Kenyan runner takes Pattaya Marathon title
Pattaya Mail Staff Reporters
On his first visit to Thailand, Kenyan John Rotich was
first to cross the finish in this year’s 11th Pattaya Marathon. Rotich
crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours 34 minutes and 33 seconds,
eight minutes slower than fellow countryman John Kelai last year. In the
ladies event Sunisa Sailomyen retained her title to win the 42.2km race with
a time of 3 hours 11 minutes and 42 seconds.
women’s Pattaya Marathon champion Sunisa Sailomyen retained her title to
win the 42.2km race with a time of 3 hours 11 minutes and 42 seconds.
The 11th Pattaya International Marathon got underway on
the early hours of Sunday morning, breaking away from the traditional
start/finish line at Soi 4/5 to the new location near South Pattaya’s Bali
This event, which is growing each year, was attended by
Advisor to the Interior Ministry Santsak Ngamphiches, Chonburi Governor
Pisit Khetpasook, and Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, who fired off the
The new location suffered teething problems, with an
electric generator that failed during the start. Officials decided it was
necessary to re-start the race. Some runners had made their way as far as
Beach Road, and had to be recalled.
Rotich from Kenya was first to cross the finish line at Bali Hai to win the
men’s marathon in 2 hours 34 minutes and 33 seconds.
The race had over 20,000 participants this year. The
half, quarter and student races were run in succession with the wheelchair
marathon taking place at 5.30 a.m.
Roger Rabbit, who is running to raise money for leukemia
research, was spotted as well as some other colourful characters some of
whom were even joined by their dogs.
There was significant reduction in the number
international athletes this year, but the huge number of local athletes
taking part in the half and quarter marathons bolstered numbers.
Police and official medical personnel were on hand to
support the race, although few injuries were sustained. A number of runners
felt that the circuit starting from Soi 4 was more suitable as the Bali Hai
location was somewhat confined for space.
John Rotich and Sunisa Sailomyen were presented with Prime Minister’s
Trophy along with prize money, as were the next five runners up in each
category. (Results and pictorial next week)
“Roger Rabbit” McCarrick begins his run for charity.
starting hiccups forgotten, runners were sent on their way around the
gruelling course, many with a smile.
Ebrahim and Clarke go head to head at Green Valley
PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday July 11
In the absence of the Admiral, gone AWOL for the second
week in succession, a large turnout of some thirty three golfers journeyed
to Green Valley for this Monday’s tournament.
and Rodney Clarke with Green Valley staff.
Whether this good turnout was due to the prospect of
playing this excellent golf course or whether they were tempted by the
possibility of another good laugh at the antics of the “what can go wrong
this week” stand in organizers is hard to say, however as it turned out
they were not to be disappointed on either count.
The course itself was a found to be in its usual pristine
condition, the only problem being that on the sixth hole the greens suddenly
changed to resemble browns, reverting back to greens again on the eleventh.
The reason for this one assumes is that due to recent
course maintenance a top dressing of sand had been applied to the
aforementioned greens calling for a rapid adjustment of putter technique and
chipping skills for our competitors.
Needless to say none of this affected our boys in the
slightest as they applied their superior skills to overcome this minor
obstacle with Akitoshi Ito leading the way on 38 points to win the ‘A’
flight from that irrepressible four handicapper Jeff Wylie (35pts) in
second, winning on count back from Ebrahim in third.
In the ‘B’ flight, as if to prove to the rest of us
that the course could be tamed regardless of the color of the greens, it was
Bengt Agaroo with a fine 42 pts taking the honors from Toy Theobold (36pts)
Third place however was not quite as straightforward due
to a small administrative error resulting in third prize, probably for the
first time in the history of the Kronborg, being presented to the wrong man.
Initially the third place was given to Joel Flor with 33
points but unfortunately his joy was somewhat short-lived as it was soon
discovered Graham Hiskitt had in fact carded 35 pts and some how had been
All was well however as in the true spirit of the game
Joel graciously handed his third place winnings over to Graham with both
accepting the apologies of the organizers.
Thankfully their leader returns next week and normal
service no doubt will be resumed.
Nearest Pins #5 Anita Lundberg; #8 Joel Flor; #13
Ebrahim; #16 Jeff Wylie
Longest Putts: #9 Toy Theobold; #18 Mike Gaussa.
Thursday July 14
Another fine day at Phoenix, on a fine course where the
only additional item you need these days is a bucket and spade so you can
make sandcastles in the sandpits they call bunkers. This happens sometimes
when the courses realise they are running out of sand and send the truck
down to the beach to fill up. Time will sort it out.
So there we go on the Mountain and Ocean nines, a fine 18
holes, and a good day looms ahead. The course in general these days is in
good condition, they seem to have overcome the shortage of water and the
fairway is nice and green, unfortunately on this day so were the greens so
the putting was slow, not up to the normal speed of the course.
With the fairways in fine condition, the greens slow and
the bunkers filling up our golf shoes with fine sand, as we searched for
buried balls, we should have had some fine scores, surely someone had missed
the bunkers, but surprisingly nobody beat their handicap.
We had a three way countback for winner on 35 points,
with Rodney Clarke winning, Ebrahim in second and Derek Brook third.
Thai Darts Association to host charity tournament to aid ill president
The Thailand Darts Association (TDA) and Bangkok Darts League (BDL) will
organise a fund-raising tournament on Saturday July 30 to help BDL president
Ken Ywin who has suffered kidney failure.
For those who don’t know who Kennet is we like to
enlighten you that he has been one of the driving forces of darts in
Thailand for the past 20 years.
He has been very active for many of the charity and major
tournaments that has been in the past in Bangkok and elsewhere. Bangkok
Darts League has also been under his wing.
Earlier this year, Kenneth suffered kidney failure and
has had numerous hospital visits as a result. He still has a long and
expensive way to fully recover.
To ease up on Kenneth’s medical bills and to show
appreciation of his past work of promoting darts in Thailand, the TDA is
holding the special tournament. All darts players are invited to join in
this charity event.
There will be a Group/Pool A and a Group/Pool B that
plays on July 30. This is aimed at giving more players the chance to play
against others in the same level.
A group of players from Hua Hin are competing, and
hopefully players from Pattaya and elsewhere will attend.
The two competition categories include singles and
doubles games. There will be 1-3 position prizes (3,000, 2,000, and 1,000)
in both the singles and doubles and off course the bragging rights of being
the best at the event. Entry fee is for the singles and doubles 150
The event is held at The 13 Coins, Rama 9, and soi 57. Registration will
start from 11 a.m. on July 30. Visit: www.tdadarts.com for further
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday July 11
Khao Kheow A/B
1st Peter Emslie, net 69
2nd Trevor Schirmer, net 72
3rd Brian Kelly, net 73 - c/b 36
4th Graham Davis, net 73 - c/b 38
A hot and humid day greeted the Haven golfers and many
were wilting after just a few holes. Definitely a day for taking a cart on
this fairly testing “walk.” As may have been expected, scores were
generally good, but “Slammer” played in a league of his own, shooting a
superb 39 gross on A course to finish with an excellent 69 net, leaving
Trevor, Brian & Graham trailing well behind. Unfortunately for Brian,
the dark black clouds rolling in, made him rush his putt on the island hole,
only to discover he had hit the wrong ball and incur a two shot penalty! In
the 2s competition, Trevor Schirmer & Brian Wilkinson shared division 1
pot, whilst Doug Maiko scooped the rollover jackpot with the only 2 in
division 2. Prior to the presentation, Richard Livingston, the resident PGA
professional, welcomed back Graham Davis, Gordon Millar & Doug Maiko.
1st David Shaw, 39 pts - c/b18 c/b6 10
2nd Mike Dabanovich, 39 pts - c/b18 c/b6 9
3rd Joe Mooneyhan, 39 pts - c/b17
4th Barry Winton, 38 pts
Once again, on a day when early morning rains and storms
abounded, the hardy Haven golfers were lucky and stayed dry! With the Thai
PGA tour event taking place on B/D course, it was pleasant to play the
unusual combination of the two front 9s.
In the event, scores were excellent and it proved a very
close contest with a series of countbacks that left poor Richard with a
headache! In the end, Joe and “Dabber” were the unlucky two as David
just got the verdict on the back 6. Barry Winton, playing brilliantly would
have won with a countback of 19 had he not called a dubious “double hit”
on himself, that his playing partners had not heard or noticed! Whilst the
course was in great condition, it was disappointing that bad
“marshalling” caused a slow 5hr round because two Korean 4 balls playing
ahead off the tips were fairly inept and would have been better playing off
the whites or even reds!
In the 2s competition, Frank Hughes & Barry Winton
shared the division 1 pool, whilst no 2’s were recorded in division 2.
Prior to the presentation, Richard Livingston, welcomed back Keith Watson
and Mark Campbell.
Friday July 15
1st Mark Campbell, 40 pts
2nd Roy Thornton, 39 pts
3rd Graham Davis, 38 pts
A welcome return to the beautiful riverside course, but a
day when everybody was glad to return safely to Pattaya. The early starters
found conditions very humid at first, with not a breath of wind and the
mosquitoes hungry! But after just a few holes, conditions changed in seconds
as a severe storm hit the course, play was suspended for over an hour as
heavy rain lashed the course and lightening bolts scared the pants off
golfers and caddies alike. Roy Thornton told how his club was knocked out of
his hand and Barry Winton threw his putter to the ground on the 5th green as
one particularly close “bolt” hit nearby. He and Brian Kelly then made
an undignified dash to the starters hut, soon to be joined by the last 4
ball who had just tee’d off. As the storm abated an hour later, Barry
& Brian retired for lunch, an early bath and surprisingly a green fee
refund, generously offered by the manager. Thank you Royal Lakeside!
The remaining players continued their round in hot and
steamy conditions as the course dried out. Man of the day was “reformed
golfer” Mark Campbell, now described by his fellow players as the perfect
gentleman! Despite his scary moment, Roy came home with 39 points and
Graham, shooting an amazing 35 gross on the front 9, just edged out
“Dabber” to complete the podium placings. Still, Mike Dabanovich had
some consolation as he shared the 2s pool in division 1 with Bob Lindborg,
whilst the rollover in division 2 remained unclaimed! After a long slow
journey back to Pattaya (who chose to go to Chonburi on a Friday?) Richard
Livingston welcomed back Moe Deverdenne and John Squitero before the
unusually late presentation.
IPGC golf with
The Caddy Shack
Tuesday July 12 saw the golfers travel the short distance
to the immaculate Phoenix Golf club for a medal competition on the Mountain
and Ocean courses. The weather was perfect and made for good scores. Another
large field was split into two divisions with the cut at 18 and under.
Division 2 had Clark Alexander in third spot with net 73 trailing, Rob Heath
on level par 72 but the round of the day saw Les Hall scoring a net 68.
week’s Caddy Shack star player, Les Hall.
In division 1 Ben Findon 3rd with 74, Brian Jacks second
with 72 but topping the order once again was Mark Joshua with 1 under par
71. There was only one two posted by Gordie to take the pot on his own the
bananas were awarded to Rob Heath and Mr Loy for reasons that should not be
published in this report.
Thursday July 14 was a favourite day out at Ban Chang for
a stableford competition, with a much reduced field because a large group
went to one of the local Islands for a couple of days, there was only one
division. Everybody agreed that it was the hottest conditions they had
played under and everyone were exhausted after 18 holes. Only three players
managed to keep cool and recorded reasonable scores. Ben Findon with 33
points, Mike Allidi 34 and Mr Loy 36 who was still obviously still drunk
from the night before the rest of the field wished they had also gone to the
Islands with the others to keep cool. The two’s were won by Les Hall
rounding of a perfect week for him. The bananas were once again awarded to
Rob Heath for his miserable 23 points. The Free Sunday lunches were won by
Clark Alexander and David Lightfoot.
Why not come and have a whack with the Caddy Shack every
Tuesday & Thursday, transport is arranged departing at 11 a.m.
This coming week the Caddy Shack plays at Noble Place on
Tuesday July 26 and at Phoenix on Thursday July 28 with a two man scramble.
The Caddy Shack is situated on soi 17 south Pattaya on the same road as
the Harley Bar.
A family affair at Green Valley
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
The Pattaya Golf Society from the OK Corral chose Green Valley as the
venue for its weekly medal event on Tuesday, July 12, and found the
course in reasonable condition under heavy skies. A warm welcome awaited
the group, as usual, and the day was to throw up a few surprises. In the
absence of current ‘Player of the Month’ John Cunningham, the other
aspirants strived to gain an advantage in the stakes and Brian Wilkinson
and John Healy’s gross 42 and 43 respectively on the first nine
pointed to a par round but elsewhere in the field the husband-and-wife
pairing of Fred and Toy Theobald were setting our their stalls as well.
Toy and John Healy both eventually posted scores of net 75 for a share
of second place. “Right!” said Fred and he went one better posting
an excellent net 74 to take the day. John Healy’s fine birdie on the
thirteenth was almost a hole-in-one and he proudly accepted the birdie
bonus later in the evening. There were many candidates for the Booby
Bevy prize, including latecomer Doug Maiko, whose arrival in Soi
Rungland caused the whole field to be redrawn, and Brian Wilkinson, for
whom a ten was the ultimate embarrassment. It fell however to Michael
Sim whose back nine start including three eights in five holes,
contributed to the day’s highest score. It had indeed been a fine day.
John Healy Fires Forty at Phoenix
Phoenix Golf & Country Club played host to the
Pattaya Golf Society on “Bastille Day”, Thursday, July 14, as the
group played their weekly stableford event there under laden skies and
in very still and humid conditions. For many of the competitors the
Mountain and Ocean nines were set at their finest with exquisite
fairways and consistent, fairly paced greens and the scene was set for
some good scores. Ken Graham, feeling a little under par, shot an
excellent 36 points, but missed out on the podium as his efforts were
usurped by those of Len Jones and Tom McCarthy. The two, teachers in
another life, set the standard with fine scores of 38 points to share
the second place, but were taught a lesson by the old master, John
Healy, whose round of 40 points contained ten pars and an excellent
birdie. All three principals were to recall the part played in their
golf education by resident PGA teaching professional Richard Livingston
and he later allowed himself a chuckle at the success of his students.
Ken Graham and John Healy, playing in the same fourball, both birdied
the Ocean seventh and shared the twos pot whilst John Cunningham, soon
to return to Scotland, took consolation with the Booby Bevy for grabbing
defeat from the jaws of victory as he picked up only five points on the
last four holes. On the day Phoenix was a wonderful host and all enjoyed
the friendship of a good day’s golf.
Milner’s marauders from medal to moolah
IPGC Golf From Lewiinski’s
Sunday July 10, Green
White Tees, Monthly Medal
1st A Flight: Brian Wilkinson, net 69
2nd A Flight: Jim Munns, net 70
3rd A Flight: Colin Davis, net 70
1st B Flight: Bruce Milner, net 66
2nd B Flight: Mike Seely, net 68
3rd B Flight: Brian LeBatt, net 69
1st C Flight: Alec Hoare, net 69
2nd C Flight: Sid Ottaway, net 70
3rd C Flight: Mike Craighead, net 70
Near Pin: #5 Jeff Buehler; #8 Peter Barathy; #13 Mike Allidi; #16 John
The most vaunted trio in golf, monikered the Great
Triumverate, whose accomplishments bracketed the late 1800s and early 1900s,
was Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor and James Braid. They dominated golf, which
was, as it was this last weekend, centered in the British Isles. Between
them, they won 15 Open’s between 1894 and 1922. No less esteemed is the
Mak Mak Triumverate of: The Headmaster, the somnolant Capt. Fogg and the
Scribe who share the July 10 as their birthday. The first two were the
gracious hosts of the four near pins on Monthly Medal Sunday, and the third
was just the guy who would write about it. So happy birthday and thanks to
the two of them and to hell with the cheapskate.
The day belonged to the leader, and the man who lent his
name to the merry band of Maruaders from downunder, Bruce Milner. Bruce
secured the emblematic tankard and a spot in the year end Gold Medal Comp
with a two stroke victory over the field, given his fine gross 82, net 66
gem. Bruce also, naturally was a Flight winner, in this case the mid-B
flight, and was followed in by second place in B and overall Mike Seely and
Brian “Blue” LeBatt.
“A” Flight was a casting director’s delight with
the gold leaving in the hands of Brian “Wireless” Wilkinson, the silver
with Capt. Fogg and the bronze gripped by that Golum of Golfers, The Donkey.
The junior Flight was led by a guy who seems to cash
every week, Alec Hoare. Sid Ottaway fully committed to continuing his
downward handicap trend was second and third went to the only count back
winner of the day, Mike the Mechanic. Mike’s fortune was to the dismay of
the ever improving Loz Shaw.
Tuesday July 12, St.
or Green Valley, White Tees, Stableford
1st St. Andys Yellow Flight: Peter Barathy, 31 pts
1st St. Andys White A Flight: Nate Welchart, 39 pts
2nd St. Andys White A Flight: Jack Moseley, 38 pts
3rd St. Andys White A Flight: Mike Holmes, 35 pts
1st St. Andys White B Flight: Lawrence “Loz” Shaw, 33 pts
2nd St. Andys White B Flight: Chaten Patal, 33 pts
3rd St. Andys White A Flight: Bruce McAdam, 32 pts
1st Green Valley Flight: Phil Groves, 40 pts
2nd Green Valley Flight: Eddy Beilby, 38 pts
One shy of a handful of ‘golfonauts’ ventured where
no Society competition had gone before, that is, to the Yellow tees at
Desmond Muirhead’s St. Andrews 2000. Peter Barathy, armed with the most
handicap bullets of the quartet, took the day.
The St. Andy’s players who took on the traditional
white were ample enough to support two Flights, with three places in each.
The premium White Flight justified its name, starting with their leader, as
Nate “The Skate” Welchert celebrated a return to his beloved Pattaya
with a prodigious 39 points. Second went to the 38 points of the champion of
the Richard’s Birthday bash, Jack Moseley, and third to the 35 points and
favorable count back of another one of them there Milner Marauders, Mike
Holmes. Richard “Khun Pizza” Garland was the gracious competitor who
yielded in that count back.
The junior Flight was a bit less dramatic, but the loot
was just as spendable. Just ask Loz Shaw who copped the top rung! Chaten
Patel and another MM mate, Bruce McAdams kept Loz company on the podium.
If the above three ring circus of multiple teed flights
was not enough, the ol’ Golf Manager threw in another course, stepchild
Green Valley. Big hittin’ Phil Groves emasculated the tough weekday
version of this joint collaborative design effort of Peter Thompson (five
Open titles) and Niran Phimwong (low gross in Stan’s Birthday Bash). Eddy
Beilby gave every man hope as he strode of the podium to take up a stance on
the second step.
Wednesday July 13, Pattana
Calypso & Brookei, White Tees, Stableford
1st John Merrick, 37 pts
2nd Bill Collis, 36 pts
3rd Brian Wilkinson, 35 pts
The field is always a bit more modest on the second day
of the Society’s weekly back-to-back features and this Wednesday was no
exception. Former Aussie pro and current Marauder John Merrick led the field
with a tidy 37 points. Bill “that is not the reason I smell like fish”
Collis came second with a level to handicap showing. “Wireless” snagged
the last loot of the day.
Friday July 15, Phoenix
Blue or White Tees, Stroke/Medal
1st Blue Flight: Jeff Buehler, net 72
2nd Blue Flight: Bill Collis, net 74
3rd Blue Flight: Joe Mooneyham, net 74
1st White Flight: John Merrick, net 71
2nd White Flight: Bruce Milner, net 73
With Friday traffic threatening, it was off to nearby
Phoenix. The ever-improving track was embellished by a large percentage of
the field as they chose to step back to the Blue Tees. Big Jeff Buehler, who
along with Nate Welchert, Sully Sullivan, Rick “here is a condom, just
in” Casso and R2D2 Randy, was concluding this rotation through Pattaya,
took the bombers. The Fish duplicated his position of Wednesday and Joe
“I’m just back in the” Mooneyham swept up the remaining long ball
loot. The White Flight was a walkabout for another couple of Marauders with
John Merrick and Bruce McAdam, the second in command of the lot, pocketing
all there was to pocket.
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
On Monday, July 11th, we had a good turnout with many
of the regulars missing. Doug Douglas who has been absent for a while showed
up and rolled over the rest of the golfers as he shot the best game of his
life. Doug came in with 45 points and managed to beat the field by 4 shots.
He had his “A” game going and couldn’t miss. His drives and putting
put the rest of the field out of sight. Good shooting Doug!
Doug Douglas (right) and Bag Holder Rollie Weese (left). In center is Jim
Tully obviously disappointed he didn’t get to hold the bag!
Far back in second was Tony Oaks. Tony came in with a
great score of 41 points but could not catch up with the leader. It seems
that Tony has been unlucky a number of times. Every time he gets a good
score some one comes in with a scorcher. Okay Mr. Handicap, get your axe
out. Bill Gibson and Paul Kinner both came in with 39 points - 6 back of the
leader. Again good scores, but not good enough for the day.
After leaving the cellar for a few weeks, Rollie Weese again got his feet
tied up and tripped back into the cellar. It was a close call as his playing
partner, Tully, tripped in with 22 points and fell short of the cellar door.
It has been a battle for the bottom spot as the geriatrics get their group
up every Monday. I wish that I can survive at their age, let alone play
golf. Good going guys! It is always a pleasure to see these guys show up at
A little ray of sunshine
Fishing from Tropical Bert’s
Early on Sunday morning the intrepid
anglers met at Bang Saray to spend a day out on the Dolphin with Captain
There is always a tingle of anticipation as the boat
starts to chug out from the harbour, and the Captain decides where the fish
are going to be hiding today. The day promised blue skies and gentle seas,
the views were glorious.
mother, all my own!
A gentle run out to the fishing grounds saw the anglers
do what anglers do, tell tall tales, whilst Rodney’s lady, Janet, took the
chance to catch up on some shut eye. Hard work being on holiday.
Out at the grounds, as the captain baited up the heavy
duty rods, Ron and Rodney participated in a ‘cold one’, and waited for
the reels to run. Fortunately they did.
There is always anticipation as you wait, but when the
reel starts to scream it intensifies as you wonder what is on the other end.
On this occasion it was a sand shark, good on the barby,
then shortly after a queen fish, which is even tastier. Then a long wait and
a change of location, until the reels really screamed, and as the fish went
directly under the boat the lines snapped. Another fine pompano missed.
Time passed, peace descended and the afternoon passed in
blissful, rocking, silence, the eyes drooped, all was well with the world.
In the midst of all this the reel screamed, everyone snapped out of
slumberland, and the fight was on with a worthy opponent. Bringing in a ray,
especially a large one, is akin to fighting a live wet bag of cement, hard
work. However after a 30 minute fight the fish was landed, a 20kg, or so,
As the sun set and we headed back, the sea calm and in near perfect
conditions we drank the last cold beers at the end of a fine day. T.T.F.N.
Mike Wings at Crystal Bay
PSC golf off the Grapevine
No, it’s not a misprint. Mike Wing
played out of his skin to shoot a net 65 at Crystal Bay B & C to win the
Grapevine Tankard, a monthly stroke event. In the A flight, Vincent Smyth
played some steady golf to shoot a net 70 to win the A flight. Other good
scores were carded by Takeshi, Al Sodhi, & Mike G. The technical prizes
were shared amongst Vincent (2), Mike, Roy, Takeshi, Berry, Al, Jeff, &
Wing, Grapevine Tankard winner with a net 65!
All in all, the course played very well with true greens and plenty of
grass on the fairways. This is a great venue for our monthly tournament and
endorsed by all who played. Visitors Ada and Patrick were made welcome by
the group and are already planning their next visit. If you are looking for
a game on a Thursday, come on down to the Grapevine, Soi Regent Marina (off
Beach Rd.) and sign up. A good day is assured. Cheers and good golfing. JW
Hartleys in command with five clubs
Paul and Martin Hartley recorded a gross 73 in
Jameson’s (JIGS) Five Clubs Pairs Scramble at Pattaya Country Club on
Wednesday July 13. Their 9 stroke team handicap produced a net 64 and good
enough to win, with John Larder and Andy Murphy not far behind with a net
(left) and Martin Hartley (right), the winners on JIGS day out at Pattaya
Country Club, Wednesday July 13.
It was a funny day. Torrential early morning rain
deterred four players from making the journey to Pattaya Country, for fear
of a four hour soaking. Two players teed off at dawn, and the remaining
fourteen stalwarts observed the booked time from 9.30 and enjoyed ideal
golfing weather for the whole round. Admittedly it was cloudy and grey, with
the occasional rumble of thunder in the distance, a cooling light wind but
not a drop of rain. Pattaya Country Club, the caddy master told me, sits in
a pocket that usually misses much of the rain in the area.
The technical prizes were claimed by ‘early bird’
Terry Schofield nearest the pin on #7. Alan Bishop nearest on #12, and long
putts by Paul Hartley and Ed Trayling on #9 and #18 respectively.
It was the popular Curry Night’ back at Jameson’s, a
brief prize-giving ceremony and a warm welcome to newcomer, and winner,
July 27 is the next ‘JIGS’ outing, this time to Eastern Star Country
Club & Resort for a Stableford Pairs Better Ball competition. Sign-up at
Jameson’s for that.
Not so tough at the top!
Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League
With five of the top six being drawn at home against the
lower ranks, week 15 of the Jomtien League went mostly according to script.
Twilight Zone journeyed down to the far end of Soi Welcome
but failed to build on their surprise victory last week, going down 7-2 to
San Snack Bar. San Snack Bar maintained their three match advantage at the
top of the table with the points already on the board before the supper
and their visitors from Woaw’s Pub line up before their match. Woaw’s won
Country Club sent visitors Bolaget home nursing another
5-4 loss. The visitors were looking good with the early 3-1 lead but two
singles and two doubles later Country Club had the match secured. The final
doubles went the way of Bolaget as some compensation. Once again Country Club
will thank Hide-A-Way’s victors - this time for helping them to sole
custody of second place in the standings.
At Rose & Thistle the singles were shared but visitors
Hide-A-Way were unable even to steal a doubles game. Rose & Thistle’s
6-3 successes maintain their share of third rung on the ladder, although a
long way back on game difference.
In the only away win of the night Woaw’s Pub, visiting
Moonshine, also had the match wrapped up before the supper break - a couple
of doubles to Moonshine made the final score 6-3 and restored a measure of
respectability as deserved by their general standard of play.
Meanwhile, Lucky Bar welcomed Paweena’s to Soi Welcome
but dispatched their visitors 6-3 for Lucky’s third win in a row; and
Simple Simon, at home in Soi 5, took the points from S & N Palace with
the same score and hold on to their share of third place.
Next week, the top two are expected to see off their challengers but third
spot will be sorted out when Hide-A-Way hosts Simple Simon.
Soi 6 Quiz League
Wednesday Quiz League
Mickey Mouse Darts League
Standings round 17
No Darts will be played on July 22. Round 18 to be played
There will be a bar owners meeting at the Rising Sun Bar at 5 p.m .on July
29th. Any new bars wishing to join should attend that meeting.
Stan of Devonshire 101 checkout to help win the match
against the Bunker
Corrected results from July 8 now included in league table. Cheers defeated
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar
Tuesday July 12
Amazingly Tuesday comes around every week, the only
reason I know this, living here, is because it is the only morning of the
week I do not have to cook my own breakfast, it being free, and fine, at
Ray Spence and Roy Pimblett with Bert’s staff.
On this day, with Bob and Max being in their home visit
time, I had to be in early to make sure all knew where and when to play.
Call me a disorganiser, we are good at that.
All fed and watered, it was ‘down’ Sukhumvit, to the
fine vista of Phoenix Golf Club. One good thing about this place is you
usually book and tee off on time, and this day we did.
The course was in its normal fine condition, less the
bunkers, which I comment on in another report, still this course continues
to improve and I am sure this is only a hiccup.
There must have been something good about the day, as
back at Bert’s as I did the presentations, nobody was in the shake-up with
less than 40 points, and Jeff Wylie, who shot a gross 72, lost his flight by
six shots, as Ray Spence beat him by 6 clear shot. Painful what! In the
higher group, also good scores and fine golf.
Bert’s treat for the night was roast chicken and chips,
washed down with some cold beer, a fine and fitting end to a good day.
Divison 1 (0 to 19): Winner Ray Spence; Runner up Geoff
Division 2 (20 and above): Winner Roy Pimblett, Runner Up
Near Pins: Jeff Wylie, Frank Pilkington, Derek Brook,
Steve Hamstad, Ada Tse, Roy Pimblett (2), Andy Evans.
Long Putts: Jeff Wylie, Bill Knight
Three tied for first and three tied
for second place after week five
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
bowlers - Tue, Udom, La, Leo, Kran and Christian.
After week five we have three teams tied for first, three
tied for second and two tied for third place. Friends moved into a tie for first
after taking all four points from Mai’s Thai Restaurant. House of the Golden
Coin won three points from Cafe Ole and Three Sisters beat Grape Vine taking
three in that match. Jack & Tar took three points from Domicil and VFW Post
9876 won three from Brother D. Cafe Kronborg and Shenanigans bowled to a two-two
Best bowlers of the day:
Tue, VFW Post 9876: 163, 222, 203 games - 588 series
Leo, Brother D: 184, 200, 188 games - 572 series
La, Three Sisters: 220 game - 548 series
Udom, House of the Golden Coin - 212 game - 531 series
Kran, Cafe Kronborg: 203 game - 524 series
Truevo, 517 series
Ooy, Cafe Ole: 514 series
Konrad, Brother D: 500 series
Wash out at Siam
PSC golf with The Bunker
Royal Lakeside Golf Course
As usual Royal Lakeside was in pristine condition for the
Bunker Boys on Monday. Paul Smith returned to from to win this medal play
competition with a net 66. Second came Geoff Parker with net 67 and third
was Roger Privett, net 69. Near the pins were Geoff Parker, Roger Privett,
J.J. Harney and David Lightfoot.
Turner (left) and Tony Shepherd (right) enjoying themselves on a nice golf
Century Ban Chang -
Wednesday, July 13
Overcast and cool was the weather for the Bunker Boys on
Wednesday, the course was in good condition for the stableford competition.
In group “A” Geoff Parker shot 41 points to win by three shots from
Roger Privett with 38 points. In third place was Granville Swanton with 37
points. In group “B” Tony Shepherd also shot 41 points to win this
division. Second was Sonny Ruth Sip with 34 points and third were Fred
Griffin and Bryan Rought both with 32 points. Near the pins were won by
Eddie Martin, Mick Ramshaw, Tony Shepherd and Mitch Malone.
Siam Country Club - Friday
It started off to be a great day, but by the 7th hole the
rains came and the course became unplayable. This was the first rain out of
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.
The Beautiful Game?:
Wenger rings the changes
There are times when it’s only right to tip your hat to
Arsene Wenger and salute everything he has achieved at Highbury in the last
decade, even if like me you’re not a fan. The Frenchman has taken the club
to unprecedented success, domestically at least, with some of the most
attractive football ever seen in the British game.
Aside from a succession of trophies, the transformation
of Thierry Henry from an unfancied winger at Juventus into a world-class
striker is perhaps the most obvious achievement of Monsieur Wenger, but
there are smaller, more subtle aspects of the manager’s reign that are
The prolonged careers and an added touch of class to the
games of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn were testament to a
whole new way of thinking. Wenger’s impact, with modern training regimes
and better dieting for footballers more used to bacon and eggs washed down
with super-strength lager, changed football forever. Let’s also not forget
the stunning unbeaten run of last year, during which Arsenal looked simply
Wenger has also shown a remarkable genius in the transfer
market. Selling Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars to Barcelona for tens of
millions was inspired, as the pair never played a decent season again, and
flogging the moody Nicolas Anelka to Real Madrid for over 20 million was
also smart business. But long after the headmasterly French manager says
‘Au Revoir’ to Highbury, or the somewhat less romantic-sounding Emirates
Stadium where his side are soon headed, his Arsenal legacy may be judged on
the astute purchase of a young, gangly midfielder deemed surplus to the
needs of AC Milan.
Patrick Vieira made his debut as an Arsenal substitute in
a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1996 replacing Ray Parlour, and the
rest is, and forever will be, history.
Vieira has been the lynchpin behind all that Wenger has
built in recent years, and at times seemed to almost single-handedly take
the fight to a rampant Manchester United side that looked like dominating
the game for decades to come. With both power and grace, Vieira symbolised
the combative yet stylish approach to the game that transformed ‘boring,
boring’ Arsenal into British football’s most attractive team. His
midfield battles with Roy Keane, in particular, will long be a part of
This week, though, Wenger and Arsenal accepted an offer
of 13.75 million pounds from Italian champions Juventus, ending the
recurring “will he, won’t he” rumours that surface every summer. After
his skipper’s last minute decision to stay at Highbury last year rather
than head to Madrid, Wenger has decided to begin reconstruction of his
midfield, starting this week. The love affair is over.
At Juventus, Vieira ironically links up with the same
Milan manager that let him go, Fabio Capello.
“Vieira is a very important player,” Capello said
after the announcement of the move. “At the heart of midfield, his
presence is felt not only for his technical value but for his physical
quality. Vieira brings something extra that new signings have to bring.”
Only time will tell if the decision to send Vieira back
to Serie A is the right one, yet there is no doubt that the sale is
something of a gamble. Sir Alex Ferguson’s faith in Roy Keane and
preference of his tired legs over a host of younger signings that were meant
to replace the Irishman shows that this particular breed of player can be
harder to replace than any other.
Arsenal fans are divided in their opinions. The majority
are in disbelief that their talisman has been sold, whilst another section
feel the France international’s best days are behind him.
Newcastle’s Jermain Jenas and Julio Baptista of Seville
are being touted as possible replacements. They won’t come cheap, though,
probably at an even higher price than Arsenal have received for arguably the
world’s finest defensive midfielder.
Madness? At Highbury they say, “Arsene knows”. It
might be time for him to demonstrate that he still does.
Shaun Wright Phillips is headed to Chelsea and will link
up with his new pals this week after a 21 million pound deal. Manchester
City will target Fulham’s Andy Cole or Spurs hitman Freddie Kanoute with a
portion of the funds, whilst handing the rest to the club’s long-suffering
Everton have sealed the signature of Mikel Arteta from
Real Sociedad, Igor Biscan has joined Panathanaikos from Liverpool on a free
transfer, and Danish international Niklas Jensen has joined Fulham from
Borussia Dortmund. Charlton have picked up Alexei Smertin from Chelsea and
Manchester United’s American left-back Jonathan Spector on loan deals.
Celtic, having lost Jackie McNamara and Joos Valgaeren in
the summer, are eyeing Chinese defender Du Wei. Finally on the continent
Danish star Jon Dahl Tomasson moves to Stuttgart after several years warming
AC Milan’s bench.
Where’s The Party?
Happy Birthday to the Pattaya Mail, celebrating its
twelfth birthday this week. Whilst the newspaper contemplates the tricky
teenage years and mood swings, this column is in its infancy and still
screams for its mummy every two hours.
Still, maybe a look back at football twelve years ago is
appropriate, but be warned that this might make you feel somewhat elderly.
Following the 1992/93 season an Eric Cantona inspired
Manchester United had picked up the first Premiership trophy, their first
championship in over 25 years, following Leeds who had taken the final
Division One title the previous season. Runners-up were Ron Atkinson’s
Aston Villa, whilst Mike Walker led Norwich City to a famous third place
finish and headed into a memorable UEFA Cup campaign the following year. A
young striker called Alan Shearer was also starting to hit the headlines at
Blackburn after a British record transfer from Southampton.
Arsenal and Chelsea? Nowhere in sight at tenth and
eleventh respectively. In fact the highest placed London side were Queens
Park Rangers, followed by Tottenham. Finishing in seventh place were
Sheffield Wednesday. How times change.
Newcastle United were promoted as champions of Division
One thanks largely to the infamous Beardsley/Cole partnership, whilst Fulham
finished mid-table in Division Two and this season’s Premiership new boys
Wigan were demoted to the Division Three. Martin O’Neill, still making his
name as a manager, had led Wycombe Wanderers into the Football League.
1992/93 was also a memorable season for Rangers, who completed a domestic
treble of all Scottish silverware. The Glasgow side beat Aberdeen in the
finals of both cup competitions and also relegated the unfortunate Dons to
runners-up in the league for good measure. Heartless.
Geoff Wylie scores 80 to win
the PSC half-century tournament
Pattaya Sports Club 50th Members Tournament
Regular Low Gross winner Jeff Wylie returned a gross 80 to
win the A Flight in this month’s Pattaya Sports Club 50th Members
Tournament. The milestone event too place at Eastern Star Golf Club on
Friday, July 15.
Wylie (left), low gross winner - Flight A.
Competition format was broken down into stroke play for A and
B Flights with the latter teeing off from the white tees. The C, D and Ladies’
flights took part in a Stableford competition.
Scores weren’t of their ‘normal’ calibre due to the
Eastern Star course presented in fine and challenging condition.
The day started with a book in, as normal under the ‘eagle
eye of Bernie Tuppin, where all players received a commemorative hand towel
marking the occasion.
As to be expected the course was in fine condition, with
little sign of this courses major problem, greens that are patchy. A fairly
stiff breeze, and a storm circling the area, lashing out with thunder and
lightning close by, unsettled the players; luckily it circled but passed by.
Play progressed well, with scorecards being handed into to Bernie for
Cronin, C Flight winner.
Preliminaries over, Chris John PSC golf chairman, thanked all
his helpers and sponsors on this special day. Alan Pearce got on with the Emcee
work to announce the winners of the 50th Pattaya Sports Club Tournament.
In the A Flight, players hit off the Blue Tees, the Gross
winner was Jeff Wylie with a Gross 80. Jeff is one of the better players and is
a regular Low Gross Winner. In the a Net category and the winner was Frank
Hughes with a net 76 on countback over Dennis Willet in Second, also net 76.
In the B Flight the format was similar, except they played
off the White Tees. The Gross winner was Derek Bell with a Gross 85. The net
winner was Gene Rooney, on countback over Perry McNeely, both with a net 75.
Jaroenwong, low net winner receives her prize from Chris John, PSC golf
So to the C Flight and back to Stableford format. The winner
was Colin Cronin with a fine 42 points, ahead of a countback for second on 38
points, won by Graeme Hisket with Alex Backlund in Third.
Ball, B Flight winner.
In the D Flight the winners were in descending order of 1
point. The Winner was Carl Baumann with 40 points, ahead of Hans Rehm in Second
with 39 points and Brian Rought in third with 38 points.
Now to the ladies: the Gross Winner was Ploy Thongpen with a
Gross 81 off 11 handicap, whilst the winner of the net was Saen Jaroenwong with
43 points and second was Alice Ramsey with 41 points.
Few comments can be made about the technical prizes, but on
the Long Drive I saw Dan Sell, off 36 handicap, hit a drive at least 100 yards
past the long drives of the A, B and C drives. It was so far ahead; it was
further than most people go on holiday. Suffice to say that after the wind being
against all day, it changed to strongly behind, but that is golf. T.T.F.N.
Hughes(left), men’s low net winner - Flight A
Winners A Flight Gross - Jeff Wylie; Low Net - Frank Hughes, Second
B Flight: Low Gross - Derek Ball; Low Net - Gene Rooney, Second Perry McNeely.
C Flight: Colin Cronin, Second Graeme Hiskett, And Third Alex Backlund
D Flight: Carl Baumann, Second Hans Rehm, And Third Brian Rought
L Flight: Low Gross - Ploy Thongpen; Low Net Saen Jaroenwong, Second Alice
Long Drives: #4 Matsumoto Masayuki, Ali Kirkwood, Skip Sparkman, Dan Sell,
Near Pins: #3 Dennis Willett, Derek Ball, Ploy Thongpen; #6
Bent Agerbo; #17 Frank Hughes, Ebrahim, Anita Lundberg; #13 Larry Ball, Darren
Long Putts: #9 Perry McNeely, Alan Gummer; #18 Ploy Thongpen, Jens Jorgenson
Thongpen, Ladies low gross winner steps up to the podium.
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
With this issue of the Pattaya Mail it starts it’s second
cycle. Twas 12 years ago when the ‘Mail’ first landed on the streets of this
beachside community with more of a whimper then a scream. There was an old
advert in America that proclaimed, “You’ve come a long way baby.” This
baby, the Pattaya Mail, has come a long way and is still moving forward. From a
minor pedestrian publication to the voice of the Eastern Seaboard. The Pattaya
Mail moves into the next cycle with a full head of steam. Like a fighter
that’s moving in for the kill the ‘Mail’ is the uncrowned champ and adding
honors with every issue.
Just recently I was given the designation as a “Valuable
Press Representative”. Kind of nice to be called something that doesn’t
include four letter words that when used as a child was usually followed by a
mouth full of soap. With my new found designation, “VPR”, I set out to find
out why WBC Champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam was not going to fight Jorge Arce when
he defended his WBC 112 pound title on July 30. That evening in Las Vegas the
main event is Christy Martin (45-3-2) against Lucia Rijker (17-0). This “Cat
Fight” has been years in the making coming at a time when both ladies’ are
on the downward side of the hill. “Yes they’re walking to music during the
Pongsaklek has been the WBC Champ since 2001 going 12-0 in
title defenses. Last March Jorge Arce in a WBC Flyweight title eliminator
stopped Hussein Hussein in 10. That was to give Arce the right to fight
Pongsaklek. What happened? “NFI!” First I emailed the promoter Top Rank, Bob
Arum, and was met with a wall of silence. Yes kind of like the old Maxwell
Smart, “Wall of Silence”. So much for being a “VPR”. Then I scoured the
boxing webs. Still no answer. So why no Pongsaklek and no title but a Jorge Arce
(39-3) against Angel Priolo (30-2)? I did know that Angel Priolo got KO’d by
Brian Viloria (15-0) so now fights for ...well something. Mystery solved. Kevin
Iole who ply’s his trade for the Las Vegas Review Journal came up with the
answer. “They (promoter, fighter, manager, wake me up before you Go-Go) could
never come to terms financially. He (Pongsaklek) wanted a boatload full of money
and given the girls fight is the main event and Arce is the Top Rank fighter, he
(Pongsaklek) was well down the list.” Nice move guys. No more whining about no
making big money. You had your shot and blew it. On the other hand as good as
Arce looked being the Champ he is a former champ. The up side is I’m still a
One “maybe” getting a title shot is Terdsak Jandaeng
(18-0), he’ll face former WBO Feather champ Joan Guzman (23-0) on August 26 on
the White Plains of New York, NY. Guzman gave up his title to move up to 126.
While not a “real” title shot it is an eliminator with the winner getting
Scott Harrison for the WBO Belt... or not. Both are second tier feathers in a
division dominated by those that “Sa Habla”.
Some of the local lads were busy with good results. #1
superfly Pramuansak “The Machine Gun” Phosuwan (28-0-1) took out the
Philipine Fly champ Federico Catubay (7-6) in 7 via a TKO. He also keeps his WBO
Asia Pacific superfly title for the 16th time and all the glory that goes with
it. If the name Kaichon Sor Vorapin (16-7) rings a bell it should. Kaichon is
“ the younger brother of current WBO bantam champ Ratanachai Sor Vorapin and
former IBF 105lb king Ratanapol Sor Vorapin,” He won a cut shortened contest
recently. The younger brother. The older brother is now promoted by Kokiet Group
Promotions. Who cares? Kokiet Group Promotions.
IBF #11 featherweight Fahsung 3K Battery (47-7-1) has come
back nicely from getting his clock cleaned by Manny Pacquaio last December. That
one lasted only four rounds. 3K captured the IBF Pan Pacific jr featherweight
title with a second stanza stoppage of Philipins Joel Escol (9-6). It was a
battle of southpaw’s in which 3K had more energy in the battery. 3K’s
promoter says, “he is in the right division. He can defeat many of the best
122 pound boxers in the world.” Easy for a promoter to say, he doesn’t get
hit. Thai National Bantam champ Kumarnthong Poh Pluemkamal (6-7-1) lost 7 of his
first 9 fights. When you start slow and then taper off many a faint heart would
toss in the towel. Not Pluemkamal. He traveled to Japan coming home with the
OPBF Crown after winning a majority decision over Jun Toriumi (23-5-1, 9
Now free of the onerous promoter who’s only interest was
himself, Manny Pacquiao will be winging his way to America to train for his next
fight against Mexican Hector Velazquez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
This fight is part of the double dipper that also features Erik Morales-Zahir
Raheem. The scenario has Pacquiao and Morales meeting on December 10 in Las
Vegas. “Line them up,” Pacquiao said. “I am not afraid to face anyone.
Bring them on.” With Pacquaio you have the feeling that he actually means it.
Boxing is about streaks both winning and losing. One began
and two came to an end last weekend. In England 18 year old Olympian Amir Khan
made his first professional fight a winning one with a second round stoppage of
David Bailey (3-4). It’s the first step of what British fight fans hope will
lead not only to a world title but stardom for the home grown hero. In Las Vegas
Former Champ Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough (27-5) suffered the first
stoppage of his career at the hands of WBC Super bantam champ Oscar Larios
(55-3). As in their first encounter McCullough started fast but eventually was
worn down by the bigger and stronger Larios. The fight was stopped upon the
advice of Ring Dr. Margaret Goodman after trainer Freddy Roach first said,
“Son I’m going to stop the fight.”
Bernard Hopkins was going for his 21st defense of his “Undisputed”
Middleweight crowns. Hopkins hadn’t tasted defeat when he failed in his first
attempt at the Middleweight title against Roy Jones jr. That was back in 1993.
On a sweltering evening in Las Vegas Hopkins was facing US Olympian Jermain
Taylor. The classic tale of the older champion forced to fight off the younger
pretender. Taylor started off fast and held on to win a “questionable” split
decision. Question in that the Square Ring had is 116-113 for Taylor. Two of the
three judges also had it in favor of Tailor 115-113. On judge had it 116-112 for
Hopkins. He must have stayed too long in the beverage lounge. Think I’ll join
‘Tie me kangaroo down’
PH3 - Run 1114
The Aussie run, it was clear that a lot of planning and
effort was put into the run with lots of extra treats thrown in. I am sure I
speak for the majority of Hashers that it was all much appreciated, a big
thanks to the hares. A good a-site was chosen, not too far out with scenic
views across the lake and the usual array of vicious insects attacking
everyone. The GM, Flying Frog, called the circle and proceeded to christen
the new shoes followed by the hares on in to explain the run. Golden
wallabies are cached for collection, take only 1 and the run starts here,
our hares informed us. Some guys with inside information head off and soon
we hit paper. The run had plenty of checks and false trails to keep everyone
together and good running for the FRBs including Spag Head, Seaman Stains
and Miserable C. to blast off at breakneck speed. The first runners were
back after 30 minutes with the remainder following fairly close behind.
On returning to the A-site, there were tasty sausages on
the ‘barbie’ and everyone is in good spirits. The GM called a circle and
the hares proceeded to do some sort of aboriginal booze dance while playing
didgeridoo, boomerangs, sticks and a swinging rope thing then taking their
seat on the ice, were joined by a late comer whose disrespecting arse felt
the chill of the bucket. A good run was declared by all and the Hares
explained that their authentic hand carved and hand painted Australian
instruments are going to be auctioned in aid of Care for Kids. There was
frantic and slightly confused bidding to follow with an outcome of 19,000
baht going to KY Kev. Jai dee maak maaak. The collectors of the golden
wallabies, myself included were called in to claim our special prize, which
was to have our buttocks chilled.
Jailbait on in to conduct the raffle where there are
extra prizes provided by the hares. Fini the Faggot won 2 prizes and is iced
for his good fortune while his Virgin Jason, gets cooled off in the bucket
for a false call. Uncle Fester after realising his prize contained a free
trip to the bucket, promptly discards it taking a t-shirt and was iced for
The best dressed Aussies were called in by KAM with Cl*t
Face winning, VV second, Rocky third and Ringworm and F. Dog as runners up,
all were rewarded for their efforts with t-shirts and inflatable animals.
Leavers were called in for a drink and P*ss Poorer took a
seat for being a lying leaver. Knob Marley was invited to test drive the new
“F’d up hat” for his efforts regarding last weeks events with the hot
dogs at TQ2, where along the line it was realised that he is actually a hero
but gets to drink anyway. Returnees were next in and Lord Lucan rides the
ice for being a lying returnee or was he just not listening?
The circle was handed over to bad RA Festering Streaker,
who first dealt with the hash shits and hash trash. Spag Head was rewarded
for wearing his insignia by losing it to Retard W*nker who received double
hash sh*t for not wearing his and is then ordered into the bucket for
drinking too slowly. Fini the Faggot was reprimanded for not wearing his
hash trash hat and his backside is bound for the bucket after it is
discovered there was an issue with a false call in the raffle. Jason gets
revenge on his sponsor. Lord Lucan was called in next after it was
discovered that he caused the mix up in the US grand prix by using their
tyres as new soles for his trainers. T4 was next due to his financial advice
to his teelac the previous week being of a thrifty nature in his favour.
A’s A-hole took a seat and was questioned over his whereabouts last
Thursday. He claimed to be in Taiwan and his rock solid alibi Lord Lucan
confirms this. A 1 minute silence followed with respect to those killed and
injured in last week’s spineless terrorist attack on London.
The GM took charge again and welcomed the virgins and
visitors to our hash followed by the anniversaries. All Aussies were called
in to chill their cheeks along with the Irish. Bazil was treated to a spell
in the bucket for being a lying Aussie, claiming to be born in UK. The hares
were promptly allowed to stand as they had a song for us and are duly
replaced by the Belgians, as it was Flemish day. The musical extravaganza
that followed was entitled “My poo ying wont come back” which went down
well with those seated as it was not too long.
The good RA Sir Chicken F. began his circle with a
disappointed Chicken Nugget getting his revenge on Apples Turnover, who had
promised to take him to see the new batman film but didn’t. 2 people with
less than 500 runs were caught sitting in the circle and promptly iced for
their crime and it was also discovered that they were French. They got off
lightly if you ask me. Bottomless Pit was called in for the heinous crime of
losing 3 bottles of beer whilst moving the beer truck. Fortunately it was
only tiger and not 2 crates as was originally thought so he got away with a
double down down. John and Angela were next to sit down as it was discovered
that they were about to get married. That is normally enough in itself for
some ice therapy but John had been caught down Walking Street that little
bit extra. Flipper was next in to thank her for cooking sausages.
The hares came back in to perform a rendition of the
crowd pleaser “What the **** is hash?” and remained in to finish off
with the hash hymn before we headed off back to the Scandi bar, where the
food was delicious as usual and those who came back were well behaved. An
excellent evening’s entertainment was had by all.