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Fun City By The Sea

Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 



SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

British Club retain the Chris Kays Memorial Tournament Cup

Top of the Gulf Regatta: Watershed for the Thai marine sector?

Grapevine on holiday at Sattahip

Brother D clinches first place

Rising Sun Golf - April Results

JJ scores hole in one!

Five clubs no problem for Ed, Keith and Moon!

Gol-Den Smiles at Eastern Star

Auntie Toy is in pursuit of Uncle Fred

Moonshine wane under the stars of Bolaget

The Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League

DSL Pattaya 9 Ball Pool League

Mickey Mouse Darts League

PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Alas Smith and Parker...

PSC Thursday Darts

Bill overcomes Tengiz and Johann

The Beautiful Game?

Thai beach soccer team in Pattaya before flying out to Brazil championships

The Square Ring

Dubliner lead cut as Londoner comes a creeping

Tight corners and close racing on the cards for Le Mans MotoGP

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

British Club retain the Chris Kays Memorial Tournament Cup

Pattaya Rugby 10s

A rugby packed weekend of was held at the Horseshoe Point Country Club, the home ground of the Pattaya Panthers and Panties. The tournament defending champions, the British Club from Bangkok came down with and impressive side, previous winners Thai Barbarians led by Jock Tiernan and The Southerners both wanting to regain the cup had large, limber squads.

Darren Weatherby (left), playing for the home team races against a SCC Tankard player in an effort to regain the ball during final day of play in the Chris Kays Memorial Rugby 10sTournament.

The Pattaya Rugby 10’s renamed to the Chris Kays Memorial Tournament following the tragic death of Chris Kays in the Bali Bombing 2002. This year featured 16 men’s teams; the largest fields in the 6-year history of swinging their way into town were the Samui Simians along with the Bangkok Japanese.

A very welcome return was given to the Corsairs who have been missed playing in Pattaya. Some new teams touring to Pattaya for the first time were the Singapore Cricket Cub with two teams the Tankards and the Nomads, the Royal Thai Air force taking a couple of days off from defending the realm, The French Barbarians from Hong Kong and the Vientiane Buffaloes. Kasetsart University and Thammasat University, two sides from Bangkok with some extremely good young talent.

The British Club successfully defended their title and a jubilant Eddie Evans and team accept the Chris Kays Memorial Trophy from Jim Howard (second left).

Friday evening saw the majority of the teams arrive at Jameson’s the Irish Pub in Pattaya, spiritual home of the Panthers and Panties for registration and welcome drinks, with some teams lubricating their joints more than others. Old friends met and told each other how they were going to be the champions this year. Saturday morning began early at the Horseshoe Point and Country Club, teams entering the grounds were presented with a very well laid out playing area, covered seating surrounded the pitch supplied by CR Industrial Services, Cool Zone provided misted cooling in some areas, much to the relief of those standing under the fans. Russell Kay, the well known DJ from Bangkok with his MAD discotheques entertained the players and supporters before during and after the competition and Heineken supplied copious quantities of fluid to keep the players and supporters hydrated.

The Panthers move in for the kill against SCC Tankard player.

The rugby began with a close fought encounter between Thammasat University and the Royal Thai Air force with the University coming out on top; this was followed by the Thai Barbarians soundly beating the Pattaya Panthers 26-0.

The British Club got off to a strong start as did the Southerners and Corsairs, a very close match between the Samui Simians and French Barbarians saw the boys from Samui edge home 12-10.

Thai Airforce players (in blue) battle for the ball against Kasetsart in the Plate final.

As the temperature rose during the day so did the tempers of some of the players with the referees having to use the sin bin more than once, the standard of rugby did not drop, the Pattaya Panthers played their hearts out, marginally losing to the SCC Nomads by one try and then later losing to the Young Bloods, made up from the Thai national U-19 squad by a try in the dying seconds.

Other teams wilted in the heat and the contenders took full advantage with the British Club and Thai Barbarians both winning by a 45-0 margin. All in all a very enjoyable day of rugby, thanks go to the Bangkok Pattaya hospital for services provided to the teams, the duty nurses were kept very busy on the first day.

Saturday evening was the infamous Quaich, or in simple terms a pub-crawl, teams proceed to various bars and consume as many libations as they can to garner points and favours from the landlords. Following the rugby the Quaich started at Horseshoe point, while the teams cooled down in the pool the Heineken girls were kept running filling pitcher after pitcher, they were certainly kept very busy. The teams then proceeded to Jameson’s the Irish pub, one of the main sponsors of the Pattaya Ten’s, where Landlord Kim Fletcher excelled again, the staff did a wonderful job of making sure nobody was thirsty, teams stocked up on solids while watching the antics of visiting players. The ladies of Telawi, dressed up as GI Jane’s out on manoeuvres stole the show, visiting Pattaya Panther Darren Weatherby without his dress this year felt out of sorts, he soon found a tight pink shirt and flower to put in his hair and calmed down, he was overheard to say that while on the way to Jameson’s he had seen a beautiful dress with a thigh length split that he was compelled to buy, he was going back to the shop on Monday. After leaving Jameson’s the teams set out to drink the town dry, judging by the condition of some of them Sunday morning they achieved this.

Party girls from Telawi Touch were this year’s winners of the infamous Quaich.

Sunday morning arrived far too early for many of the players, thankfully the teams concerned they had brought large squads. The games commenced with the first round knockout stages of the cup competition with wins for Thammasat University, Thai Barbarians, British Club and Southerners progressing on to the semi-finals. The losers in the cup competition dropped down into the plate competition, the Samui Simians had a convincing win over the Young Bloods, and this was followed by a close fought encounter between the Royal Thai Air force and SCC Tankards with the Air force emerging winners 7-0. In the other two games the Corsairs trounced the Vientiane Buffaloes 24-0 and the young, fit, sober players from Kasetsart University beat the Pattaya Panthers 21-0. In the bowl competition the Young Bloods tied with the Bangkok Japanese 7-7, a sprint race involving 3 players from each team had to run the length of the pitch, the winners being the team with all three players over the line first. As their name suggests the Young Bloods were the winners, the next two games saw the SCC tankards beat the French Barbarians 24-0 and the SCC Nomads beat the Vientiane Buffaloes 14-0. The last match saw the Pattaya Panthers up against the Scratchers team who had now borrowed many players from the Bangkok Japanese team, a very hard fought match saw an even score 7-7 at the end, a dilemma for the Pattaya Panthers because they needed to find 3 players that could sprint, (following the previous night’s Quaich this proved difficult) by some miracle they did and won the sprint race.

Bowl Champions and Chris’s old club, SCC Tankards take their trophy home from yet another Chris Kays Memorial Tournament.

The semi-finals of the cup competition commenced with the British club over-powering the younger side from Thammasat University 20-7 followed by the Thai Barbarians proving they were too fast for the Southerners winning 34-0, this was followed by the Bowl semi-finals, the SCC Tankards defended well keeping the Young Bloods scoreless 15-0.

In the other game the SCC Nomads tried very hard but they could not beat the Pattaya Panthers who were finally sobering up, the Panthers needed the conversion from their second try to win the game 12-10.

Back to back winners of the Ladies competition, the Wantoks claim victory after heavy weekend of rugby.

On to the semi-finals of the plate competition saw the Royal Thai Air force come to life as they beat the Samui Simians 45-0 in the first game, the second game saw a very close hard fought match with the Corsairs and Kasetsart University even at 19-19 when the full time whistle blew. Once again the rules dictated a sprint race with three players from each team; in a photo finish the boys from the University crossed the line before the last man from the Corsairs moving them through to the final.

The final of the Bowl competition was between the SCC Tankards and the Pattaya Panthers, the Panthers started well but flagged towards the end with the Tankards coming out winners 22-8. The Plate final between the Royal Thai Air force and Kasetsart University was a fast flowing game of rugby, both sides defended well but an early missed conversion by the Air force left them the runners-up with the final score 14-12.

The Cup final saw defending champions British Club in a rematch of last years final against the Thai Barbarians, the BC started strongly getting an early try, the Ba-Ba’s fought back and evened the score, then Eddie Evans, captain of the BC powered his way over the line with a spectacular try. Not to be beaten, the young Barbarians came back yet again to even the score, they then defended against a much larger side and eventually the BC broke away and scored the winning try, it was a very exciting game to watch with the final score ending in favor of BC 19 to Thai Ba Ba’s 14 points. Congratulations go to the British Club on retaining the Chris Kays Memorial Trophy.

Taking place on the other pitch was the Ladies competition; teams competing were Pattaya Panties, Southerners, Singapore Cricket Club, Singapore Recreation Club, Telawi Touch, Wantoks, and Lao Khaos. In the final of the Plate competition the Singapore Cricket Club beat Telawi and in the final of the Cup competition the Wantoks beat the Singapore Recreation Club 4-1.

Following the competition all teams proceeded over to the pool where they could relax before the Awards ceremony. Pattaya Panthers chairman Jimmy Howard presented trophies to all the winners and runners-up from the playing competitions.

The winners of the Quaich were deemed to be the ladies from Telawi, although the Pattaya Panthers had drunk more.

The ladies player of the tournament was Bu from the Singapore Recreation Club and the men’s player of the tournament was Nice, the fly-half playing for the Thai Barbarians. The Ladies Chris Kays Award was presented to Karen Pennock by Lyn Kays, Chris’s mother and the Men’s Chris Kays award was presented to Andrew Taitum Ray Kays, Chris’s father.

Rugby 10s organizers wish to again thank the major sponsors - Jameson’s the Irish Pub and MBMG International, the other sponsors - Horseshoe Point Country Club for the tournament venue, CR Industrial Asia who provided the sheltered seating, Four Winds International Movers for providing drinking water for all the teams and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital for medical support. Also Chubb Security, Manpower, K-Tech Construction, Northshore Condominium, and Bluescope Lysaght Steel. Not forgetting Malcolm Clare and Wayne Ogonoski for organizing, time keeping and scoring during the tournament.

Results:
Men’s Cup Competition

Winners - British Club
Runners-up - Thai Barbarians
Men’s Plate Competition
Winners - Kasetsart University
Runners-up - Royal Thai Air force
Men’s Bowl Competition
Winners - SCC Tankards
Runners-up Pattaya Panthers
Ladies Cup
Competition

Winners - Wantoks
Runners-up - Singapore Recreation Club
Quaich Winners:
Telawi Touch Ladies
Ladies Player of the Tournament
- Bu, Singapore Recreation Club
Men’s Player of the Tournament
- Nice, Thai Barbarians
Ladies Chris Kays Award Winner:
Karen Pennock, The Southerners
Men’s Chris Kays Award Winner:
Andrew Taitum, The French Barbarians


Top of the Gulf Regatta: Watershed for the Thai marine sector?

The first-ever Top of the Gulf International Regatta, sailed from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club during in four days of perfect conditions, was truly an international event, as the five teams that won the Platu Coronation Cup came from five different countries. Pattaya Mail’s Peter Cummins was there and filed a full report which can be found on center pages.


Grapevine on holiday at Sattahip

The Royal Thai Navy Course S & E was the ideal venue for The Grapevine golfers on the holiday, Thursday May 5. With the course being in good condition but the temperature a little on the tropical side, good scores were hard to find.

(l-r) Bob Pearce, Chang Suh and Tony Oakes with Grapevine staff.

Chang Suh rose above the pack with a fine 39 points to take 1st prize. Second and third was decided on a countback between Bob Pearce and Tony Oakes, respectively with 35 points.

The technical prizes were shared amongst Chang Suh and Jeff Wylie for the long putts, and Bob Pearce, Doug Chalkley and Alan Gummer (2) picked up the near pin prizes.

Back at The Grapevine a fine repast of pasta was well received by all golfers with some notable chaps lining up for seconds. Thank you to The Grapevine management & staff.

If you are looking for a day of golf in a friendly atmosphere with a brekky before and some good, wholesome tucker afterwards, come on down to The Grapevine on Thursday at 8 a.m. The sign-up sheet is available all week. Look forward to seeing you there. Cheers & good golfing. JW


Brother D clinches first place

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

200 bowlers - Tom and Mio.

With only three weeks to go in the current league and only 12 points up for grabs Brother D cannot be caught and they will win the first place trophy. Brother D took three points from VFW Post 9876. Shenanigans won three from Cafe Kronborg. Cafe Ole beat House of the Golden Coin three points to one and Domicil did the same to Jack & Tar. Three Sisters split their series with Q Cars, each taking two points and Friends split their series with Mai’s Thai Restaurant.

Best bowlers of the day were:
Mio, House of the Golden Coin: games of 200, 203, 178 - 581 series
Tom, Mai’s Thai Restaurant: 202 game - 520 series
Konrad, Brother D: 513 series
Dang, Cafe Kronborg: 505 series
Tui, Cafe Ole: 504 series


Rising Sun Golf - April Results

Tues. April 5: Laem Chabang - JJ Harney (Hole-in-One)
Thurs. April 7: Mountain Shadow - Dr Bob
Tues. April 12: Green Valley - Trevor
Thurs. April 14: SongkKran Holidays, game cancelled
Tues. April 19: Siam Eddie Songkran - course to ourselves
Thurs. April 21: Bangpra - Matt
Tues. April 26: Pattaya - Paul
Thurs. April 28 Sriracha - Fergusoenix
Rising Sun , Soi (13/1) Yamato.
Arrive 10.30 a.m. Leave 11 a.m. Max, Gents Hcp 28. Call Tel-038 710 610 or organiser Matt Anderson on 09 247 6673 or email: andersonmatty @hotmail.com


JJ scores hole in one!

Popular Rising Sun Golf member JJ Harney (far right) had a Hole-In-One in an outing at Laem Chabang on the 175 yard hole A7, Tuesday April 5. He was playing with Allan Haywood who also had a Hole-In-One at Khao Kheow and Brian Walker with his Hole-In-One at Plutaluang, all within a year. Matt was the only left out in the cold, yet to score the single shot glory.


Five clubs no problem for Ed, Keith and Moon!

Mike Franklin

The ‘Five Clubs’ format in Jameson’s Singles Stableford competition at Pattaya Country Club on May 4th did not prevent good scores from the winners. Namely Ed Trayling, Keith Avery and Moon Schwelera, each scoring thirty-eight Stableford points. Moon’s 16 points on the back nine put her in third place, Ed and Keith both scoring twenty. So it went to the back six with Ed coming out the winner with 13 points and Keith runner-up with 12.

‘Five Clubs’ winners Ed Trayling, Moon Schwelera & Keith Avery with Mike at Jamseon’s.

In fine breezy weather, and on a course running quick, especially on the greens, lighter golf bags restricted to five clubs were the order of the day. A more lenient set-up than the usual ‘four clubs’ format, again poses the question ‘are fourteen clubs really necessary’? Five, with a little imagination and creative thinking on the course, can obviously produce just as good a result’

Technical prizes were claimed by Vincent Smyth and Moon Schwelera for being nearest the pin on #5 and #12 respectively. Toi Blair had the longest putt on #9 and Mam Trayling on #18. Pattaya Country Club provided their usual efficient service.

It was back to Jameson’s for prize-giving and the Wednesday special, Beckham’s Curry Night - ‘All you can’ for 250 baht, and very good curry it is too.

Looking ahead, the next Wednesday outing is to Plutaluang (S & E) on May 18 for a Pairs Scramble. Sign-up at Jameson’s for that.


Gol-Den Smiles at Eastern Star

PGC Bunker Boys at the OK Corral  

The Bunker Boys from the OK Corral began their May golfing with a trip to Eastern Star on Tuesday, May 3 for their weekly medal event. The course was well presented with the exception of eleven greens which had been dressed with copious amounts of sand and this caused many to rethink their putting strategy. The day was one of the hottest of the year so far and golfers in the two flights all toiled through the most uncomfortable part of the day to complete their rounds.

Denis Smith wears the smile of a first-time winner

In division one Kuni Wakabayashi took second place with a fine net 74 just one shot behind the winner Mark Joshua whose net 73 was the best round of the day. In division two something special was on the horizon as the inveterate trio of Den, Ben and Len led the field off the first tee. Ben Findon was to finish second with a painstaking net 79 whilst Denis Smith, mine host at the OK, celebrated the first birthday of his golf in Pattaya with his first win. An excellent all-round performance belying his handicap saw him record net 74, which included two waterbound shots and an embarrassing whiff! His joy was shared by all at the presentation when he duly rang the bell, drawing the curtains on a fine day. There were no twos but Ian Rippey’s failure to return his card guaranteed him the Bananas. No such embarrassment for Mr. Denis however as he savoured his first win in style.


Auntie Toy is in pursuit of Uncle Fred

IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday May 1
Green Valley Stableford

1st A Flight: Jack Grindvold, 42 pts
2nd A Flight: Jim Wickstrom, 40 pts
3rd A Flight: Klaus Schackt, 40 pts
1st B Flight: Jim Munns, 40 pts
2nd B Flight: Vic Hester, 38 pts
3rd B Flight: Brian Orr, 38 pts
1st B Flight: Toy Theobald, 45 pts
2nd B Flight: Peter Henderson, 39 pts
3rd B Flight: Andreas Grunenberg, 39 pts
Near Pins: # 13 Jan Eriksen; #16 An Kaesavane
2’s: Jack Grindvold, Simon Spaulding, Jim Munns, An Kaesavane

Its been a trend that has been building over the past couple of months, but Uncle Fred Theobald, who has long enjoyed the lowest handicap in the family for as long as most can remember, is in danger of losing that distinction as Auntie Toy put on another dazzling display of golf by shooting 45 points on the Sunday set-up of the Green Valley course. That outburst naturally outdistanced the two otherwise fine efforts of C flight bretheren Peter Henderson and old friend Andreas Grunenberg, both of whom had a robust 39 points.

In A Flight, the unbelievable play of Jackie Grindvold continued, despite recent health challenges, with 42 points, good enough for a two point margin over fellow single digit handicappers, Jim Wickstorm and Klaus Schackt. The premier gross scores of the day belonged to Medalist Jim Wickstrom, Jack Grindvold, Steve Mascari, Phil Mitchell, Klaus Schackt, Jim Brackett, John Emmerson and Simon Spaulding at they shot 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 79, respectively. (That should keep you busy sorting that out.)

There are no superlatives to add to the recent golf resume of the good Capt. Fogg as he masters yet another handicap level by garnering a B Flight winning 40 points off his fairly new 14 handicap. That left the spoils of second and third to the triumvirate of Vic Hestor, Brian Orr and Jeff Johnson. Jeff was left holding his last name as a count back provided The Inflictor a silver and Brian the bronze.

The two Near Pins on the day (Jan Eriksen and An Kaesavane) were augmented by a 2s payout which was split four ways by Wacko Jacko, Capt. Fogg, Simon of Spaulding and the Divine Ms. K.

Tuesday May 3
Laem Chabang - A & B
Blue or White Tees Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Claus Birk Thomsen, 41 pts
2nd Blue Flight: Stan Dismuke, 38 pts
1st White A Flight: Jeremy Masse, 42 pts
2nd White A Flight: Eddie Blackwell, 37 pts
3rd White A Flight: Nick Payne, 37 pts
1st White B Flight: Dene Airey, 45 pts
2nd White B Flight: Peter Barathy, 39 pts
3rd White B Flight: Andreas Grunenberg, 38 pts

With the IPGC Championship little more than a month away (June 15 & 17) players are beginning to round into form and none more so than Claus Birk “CBT” Thomsen. Claus who has knocked four strokes off his handicap in the last year ensured that the trend will continue as he put together 41 points off a gross 79 on the challenging Blue Tee of Laem Chabang. The Blue Flight was only for the stout of heart as the size of the field only yielded two paying places, with Stan Dismuke taking the other with 38 points. Although numbers were lacking, quality was not, as CBT was joined in the Blue Tee 70s by Medalist Steve Mascari’s 75, the 78 of Simon Spaulding and the 79s of Simon of Philbrook and Johnny McQ.

With more than two thirds of the field choosing the more conservative White Tees, it was left to last week’s title boy, Jeremy Masse and his 42 points and the fantastic 45 points of Dene Airey to stand atop the White Division’s A and B Flights, respectively. Eddie “the Beau” Brummell and Nick “Feelin’ No” Payne were knotted at 37 points behind Jeremy in A Flight. Peter Barathy and Andreas G-berg trailed Dene in with 39 and 38, respectively.

Wednesday May 4
Khao Kheow Yellow or White Tees
Stroke/Medal

1st Yellow Flight: Claus Birk Thomsen, net 72
2nd Yellow Flight: Jack Moseley, net 72
3rd Yellow Flight: Ray Dell, net 74
1st White Flight: Ken Kutzing, net 72

It was a relatively light turnout by Society standards for the fine Dye layout of Khao Kheow. All but a handful took on the Yellow Tees, with CBT taking the top step for the second time on the week, thanks to a count back over Jack Moseley. Ray Dell’s game showed signs of returning, after a several week hiatus from form, as he edged Johnny “North to Alaska” Horton on count back. Kenny Kutzing, resplendent in a pastel ensemble, took the sole position in White Flight.

Friday May 6
Phoenix Mountain & Ocean
Blue or White Tees
Stableford

1st Blue Flight: Phil Mitchell, 37 pts
2nd Blue Flight: Bob Dibben, 35 pts
3rd Blue Flight: Phil Groves, 33 points
1st White A Flight: Jim Munns, 41 pts
2nd White A Flight: Jack Moseley, 41 pts
3rd White A Flight: Gary Blackburne, 35 pts
1st White B Flight: Maralyn Hayes Dibben, 43 pts
2nd White B Flight: Stan Dismuke, 35 pts
3rd White B Flight: Jeremy Masse, 35 pts
Near Pins: #M7 Jeremy Masse; #L8 Jack Moseley

It doesn’t always happen, but it did on this day, as the Medalist and the Winner of the Blue Flight were one and the same, Phil “Flipper” Mitchell. Phil shot a gross 79, good for 37 points off the demanding Blues of the ever improving Phoenix layout. Bob Dibben was but a stroke back at 78 but two points adrift, as his 35 points held up for second. Phil “WSI” Groves rounded out the blue Bombers.

The other half of the golfing Dibbens, the comely Maralyn Hayes-Dibben, showed that she could out do her hubby as she put a 43 point whoopin’ on the B Flight of the White Division. That left mates Stan Dismuke and Jeremey Masse (boy, I’m typing that name a lot lately) with the spoils of second and third. In the A Flight of the pale Division, Capt. Fogg took his second count back victory of the week and hard luck Jack Moseley, his second count back loss of the week. Gary Blackburne saw the fun in that and tried a count back on The Hermit. At least The Hermit wasn’t left holding Jeff’s last name.


Moonshine wane under the stars of Bolaget

Bolaget were the guests at Moonshine Place this week and unfortunately for Moonshine chose this week to “wake up”! Bolaget played well, but without doubt Som Jumta was their star of the evening. This young lady played accurate pool with cool aplomb both potting and laying snookers for her opponents in the singles and doubles matches to run out an easy winner in both games. Moonshine started well by winning the first game, but unbelievably that was also their last win of the evening, going 1 - 8 down to the visitors.

Bolaget were the guests at Moonshine Place during a round of the Jomtien 8 Ball Pool League on Thursday May 5. The visitors beat the home team 8 -1.

Simple Simon gave up their winning run to visitors Hide-a-Way. SS struggled from the off and lost 3 - 6. However, it is only game difference that has dropped SS down the table to second. The situation is similar with H-a-W who are in fifth place because there are now five teams on the same points, occupying third to seventh places.

San Snack Bar had a narrow 5 - 4 win over their guests S&N Palace, but that was sufficient to hoist them to top of the table while S&N remain in the penultimate position.

Also going down heavily at home were Lucky Bar, suffering a 1 - 8 defeat at the cues of Woaw’s Pub who seem to be on a mini-roll currently having won their last two matches.

Rose & Thistle continue with their resurgence taking a sound 6 - 3 home win over visitors Paweena’s.

The Twilight Zone visited the Country Club and left still in the dark, losing 5 - 4 and securing, even more firmly, their grasp on the bottom of the table position.

Overall there are still only 6 points between the top and the bottom of the league table after five weeks of Round One of the 2005 season; there are another six weeks to go, so expect some changes to table positions soon.

Next week’s fixtures has bottom of the table Twilight Zone hosting lowly S & N Palace, this is a six-pointer, and will allow one of them to move clear of the bottom of the table.

Hide-a-Way host top of the table San Snack Bar, the outcome of which is anybody’s guess. Simple Simon are away to Paweena’s and should collect the match points to maintain pressure at the top.

Of the other fixtures, Woaw’s hosts Rose & Thistle for what is expected to be a closely fought competition. Bolaget on recent form should take the win from visitors Lucky Bar and Country Club vs. Moonshine is too difficult to predict.


The Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League


DSL Pattaya 9 Ball Pool League


Mickey Mouse Darts League

Standings May 6 - week 7


PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday May 2
Plutaluang Stableford

The Royal Thai Navy Plutaluang Golf Course, North & West layouts were host for a stableford competition in Two Flights, A Flight 0 to 18, and B Flight 10 and above. The course on the day was in very good condition, but very busy, even to the point where the drink stops ran out of bottled water.

Ted Morris

Philippe Berra took the A Flight with 41 points, Kevin Callaghan was second with 39 points and Barry Kerr was in third with 34 points.

Tournament director, Dave (The Admiral) Richardson, took the B Flight with 37 points. Dave feels most at home on this course. Lionel Rowels was in second with 36 points and Bob Rasmussen was in third with 34 points.

Near Pins: N3 Kevin Callaghan, W8 Dave Richardson.

Wednesday May 4
Burapha Stableford

Yes, you got it correct, we played on a Wednesday, so of course you also got it correct, Thursday was a holiday. Quite amazingly, with most people either retired here or on holiday, the players do not like playing on a holiday. Maybe it could be something to do with Weekend Rates?

Dave Richardson

So we all gathered on a Wednesday morning to play this course, and a good turnout we had, even if when we got there we found we were playing the C & D courses, not most peoples favourite, but still a tough test.

Onto the first tee, and what did we have, why a 5 ball right in front of us, but as luck would have it the 5 ball was pretty quick and did not hold us up, as was seen by the big gap behind our group.

The course was in fine condition, if a little hairy on the greens, but this is a tough course and tends to punish bad shots. Still with the fairways in good condition all we had to do was jump in our carts and get on with it. Mind it was steaming hot, still for those of us who had not bought water at the clubhouse it would soon be time to top up at the first rest stop. Well not exactly, they also, as at Plutaluang, had run out of water, so Gatorade sold well.

J.C. Lhoste

Pretty hot, but a fine day, saw some good scores. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, Ted Morris came in with a fine 41 points, ahead of another good round, in second, from Bill Plath with 40 points. In third was Clive Robinson with 38 points.

In the B Flight, 20 up, we had the best round of the day when J.C. Lhoste won with 42 points. In second was Kenny Chung with 36 points ahead of a countback for third with 35 points, won by Dave Richardson with Peter Ring just losing out. T.T.F.N.

Near Pins: C8 Bill Plath, D8 Ebrahim


Alas Smith and Parker...

PSC golf from The Bunker

Noble Place Country Club

Monday was a holiday when the Bunker boys went to Noble Place for a medal competition. Charkkrit Bhumichitr, the new general manager, greeted everybody with a smile and made us feel most welcome. In division “A” Geoff Parker had the best score with a net 67. Second came Paul Smith with 69 and third was Roger Privett with a score of 70 net.

Paul Smith enjoyed a great week of golf, taking first and second placings over the week.

In division “B” Granville Swanton took the honors with a 71 net while Brian Wilkins and Mitch Malone shared joint second with 72 net.

Near the pins were won by Peter Habgood and Geoff Parker.

Eastern Star Country Club

Division “A” was won by Paul Smith with 38 stableford points, in second place was Geoff Parker with 37 and third was Roger Privett with 33 points. In Division “B” the winner was David Johnson with 38 points, second place went to John Preddy with 36 and third was Mark Thomas with 33 points. Near the pins were won by Geoff Parker (2), and Mark Thomas.

Century Ban Chang Golf Club

The week finished up in BangChang with a medal play. Division “A” found Geoff Parker winning for a second time this week with a net 73. Paul Smith came second with 80 and third was Bill Hewitt with net 81.

Division Bryan Rought who brought in the best score of net 69 won “B”. Second came Mark Thomas with 72 and third was Mitch Malone with 83 net. Near the pins were won by Kenny Chung, Peter Habgood, Bryan Rought and Bob Turner.

The Bunker Boys are located on Soi Chaiyapoon (near X-zyte disco and across the street from Tony’s Disco II). Monthly golf schedules are available or consult the Pattaya Mail every week.


PSC Thursday Darts

Standings May 5 - week 17


Bill overcomes Tengiz and Johann

PSC golf from McAllister’s Bar & Grill

Hot off the plane from Tengiz, Kazakhstan Bill Thompson shot 77 off the stick, recording 41 Stableford points to claim first prize at Century Ban Chang last Friday. Chang Suh who has demolished all courses on the Eastern Seaboard over the past 12 months or so came in second with 38 points on the eve of his return to the US. Stay-at-home Dene Mundy came in third with 37 points, this time thankfully in a brief moment of clarity remembering to submit his scorecard. Fourth with 37 points on countback over the last 6 holes was Rodney Ishii, a new recruit of the Hawaiian mafia, and John Swanson also with 37 points out of the money.

Winners (l-r) Dene Mundy, Bill Thompson, Chang Suh and Rodney Ishii with Khun Nan back at Mc Allisters.

It was a day of entertainment both on and off the course. Bill Thompson was unusually motivated, shooting a great round of golf with only one six on his scorecard. Interviewed following the prize giving ceremony, he said that for the first time in a long while he was able to concentrate fully on his golf without the constant worry about his colleagues in Kazakhstan.

Back at McAllister Bar & Grill, the usual array of excitement was available for all - food, music, beverages and much frivolity. Carl Baumann although disconsolate to be out of the money still was generous enough to donate 500 baht to the writer, presumably to see his name in print again. Later in the day and further up the Street of Dreams, Dennis “Arizona” Willett also was anxious to make a name for himself. Tired of being in the shadow of his older brother, he put on a show that excited all of the punters.

We will all count down the days until next Friday when this madness will again prevail.


The Beautiful Game?: Liverpool eye European glory

Riz Taylor

“This is Anfield”, says that famous sign on the walk from the dressing room to the pitch at the home of Liverpool Football Club. In years gone by the very sight of this imposing message was a cue for opposition players to shudder as they made their way onto the pitch, where they’d be facing an all-conquering home side for whom winning the League and European Cup became almost expected.

It doesn’t hold the same fear these days, but Liverpool showed last week that maybe, just maybe, the good times are on their way back to the club, even if the Anfield stadium itself is consigned to the history books.

Almost two months ago I mentioned the “unlikely scenario” of Liverpool finishing fifth in the Premiership yet winning the Champions League and the resulting fuss that might stem from it. Regulations state that a side finishing outside of the allocated slots will not be allowed to defend their title, though that nation’s football association can recommend them for the competition. As this would be at the expense of Liverpool’s city rivals Everton, in pole-position to claim fourth at the time, this would have been the ultimate headache for the bungling suits of the English FA. Seemingly far-fetched only weeks ago, this climax to the season edges ever closer and is now the focus of huge media attention.

Facing Juventus in the quarterfinals with poor domestic form is a near impossible task for any side, and it appeared that the odds were heavily stacked in favour of a Liverpool exit that would surprise nobody.

Somehow, and not for the first time in this European campaign, this band of uninspiring names cobbled together under Gerard Houllier showed a spirit and togetherness that has evaded them in the Premiership this season. With injuries to key players and few creative options available to him manager Rafael Benitez masterminded defeat of the ‘Old Lady’, a win ironically built on that Italian mentality of pushing for an early goal and spending the rest of the game defending doggedly all over the pitch, cautiously breaking forward when the opportunity presented itself.

Juventus, used to getting their own way in Series A, had no answer to Benitez’s men in Turin during the second leg and an ecstatic Liverpool moved onto an all-Premiership semi-final against Chelsea.

From the moment the home fans crooned “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before kick-off in last week’s second leg the added intensity made it clear that Chelsea would be up against both their opponents and an Anfield stadium packed with tens of thousands of raucous scousers. The shoulder shrugging and glum faces of Chelsea’s players as the nervous minutes ticked by said everything as they attempted to peg back a controversial Liverpool goal in the fourth minute, after which the home fans raised the noise level to a deafening 120 decibels. The Premiership champions and hot favourites could find no answer when trying to break down a Liverpool defence led by the outstanding Jamie Carragher and protected by the unlikely heroes of Igor Biscan and Dietman Hamann in midfield.

The “twelfth man” effect, that term given to the impact that a crowd can sometimes have when vocally supporting their side, has rarely been more apparent. In a classic encounter of red against blue and old money versus new, Liverpool’s superb victory now sees them through to the Champions League final in Istanbul on May 25, something even the most optimistic fan wouldn’t have predicted six months ago.

The debate on whether Liverpool should be allowed entry into next year’s competition to defend their crown rages on, but it seems likely that UEFA may make allowances for them after the president of the organisation, Lennart Johansson, expressed sympathy for their possible predicament and spoke of allowing both Merseyside clubs a place in the competition. Threatening to make the whole discussion irrelevant are Italian giants AC Milan, yet after the scalps of both Juve and Chelsea anything seems possible for this Liverpool side. They will also be heartened to have seen Milan barely scrape past a talented PSV Eindhoven that kept the Italians on the back foot for the entirety of the other semi-final.

The fuss takes yet more attention away from next week’s FA Cup Final in Cardiff and the showdown between Arsenal and Manchester United sides desperate to pick up some consolation silverware. It’s sad that the FA Cup has fallen down the pecking order of trophies in recent years, but the revenue generated from winning the Premiership and Champions League trophies mean that these competitions are given higher priority by the bigger clubs. At least this time both Arsenal and United have everything to play for, which hopefully will make for another full-blooded encounter that these two so often produce.

Arsenal have already been eclipsed by local rivals this year and even if United win the FA Cup there’ll be a few envious eyes cast towards Anfield, should Liverpool become the champions of Europe once again.


Thai beach soccer team in Pattaya before flying out to Brazil championships

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

With the first official World Beach Soccer Championships to be held in Brazil from May 8 to 15, the Thai team has been preparing for the contest.

The Thailand Football Association appointed one of its own committee members, Tanya Potivichit, to be team manager. However, a problem surfaced when Prayutt Kamlang-Ek, co-founder and chief executive of Pro Beach Soccer (Thailand) Co Ltd, who had bought the copyright two or three years ago, said that he has the right to send the team for competition.

Pitipong Kuladilok (front centre) of the Thai national team makes a powerful kick, to the delight of onlookers.

Prayutt said he had already signed a contract with Beach Soccer World Wide, which has a co-alliance with the International Football Association (FIFA) and that they are taking care of this beach soccer team. Marcello Mendez is coach, and he led the Thai team in taking fourth place in the last three years of World Championship Beach Soccer.

Eighty percent of the soccer players have trained with Prayutt, who asked the Administrative Football Association to solve the problem. Wichit Ketkaew, association president, discussed the matter with Worawee Makudee, association secretary general, the FIFA board and Tanya. They decided to ask Tanya to let Prayutt take his place as team manager, as Prayutt has a long familiarity with the team, and Tanya doesn’t want to have any conflict with the association.

Prayutt took all players to relax at the Pattaya Park Hotel, and then to train on the hotel beach soccer field. They trained with the VIP Pattaya City team before travelling to Brazil. The Thai soccer team was set to play Brazil on May 8. The Thai national team took fourth place in the unofficial World Championship in Brazil in 2002.


The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Funny old life we live. In the same week that Thailand, which is known for it’s slim gorgeous drop dead lovely lady’s (category’s 1-3), elects a Jumbo Queen for the simple fact that she’s fat, the heavyweights are again making headlines. Who would have thunk it? To push credulity just a little farther, the heavyweight that’s making all the noise is a former middleweight that just beat a guy that most living human beings said couldn’t fight anyhow. What the heck is going on? As Francis Albert sang, “That’s Life.”

Add to that May 5 is a Holiday in Thailand, Netherlands, Mexico and parts of the USA. In Thailand May 5 commemorates the day when, in 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the 9th in the Chakri Dynasty (Rama IX), was crowned. In the Netherlands it’s Independence Day. Mexico celebrates Cinco de Mayo as the day they defeated the French. In retrospect the latter doesn’t seem like much, but a celebration is a celebration.

Here’s something else that in the great book may not mean much but some local guys did good recently. WBO #1 feather Terdsak Jandaeng with a clean 17-0 record got an easy UD over Jake Verano who is 2-5 in his last 7. Not at the level of “I’ll drink to that.” That workout was held at Grandsport Park in Bangkok.

WBA #1 lightweight Prawet Singwancha (26-2-1,16 KOs) got a decision over Suphachai Mahasupcondo who is 0-2. That was supporting event at a Muay Thai event at Rachadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. Is there any wonder that Thai fighters get their butts handed to them when they meet someone that can actually fight. NO! Now that I’ll drink too.

With his win two weeks ago over John Ruiz (now retired) James “Lights Out” Toney has pumped a shot of adrenalin into a division that was about ready for a toe tag and a vinyl sheet. Toney pumped life into the dying body using his 20 plus years of ring experience and a mouth that spews mostly rubbish probably enough to fill a years worth of political campaigns. The difference with Toney is he actually believes what he says and is right more often then not. “I knew I would win if I just put my mind to it. You know I worked hard but I only had five weeks, not even five weeks, four and-a-half to be exact. If I had the proper time, I probably would have knocked him out. I expected anything from him, which is John, an average fighter, but he did what he could... he wasn’t in that good of a shape and I wasn’t in tiptop shape, but I still had what it took.” Next up is probably Chris Byrd in the summer. When Toney says, “I’ll fight anyone, anywhere.” He means it. That in itself is refreshing in the heavyweight division. No one can ever claim that Toney is all hat and no cattle.

Talk about stepping in with the lions. WBC Flyweight King Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (55-2, 30 KOs) makes his first trip outside the friendly confines of Asia to defend against Jorge Arce (39-3) who moved up a weight class to issue a whipping to previously undefeated Hussein Hussein (27-1) in what some call the fight of the year. I can’t do that as my “press row seats” were a 500 baht cab ride from the ring. If you’ve ever seen Pongsaklek fight, as I did in December of 2001 in Pattaya, you know that he “brings it” in spades. To make his first trip to Las Vegas to fight Arce is a leap of faith. The fight takes place on July 30 as a co-feature with Christy Christy Martin - Lucia Rijker. The promoter, Top Rank, has shamelessly called the card “The Million Dollar Lady Card.” Maybe a little more accurate to call it the “Million Dollar Lady-Man Card.” Talk about shameless. Yes I am.

No one asked me, but Jose Luis Castillo against Diego Corrales Sunday morning has to be a candidate for fight of the year. There is no argument that round 10 was the round of the year and exemplified what boxing is about. Going into the 10th Corrales was ahead in an almost clinch less contest. Both fighters wanted to fight in close quarters with the advantage swinging second by second. T hat changed 25 seconds into the 10th when Castillo landed a punch scored a flash knockdown making it a 10-8 round. While down Corrales spit out his mouthpiece giving him a little extra time to recover. For the second time in the round Castillo landed a left hook and again Corrales went down. This time taking out the mouthpiece with his glove. Referee Tony Weeks correctly deducted a point for the foul making the round 10-6 if Corrales survived. With time running out in the round Corrales peaking through a closed right eye mounted a rally that pinned Castillo to the ropes. With arms flailing and landing a plethora of punches Corrales had Castillo’s head hanging dangerously over the top rope as Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight at 2:06. After Castillo (52-7-1) felt the fight may have been stopped a little early. At the time of the stoppage neither he nor his corner objected. Diego Corrales (40-2) said he wanted to prove he was a warrior. His ticket was validated

Meanwhile in Braunschweig, Germany Joe Calzaghe (39-0) put his title on the line against hometown guy Mario Veit (45-2). This one had high drama at the weight in when the boxers engaged in the ever popular “stare down.” That was followed by Veit saying “On Saturday I will replace Calzaghe as best fighter at super middleweight in the world.” Them’s fighting words Pudner. Veit got destroyed in 6. So much for talk.

News from Aussie is that Super Middle Danny Green (19-2) and long time trainer Jeff Fenech have split the sheets to go their separate ways. Green will now be trained by Thailand based Cuban Ismael Salas. The main reason for the change is that Fenech wants to spend his time in the USA training Mike Tyson while Green has no desire to be based in America. Green and Fenech first teamed up after the Olympic in 200 held in Sydney. “It’s something that I thought about long and hard. Jeff and I had been through so much together and then together for a long time and I grew up idolizing Jeff Fenech. It was the toughest decision of my life to date, but Jeff is staying with Mike Tyson in America and I can’t be in America training over there with them. From the bottom of my heart, I genuinely hope that Jeff is successful, that he does well because we’ve had so many great times and experiences. Unfortunately, it just got to this point where our paths have gone different ways. Jeff is staying with Mike Tyson and he’s made his decision, so I have to make a decision, which I’m very excited and positive about.” Green’s only 2 losses come at the hands of WBC Champ Marcus Beyer. Next up for Green is a July 3 date in Perth with TBA.

Our old Pal the “Lop Eared Camel Jockey”, that would be Prince Naseem, found himself in the local Monkey House after a three car collision that left three injured one seriously. The three that were riding in Naseem’s Merc all made the Gray Bar Inn. They were charged with “allegedly” leaving the scene of an accident. I guess they were also “allegedly” riding in Naseem’s vehicle. Some media outlets are reporting that it’s all a misunderstanding. With his career in the waste bin Naseem was looking to new horizons. The Prince decided that he either wanted to be a news agent in England or a Baht Bus Drive in Pattaya. Looks like the latter option is still out there. I’ll drink to that.


Dubliner lead cut as Londoner comes a creeping

MBMG International Casuals League

The chase for the ultimate trophy ground to its foregone conclusion, leaving only the battle of the basement and the race for best placed loser to generate any excitement. Not so the MBMG International league where nails look like being bitten until all games are played and the lights turned off.

League long shots the Bullshead Brazilians still in with a mathematical chance of upsetting the top two’s dominance, showed they’re far from thinking of going gently into that goodnight, evinced by their fight back to a 3 - 2 victory over a Blitz team showing a newfound sense of self belief.

With The Dubliner having a week off, The Londoner had opportunity to convert one of their games in hand into three valuable points. On a blisteringly hot afternoon AFC Shrewsbury couldn’t muster the necessary manpower or firepower to stem the Londoner’s fervent aspirations. Khun Wut and Khun Tic bagging a pair each in a clinical 5 - 0 triumph.

Hit and miss side The Winking Frog once again showed the lack of consistency that has seen manager and fans tear their hair out, possibly for charity. Putting down giants one week only to go down to the out of sorts All Stars of generally German origin. The GAS going one goal to the good and staying that one jump ahead of the misfiring Frogs.

Bangkok United quietly displaced Les Gauloise de Bangkok in the program’s highest scoring game. The fast paced movements and mobility of the Japanese proving too hard to deal with for the depleted French. Winning 4 - 2 enhancing their goal difference enough to move them into fifth spot.

The unsmiling scientist, the outspoken Portuguese and the alcoholic (allegedly) firebrand may just be playing out the fixtures in the Premiership but their MBMG counterparts know that guts will bring home glory and here where it matters its all still up for grabs. Please visit www .somtam.com for more details and match reports

Results - Week 27: Racing Club Pattaya 3 vs. 0 Patana; Londoner FC 5 vs. 0 AFC Shrewsbury; Les Gaulois de Bangkok 2 vs. 4 Bangkok United; Bulls Head Brazilians 3 vs. 2 Blitz FC; The Winking Frog FC 0 vs. 1 German All Stars


Tight corners and close racing on the cards for Le Mans MotoGP

Le Mans was dropped from the motorcycle GP calendar in 1996 on the grounds of rider safety after a serious accident to Alberto Puig the year before. 2000 saw the circuit reinstated after extensive safety improvements had been carried out.

The Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit is not that used for the famous Le Mans 24 Hours motor race, but does use part of that longer circuit.

The MotoGP racetrack is tight and dominated by first gear corners. This puts the emphasis onto late braking and hard low-gear acceleration or “grunt” out of these corners. In total there are nine right hand corners and 5 left hand ones on the 4.18 km circuit that has a longest straight of only 450 metres.

Also a key area in a machines performance on this circuit is rear end traction. This complicates the choice of tyres since there has to be a compromise between the opposing requirements of grip at the rear for acceleration and longevity.

Sponsors for the race are Alice, and the official title of the event is Grand Prix Alice de France. To paraphrase the immortal words of a well-known song, “sorry, but we don’t know who Alice is”.

Rider news; Olivier Jacque continues aboard the Kawasaki in place of the injured Alex Hoffman. Team Roberts are expected to return with the Proton KR, rider Shane Byrne, after missing Shanghai. The performance of the new KTM engine powered Protons will be closely scrutinised. Makoto Tamada’s re-appearance on board the Honda seems likely but as yet it has not been confirmed.

The race itself, weather permitting, should be a close run affair because there are a number of riders in the class of “great late brakers”, expect to see numerous over and under taking manoeuvres throughout the race and possibly more exchanges of bodywork paint in the latter stages.

Carlos Checa loves this circuit and the Ducati has the grunt out of the corners, thus he is one of the favourites. Biaggi and Gibernau are both on fewer points than either of them or Mr Honda expects and also the newcomers, the “young guns” want some fame. So, on Sunday evening, get comfy and sit back to enjoy some real racing, no “pit-lane over-takers here”!

Broadcast time for MotoGP from France is expected to be 7 p.m. Thai time, but check your TV listings.


PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

Tuesday May 3
Phoenix Stableford

A pretty good turnout for a day between holidays, saw a good bunch of competitors tucking away a substantial breakfast before departing for Phoenix to see what the day would bring.

The Gummers with organizer Bob Noble.

To start, it brought a busy road, not surprising in retrospect, when one thinks of the holidays, still we can put up with a little traffic when a fine days golf beckons.

An easy book in saw all congregate at the Mountain one, having been told we were to play that nine, followed by the Ocean. In my opinion the best of any combination. It also has to be said that of late Phoenix has toughened up the course, and it very rarely gets taken apart by anyone. It is certainly a few shots tougher than it was a few years ago.

So, mad dogs and PSC golfers went out in the midday sun, and was it hot? The answer is, really really hot, for me the hottest of the year. Sensibly I took a cart, but it was noticed we did have a few of the older golfers who came back to the cool of the clubhouse a little early.

Round over it was back to Bert’s for some of his fine ‘Mince & Tatties’, that even the non Brits enjoyed. Then it was time for the presentation, second week on the trot for Nooket Gummer, before we could all relax and enjoy Bert’s ‘Happy Hour’ from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bert says next week his happy hour will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., better for the golfers. T.T.F.N.

Results:
Winner: Nooket Gummer
Near Pins: Derek Brook, Frank Pilkington, Chung Suh, Bob Noble Dave Millar, Allan Gummer, Nigel Cannon and Bob Lawrence.
Long Putts: Jeff Wylie, Thong Polowhon and Alan Gummer



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