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‘Robert Avery and All’ take the 11th PSC Charity Classic

Setting the pitch for 20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes

‘Super Sunday’ starts at Plutaluang

Larry Nichlas makes it his day

The ‘Dynamic Duo’ prevail again

Sus happy to stay at Pattaya C.C.

Miss Am takes charge at The Emerald

Phoenix Club Championship goes off in style

The Beautiful Game?

Peter wins a close contest at Greenwood

March Medal is Johnny Warren’s

When Irish eyes are smiling

‘Eagle’-eyed Jack stumps the skipper

Johann wins March ‘Monthly Mug’

Karen’s ‘hot streak’ continues

King rules the roost at Crystal Bay

Montana looking good for league title

The Square Ring

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‘Robert Avery and All’ take the 11th PSC Charity Classic

‘Robert Avery and All’: the 11th PSC Charity Classic champion team.

‘The Irish Rebels’ gave the winners a good run for their money and finished as tournament runners-up.

by Chris John
On a hot and humid day, nearly 150 golfers contested the 11th Charity Classic on Friday March 16 at Eastern Star. The course is looking a little dry at the moment and whilst the short hitters will appreciate the extra run on offer, this is definitely not the course to stray from the fairway with numerous water hazards to impede your progress. Nonetheless there were some pretty impressive individual scores turned in for this challenging test of golf.

(Right) The Men’s and Ladies individual champions: Robert Avery (right) and Netsri Sompong with PSC Golf Chairman Tony Oakes (center).
Registration was conducted in the usual efficient manner by Bernie Tuppin and his team and the golfers all got off on time and for a field of this size, the round was surprisingly quick.
Back in the clubhouse and heading the pack was the team of Robert Avery, Basi Singh, Neill Allison and Marc Broduer, collectively known as ‘Robert Avery and All’ and producing 114 stableford points from the aggregate of the best three scores. Runners up with 113 points were ‘The Irish Rebels’ of Peter Ring, Peter Henshaw, Arthur Hancock and Seamus Cotter just edging out on count back ‘The Specialists’, namely John McDonald, John Hughes, Paul Smith and P.J. Redmond.
The last of the prize winning teams in fourth place with 110 points was ‘The Thai Connection’ with S Daengham, Cecil Williams, Mam Trayling and husband Ed, otherwise known around the medical fraternity as the man in the iron lung. At 78 there is life in the old dog yet - next thing you know those tablets he took in the war will start to wear off!
Robert Avery, not content with captaining the winning team, secured the men’s individual prize with the best score of the day of 43 points, whilst Netsri Sompong took the honours for the ladies with 40 points.
After a quick shower the golfers adjourned to the patio at Eastern Star for the al fresco buffet which needless to say was up to the courses usual high standard. Tony Oakes the golf chairman thanked all his helpers and in particular the course management team including Khun Jiripol who ensured that everything went smoothly throughout the day.
Quashing rumors that next year’s competition would be at Treasure Hill, Tony announced that The PSC would in fact be returning to Eastern Star for 2008 and even sooner, as the course will also be the venue for the two-day club championship next month.
Sponsorship this year was tremendous and the event is confidently expected to raise in excess of 500,000 baht which will be shared out between the Baan Jing Jai Orphanage, the Mercy Ministries, Agape Home for Children and the Satahip Community Hospital. A big thank must go you to all our sponsors for making this event a great success and bringing some comfort to the poor and needy in Pattaya.

The 11th PSC Charity Classic Results
Team Champions: Robert Avery and All; Robert Avery, Basi P Singh, Neil Allison, Marc Broduer
Runners-up: Irish Rebels; Peter Ring, Peter Henshaw, Arthur Hancock, Seamus Cotter
3rd: Specialists; John Mc Donald, John Hughes, Paul Smith, P.J.Redmond
4th: Thai Connection; S. Daenghgham, Ed Trayling, Mam Trayling, Cecil Williams
Men’s Stableford Champion: Robert Avery (22) 43pts
Ladies Stableford Champion: Netsri Sompong (36) 40pts
Technical prizewinners:
#1 Richard Baronowski, #2 Cameron Clotworthy, #3 Phanom Jitchana, #4 Neil Munroe, #5 P. J. Redmond, #6 Peter Ring, #7 Chant Schwulera, #8 Bengt Borg, #9 David Arrowsmith, Scott Robinson & Nattaporn Thongpen, #10 Bob Rasmussen, Eddie Blackwell & Les Burns, #11 Mam Morel, #12 Chant Schwulera, #13 Ebrahim, #14 Stefan Jensen, #15 Neil Allison, #16 Bob Philp, #17 Hans Collett & Mam Trayling, #18 Roger Stromstedt


Setting the pitch for 20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes

The 20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes will provide 7 days of exciting competition, social camaraderie and a whole lot of fun.

by Peter Cummins, special correspondent, Pattaya Mail
In spite of the dire environmental conditions prevailing in the north and northeast of the kingdom, the 20th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes competition will, no doubt, be on schedule, from March 31 to April 7. Tournament organizers expect that the pall of smoke covering the northern city will lift by then, and the record number of 33 teams coming from the world’s nations of cricket-lovers, will have their usual week of exciting competition, social intercourse, camaraderie and the odd beer or six between the fast-moving games.
Played, as always, at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club cricket ground, there will be teams from 13 cricketing nations, including some “wannabe” cricketers: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Wales.
With 14 matches scheduled for the first few days from 8.30 until “stumps” - usually in the failing light around 17.30, - it is going to be a real feast for cricket lovers. Not only will the action be relayed in both audio and video formats - this latter re-played at the cricketers’ bars in Chiang Mai - but also the aficionados will be able to catch up on the great event being played out in the Carribbean, “My Cricket World Cup”. And, throughout it all, will be the dulcet tones of perennial commentator, Ric (Viking) Davis who has only missed two years since the tournament was established in 1988.
Of course, Kim Fletcher, landlord of Pattaya’s Jameson’s Irish Pub, will be high profile around the competition, urging on his charges - or, could that read- “charging on his urges?”
Defending cup champions from former years will also be back to contest the five major divisions, the Cup, the Shield, the Bowl, the Plate and the Spoon.
As usual, there will also be an “old crocks” challenge but, unfortunately, one of the ‘master old crocks’, Bangkok Post’s Old Crutch, will be absent this year and it was suggested that Peter Cummins, definitely the oldest “old Crock”, pad up for the game. But, as he has said every year, “I will be too busy hiding behind my camera to do anything strenuous like that.”
The ever-popular Women’s Challenge will again pit the Chiang Mai Chassies against the World Women Dixie Belles - two formidable teams who are careful to have lots of liquid refreshments.
Prior to their game: “One must avoid dehydration” one of the ladies pointed out last year, as she downed prodigious quantities of beverage.
Another highlight will be the Eighth Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Thai juniors, comprising a number of schools affiliated with the Chiangmai Schools Cricket Alliance. A number of these budding Thai cricketers, supported by the International Sixes teams, have developed into international stars.
Besides the regular supporters of this week-long cricket fest, ESC (European Security Concepts) and the re-opened “Chiang Mai Mail” newspaper will be the major sponsors.
The driving force behind the International Cricket Sixes has been the Bromleys - Maurice and Renita - who have worked hard and diligently to ensure the success of the event. Maurice, as tournament director through all these years, has vowed that this will be his “Swan-song” but, somehow, after knowing him through our long association, I doubt it!
Actually, prior to last year’s devastating floods which inundated Chiang Mai and virtually washed away the surface of the grounds of the now 109-year-old Gymkhana Club, cricket there was facing a dismal future and, during the 19th tournament, the cricket area, at times, looked like the Gobi Desert. .
But, since then, major improvements have included a set of turf wickets, new drainage and an up-to-date highly visible electronic scoreboard, guaranteeing the beautiful ground many more years of great cricket. Ironically enough, now that the ground is in great shape, we have to worry about the air above. Let’s hope that the burning off, causing much contaminated air, will be a thing of the past come the first of April.
Entry to the event is free and there are many shady areas for spectators, a well-stocked bar (of course!) and snack areas.
Programmes will be available on arrival and, in the meantime, if any further information is required, go to the Sixes web-site: www.chiangmaisixes.com.
To finish with an immortal cricket phrase: “HOWZAT!”


‘Super Sunday’ starts at Plutaluang

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

In the UK, Sunday is the gentlemen’s traditional golf day, and that tradition is now being continued by the Pattaya Golf Society as it has added Sunday golf to its already vibrant weekly schedule. For this month the venue is the Royal Thai Navy course at Plutaluang and on March 11, a packed field took to the North and West nines for the inaugural event.
The format was Stableford and the day could not have been more perfect. As a bonus the large field was retained as one flight and competition would be fierce for the large purse that was available.
Keith Barr realised this as he further consolidated his game with a consistent 37 points for third place whilst John Mason again showed his true colours in posting a splendid 38 points for second place.
The winner on the day is an amazing gentleman. New PGS member Petri Takkunen is a personable Finnish golfer who bravely takes on the challenge of the game bearing the handicap of only one arm, but his fortitude and skill is there for all to see. After nine holes, and scratching the very first, he had already garnered 21 points on his card and by the end of a spectacular round he had scored 39 points off his handicap of ten to take the honours in style. His round really showed what commitment and practice is all about and his dedication is a beacon for us all.
The 2’s pot was shared by Keith Barr, Richard Dobson, Vic Barton and Mike Ensor, the latter’s second successive birdie ‘2’ coming in the week before his return to the UK...and more Sunday golf, no doubt.
As the weekly event is likely to be highly popular, signing up early with Mr. Denis is well advised. After the PGS’ Sunday golf all that was missing was the roast beef and “Yorkshires”, the traditional British Sunday lunch, but all the other traditional ingredients were there in abundance.
King Arthur holds court at Eastern Star
After “Super Sunday” it was back to normal for the Pattaya Golf Society on Tuesday, March 13, as they took on the challenge of a Stableford competition at Eastern Star.
The course is now showing signs of fatigue with yellowing fairways, desperate for water, giving hard lies and huge amounts of run. The greens are also now slower than for many a week and altogether the course is a tough assignment.
However, the large group set about their task stoically and the two flights, cut at seventeen and under, undertook their task with the usual good humour and competitiveness.
In the second flight, Jorma Liila took his first step onto the PGS podium with a grafted 34 points, tying the “smiling Samurai” Masashi Iizumi for runner-up place. The flight winner was Margaret Wilkinson who took her second successive victory with 37 points.
In a tightly contested top flight Mikael Andersson fired the day’s best gross of 79 to score 34 points, tying for the minor honours with Mike Ensor who was playing his penultimate round with the PGS and his golf is currently the best he has shown this stay.
Only one point ahead was Arthur Hancock, a local member at Eastern Star and he used all his guile to craft a winning score of 35 points to steal the show. Arthur has been described as the Pattaya’s best golfer with only half a swing and when he finds the other half he could be deadly! It was certainly good enough to give him his first individual win with the group, after many months of trying.
There were four winners sharing the 2’s, namely Kazuki Takimoto, Erik Anttonen, David Thomas and Mikael Andersson whilst the Booby Bevy went to old friends Nobby Grace and Ted Love for their low scores in this, their final event before returning to England. But they will be back, as will many more, to enjoy golf with the IPGC in the Kingdom.
‘Likely Lads’ get it together
On Thursday, the Pattaya Golf Society gathered at Plutaluang to play a four-person scramble over the South and East nines.
There were eight teams of varying abilities but the experimental handicapping formula used on this occasion was to favour teams with higher handicaps. However, a look at the gross returns showed that the winners, regardless of the system used, played excellent golf.
In third place was the unfancied outfit of Denis Smith, Freddy Braun, Masashi Iizumi and Kazuo Agune, whose score of net 47 marked a fine return for some excellent greens play. Heading them in second was the team of Keith Barr, Ian Hart and Reg Carlisle, ably led by John Wassall, and their net 46.5 was a reflection of a consistent two nines. Their “Dream Team” tag would have been most appropriate were it not for the staggering golf played by the team of Tony Kitchen, Carl Lovatt, Ray Underwood and Len Jones. This team of high handicappers posted a gross 68. Everything went for them on the day and they clipped ten shots off their previous best scramble score to record net 43 for a fine and deserved win.
There were nine birdie 2’s on the day, three going to the accuracy of the third placed team, and the well known “Birdie Boys” had the honour of shooting the day’s best gross score of 64.
Mike Ensor had very generously donated “near pin” prizes for the East course par-threes and these were won by Harry Riley and Kazu Agune. The monthly search for the most equitable handicap system in a scramble continues at the OK Corral and it seems that it is still an elusive concept in golf.


Larry Nichlas makes it his day

PSC golf from the Bowling Green

Barry Hooper
Tuesday, March 13, Khao Kheow, Stableford
A Flight
1st Larry Nichlas (17) 38pts
2nd Dave McFeeley (18) 36pts
3rd Frank Kelly (17) 34pts
B Flight
1st William Chang (34) 36pts
2nd Patrick Browne (26) 33pts
3rd Greg Mason (23) 32pts
Near Pins: Larry Nichlas, Joe O’Driscoll, John Merritt, Derek Eastham
2’s: Larry Nichlas, Derek Eastham (2)
Larry Nichlas was in the money with an “A” flight win, a near pin and a share of the 2’s pot and William Chang made “B” his own for the second week in a row. Play took place on the A& B courses off the yellow tees.
Thursday, March 15, The Emerald, Medal
Flight A
1st David McFeeley (18) net 68
2nd Bob Short (21) net 71
3rd Tom Herrington (15) net 73
Flight B
1st Peter Ingham (27) net 69
2nd Petter Anderson (23) net 70 c/b
3rd Terry Hopkins (23) net 70
Near Pins: Peter Ingham, Takeshi Hakozaki, Tony Perry, Gary Clarke
2’s: David Gray
David McFeeley went one better than his second place on Tuesday with a win in the “A” flight; his net 68 giving him a 3-shot margin over second placed Bob Short. Peter Ingham took the “B” flight with a narrow 1-shot victory over Petter Anderson and Terry Hopkins, who had to be separated by count back for second and third. Davis Gray meanwhile had the 2’s all to himself.
Saturday, March 17, Eastern Star, Stableford
Flight A
1st David Thomas (7) 37pts
2nd Gordon Kerr (11) 34pts
3rd Ian Dale (6) 34pts
Flight B
1st Jack Robertson (25) 37pts
2nd Alan Evans (26) 37pts
3rd Petter Anderson (23) 36pts
Near Pins: Bernie Segrave, David Thomas, Brian Gabe and Fergus Brennan
2’s: Fergus Brennan
David Thomas rose to the top on the day with Gordon Kerr just missing out in the “A” Flight. Jack Robertson went one better than last week to win the “B” flight and Petter Anderson took another top three placing for the second time this week. Fergus had a share of the near pins and made the 2’s pot all his own.
If any one is interested in golfing with the Bowling Green we play every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at Bowling Green at 7:45am for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always made to feel welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 or the Bowling Green 038-720742 or send an email to [email protected]


The ‘Dynamic Duo’ prevail again

IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, March 12, Mountain Shadow,
2-Person Scramble

1st Trevor Schirmer & B.J. Smith, 45pts - c/b
2nd Andy Mills & Tony Duthie, 45pts
3rd Brian Kelly & Yasuo Suzuki, 43pts
A difficult day at the ‘Mountain’ off the blue tees, with pins that had found even more difficult positions than usual and a wind that blew with some force.
One again it was the dynamic duo of Trevor Schirmer and B. J. Smith out in front, the difference being this time round that it was B.J. taking the lead off the tee with Trevor doing a lot better with the putter. Without the difficulty factor this would surely have led to a record win, but in the event they only just managed to prevail over the last 3 holes on count back from Andy Mills and Tony Duthie, who just slipped up on the last hole.
Brian Kelly and Yasuo combined well to finish only two strokes back in third place, with the team picking up the pace as Yasuo could see the finishing line and the pot of gold beckoning.
Before presenting the prizes, The Doc welcomed back Paul Simpson, Tony Duthie and Andy Mills.
Wednesday, March 14, Greenwood, Stableford
1st B.J. Smith, 37pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer 35pts - c/b
3rd Serge Straeten, 35pts - c/b
4th Dave Spendley, 35pts
B. J. Smith just continued from where he left off at the previous outing, sweeping the ball imperiously from the tee and sticking the second shots into the heart of the green. Unfortunately he did not have the benefit of a caddy who had a lot of idea where the hole was and this resulted in a series of missed opportunities. It still proved good enough however to take his first solo win for a very, very long time and he was to be found celebrating late into the night at the Haven.
Trevor Schirmer also continued in the same rich vein as his last outing and he kept Serge Straeten and Dave Spendley at bay with an excellent back nine to easily claim the count back for second.
It was a very straightforward prize giving for the Doc to preside over as there were no 2’s and no one to welcome or welcome back, which surely signals the long awaited slow season.
Friday, March 16, Phoenix, Stableford
1st Brian Kelly, 38pts
2nd Alan Griffiths, 36pts
3rd Takeshi Hakozaki, 35pts - c/b
4th Trevor Schirmer 35pts - c/b
5th Al Keith 35pts - c/b
Brian Kelly had one of his better days in a solo competition to deny Alan Griffiths, who struggles to return to his winning ways of previous months. A solid nineteen points on both nines ensured an almost seamless win for Brian with signs of even better things to come in the near future.
Takeshi Hakozaki led a group of three, a further shot back, with a very good back nine to leave Trevor and Al Keith rummaging over the minor places.
Once again there were no 2’s in the first division and so a double roll over proceeds to Green Valley on Monday. Roar Berger had one in the second division to scoop the triple pool and make it a better day for him than the winner enjoyed financially.


Sus happy to stay at Pattaya C.C.

PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar

After being disappointed at Siam C.C., the Three Sisters golf society has moved back to Pattaya C.C. and until Siam get their act together, we will remain here.
Sus seems to like it enough as he has been on a steady run at the top. On March 6 Sus was still on his hot streak as he shot 38 points for the win. Herb was one stroke back along with Dale Murphy, both shooting 37 points.
On the unlucky 13th, Sus made it three in a row with 39 points. Toy Theobold was three shots back to come in at the second position with 36 points.
With Paul Donahue back in town from Nigeria, we now have a tight run for the cellar. Both he and Tully, along with a few others are vying to hold up the group. It is all in fun so no one really cares as long as we get in a good day on the course.


Miss Am takes charge at The Emerald

Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.

Monday, May 12, Plutaluang, Stableford.
We had booked the North and West courses for today’s meeting and as it turned out this was the quietist we had experienced over the past few months.
Barry Traynor’s 41 points won him the Division 1 stableford competition, eight ahead of Ben Findon in second and a further two ahead of Ted Morris in third. In Division 2, Miss Am and Bob Lathwell both scored 32 points for second and third respectively, but on his own out front was Richard Baldotto with 35 points.
There was a double rollover in the 2’s competition for Division 1, which Jan Sordal quickly snapped up with his birdie on the eight hole on the West nine. There were no winners in Division 2.
Miss Nom, Tony Sawyer, Paddy Wilson and Les Winch all won nearest the pin prizes whilst the ‘ladies tipple’ was awarded to Glynn Nicholas for his effort on the lighthouse par three - his putt ended up at the nearest the pin flag, instead of the normal one.
Wednesday, March 14, Pattaya Country Club, Stableford
An over-subscribed field of 36 players made their way to the Country Club today. It also witnessed the welcome return of Dannie Larsen and ‘Bon Voyage’ to Andy Mills.
Kari Aarnio’s 38 points was good enough to win him the Division 2 top podium position with Tony Duthie finishing second with 34 points, himself just beating Glyn Evans on the count back by 18/17. Bob the mosque Martin’s 36 points gave him a count back over Andy Mills in the top flight, with Grenville Hill back in third on 33 points.
There were no 2’s in Division 1 so a larger than normal kitty gets carried forward to next week. Nearest the pins prizes went to Rob Heath, Bob Pearce, Jan Sordal and Glyn Evans.
The ‘ladies tipple’ was won by the old man himself, Ken Foster for his appalling slow play which, as always, he blamed on everyone else.
Friday, March 16, The Emerald, Stableford
After switching from our normal Friday course to here, a brilliant 42 points was recorded by Miss Am to finish six shots ahead in the Division 2 Stableford competition. Bob Martin finished second and Colin Mearns third.
In Division 1, Paddy Wilson’s 38 points earned him first place, with Ewin Lol in second on 34 points and Raivo Velsberg third with 32.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at Paweenas in Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 9am for a 10.30 tee off time. Transport can be provided, please sign up in the bar or ring Glyn on 086 837 5464


Phoenix Club Championship goes off in style

PSC Phoenix Members Golf Society

Ron Bridge
It has been a busy year for The Phoenix Members Group. A little over a year ago there was no group, no club structure and no competitions. Today we play three competitions each week and our regular players on any given day can number as many as forty - mostly members but with some very welcome guests whom we have adopted along the way.
Sunday, March 4 saw us play our inaugural Club Championship. The event was a great success and congratulations are due primarily to our Captain, Bengt Hogstrom, who planned the whole day, provided the prizes and acted as MC in the evening as the winners of the various flights were announced.
Forty golfers battled it out over Mountain and Lakes courses. Beautiful though they are, both proved to be very difficult with slick greens and a blustery and changeable wind blowing. Such conditions played into the hands of our regular winners and it was no surprise that Barry Winton won the Men’s Scratch with an excellent score of 79, keeping the ball in play and hitting greens paying dividends. Hans Collet was runner-up with 80 and Fleming Jenson third with 86.
Even less of a surprise was the Ladies Scratch winner, Mayo Deane, whose elegant yet determined style of play produced another excellent score of 84 - a testament to keeping the game, and the swing, simple. Pia Loquist was runner-up with 92 and Ning Morris third with 98.
The Men’s Handicap prize went to Paul Lavender, a most popular and cheerful member of our group. Paul’s net 71 won the day, beating Brian Jacks who recorded a net 72. Doug Wilson-Santee was third and also had a 72 but lost out on count-back.
The Ladies Handicap prize went to Annette Haraldsson with a score of 68. Annette’s smile when receiving her trophy made the day for those of us involved with organising the event. Second was Prakong Robinson with a gritty 71.
Guests prizes went to Ulrich Leuenberger and Barry Ashman.
Various technical prizes were won by the usual suspects. We all enjoyed a Thai Buffet at the club as well as a cabaret from our Super-Star member, Brian Jacks- whose magic astounded us all. Given his magical qualities it was surprising that he didn’t conjure up a winning score for himself!


The Beautiful Game?: Riz Taylor

Hut, Hut! Football goes American

Internationals take over the footballing calendar this weekend, so if you’re in possession of half a brain you’ll use the break in domestic soccer to spend some quality time painting fences or watching grass grow. Personally I’m losing the will to live watching Steve “Second Choice” McLaren shoehorn right-backs into left midfield and persist with playing both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the same team. I’m sure other nations have their problems too.
Still, no doubt I’ll put myself through the usual torture once again tomorrow. In the meantime the past week has thrown up too many talking points to waste my time discussing the merits of asking Gary Neville to “do some damage” down England’s left wing.
How about the FA Cup? I’m more convinced than ever that this season’s competition is fixed to allow Manchester United and Chelsea to meet at the all-new-sparkling Wembley Stadium, which finally opened its half-painted doors to the paying public this week, 37 years behind schedule. Cushy home draws right the way through the competition have led the big two into the semi-finals where they’ll play Watford and Blackburn respectively. Am I the only person thinking how fantastic it would be to see the less fashionable pair somehow sneak through to contest the final in May?
Wishful thinking you’d expect, especially when you realise that nobody outside the current ‘big four’ has managed to win the famous old trophy since Everton’s win in 1995. It’s another sign, were one needed, that the big boys continue to run away from the chasing pack in terms of resources. Liverpool were utterly hopeless against Aston Villa this weekend but once again they’ll have enough Champions League cash lying around Anfield to splash out on a few superstars this summer and paper over their considerable cracks. The rest just don’t stand a chance.
There again perhaps the rivers of money are about to run dry after the club were finally taken over by Americans George Gillette and Tom Hicks, who, if you believe the newspapers, immediately plunged the club into huge debt with an enormous loan secured against the club in the same fashion as Malcolm Glazer’s Manchester United deal that preceded it. You can’t help but wonder when - rather than if - this frenzied buying of Premiership clubs by foreign investors will all end in tears.
Where will it all end? Will not so well-off Americans end up buying the likes of Rotherham United and Scunthorpe when all the big clubs are sold out? Will stadiums be renamed the ‘County Bowl’ or the ‘Vicarage Dome’? Perhaps we’ll be treated to ‘time-outs’ and get back to the action right after this message from our sponsors.
But they say every cloud has a silver lining, and in this case it might mean the long-overdue introduction of cheerleaders into the British game. We’ve seen half-baked attempts at it before, but if the Americans are coming to town they could at least placate us with professional cheerleaders, preferably blonde ones with long, curvy legs.
One thing the Americans aren’t familiar with is the whole concept of a tied game. Rightly or wrongly draws just don’t happen in American sports. Instead we’ll be right back with “overtime” right after another message from our sponsors.
“This idea has come from the devil and not from God,” said soccer legend Jimmy Hill last week. He was referring to an idea that all tied matches in the Football League should be decided by a penalty shootout, thus putting an end to the draw as we know it. Rather than settle for one point each, sides will line up and decide who should take all three points via the thrilling lottery of a penalty shootout, it was suggested.
How we laughed, but then it was discovered that, rather than coming from a drunk wandering along Second Road at three in the morning after a bellyful of Chang, the proposal actually came from Lord Malwhinney, the CHAIRMAN of the Football League.
How utterly unbelievable. This man, a Conservative MP back in the United Kingdom, demonstrated all he understands about football in the blink of an eye. It’s all very well to make suggestions that might spice up the game, but not to insult the intelligence of a nation of football supporters and especially not when you’re chairman of the Football League.
If Lord Malwhinney expects Football League matches to become more exciting with penalty shootouts he has another thing coming. The first reason is the most obvious. Rather than encourage sides to go all out for the win, the opposite would be the case. Teams would travel away from home against the better sides and shut up shop from the off, preparing themselves for a 0-0 draw and the opportunity to steal everything on penalties. It would be like watching Italy every week. Then, after ninety minutes, the eleven defenders could wheel out an eight-foot goalkeeper who does nothing but save penalties in his spare time and put him between the sticks in place of the regular keeper.
Why stop there? If no substitutions have been made during the ninety minutes let’s stick on a few ex-German internationals specifically to take the spot kicks. Everyone knows that Germans never miss penalties, so it’s likely we’ll see the price of retired German legends go through the roof.
Let’s just hope that this idea never EVER takes off. Bringing on a specialist kicker seems all so ... American. But then perhaps it’s a glimpse into a horrible and terrifying future for the so-called ‘Beautiful Game’. See you next week after yet more messages from our sponsors. Dee-fence!
Newell sacked
Outspoken Luton Town manager Mike Newell is, err, no longer the manager of Luton Town. Newell, who targeted women referees in one of his many rants whilst in the Kenilworth Road hotseat, was shown the door after five straight defeats. It brings a sad end to the chants of “Mike Newell’s Sexist Army” from the home supporters.
If she won’t come
“The throwing of anything at a football match, including celery, is a criminal offence for which you can be arrested and end up with a criminal record,” read a statement on Chelsea’s website last week. “In future, if anyone is found attempting to bring celery into Stamford Bridge they could be refused entry and anyone caught throwing celery will face a ban,” it continued, after referees had complained of several salad-tossers throwing the vegetable onto the pitch in recent weeks.


Peter wins a close contest at Greenwood

PSC golf from the Oohsa Bar

Tuesday winners (L-R): David Gardner, Su Murphy, Peter Holegate, Thong Pimblett and Wayne Farrell.

Tuesday March 13, Greenwood, Stableford
1st Peter Holegate (35) 41pts c/b
2nd David Gardner (11) 41pts
3rd Wayne Farrell (18) 40pts
4th Su Murphy (33) 36pts
5th Thong Pimblett (40) 36pts
Near Pins: Joel Flor, Wayne Farrell, Peter Holegate
Long Putt: Mick Heatley
The competition was fierce at Greenwood on Tuesday, with three players within a point of each other at the head of the field. Peter Holegate, runner up last Thursday, went one better this time by beating David Gardner on count back, each player with 41 points. Wayne Farrell, who was also in the frame last week, was one point back in third place with 40 points.\
There was strong representation from the ladies as usual, with Su Murphy narrowly taking fourth place from Thong Pimblett on count back, both ladies with 36 points.
Thursday March 15, Plutaluang, Stableford
1st Dick Worden (35) 40pts
2nd Neil Duncan (16) 39pts
3rd Wayne Farrell (18) 36pts c/b
4th David Gardner (11) 36pts
Near Pins: Steve Johnstone, David Gardner (2), Mick Heatley
Long Putt: Mick Heatley
When Neil Duncan’s card came in with 39 points, we thought it was all over. But then the buzz went round that someone had made 40 - a rare occurrence at Plutaluang but on this occasion it was true.
Dick Worden, the senior member of our group and playing in the final match had taken first place. Returning from some R&R in the north, Dick used Tuesday’s trip to Greenwood as a practice round before scooping the pool here.
Neil’s 39 points was good for second, with Wayne Farrell taking third on count back from David Gardner with 36 points. There was some consolation for Neil, his ‘2’ earning him a free beer from Malcolm at the Oohsa Bar.


March Medal is Johnny Warren’s

IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s

Sunday, March 11, Green Valley - White Tees, Monthly Medal
A Flight
1st Mark Wood (6) net 71
2nd Rick Holmes (8) net 71
3rd Nick Strasshine (6) net 73
B Flight
1st Roy Thornton (12) net 69
2nd Steve Mulberry (12) net 71
3rd Mark Bonner (14) net 73
C Flight
1st Dave Porter (16) net 70
2nd Pete Stonebridge (17) net 70
3rd Nick Payne (16) net 72
D Flight
1st John Warren (24) net 66 - Medal Winner
2nd Roger Koehler (21) net 70
3rd Mol Thongkiew (24) net 72
Near Pins: Mark Wood, Shadley Poggenoel, John Hillier, John McHugh
2’s: Rick Holmes (2), Simon Philbrook, John McHugh, Jon Haugen, Steve Mulberry, J.J. Wright, Shadley Poggenoel, Peter Emslie, Tom Balch (2), Jez Lees
The Shack’s John Warren was not the biggest guy in the field, but on this Monthly Medal Sunday he was the best. His net 66 in D Flight was the day’s best by three from Roy Thornton, MBE, who continues to threaten to take home the top prize himself. John was followed in D Flight by The Good Roger and by the seemingly omnipresent Ms. Bennett. Roy was followed in B Flight by Blackpool Steve and Mark Bonner.
Foursome mates, The Valet’s Best Friend and The Headmaster, topped out C Flight, both with fine net 70’s. Nick Payne survived a three-way count back with Ian “The Tile” Grout and Kathy Doody.
The premier flight was taken on count back by The Pride of Aberdeen, who prevailed over Rick Holmes. It was of some solace to Rick that he had two 2’s on the day. Nick Strasshine, similarly on count back, prevailed over Simon of Philbrook. The latter probably found no solace in his one 2.
Deserving of special mention is the newly returned to action Prof. Tom Balch who had two 2’s despite the burden of his D Flight handicap.
Monday, March 12, The Emerald -
White Tees,
2-Person Scramble
1st Peter Hynard & Bob Lindborg, net 57.8
2nd John McHugh & Simon Philbrook, net 60.2
3rd Robert Sellick & Per Aschan, net 60.2
The Emerald was the host venue to the week’s first scramble, in this case of the 2-person variety. A pair of Englishman, Peter Hynard and The Guru of Green Valley, combined their considerable talents to lap the field by 2.2 strokes.
The second and third place teams found themselves in a count back but it should be noted that they were 1.7 strokes ahead of the next team. The two big hitters, Johnny McHugely and Simon of Philbrook, had the better inward nine and prevailed over the Silver Fox and Per “Always Late” Aschan.
Wednesday, March 14, Bangpra - White Tees, Stableford
A Flight
1st Bob Patterson (8) 38 points
2nd John Emmerson (10) 36 points
3rd Bill McGarvie (11) 35 points
B Flight
1st Eddy Beilby (18) 42 points
2nd Bob Lindborg (18) 38 points
3rd Kurt-Erik Persson (26) 37 points
2’s: Jan Eriksen, Tom Balch
The Man of Leisure was the big point getter of the day with a dazzling 42 points on the demanding layout and greens of Bangpra. The Guru of GV followed his scramble victory with a B Flight second place. Age willed out over beauty as the venerable Kurt-Erik counted back Marlene Prudden, the belle of Perth.
The retiring GM, known also as the Senator, had 38 points to take A Flight from his predecessor, Ol’ Silver Back, who had an even to handicap 36 points. Wonderful addition to the Society, Bill McGarvie, dipped his hand in to the house bank for the first time with 35 points.
Friday, March 16, Plutaluang S &
E - White Tees,
4-Person Scramble
1st Graham Holmes, Paul Walia, Robert Sellick & Per Aschan, net 57.7
2nd John McHugh, J.J. Wright, Chas Li & Steve Mulberry, net 58.1
3rd Jim Puleo, Jim Bracket, John Emmerson & Bob Lindborg, net 58.4
Having survived Monday’s 2-person Scramble, the Society’s schedulers tried their luck on a 4-person endeavor. There seems to be players adept at Scrambles as Friday’s podium teams all had a legacy to Monday’s podium.
Monday’s third place team, The Silver Fox and Per “Always Late” Aschan, picked up two additional players in Graham Holmes and Paul Walia and that seemed to make the difference as they took it all. The second place team’s spot of Monday history was John McHugh, who dipped into some of the talent from across the street, J.J., Chas and Blackpool Steve, and fashioned another silver out of it. The Guru, first on Monday, came home with the bronze after adding Jim Puleo, Jim Bracket and Ol’ Silver Back


When Irish eyes are smiling

IPGC golf with the Caddy Shack

Tuesday, March 13, Eastern Star, Medal
Eastern Star was the venue on Tuesday for a Medal comp over a course that usually gives problems to the big hitters - there being lots of water and ‘Out of Bounds’ in place on several of the holes.
There was a 4-way tie for third place on net 73 until Dave Smith came in with a level par score. Al McGrory was second with a net 71 and the winner was Damian Trante with net 67. Damian is ‘on the wagon’ at the moment and maybe this is the secret to good golf, but once the handicap hatchet gets to work on him he may wish to take up drinking again.
There was only one ‘2’ and the huge pot was won by Scott Chisholm.
Friday, March 16, Treasure Hill, Stableford
A Stableford comp was played out on what is regarded as one of the toughest layouts in the area. The cut was made at 12 and under and for the first time in a long time, the course was brought to heel.
In division two, Scott Chisholm scored 39 points to finish runner-up to Damian Trante who fired 40 points for his second win of the week. Division one had John Hue in second on 38 points but on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, it was fitting that Irishman Emmet White came through to win after shooting a lifetime best 43 points.
The 2’s were shared between Paul Lavendar, Mr. Takimoto and Steve Nowell.


‘Eagle’-eyed Jack stumps the skipper

PSC golf from The Peacock Place

Monday, March 12,
Eastern Star, Stableford

Our group on Monday at a rather poorly turned out Eastern Star consisted of 29 golfers of varying ability and we split the field into three flights.
The A flight (0-13) was won by Jim Wickstrom (H/c 4) scoring a resounding 41 points. Second was Dave Arrowsmith (6) with 33 points, winning on count-back from Jack Moseley (10). The B flight (14-20) was won by Matt Anderson (14) with 35 points, second was Ken Little (16) with 34 points and third was Alan Bishop (20) with 33 points on count-back over Steve Everingham.
The C flight (15-36) was won by Gordon Everingham (27) with 39 points, second was Jean Yves Morelle (29) with 33 points and third was Beth Lill (24) with 26 points.
There were 2’s recorded by Peter Harris and Beth Lill.
Wednesday, March 14,
The Emerald, Stableford
Wednesday was a different kettle of fish. Has anyone seen a kettle of fish? I would have thought one would have looked very much like another!
We played at The Emerald which, as always, was in fine form. The Emerald used to be one of the poor sisters of the golf courses around Pattaya, akin to Century Chonburi and Great Lakes but not anymore. The management there have, over the past few years, spent considerable sums of money bringing both the course and the clubhouse up to standard and these days it’s a favourite venue for most golfers in the area.
We played a Stableford competition and some fine scores were posted.
The A flight (0-18) was won by Brian Downey (14) with 41 points, second was Neil Hughes (17) with 40 points and third with 38 points was Jack Moseley (10).
The B flight went to Nigel Cannon (21) with 41 points, in second place was Peter Harris (21) with 38 points and third was Gordon Everingham (27) with 37 points.
There were three 2’s recorded on the day and herein lies a tale: Jack Moseley and Captain Bob Philp were playing together and approaching the par three 15th, with Jack having already recorded a 2 earlier. Captain Bob hit his tee shot onto the green and it landed 5 feet from the hole and rolled back stopping on the lip. “Ah well”, thought Bob, “no more par threes so Jack and I will at least have an even share of the pot”. Wrong; at the par four 17th, Jack holed his second shot to record an eagle 2. Some ‘friendly’ banter ensued and back at The Peacock, Jack treated us all to drinks. Well-done mate!
Come and join us if you would like a game of golf with a friendly society. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays and our schedule appears in The Pattaya Mail. If you would like further information, call Bob on 087 941 2474.


Johann wins March ‘Monthly Mug’

PSC golf from The Café Kronborg

Monday, March 12, Royal Lakeside, Medal
Royal Lakeside was the venue on Monday for a stroke-play competition in two flights, with the cut being set at 19. The course was in fine shape and not very busy.

Dave (right) presents the ‘Monthly Mug’ to Johann.

Rob Brown was the winner of the A Flight with net 68 on count back from Bill Plath in second, with Marty Allred in third with a net 69.
In the B Flight the winner was Carole Kubicki with a net 65, John Christie was second with a net 66 and Karen Brown in third with a net 68 ahead of Steven Cooper-Reade on count back.
Near Pins: Laurina Brown, Ebrahim, Brian Gabe, Harald Gruber
Long Put: William Southerland, Jan Lovgren
Thursday, March 15, Pattaya Country Club, Monthly Mug
We always get a really good turnout for ‘Monthly Mug’ day; despite the fact this course is not everyone’s favourite.
Ask every golfer who plays and he will have a different opinion of the course, and it has to be said that at the moment the fairways are bone dry, the greens hard and fast, with holes that are nearly square, and bunkers that are really ‘G.U.R’. The rough is also dry and very patchy, while the scenery is far from inspiring.
So why do we play there? Well most people like playing there. Weird innit?
On the day the scores were not outstanding and we saw that the winner would not be much under par.
Back at the Cafe Kronborg we saw that only three people had broken net 70. In the A Flight (0-17) the winner was Frank Pilkington with a net 71, ahead of Elias Magnusson on 72 points in second. Third place was decided on count back with Alex Kazazis in third and Bob Bender losing out, both on net 73’s.
In the B Flight the winner was Henk De Bock with net 68, ahead of Art Bailey in second with net 69 and in third was Karen Brown on count back over Fred Theobald, both with net 70’s.
So to the winner, and it is always nice when a single handicapper wins the ‘Mug’, and so it was that this month’s winner with a net 68 was Johann Reynissen, beating Henk on count back. Well done!
T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Pete Hammond, Fred Theobald, Wayne Koch, Larry Simpson
Long Put: Bob Benda, Pete Hammond


Karen’s ‘hot streak’ continues

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, March 13, Khao Kheow, Stableford
The last time I brought a group to Khao Kheow they did what no other group has ever done - finish even with the course. On this day we had a reduced number of players, but we still had two of our stars who last time shot 46 and 43 points respectively. But how would they do on this day?
The course was as usual in fine condition and the test for the day was to be the B & C Nines, which should really be the easiest but for some reason never are.
We were fortunate in that the course was fairly empty in front of us and we did not run into the group ahead until the last few holes. This is a place were you do not want to get off the fairway, the rough seems innocuous enough, but try to get out of it, and around the greens be a few foot out and there seems no control on the chip. For good scores it’s fairways and greens only.
Round over and sat in the restaurant we were wondering how our ‘stars’ had got on. Well, one of them won, albeit with 8 points less than last time, and the other one played with me so had no chance and was 13 points worse off.
Back at Bert’s the results were announced: the winner, on a great run at the moment and coming down fast in handicap, was Karen Brown with 38 points.
Near Pin: Mick O’Meara (2), Rob Brown, Brian Gabe
Long Put: Hans Collett


King rules the roost at Crystal Bay

PSC golf from The Bunker

Monday, March 12, Treasure Hill, Medal

John King was a clear winner at Crystal Bay.

Playing Medal format at Treasure Hill on Monday, Charlie Gooch took the honours by winning with a level par net 72 ahead of Jack Robertson, who continued his purple patch by picking up second prize with a three-over par net 75. Two players shared third place with net 76, they being Brian Maddox and Dave Keats.
Charlie also won a near pin prize along with Adam Beer, William Macey and Mashi Kaneta.
Wednesday, March 14, Crystal Bay, Stableford
Wednesday saw The Bunker Boy’s play a Stableford comp at Crystal Bay. Jack Robertson was once again in the frame, on this occasion sharing first place in the B Flight with 37 points ahead of third place Brian Maddox who scored 36 points.
The A Flight had Charlie Gooch and Geoff Parker tying for third place with 36 points apiece, second place went to Mashi Kaneta who thought he had a great chance of winning, but nobody could get near John King who won with the best score of the day, amassing a huge 44 points to take first prize.
John, playing in the last four ball, also won one of the near pin prizes, which prevented Charlie Gooch from having a clean sweep as Charlie had his name on all four par-3’s until John came along to spoil the party!
Friday, March 16, The Emerald, Medal
Playing at The Emerald on Friday, Geoff Parker had the best round of the day coming into the clubhouse with a fine five under par net 67 to take first prize, despite double and triple bogeys on the first two par-3’s!
Mick Ramshaw claimed second with a one-under par net 71, and third place went to Adam Beer who shot a level par net 72 off handicap eight and playing The Emerald course for the first time ever.
Near pins went to Dewey Augustson, Adam Beer, Charlie Gooch and Mitch Malone who dragged his golf clubs out of the attic for the first time in eight months and who’s golf shoes began to fall apart walking up the first fairway and he had to have the soles tied on with string for the whole round.


Montana looking good for league title

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

We are down to two weeks left in the league and only 8 points are up for grabs for each team.

200 Bowlers - Leen (213), Rich (226) & Jan (201)

Montana won four points this week from Mai’s Thai Restaurant and have a 3.5 point lead over second place VFW Post 9876 who regained second after winning three points from Brother D. House of the Golden Coin dropped to third after losing three points to Shenanigans.
Diamond Shop lost three points to Café Ole but remain in fourth. Café Kronborg meanwhile lost three points to Three Sisters and they are still in fifth but are in danger as several teams are closing in on fifth place. Jack & Tar won three points from Domicil and remain in sixth place.
Pin counts were down this week but Ooy, VFW, managed to bowl a 555 series, Rich - 528, Tue - 522, Dang - 521, Jim -519 and Mai - 513.


The Square Ring: by Howie Reed

“Your lordship, did you read that boxing writer Ron Borges was suspended for two months by his employer the Boston Globe newspaper?”
No Jeeves I didn’t. May I read the story?
“I say your lordship, are you wearing stronger reading glasses?
No Jeeves, I’m not.
“Ok your lordship; I’m sure it’s my mistake. Anyhow, Borges was suspended for plagiarizing several paragraphs that previously appeared in a newspaper in the state of Washington in his Globe space. He’s also banned from TV during that period. Borges serves as the vice-president of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Has Editor Mr. Martin ever spoken to you about using other people’s work?”
As a matter of fact he has spoken to me at length. Like the Thai shop owner that tells his workers, “Stop stealing from others and find a new job.” I misspoke a few weeks ago when I relied on others in reporting that Manny Pacquiao had decided not to run for political office. Seems I was misinformed. The word now is that he will run for Congress in the May 14 Philippine election. He’s also winging his way to Los Angeles to train for his April 14 fight in Texas.
Just remember Jeeves that taking others words for granted can get you in trouble. The advantage though is that you always have someone to blame when you’re wrong.
When people today talk about the heavyweight division you can almost hear a ringmaster says, “Lady’s and gentleman how about those clowns?” To a minor degree that might describe a lot of boxing today. We focus on the ‘big men’ of boxing as they just draw more attention.
The latest tune from the “not ready for prime time” promoter named Dennis ‘The Dummy’ Rappaport is a dandy. For those that don’t care, Rappaport is the promoter for Oleg Maskaev who has been so successful that the WBC champ hasn’t had a payday since December when he won a fight against Peter Okbello in Russia. Nor is there one on the horizon.
Rappaport through pure skill has tied up Maskaev on the sidelines while ducking a fight with Samuel Peter. It seems everyday that Rappaport announces a deal for Peter to receive “step aside money” so Maskaev can fight Vitali Klitschko. That’s the fight we’re told that the world waits breathlessly for. I’m part of the world (for now at least) but guess my votes weren’t taken and/or counted, as I couldn’t give a rat’s posterior if I never see either of the Klitschko brothers fight.
After saying that the deal was “in place ... with a few more details to be worked out”, someone pointed out to ‘The Bumbling One’ that Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov will fight for the WBO title at the Luzhniki Sports Palace in Moscow on the same proposed day - and in the same city. Can you say “Moron”?
Big time Cruiserweight title fight last week in the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois, France. In 2006 WBC/WBA Champion O’Neil Bell (26-1-1) and Jean Marc Mormeck (32-3) met in what was called the ‘Fight of the Year’ by someone. Bell won that one with a dramatic 10-round KO while trailing on all cards.
The rematch was similar. With the WBC ‘open scoring’ in place, Bell knew he needed a KO to retain the title entering the championship rounds. Not this time - as Mormeck regained the title via the judges’ decision. The judges were unanimous for Mormeck 115-113 twice and 114-112.
At the press conference after the fight an angry O’Neil Bell was the first to arrive. Jean Marc Mormeck was speaking with the help of a translator as Bell heard, “I don’t like O’Neil Bell.” At this, the disgruntled Bell charged Mormeck with fists flying while others tossed chairs. As the mayhem was going on, the translator finished the sentence, “but I do have tremendous respect for him as a fighter.” Too little - and way too late!
Promoter King said it was “deplorable after such a great match took place.” As a sideline to the contest, Don King was due to have an audience with the Pope. No report yet on whose ring dominated.
There’s a very old saying that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Now ballooned up to 417lbs, Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-7-4) has moved on. In his latest outing he “took apart” a lightweight 313lbs Jope Siciliano (4-4). The Bean decked Siciliano once in the first then after the third knockdown in the second, Siciliano’s corner tossed in the towel.
On the same card Bean’s 21 year old son, called the Babybean (but of course what else), got knocked out colder than a service girl’s look at an out of Baht punter. The Babybean lasted only 2 minutes into round one. Guess this apple not only fell far from the tree but out of the orchard.
The “Si Habla’s” had a high old time in Las Vegas last week when arch rivals Marco Antonio Barrera (63-4) and Juan Manual Marquez (46-3-1) met in a St. Patrick’s Day super fight for the WBC jr. lightweight title. Only in Las Vegas would two guys from south of the border meet in a St. Paddy’s Day dustup.
Going in to the fight ‘The Square Ring’ and the legal Las Vegas bookies had Marquez the slight favorite. Manny Pacquiao, who fought both, gave the nod to Barrera. “Barrera throws more quality punches apart from having better ring craft compared to the usually rugged Marquez. Barrera has the edge and I guess he will win this fight,” said Pacquiao. “Barrera is one of the best tacticians of the sport. For Marquez to win this fight he needs to turn this into a brawl,” he added.
With that as a setting, what were the chances that a fight between two Mexican gentlemen on St. Pat’s in Las Vegas would have a little controversy? As sure as a baht can buy love, Las Vegas-boxing and controversy are companions.
Barrera was slightly ahead in the early rounds. In the 7th, Barrera handed a thundering right that sent Marquez canvas bound. He then walked over and hit Marquez with a right hand while he was still down.
Referee Jay Nady is a no nonsense type of guy so he brooked none from Barrera. Not only did he negate the knockdown but then penalized Barrera an addition point for the foul. “From where I was standing I didn’t see the punch land,” Nady said. “I thought [Barrera] knocked him down with his shoulder.”
Barrera thought he won the fight - of course he thinks he wins every fight. The official scores were 118-109, 116-111 twice for Marquez. Had the knockdown counted and no foul called it would have been a draw on two cards. Referee Nady could have DQ’d Barrera as Roy Jones was in 1997 against Montell Griffin. Rematch in the works?
So Jeeves tell me how was your St, Patrick’s Day celebration? I had corn beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, homemade soda bread and a goodly amount of Guinness ready but when I looked you had done a runner.
“Your lordship, I had a wonderful time visiting with the lads. You know what people celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day don’t you? It’s the day that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Judging from my tour of bars that night it seems that most of them ended up in the beer bars in Pattaya. But I had a wonderful time. Had an eight course authentic Irish meal - six pints of Guinness and two boiled potatoes.”