phur (38) & Roger Griffen (30), 68 points

In an effort to add a little variety to our traditional Green Valley Sunday fixture, the Lewiikski’s Golf Society will make the last Sunday of the month a variable formal. This month we tried a Blind Draw Pairs Stableford and the fates paired Nick Strasshine and Phil Utting, both joint third on the day. That will typically be the recipe for victory and it was. The two gentlemen who finished joint first in the individual field each carried their respective partners on to the podium with them as Pete Stonebridge, the individual winner on countback, parlayed Jez Lees’ 32 points for second in the Draw and Terry Phur allowed his coattails to be seized by “The Bad Roger” Griffen and his 30 points for third in the Draw.

Tuesday July 29
Laem Chabang
(C & A) - White Tees

1st Place A Flight: Pete Murray, 38 points
2nd Place A Flight: Mark Campbell, 38 points
3rd Place A Flight: Ted Lodge, 37 points
1st Place B Flight: Sean Murphy, 38 points
2nd Place B Flight: Roger Griffen, 36 points
3rd Place B Flight: Kevin Bowman, 34 points

Guile in the form of venerable Pete Murray overcame the youth of Mark Campbell (he is young despite the lack of “-do”) on countback to take A Flight on the day. Irish visitor Ted Lodge was but a point back at 37 for 3rd place in A alone. Ted’s mate and long time vacationer Sean Murphy said “I’m back” with a tie for best on the day 38 points to lead B Flight. “The Bad Roger” strayed to the pay window for the second day running with another silver medal. Kevin Bowman was as shocked as anyone when his name was announced at the presentation for 3rd in B Flight.

Wednesday July 30
Bangpra - White Tees

1st Place: Roger Griffen, 40 points
2nd Place: Eddie Blackwell, 40 points
3rd Place: Jim Munns, 38 points

Hey, who’s this “The Bad Roger” Griffen dude? Well he doesn’t look the part of a golfer, more like an abbreviated bouncer. But what can ya say? Blows in from Korea with the lads, parties appropriately, and cashes two seconds and now a first. Ah, bogus handicap, there ya go. Anyway you have to be tough to beat Eddie Blackwell and Roger was, prevailing over Eddie on countback. The Big Easy or Captain Fog, Jim Munns, tidied up the third rung on the awards dais.

Thursday July 31
Natural Park Hill -
White Tees

1st Place: Pete Murray, 38 points
2nd Place: Rick Sharp, 38 points
3rd Place: Sean Murphy, 33 points

Lewiinski’s added in an extra fixture to give favorite Natural Park Hill a send off as it slips into unexplained disuse for the next four months. Even though it was an add-on it was apparent that things would be like any other day. I can hear the moaning like it was yesterday. Probably because it very nearly was and probably because we all suffer it when the ‘Ol Geezer plays. It’s his back, his handicap, his eyes, his putting stroke, you name it. He’s continually trying to wrangle an extra stroke out of his playing partners Richard and Joe. Because they’re immune to the bullsh*t, he just paddles off to the course and takes another first on countback. He did so over Rick “relatively “The Kid’” Sharp. Ireland’s and Pattaya’s Sean Murphy rounded out the field.

Friday August 1
Burapha (A & B) Blue Tees

1st Place: Eddie Blackwel, net 70
2nd Place: Roger Koehler, net 70

The lads concluded a busy week with a venture to the older half of David Graham design at Burapha. Eddie Blackwell avenged an earlier countback loss to put the same on “The Good Roger” Koehler. It was Roger’s only podium on this outing of the Korean lads. He was quick to point out to “The Bad Roger” that this left him the reigning champ as this year’s tour ended.

PSC Golf from Bobby Joe’s 60’s Bar

Friday August 1
Green Valley

Bobby Joe is not well so when one of the biggest crowds of the year turned up to play it was a tough day for him and meant his friends had to rally around. Bob Benda jumped into most of the gap and did the presentations as well as run the Tournament. Bobby with flue is not a pretty sight.

Bob presents to Robert (L) and Jerry (R).

The day started well with a good breakfast inside the golfers then a pleasant drive down to Green Valley where we found out how the building site is getting on. Like Bobby, not a pretty sight, with G.U.R. all over the place and the odd temporary green that is very bad indeed. Really weird as this used to be a great course and to many of us the holes being changed weaken the quality of the course. The corner with the par 5 over the lake leading to the difficult par 4 uphill has been decimated and the par 4 that is now a par 5 is a much easier hole.

Bob presents to Rick (L) and Duncan Lee (R).

However this is still a fine course and always enjoyed by the players and who knows when the changes are finished we may grow to like them. There was still some fine golf and the winner Robert Knuttson produced a fine round, whilst the large number of players allowed two pins on all the near pin holes and long put holes.

Back at Bobby Joes with Bobby struggling with the flue and trying to chase his staff to produce the meal, not one of his best he is usually such an artist, but filling, the presentation got under way and more shirts were given out. Beware when the flu is over Bobby will be back and all who laughed at a poorly Bobby will be made to suffer.

Winner: Robert Knutsson

Bob presents to Duncan McGee (R) and Jim (L).

A Flight Near Pins: Derek Brook, Duncan Lee, Jerry Power (2); Long Put: Tim Holt, Jim Munns

B Flight Near Pins: Rick Feltham, John James (2); Long Put: John James, Duncan McGee

PSC Golf from The Caf้é Kronborg

Monday July 26
Plutaluang Royal Thai Naval Course, South and East Layouts

The course was host to a stableford competition in two flights, A flight 0 To 18 and B flight 19 and up. The weather on the day was delightful and the course condition improves every month.

Barry Kerr

Brian Holden took the A flight with 38 points well ahead of Dave Richardson in second with 30 points and Mick O’Meara third with 29 points. Aussie Barr Kerr took the B flight with a days best of 40 points ahead of Dave Ball in second with 33 points and Steady Arthur Bailey in third with 30 points.

All in all the course won again but a good day was had by all.

Thursday July 31
Siam C.C.

The day started so well, the weather was fine, a little hot and humid but O.K. The course was in pretty good condition, with fairways in good order and greens cut to provide a fast true surface, if in the tradition of Siam a little variable in pace. There was a little wind but not excessive and as the competitors gathered on the first tee ready to kill the course there were very few hangovers in evidence. The atmosphere was light with jokes flying, surely we would end up with some great scores.

Tim Holt.

Our group played some pretty mediocre golf, nice day in nice company but surely my 8 at the 7th hole and Tim’s 7 at the 9th had screwed our chances up! Still lets battle on, and steady back nines saw both of us collapse into the showers with net 70’s, not a disaster and maybe a place but surely this was just another Mug passing us by.

The Mug is normally won anywhere between net 62 and net 68, although Siam C.C. has proved much tougher than Phoenix C.C. where we previously played the Mug, at least 4 shots harder. So as we sat overlooking the course and slowly started to take the cards in Tim did the countback between our two average cards and with the same front nine and the same back nine it came to a countback for the last 6. This being the same, to the last 3 and when this was the same, the last hole where I had a par and Tim had a bogey. So with 4 cards in I was in the lead and Tim lead the A flight, 0 to 19, but this would not last. Surely? It never has.

Then you put a score in.

Well as the scores came in it became obvious that the day had been tough, and the scores horrific. Card after card came in and when all were in there was nobody within 3 shots of the leading pair, a truly amazing result and leaving Tim to bemoan missing a short put on the last.

The moral is keep trying and all you have to do is to win the test on the day. You never know in this weird game.

Derek Brook receiving the mug from Papa Ray.

Back at the Kronborg there was a shortage of players as most considered their efforts had no chance to be in the frame, so many lost a place and whilst those who turned up could cry in their beer as the winner bought those present a beer, the rest had to buy their own and Derek Brook the winner has the list of those who, as per tradition, have to buy a beer for the winner.

Like my new shoes.

The last laugh went to Tim Holt as not only did he win the A flight he had two near the pins. Good day, weird scores.


Winner The Mug: Derek Brook (Alias The K.S.M.), Net 70 c/b

A Flight Winner: Tim Holt, Net 70; Second: Gene Rooney, Net 74; Third: Dave Richardson, Net 79

Ready to go.

B Flight Winner: Barry Kerr, Net 73; Second: Pete Galle, Net 74; Third: Neville Good, Net 78


Near Pins: #4 and #16 Tim Holt; #8 and #12 George Bennison

The Square ring

by Howie Reed

Know your 3K’s. Last week I wrote, “after Fahsung 3K Battery won his manager said “Yatta Yatta Yatta”. Enough already. Now I know there is more than one 3K’s. How? E-mail. “Dear lovely press”. Well he had me right there. I have to admit that I’ve been called a lot of things but never “lovely press”. Gotta like it. Editors take note. “As a matter of fact invincible Yodsanan 3K Battery, WBA champion holder of Super featherweight, nowadays, he seems to be like the forgettable boxer from people. It is very pity to perceive that he is the biggest boxer in Thailand; WBA champion who now has no chance to fight with no. 1 boxer like Joel Cassamayor or fight with Acelies Frietas (WBA/WBO champion holder).” OK. Here’s the scope.

Cassamayor fights on October 4 in Las Vegas against Diego Corrales as the semi main to Holyfield-Toney. Senior Frietas (33-0) gets in the ring on Sunday morning next when he defends his titles against Jorge Barrios (39-1-1).

In all fairness to both the fighters named, they won’t fight Yodsanan 3K cause he wants the fight in Thailand. Like Jesse James, fighters go where the money is. Another e-mail: “News about the opponent of Yodsanan; prestigious promoter Songchai Ratanasuban have an absolute order to change the opponent of Yodsanan 3K Battery.” Now this took me by surprise as I didn’t know he had a fight. “Yodsanan 3K Battery, WBA super Bantam Champ, is ordered to shuffle his opponent from mixed Arab -Egyptian boxer Madgy Al Abdul to Filipino fighter Larry Pelonia.” Watch all the action live next Friday on Channel 7 16:00 – 18:00. Be there or be square.

Hope you didn’t miss the extensive reports on the charity boxing show, promoted by Patrick the Frog, on page 48 in this week’s Mail. Another view came in. “The fights were poorly attended and typical Thai - a SNAFU. The ring girls were outstanding, literally as they weren’t allowed in the ring. Something about offending Buddha. The fights were some good, some bad. The ring timer used his wristwatch and when he rang the bell nobody bought a round. What it really needed was a top notch ring announcer from Las Vegas.” Hope the timekeeper had a second hand on his watch. “They rang the bell and no body bought a round.” I really like that.

Thai Democracy Day falls on October 14. This year to help in the celebration The WBC Flyweight Champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (47-2) will defend his title against the number one contender Hussein Hussein (22—0) who will probably be called “The Thunder from Down Under” before fight time.

The Royal Palace will be the setting and showcase for maybe the best fighter in Thailand. Mr. Hussein is a different story. The only recognizable name in his list of 22 wins is Wande Chor Charoen (39-6) the Thai who was a former Mini weight champ. That aside its hard to find the Aussie’s name on the list of top fighters. Pongsaklek won the WBC Flyweight belt with an impressive 1st round TKO (3 knock downs) over the former champion Malcolm Tunacao. He also has the quickest KO in flyweight history 34 seconds. That over Japanese boxer Daisuke Naito who crumbled like the Yen. How about them apples?

Enough already. I’ll bet you’re out there just on pins and needles wondering what the heck old fun loving Lennox Lewis, The Greatest Fighter on the Planet, is up to. If so you all came to the right place. Lewis told the BBC that a rematch with Vitali Klitschko may be his last fight. “I would have nothing left to prove. Even now I have nothing left to prove. I’m just basically boxing for the fun of it.” The champ is 100% correct. He no longer has to prove what an arrogant pain in the butt he is. The world knows. As usual His Highness, who got lucky against Klitschko, continues to belittle his opposition. “I’ve already proven that I can beat Klitschko on my worst day. He can never be better than he was. He cuts very easily so I don’t see the fight being that difficult. I’m not going to be in the sport that long, I’m definitely getting old in terms of this sport, but I’m going to make a wise decision in the near future.” Best decision he could make would be to “Shut Up” Babbling retard.

Robert Dalisay (reportedly 11-7-2; 3KO) said last Thursday afternoon, “I will KO Somsak within 10 rounds, because I had very good training for more than 2 months. I reviewed his fights via the video tapes many times.” Friday afternoon Somsak Singhchatchawarn (33-1-1) retained his PABA Super Bantamweight with a 12 round not even close unanimous decision. Somsak is WBA ranked #2. If he’s looking for a fight with Champ Manny Pacquiao forgertaboutit. Pacquiao has a November date to move up one class and fight Marco Antonio Barerra. Whoa Nelly what a fight. I’ll drink to that.

PH3 Run 1012

At the very real risk of alienating yet another nationality our esteemed stand-in GM has in his infinite wisdom asked me to be scribe. Sure enough, this time it’s the turn of those chundering, tub-thumping, back-slapping, beer-swigging, gender-bending outdoor activity experts: our good old colonial cousins, the Aussies, with their latest “Aussie Run”.

Circle called with a feeling of degas vu at the picturesque lake-side A-site. Run explained by those ecologically friendly Aussie Hares, AH., K.A.M. and BB giving “green” a different meaning by recycling mucous to use as an effective Factor 36 nasal sun block.

A good run, set with much effort and enthusiasm to compensate partly for what it lacked in serious thought, as we embarked on a winding trail around a lake, through contaminated water (second week running) and a monks’ village – albeit that I was somewhat distracted from recalling its detail by reason of my admiration for Energizer Bunny’s new running attire. Run finished – but aghast! – Rambo 2 had gone AWOL looking for missing GI’s from the Vietnam War… only to emerge from jungle one hour later, bandana intact – surely the fittest, most handsome octogenarian in Hash history - having successfully eluded our Special Forces modern-day search party of Karamba and Flying Frog.

Circle called. Raffle; then significant icings for Dr Pinky for failing to attend his anger management classes and falsely accusing somebody of stealing his condom. Hares iced by Bad RA - but Hash Heroes for prizes and good bangers and mash. All Aussies later iced by GM – their benign, affable manner turning ugly with the mention of the word “rugby”. If only this process could have been reversed all those years ago then maybe Australia would have still been Aboriginal.

International Law Symposium held by bad RA, offering useful information to all hashers, such as upon which car-wheel to urinate, in which country to have legal sex (seems to take the fun out of it… well, perhaps not) and where to kill a Welshman after midnight. Many anniversaries, most notably Sir Airhead - our monument to Hash longevity - and his 800th Run. Tempus fugit - seems like only last year we were celebrating his 750th. Also well done to S.S. for his 20 Hared runs. Prizes for best dressed Aussies – a misnomer if ever there was one. Rare Aussie beer auctioned by BB for Aids Centre. 7000 baht paid by Flying Sheep Shagger despite his wife twice out-bidding him. I think you will find that being Welsh you are permitted to flog her in a public place between the hours of sunrise and sunset, except on Sundays when you are expected to practice archery in case of English invasion.

Double down-down to Hares for badly singing a crap song about chundering – the inevitable consequence of their favourite pastime. Hash Hero to Charlie Manson for renovating the Beer Truck (did he go anywhere near the brakes?) All in all, a good day out (thanks Aussies) and good food, as ever, at Scandi Bar (thanks Eric).

Personally (if I may), as I look back on half a life of false trails and wasted opportunities I thank God for my health and the good company I kept today. Hoping that you don’t misconstrue my loner persona as unsociability and you attended my 50th Birthday Bash this Wednesday 6 August. On a lighter note I leave you with the poignant Quote of the Week from our beloved Scottish stand-in GM, from the terraced slopes of the A-site: “That’s the trouble with urinating uphill… it runs down and soaks your socks and flip-flops”. Cheers.

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