Pattaya City wins with sport
The boys and girls teams from Wat Yarn took home the top
prizes in the recently held Pattaya Healthy Beach Volleyball competition on
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
Tammarind teaches young stars
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
1st: Richard Garland, 71
2nd: Yasuo Suzuki, 74 cb 35
3rd: Terry Phur, 74 cb 37
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
Sunday July 27
Green Valley –
Stableford – Blind
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
Tuesday July 29
(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
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 -
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Thursday July 31
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Flight Winner: Tim Holt, Net 70; Second: Gene Rooney,
Net 74; Third: Dave Richardson, Net 79
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
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
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.
F the Truth