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Barnes and Quinn steal the show at Jomtien Beach
All go for the 2nd Raimon Land - Ocean Marina Regatta
Julian Dispatches the Medal Field
The Beautiful Game?
Brian makes winning comeback at Bangpra
Don and Dave share the spoils at Burapha
Too close to call at Bangpra
A ‘Black Country’ win at Bangpra
Yes, we have no Bananas?
19th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes: The juniors score the highest
Champion Nut claims the title
Pattaya All Thailand Table Tennis Championship 2006
King Power keeps Gold Cup
The Square Ring
Barnes and Quinn steal the show at Jomtien Beach
(Turn to page 59 for a full report onThe World Foot Volley League 2006)
Long standing fans of English Premiership football will have been delighted
last week to witness the appearance of ex-England and Ireland internationals
John Barnes and Niall Quinn at the UBC World Foot Volley League on Jomtien
The tournament took place over four days from 12 - 15
April, and one day prior to the kick off, the ex-Liverpool and Arsenal stars
took time out to conduct an impromptu soccer skills clinic for 30 local
school children. The kids, the majority of whom were probably too young to
remember John Barnes and Niall Quinn in their prime were none-the-less in
their element and thoroughly enjoyed the coaching sessions.
Barnes was complimentary about the interest in soccer in the kingdom and was
heard to comment: “Me and Niall feel impressed with the many Thai fans who
have turned out to watch.”
He also said after watching the Thai youth play football, that they played
just as well as youths around the world but lacked the opportunities to
improve their skills, unlike kids in Europe who have good development
Thailand entered five teams in the foot volley competition and manager Praut
Kamlangaek was confident of success - no doubt bolstered by thoughts that
foot volley shares many similarities with the Thai national pastime, Sepak
As things transpired however, it was the tournament favourites from Brazil,
Marcelo Freire De Lima and Odilon De Carvalho Supra who proved too strong
for their opponents and the Division One final at the Jomtien multi-purpose
arena saw them defeat the talented Spanish team 2-0 (18-9, 19-17)
In the Division Two final, the Dutch team overcame the Americans in a
closely contested match, the final score being 2-1, (18-14, 16-18, 15-13).
Pattaya Deputy Mayor, Mr. Wuttisak Rermkijakarn presented a 1st prize of
30,000 baht and a huge trophy to the Brazilian team and awards were given to
all the finalists. Consolation for the Thai teams came in the form of a
special award to Thanee Ruongsre of Thailand A, who was declared the most
spectacular player in the tournament.
All in all, the World Foot Volley League proved to be a major hit with both
the Thai fans and visiting tourists and credit for this must go in no small
part to the organizers and to those veteran athletes from the British Isles,
John Barnes and Niall Quinn who added a little bit of stardust to the whole
As a way of expressing gratitude for the Thai hospitality they enjoyed
throughout the week, the two, together with compatriot Nick, played in a VIP
challenge match prior to the final. And as if to prove the old adage that
form is temporary but class is permanent, Niall and John’s team beat the
Thai ‘All Stars’ 18-10. Pattaya will be very happy to welcome them back for
next year’s tournament.
John Barnes, front-left and
Niall Quinn, front-right celebrate with all the competing teams at the World
Foot Volley League, Jomtien Beach, April 15.
The victorious Brazilian team
of Marcelo Freire De Lima and Odilon De Carvalho Supra
A Thai youngster shows off his
ball skills to an admiring Niall Quinn
All go for the 2nd Raimon Land -
Ocean Marina Regatta
By Peter Cummins, Pattaya Mail
The Second Top of the Gulf Regatta is almost upon us. Scheduled over the
week of 3 - 7 May, it will be, undoubtedly, the biggest - and probably the
best yacht-racing event ever held in the Kingdom.
Buoyed up by last year’s successful inaugural regatta week, this year will
again be jointly sponsored by Raimon Land and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club
which will be the host club, as well as the site for the First Pattaya Boat
Show - Premier Living, which will be held at the Marina from 29 April until
the third of May.
According to the principal organizer, William J. Gasson, up to 200 craft
could be facing the starter’s signals, with all starts clearly visible from
the Ocean Marina foreshore. Many entries in the six or more classes expected
to participate, are coming from all over the Kingdom, as well as Singapore,
Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
With incorporation of the Thailand Optimist National Championships, there
could be upwards of 80 juniors (under-16-year-olds) competing and, with the
annual Princess Cup, supported by Princess Galyani, also being raced
concurrently, Gary Baguley has mustered almost 20 Platus, stored at the
Ocean Marina. This agile, challenging 8-metre keelboat was designed
specifically for Thai waters by arguably the world’s best naval architect,
Bruce Farr. In case you were interested, the Platu itself is a native
mackerel-type fish that predominantly inhabits the waters of the Western
But it is probably the junior sailors who are proving to be the most active
and, promising in all the fleets. Under the able direction of Dave
Littlejohn and Royal Varuna manager Khun James, there have been successive
training/sailing camps for upwards of 100 children at Royal Varuna during
the past few weeks, with the children coming from a number of the
international and French schools, here in Thailand and also in Cambodia.
Some of the other classes will include keelboats, ocean-going and
beach-launched catamarans, Lasers and a variety of mono-hulls.
The Pattaya Mail, the Pattaya Blatt and Pattaya Mail on TV are also
co-sponsoring this year’s regatta and the Mail will be featuring a special
supplement, to be published on 28 April. 2006.
Ocean cruisers, multi-hulls and Platus are available from
Gulf Charters (www.gulfchartersthailand.com); and the Yacht Pro Company
Lasers and beach-launched catamarans are available from the Royal Varuna
Yacht Club (tel. 038306290; fax. 038250115; e-mail.
For further information about the racing and social programmes, contact
David Bell (e-mail [email protected]; tel. +66 2 255 7890-2
The specially designed
Platus will be competing for the Coronation Cup.
The Optimists are expected to
form the largest fleet of all the classes of craft at this year’s TOTG
(Above and below) Thrills and
spills abound - racing with the Lasers
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday April 10,
2 Person Scramble - Stableford
1st Rick Holmes & Tim Williams, 46 points
2nd Al Rolnik & Randy Haupt, 43 points c/b 23
3rd Trevor Schirmer & B. J. Smith, 43 points c/b 21
4th Tony Barritt & Glynn Nicholas, 40
Mountain Shadow was not able to exact its usual punishment in a format that
lent itself to higher than normal scoring on one of the toughest courses in
the area, and with the greens playing fast and true and the chance to
rectify a wayward first time effort, the scores were all very creditable
considering all teams had to use at least seven tee shots from each member.
The pairing of Rick Holmes and Tim Williams proved to be too strong on the
day and ran out easy winners scoring an even 23 points on both nines and
return a gross 3 over to win by three strokes.
Al Rolnik and Randy Haupt took second place with a strong finish over the
back nine of 23 points to just squeeze out Trevor Schirmer and B.J. Smith on
count back as the latter pair only managed 21 on the back after a strong
Tony Barritt and Glynn Nicholas continued to show great promise in fourth
place with a very steady 20/20 round, which was enough to tie up the last
The twos competition was suspended for the day due to the format.
Wednesday April 12,
Treasure Hill, Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer, 37 points
2nd B.J. Smith, 32 points
3rd Dik Lenten, 30 points c/b 19
4th Mark Cooper, 30 points c/b 18
Although the trip up the 331 takes a little longer than to most of the other
courses that are generally played, it is well worth the effort with both
Noble place and Treasure Hill currently in such great condition, and at the
prices on offer, the value cannot be bettered by any other course in the
area. Wednesday proved no exception with The Haven’s visit to Treasure Hill,
the greens were fast and true with the fairways in tip top condition, and in
the fairway the ball just sits up waiting to be struck into the green.
Trevor Schirmer continued with his fine run of form to take the day’s
honours by five shots. The margin should have been even greater as he missed
another thirteen birdie putts which would have seen him at level par if they
had all dropped. But as my old mum used to say ‘if your Auntie Mabel had
cahonies, she would be your uncle’, which wasn’t the case in the event. But
what ‘could have been’ will be the stuff of legend to be retold time again
deep into the night, to the attentive beer bar acolytes in the region for
years to come.
B.J. also had another result and although the end score was not so
impressive, he still managed to secure second place by a couple of shots,
which could have been a lot better if he had not insisted, against it must
be said his caddy’s advice, on reading the greens himself.
Dik Lenten took third place ahead of a very tired Mark Cooper who had played
54 holes the day before and showed the effects of a misspent night in
preparation for the days trials.
This week’s report has been prepared by the head lunatic, he having been
left in charge due to the usual scribe, Brian Kelly, preparing for a heart
operation from which we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Due to the early press date this week, Friday’s competition will be added to
next weeks Pattaya Mail report.
Julian Dispatches the Medal Field
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday April 9,
Green Valley - White Tees, Monthly Medal
1st Julian Clarke, net 63 - Monthly Medal Winner
2nd Jim Wickstrom, net 72
3rd Brian Holden, net 73
1st Mark Bonner, net 69
2nd Ray Dell, net 69
3rd Jan Eriksen, net 70
1st Ian Grout, net 68
2nd Joop Medze, net 68
3rd Mike Shrosbree, net 69
1st Marlene Prudden, net 76
2nd Jez Lees, net 76
3rd Dave Schelling, net 78
NP’s: #2 Ian Halfpenny, #9 James Nolan, #12 Steve Mascari, #16 George
2’s: Julian Clarke, Steve Mascari, Gary Blackburne, Dave Tanner, Nick Payne,
James Nolan, Ian Halfpenny, George Jackson
Julian Clarke won with an even-to-SS 38 points last week, but even that had
been a bit of an aberration, given his foul play that saw his handicap go up
to 8. Ya can’t fault the guy, he hit the range every day and clearly worked
it out as his medalist gross 71 and Monthly Medal winning net 63 (by five
strokes) would bear witness. The Dispatch Rider’s net 63 was one off the all
time Monthly Medal low of 62 held by the near legends Spot the Dog and Bruce
the Mulligan. Last month’s winner, Dudley Dooright was second with a level
to handicap net 72, with the Demon Deacon counting back Wacko. No report on
the latter’s reaction.
B flight’s Ian Grout and Joop Medze were the proud owners of those second
best on the day 68’s, with Ian being the prouder as his distribution gave
him the top step in the second flight. Mike Shrosbree Esq. could due no
better that B Flight bronze despite a lovely net 69 effort.
The penultimate flight’s Mark Bonner and Ray Dell picked up where B Flight
left off as their joint 69’s were one clear of The Quiet One’s 70. Mark “I
got a” Bonner had the better of the “Farmer in the” Dell on count back.
There must have been an agreement in D Flight to jointly take the day off.
Albeit the winner, the ravishing Ms. Marlene, was the toast of the bar, as
she edged the Principal on count back. Dave Schelling swept up the last
schillings with his count back bronze over Charlie Sheppard.
Tuesday April 11,
Khao Kheow A & B - Yellow or White Tees, Stroke/Medal
A Flight Yellow
1st Troy Misiak, net 71
2nd Andy Leach, net 71
3rd Gary Blackburne, net 72
B Flight Yellow
1st Joop Medze, net 71
2nd Nat Heitmann, net 71
3rd Lek Gramatke, net 74
A Flight White
1st Mike Craighead, net 74
Near Pin: Yellows: #A3 Per Aschan, #B8 Ralf Heitmann
2’s: Yellows: Troy Misiak, Bobby Driggs, Dave Tanner, Loz Shaw, Mick
Off to the fantastic Dye layout at Khao Kheow, the difficulty of which
plagues the Society as a couple of our senior players, effective at all
other venues, prefer a day on the Whites. This always presents a bit of a
problem as the scant numbers make for a small purse. You could hear no
complaints from The Mechanic, however, as he took K4’s money.
Misiak of Troy (no relation to Helen) used a slightly more forgiving
handicap and a strong finish to count back Andy Leach, the day’s medalist
with a gross 76 off the Yellows. Nice Guy Gary filled out the premier flight
with a solid 78/72 offering.
Joop Medze, now a common utterance in these columns, held back a charming
duet of gals in the B Flight off the Yellow/Whites tees. Nat (not the
Nat[ural]) Heitmann lost a count back to Joop but was joined by her
sister-in-arms, Lek Gramatke to make the podium a better looking one than in
Wednesday April 12,
The Emerald - White Tees,
Two Person Better
1st John Emmerson & Andy Leach, 44 points
2nd Gary Blackburne & Dave Boran, 42 points
2’s: Kaesavane/Schackt, Sharp/Schelling
A modest field of twenty took on the under-repair Emerald course. The course
is to be applauded for biting the bullet and taking out all the old native
grass with an eye to planting an internationally recognized hybrid. With
gracious lift-clean-and-place rules in effect, courtesy of the Golf Manager,
the intrepid group set out. That was the last gratuitous thing the GM did as
he, teamed with the big hitting former cricketer, took the top spot on the
day. The Nice Guy and his good mate Dave Boran showed they had the right
chemistry for second place.
Friday April 14,
Crystal Bay B & C - White Tees,
1st Colin Davis, 39 points
2nd John Emmerson, 37 points
3rd Mark Bonner, 37 points
1st Joop Medze, 43 points
2nd Peter Barathy, 42 points
3rd Mike Craighead, 38 points
Near Pin: #C4 Mike Craighead
2’s: Colin Davis, Peter Hynard, Brian Wilkinson, Charles Sheppard
You have to love Thailand. A lost reservation provided the Society with only
seven contiguous tee times and two additional slots separated by an hour and
a half. Repeated checking with the capable Crystal Bay staff garnered no
relief. A big field suggested that the only answer was five balls. However,
a day of the competition phone call evidenced that five balls were not
allowed on holidays (Friday was part of the national observance of
Songkran). Rather than this spelling disaster it resulted in ten contiguous
tees times at the original start time. Go Figure. Amazing Thailand.
Once the administrative dust had cleared, it was the Joopster with his third
podium spot on the week (two firsts and a second, and that due to a losing
count back). That would have guaranteed him the title but for the Monthly
Medal rule. Joop’s 43 points made Peter Barathy a hard luck second with 42
points. The Mechanic, in his element off the Whites, took third with a solid
And who should be standing (on all fours) atop the A flight podium but The
Donkey! Oh no! His commendable 39 points was two clear of the balance of the
top flight. The GM edged “I got a” on count back, but wouldn’t you expect
it, he’s the boss.
Congratulations to Steve Johnson who was the winner of
our last quiz. Thank you to all who tried and better luck next time. In case
you were wondering about the answers, here they are:
1) Who won the Aussie Rules Grand Final in 2000?
2) Which two drivers drove for the McLaren Formula One team last year?
Answer: Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya
3) Which country won the 2005 Elephant Polo World Championship?
This weeks Questions are:
1) In football, who has got more caps for England than anyone
2) Which country won the men’s Basketball World Championships in 2002?
3) Who has the longest football managerial reign in the history of English
football with one club?
The Beautiful Game?: Bergkamp sets up thrilling finale
A Highbury stadium awash not with the traditional red but with the
orange of Holland greeted Arsenal onto the pitch last Saturday in a
tribute to Dennis Bergkamp, the silky, non-flying Dutchman who has
spearheaded the Gunners’ success over the last decade.
Alexander Hleb opened the scoring for Arsenal just before half-time with
a clinically taken goal, but Nigel Quashie managed to capitalise on an
Emmanuel Eboue mistake to level for visitors West Bromwich Albion after
72 minutes. With both the game and Arsenal’s Premiership season in the
balance, how fitting it should be for Bergkamp to celebrate the day by
coming on to set up Robert Pires for a goal and then finish the Baggies
off with a curling strike.
His manager Arsene Wenger said: “He never loses the class and after 10
fantastic years he proves that he can still play. It would have been sad
not to have brought him on and I felt we were looking for his quality to
create the opportunities we needed at the end. We showed a great
reaction at 1-1 and I’m pleased with the chances we made.”
Chances are what Arsenal will need to create over the coming week as
their season will be determined over two games. First up are Spurs at
Highbury, and for the first time in years the stakes are unbelievably
high in the North London derby. Tottenham’s season of resurgence sees
them on the verge of a Champions League place, but with the Gunners
breathing down their necks tomorrow’s match will be the ultimate test
for a young, resurgent Spurs side.
Even if the Lilywhites do manage to scrape the points and cement fourth
place in the Premiership, Arsenal will still have the chance to spoil
their claims for a Champions League place. Unlike this season when UEFA
allowed Liverpool to defend their title and fourth-placed Everton to
also play in the competition, the rules have been amended and next year
no country will be allowed to field more than four teams.
Again there are two arch-rivals battling over the coveted fourth
position, but this time around Arsenal’s victory in the European Cup
will spell disaster for Spurs fans, even though those same supporters
would have gleefully taken the prospect of UEFA cup football at the
beginning of this season.
Villarreal is a town of under 50,000 people in between Barcelona and
Valencia on Spain’s Costa Blanca, but it’s the ‘Yellow Submarines’ that
stand between the Gunners and a historical place in the final of
Europe’s premier competition on Wednesday night (early Thursday
Pattaya). There are just two hotels in the town and under a dozen taxis,
but the club funded by ceramics millionaire Fernando Roig stand on the
verge of one of football’s most unbelievable stories.
If Arsenal manage to overcome the Spaniards in the week they will meet
either AC Milan or Barcelona in Paris next month for the final. It’s a
short hop across the channel for Dennis Bergkamp either by ferry or
train, and where on earth could provide the setting for a more romantic
conclusion to his final season in the Arsenal shirt? But first up come
Tottenham tomorrow, and should the Gunners fail to win both this game
and the Champions League it could spell the unthinkable - Champions
League football at White Hart Lane next year but not at Arsenal. To say
it’s a big week for Wenger and his men would be a massive
Blades are back
It’s been 12 long years, but Sheffield United have finally
found their way back into the Premiership after nearest challengers
Leeds United could only manage a draw with champions Reading on
Though promotion always looked on the cards this year, mathematical
certainty came as a relief to Blades manager Neil Warnock, who now finds
himself in a position to recount the bleaker times at Bramall Lane.
“I look back to when I started and I never thought in my wildest dreams
we could ever get to the Premier League. We were so much in debt,
clearing dog muck off the training ground before we started training, no
academy, no policies, no forward thoughts.
“Now, if I were you, I’d buy some shares tomorrow because it’s one of
the most progressive clubs - if not the most progressive club - in
England at the moment. When you look at the clubs below us with their
wage bill and things, I don’t think people realise what a fantastic
achievement it is. There’s a lot of big-name clubs below us who would
absolutely die to swap places with us and we’ve earned our right to be
Accrington Stanley? Who are they?
Another story of promotion success now, but at an altogether
different level of football. Accrington Stanley, one of the founding
members of the football league, have spent 44 years in the abyss after
resigning from the League due to financial difficulties in 1962. They
carried on life in the depths of non-league football, but next year will
see a return as they were promoted to League Two last weekend.
The club were ridiculed in the 1980’s in a milk advert featuring Ian
Rush. The Liverpool legend tells a young boy that if he doesn’t drink
his milk he’d only ever be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley.
“Who are they?” replies the boy’s friend. “Exactly,” says the boy,
guzzling his milk.
But the jokes are on ice as the club have battled through the divisions
and were promoted over the weekend from the Conference into the Football
Supporters’ club spokesman Steve Baker said: “Promotion to the Football
League is everything we have worked for since the supporters club was
formed in 1968. There is a lot of affection for the club worldwide.
Perhaps we are seen as the plucky underdog.
“But we do not have strong local support. We do not have big
attendances, certainly not when you consider what we have achieved in
the last seven years. I think there has been a degree of scepticism in
Accrington - people do remember 1962 and are still hurt by it. But now
we are back in the league, I believe local membership will increase
The answer to last week’s question - if you remember I asked which
outfield player became the first to appear at 40 years old in the
Premiership before Teddy Sheringham - was Celtic manager Gordon
Strachan. See you next week.
Brian makes winning
comeback at Bangpra
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, April 10, Bangpra - Stableford
Monday’s outing saw the ‘Bunker Boy’s’ play a Stableford competition at
Bang Pra International Golf Club. Even in the searing heat there were
some very good scores returned with 41 points winning both the A and B
In the A Flight, with the cut at 16 and under, Geordie Hudson and Mitch
Malone tied for third place with 35 points; PJ Redmond was second with
37 points and Scotsman Donald Hendry grabbed first place with 41 points.
In the B Flight, Swede Hakan Widestedt was third with 38 points;
Irishman Frank Kelly was second with 40 points but they couldn’t stop
Brian Wilkins, returning to the golfing fold after a long absence, from
winning with 41 points.
Mitch Malone and Frank Kelly both received a near pin prize with Geordie
Hudson nabbing the other two.
Wednesday, April 12, Phoenix Golf and Country Club -
On another scorching hot day, Phoenix was chosen as the venue
for a Medal competition. The cut was again 16 and under and we had a tie
in the A Flight between Charlie (I’m gonna stop playing golf because I’m
useless) Gooch and scratch golfer Keith Smithson; both sharing the
spoils with one over par 73’s with Dave Harvey claiming third with a net
In the B Flight, Steve Davies was third with net 74 and Richard Baldotto
wiped the smile off Mick Ramshaw’s face, who had visions of grandeur
when he put his card in finishing with a three under par net 69 only to
see Richard better that by three strokes to take the honours with a
fabulous net 66.
The near pin prizes were shared around: Steve Davies, Bruce Lawrence,
Keith Smithson and Charlie Gooch all winning.
Friday, April 14, Treasure Hill - Stableford
The final outing of the week took us to Treasure Hill for a
Stableford competition. In the B Flight Richard Baldotto continued his
good form by winning with 36 points, ahead of Mick Ramshaw on 32 points.
The A flight didn’t do quite so well, Dave Harvey finishing runner-up to
Bob Pearce who scored 27 and 31 points respectively.
Near pins were won by Brian Bellis, Geoff Parker, Steve Davies and Mick
Don and Dave share the spoils at Burapha
PSC golf from Tropical Berts
Tuesday April 11, Burapha, Stableford
After an early morning visit to the Immigration Office, I finally caught up
with the troupe of golfers from Bert’s and off we went to Burapha. Of
course, on arriving there we had the normal chaos, but I must say that the
staff here are most helpful and before too long we were all milling around
the first tee. That is when I pulled seniority and told them I was in charge
and would go first off the white tees. The bruises will go away soon.
So off I went, first of 9 groups, on a hot day, on a course that was in fine
condition. The fairways were grassed, if a little firm, the greens were firm
and tricky, and the rough was deep and very hard to get out of. A fine
course and A & B has always been most people’s favourite.
After a hot day on the course, there is nothing like a cold shower, unless
it is sitting in the restaurant and sinking the first cold one of the day.
So, whilst sitting there and enjoying the atmosphere, it was no surprise to
see some good scores come in; and if you did not score 38 points you were
not in the shake up.
So to the results, and Tim announced the winner of the A Flight as Donald
Hendry, with Bob Pearce in second and Vincent Smyth in third.
In the B Div, the winner was David Swaine with Bob Short in second and Mike
Wing in third on count back over Derek George. With the presentation out of
the way, we could then get back to the serious business of sinking some more
Near Pin: Donald Hendry (2), Derek Brook, Don MacPherson, Jim Tannian, Mike
Halpin and Brendan Devlin
Long Put: Bob Pearce, Vincent Smyth, Maurice Kelly, Dick Warberg, Keith
Avery, Fred Duffy and Derek George
Too close to call at Bangpra
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Tuesday, April 11, the Pattaya Golf Society from the OK
Corral had the immense pleasure of revisiting the beautiful track at Bangpra
for its weekly medal event, on a hot and humid day and they found a
wonderfully prepared course. Ok, some of the greens were lightly dressed but
this did not detract from an excellent tournament. The field was cut at
twenty and under and an empty course allowed them to begin on time.
In division two Masashi Iizumi, playing his penultimate competition before
his imminent return to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, marked the day with a
fine net 77 to grab third place, two shots behind a resurgent Rob Dolan for
whom the pleasure of the day was merely being on the course. The flight
winner was the ebullient Anglo/Irish/Aussie Pat Murphy, whose hours of daily
practice bore fruit with a net 73 for a good victory in unspectacular style.
The top flight was a much tighter affair with Ben Findon, Bill Hewitt and
John Cunningham all posting scores of 76 for third place; the latter
shooting the day’s best gross of 84. There was nothing to separate the top
two golfers with Sam Fitzsimmons and Joe McArdle both hitting the magic par
figure with net 72.
Playing together, Pat Murphy and Len Jones shared the pleasure of the ‘twos’
pot with fine birdies on the second hole, Pat leaving his tee shot
tantalisingly short of the cup. The Booby Bevy found a suitable recipient in
Andy Haycox, normally very consistent, whose round was nothing short of
embarrassing. Congratulations to all winners and thanks to Bangpra for
another fine day’s golf with the PGS.
A ‘Black Country’ win at Bangpra
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday April 10, Bangpra - White Tees,
With the Admiral sailing away for his annual sabbatical a good turnout of
some 32 competitors teed it up at the popular Bangpra for the weekly
With last week’s competition being cancelled after nine holes for safety
reasons due to heavy lightning, better weather was hoped for this week by
the ‘stand in’ organizers and happily this turned out to be the case,
although the occasional rumble of distant thunder did cause a little
On the day the course was in good condition and although the greens were a
little slower than we have come to expect here, it played at its difficult
Certainly this was reflected in the scores as Peter Harris’s 33 points
turned out to be good enough to win the ‘B’ flight with Graham Mitchell
(32pts) in second place, Brian Noguer (30pts) in third and Kevin Dinan (29
pts) in fourth.
The ‘A’ flight scores where somewhat better however, and it was the amiable
‘Brummie’ Kevin Dunn taking first place with an excellent 38pts from
newcomer Dennis Bayley in second with a fine 37 points, closely followed by
Ted Morris just ‘nicking’ third place on a last hole count back from Rick
Evans in fourth; both carding a creditable 36points.
A good time was had by all and thankfully our leader will be sailing back in
plenty of time for the next challenge.
Near Pins: Bill Plath, Peter Harris, Lionel Rowles, Graham Mitchell
Yes, we have no Bananas?
IPGC golf with The Caddyshack
Tuesday April 11, Green Valley, Medal
The Green Valley golf course, in immaculate condition, was the venue for a
Medal competition with the cut being made at 15 and above. In Division Two,
John Grindvoldshot shot a net 79; Mr. ‘Loy’ returned a 77 but the winner was
Ian Grout with a net 73.
Division One saw Jack Grinvold at level par; Keith Smithson with a net 71
and topping the podium was Jan Eriksen with a 2 under par 70.
The ‘twos’ were shared between Jan & Al McGrory and the ‘Bananas’ were
awarded to Keith Smithson for his three bogies on the closing three holes,
which ultimately cost him victory in the premiere division.
Thursday April 13, The Emerald, Stableford
The start of Songkran saw the boys travel to The Emerald, Ban
Chang for a Stableford competition with the cut made at 16 and above.
Because of the condition of the fairways, ‘pick & place’ was the order of
In Division Two, Ian Grout and Clark Alexander tied for third place with 30
points each. David Cooper took second spot with 33 points but Andy Li
continued his fine recent form with a winning score of 36 points.
Division One had Keith Smithson in third with 35 points, Mike allidi second
with 36 points and Paul Lavender topping the lot with a fine 38-point
Jack Spencer won the ‘twos’ outright whilst the ‘Bananas’ were unable to
find a home as the cashier was delayed and wet: this being the first day of
the water throwing activities.
19th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes:
The juniors score the highest
by Peter Cummins
The last day of the just-finished Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
was, indeed, to coin an off-used phrase: ‘a day to remember”: If not for the
somewhat un-sensational cricket; rather than for the meteorological
conditions, with incredible storm clouds and winds swirling around the
compass. Finally a dust storm, reminiscent of the Gobi Desert, drove across
the cricket ground.
Lively action is always guaranteed at the Chiang Mai 6’s (photo/Peter Cummins)
Although the cricket ground and the pitch were in very good condition, the
severe floods in the last quarter of 2005 had turned the rest of the
Gymkhana ground into a dust bowl. But the games went on: of course they did.
This was, after all, cricket, was it not? And the beautiful old Chiengmai
Gymkhana Club turned 108 this year.
In the premier division, the Cup Final, the Bangladeshi cricketers, proved
their superiority to reach 92 for one loss, to demolish the British Ashwell
Crusaders (62/4) and remained the only unbeaten team in the 19th Cricket
In the Shield Final, for the handsome trophy sponsored by perennial
tournament Director, the indefatigable Maurice Bromley and his petite
hard-working wife, Renita, the Shanghai Dragons 86/1 beat the Awali
Then followed, in rapid succession, the Bowl Final won by the Marchweil
Outlaws (77/1) against the former champions the Lords Taverners (54/4); the
Plate Final (Almar 88/1 def. the Taranaki Taverners (84/1). In the Spoon
Final the Armadillos 59/0 just scraped in ahead of the Camel Bar Humps
of these juniors can bowl a mean ball (photo/Peter Cummins)
Elsewhere, the Chiang Mai Chassies (and were there ever some fine chassis,
there), continued their unbeaten run over the WW Dixie Belles in the Ladies
In the 7th Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cricket Cup, played in conjunction with
the “big people” on center field, the seven junior teams of the Chiang Mai
Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA), played in two divisions, Grade Five and
lower and Grade Six for the first time this year.
With incredibly dedicated support from Parn Poshyanonda (Chairman of CMSCA),
Peter Dawson, secretary, Eric Little coaching co-ordinator, amongst others,
the children were thriving. Baan Saimoon (Hang Dong) won the title, with
Chol Prathan Phataek (Doi Saket), Prince Royal’s College and Montford
College, second to fourth, respectively.
Jeen from PRC College not only played for the school team, she also played in the
Women’s Challenge game (photo/Eric Little)
In spite of (or, maybe, because of) this correspondent’s facetious remarks
at the start of this article, it was, nevertheless, a week of sparkling big
hitting and fast-moving cricket. Many tournament records were established
and many sixes belted so far out of the ground, that the ball seemed
destined for Bangkok.
We even had a scorer fall out of her chair, a metre or so above ground, to
add a little excitement. But, the medics and Barbara were over the ground
“at the double”. Even this lethargic photographer, ambled over, to try and
assist a “damsel in distress”.
Our own Pattaya teams, especially Kim Fletcher’s Jameson’s Dilettantes, gave
good accounts of their participation and will be back next year for the
The overall winners were the children and the inexorable march of junior
cricket in the Kingdom, with much generous financing coming from the Sixes’
teams. As loyal and consistent supporter, Geoff Thompson said it so well:
“The juniors are moving into international ranks, many joining this year’s
seniors and several had already competed in international age-related
One ardent supporter, who must remain anonymous, of course, even had his
hair dyed a passionate red, to raise funding for the juniors. All we can say
is “thanks a little - er, a lot - Eric.
There is something great about returning to the Chiang Mai Sixes, even for a
hopeless cricketer and, an even worse journalist - like myself: It is the
chance to see the familiar supporters like head umpire Tony Gough and his
team of most able men
Like John Bell, Barbara McHerron, Mike McCune who kept the web-site vibrant
world-wide and the numerous cricket recidivists.
See you all again next April.
Does anybody recognize that ‘fielder’? (photo/Peter
After the exhibition match, the boys and men leave
the field together (photo/Eric Little)
Who would not go to the Sixes, when you can have
these team guides? (photo/Peter Cummins)
Champion Nut claims the title
Ladies lawn bowls league
The Bowling Green - Pattaya saw the new ‘Ladies lawn bowling league’ come to
a close Friday April 7 with the two semi final play offs being contested by
Wanida and Jeang and Tanom and Nut. After some very competitive play, Nut
and Jeang emerged as the victors from this round.
Murphy (left) awards the winning prize to Nut
Despite having just completed two tough matches, the two victorious ladies
decided that they would like to carry on straight into the final.
The semi final seemed to have taken its toll on Jeang however, as she was
not able to find her usual quality of play and despite her best efforts, the
final became a very one-sided affair. Nut on the other hand was able to
maintain her top form and quickly built up a very large lead, which Jeang
just could not pull back.
So the winner of the 2006 Ladies league is Nut. Jean Murphy (wife of one of
the club owners) made the presentation to Nut on the night but a full
presentation will be made at a future event when all leagues are being
Pattaya All Thailand Table
Tennis Championship 2006
Mr Sanga Kijsamrej Chairman of the Pattaya Table Tennis
Association recently announced that Pattaya, in cooperation with the Table
Tennis Association of Thailand, will host the “Pattaya All Thailand Table
Tennis Championships 2006”, which will be held between 12 - 14 May to
compete for the Pisit Katepasuk, Chonburi Governor’s Cup. Mr. Niran
Watthanasartsathorn, Mayor of Pattaya City will preside over the competition
at the Pattaya Indoor Stadium.
The event has been categorized as follows: Men’s; Women’s; Boys’ under 12,
15, 18; Girls’ under 12, 15, 18; Men’s 40-49 years; Men’s over 50s and
Women’s over 40s. Applications to take part can be submitted up till April
30 and the tournament is open to anyone including both Thais and foreign
nationals. Athletes from the SEA, Asian and Olympic Games are not allowed to
compete and lots for the first round of the competition will be drawn on 7
The organizing committee will award 15,000 baht to the winners of the Men’s
and Women’s events, and over 100,000 baht in total prize money is on offer.
Trophies will also be awarded to the winners of each category.
Contestants can submit applications to the Table Tennis Association of
Thailand on Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok, telephone 02 215 6884 Mondays to
Fridays between 14:00-18 :00 hrs or send applications by post to Mr Charoen
Kacharintr, 118/35 Pariyakorn Village, Muu 9, Sattahip, Chonburi before 30
April or call Theerwat Khumbangsee on 01 833 9165 or Mr Anaek Tanaanyiam on
06 839 4933, 038 326 117
King Power keeps Gold Cup
Siam Polo news by
(photos by Chatchaya)
It was a brilliant battle between the three teams of King Power, VRSC
and Siam Polo at VR Sports Club this past weekend. The ‘Gold Cup’ is
Thailand’s end-of-season friendly two-day polo tournament between all
experienced and new players at VR Polo and Siam Polo clubs.
One of the favourite teams for this year was the VRSC team led by team
captain Eric Butter and powerhouses William and Marco and top gun No out
front, but in the first game, the powerful underdogs from Siam Polo Park
pulled the rug out from under their feet, and left them stumbling with a
4-1 defeat on the first day. The King Power Team completed the task,
when they further hammered the VRSC team 9-0. When Siam Polo went up
against King Power, they were tied 2-2 at the half, then King Power
pulled ahead to end up at 6-2.
On the second day, the Siam Polo Team completed their victory against
VRSC, but then were soundly beaten by King Power who claimed the Gold
Cup again, after winning it last year.
In the amateur division, VRSC with Khun Robin, Khun Susy and Khun Ploy,
ended the first day with a 3-3 tie against the Siam Polo Team with
Jaime, Tumb and Frances. During the second day, Cabeza and Marco battled
hard with the two amateur teams, because they knew well that the penalty
of loss was the dreaded Songkran “agua-con-helio” Cup, (a huge tub full
of ice water for the losing team). The amateur VR team just squeaked
past the Siam Polo team in the final chukka.
April is the very hot season for polo, so this is the time of year when
the Songkran Cup features very prominently at the club. The losing team
lies down to receive this special cup as the ice water is poured over
all of the team players. It was an exciting and fun tournament with two
evenings of Argentine Asado and dancing. For more information visit
Siam Polo Park went head to
head with the King Power team for the 2006 Gold Cup.
The three Fast Teams in this
years King Power Gold Cup
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
Last week as the people of Pattaya were throwing water to
celebrate Thailand’s New Year, in Nevada, the State Athletic Commission was
meeting in open session in an attempt to sort out the confusion that became
the last 10 seconds of the 10th round of the title match between Floyd
Mayweather Jr. and Zab Judah. A brief recap is in order.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was kicking the stuffing’s out of Zab Judah. With 10
seconds left in the 10th round Judah landed a “really” low blow and followed
that up with an illegal rabbit punch. Referee Richard Steele stopped the
action, (good move Richard, Duh!). At that time Roger Mayweather, uncle and
trainer of Floyd, entered the ring. Entering from the other side of the ring
was Leonard Ellerbe and Judah’s father/trainer Yoel Judah. Video replays
indicate that Yoel tossed the first punch but was soon joined by his son Zab
and an assortment of other “nar-do-wells”. Mayweather Jr. stayed out of the
fray. Roger Mayweather was immediately banished from the venue and after 12
rounds Mayweather won a unanimous verdict.
After the decision was announced, Judah’s promoter Don King wanted
Mayweather Jr. disqualified because a member of his corner entered the ring.
The commission ordered all purses held pending a hearing.
At the hearing held before an overflowing audience, the Commission decided
on the following course of action: Mayweather’s purse of $5 million USD
would be released. Uncle Roger Mayweather would be fined $200,000 USD and
have his training license revoked for a year for entering the ring before
the 10th round ended. Judah’s purse would continue to be withheld pending a
disciplinary hearing yet to be scheduled.
The commission will now hire an expert to break down the melee
frame-by-frame to identify all the people in the ring and review exactly
what took place. They also plan to further address the rabbit punch thrown
by Judah, as well as Zab’s involvement in the melee, which included pushing
two inspectors and striking at least one person.
It’s confusing to many why Judah’s promoter Don King has made such a big
fuss about a case he is sure to lose, for a boxer with so little future.
Kevin Iole, boxing writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal, has an opinion.
“Zab Judah has to have some incriminating pictures of Don King somewhere.
That has to be the explanation, because there is no rational reason why King
is going so far out on a limb for a fighter with so little value left.”
At the hearing King argued that Mayweather should have been disqualified
because his trainer entered the ring. The Commission, as ever having the
final word, disagreed. “Mayweather’s win stands because referee Richard
Steele made a decision the fight would continue and the rules clearly state,
‘if an unauthorized person enters the ring, the referee “may” stop the
Betting in Las Vegas is that Judah is far from out of the woods just yet.
Best guess is that Judah will be fined a substantial sum of money and have
his license suspended for 6 months. The money that Judah was to get from the
match had already been allocated to the United States Internal Revenue
Service and promoter Don King. It’s doubtful that the IRS would settle for
anything less than was owed. The money would have to come out of promoter
Don King’s pocket, which might explain his actions. Well if anything can
explain Don King’s actions.
Tis that time of the year when heavyweights come out to play. One fighter,
“Baby” Joe Mesi (30-0) got a head start on the others when he recently made
his first ring appearance in nearly 2 years. Mesi had been under medical
suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. When the suspension was
lifted, the island of Puerto Rico licensed Mesi to fight Ron Bellamy (14-5)
who is not even good enough to be a trial horse. Mesi got an 8 round
decision which proved nothing.
Sunday IBF Champ Chris Byrd gets another chance to rejuvenate a career that
has been dormant since his convincing win over Evander Holyfield in 2002.
His last outing against DeVarryl Williamson (22-3) wasn’t even good enough
to be called lousy. On Sunday Byrd steps into the ring at the SAP, Mannheim,
Germany to defend his title against Wladimir Klitschko (45-3). This will be
a rematch of sorts as they met in 2000. On that occasion Klitschko won a
very easy unanimous decision, (120-106, 119-107, 118-108) and the
much-valued WBO heavyweight title. Look for a ‘yawner’ of the highest order.
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales will play host to many events this
year. Among them are the FA Cup Final on May 13, ancient rockers The Eagles
and Rolling Stones, Madonna and a really big prize fight on July 8 between
Joe Calzaghe and Clinton Woods. Calzaghe will be defending his WBO/IBF super
middle title and his promoter’s 500,000 British Pounds. Woods promoter,
Dennis Hobson, offered to make a 100,000 Pound side bet on his fighter.
Warren upped the ante to 500,000. Hobson then demanded that Warren offer him
odds or no bet.
“Frank can pick any big name bookies he wants and as long as he agrees to
match their odds - whatever they may be - for Clinton to win then I’ll
gladly have a half a million bet with him,” said Hobson in a press release.
“He can name the stakes.” Warren has now contacted Mike Dillon of Ladbrokes
and is prepared to match the 7-4 odds being offered by them.
Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (40-0) will now not make his first USA defence of
his IBF/WBA Jr. welter titles on May 13 in Boston. Nope. Instead he’ll move
up in weight to fight WBA welter champ Luis Collazo (26-1). With only 7
pounds difference and Collazo not having a lot of sock in his punch the step
up should make no difference. Hatton, like Jesse James, knows where the
“I had to come to the United States to prove myself. I fought for a long
time in England and a lot of people thought I was a protected fighter.”
Well Hatton was protected, build a great record and now gets to cash in on
the big bucks. Luis Collazo said, “His team is underestimating me. They’re
talking about a Floyd Mayweather fight that will give him recognition as the
pound-for-pound best fighter. But he’ll find out that at 147 it’s a whole
different ball game.” Different game but same result: Take Hatton to get to
Recently, up and coming “non weight” Pornsawan Porpramook (15-0, 12 KOs)
retained his PABA crown by stopping Sonny Boy Jaro (20-5-3). This was his
third defence. Things have not been all cold beer and dancing girls for the
Thai boxers though. Former champ Yoddamrong Sithyodthong Singwangcha
(45-3-1) went to Japan to meet another former champ, Shoji Kimura (19-1-1).
T’was not a good trip. This from the fertile mind and computer of the best
boxing writer in the world, Joe Koizumi:
“Former Japanese 122-pound champ Shoji Kimura was awarded a less than
impressive unanimous decision over ex-world ruler Yoddamrong Sithyodthong
Singwangcha, in ten lousy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoddamrong
seemed to have left his fighting spirit in his native Thailand, as he seldom
threw solid blows and looked just content to block the Japanese boxer’s
light combinations. Kimura didn’t look impressive as he kept peppering him
on the guard. Neither displayed any punishment after the fight, which showed
what a dull affair it was. The Thai was penalized twice for low blows in the
eighth, as Kimura exaggeratedly knelt down to appeal his damage to the
referee. Yoddamrong’s Japanese cornermen inexplicably didn’t appear to
properly tell him how to penetrate Kimura’s ‘peek-a-boo’ guard“
Ok Joe, now tell us how you ‘really’ feel about the fight?
Very seldom does one of the ‘talking heads’, who like to provide their
opinion on what’s going on in the ring, ever say anything that’s worthwhile
- unlike boxing writers. Jim Lampley is the lead announcer on HBO Boxing. He
is the company shill. He spouts the company line with the ease of a lady
saying, “I love you too much.” When Judah landed his low blow Lampley said,
“That was as classless a move as we’ve ever seen.” Guess he missed Judah
trying to choke referee Jay Nady in a previous visit to Las Vegas.
Jeeves has returned from his days of being silly tossing water, watching
ladies dance and driving like my ex wife. He’s back on track serving his
master. “Jeeves, I believe that I’d like to celebrate your safe return and
Jim Lampley actually saying something worthwhile. Perchance could you
procure a tall glass of amber liquid, filled with ice and a lime. Well done
my good man.
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