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by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 

SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

No shortage of fun, frolics & rugby football at this year’s Pattaya 10’s

The Friday Night Mickey Mouse Darts League

Brian takes it off the ‘Tiger tees’

Russell overcomes the chores

Sharp-shooter Andy gives the girls some cheer

Philibert on fire with red-hot putter

An eye-opening day at St. Andrew’s

Bailey has a ‘blast’ at Plutaluang

The Beautiful Game?

Seamus takes a liking to the Emerald

Sunny & Daz shine at Plutaluang

No loitering for Galway Hookers at the 2007 Ray Roger’s Memorial

Sompong has a day to remember at Khao Kheow

Café Ole and Café Kronborg tied for first

The Square Ring

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

No shortage of fun, frolics & rugby football at this year’s Pattaya 10’s

Raimon Land Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament 2007

Eoin Quirke
The eighth running of the Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Tournament took place two weeks ago at the magnificent setting of The Horseshoe Point Resort, which despite the weeklong rain was in near perfect condition. With the sponsorship of Raimon Land the Tournament reception was held in fine style at the Northpoint Development and this set the tone for the whole weekend.

This year’s tournament saw a feast of great play from all the teams who took part.
The Ladies touch tournament was very hotly contested both on and off the field. Tournament newcomers the Nomads Bullettes from the Philippines were particularly impressive and in their first overseas tour they finished as runners up to the very experienced Southerners Ladies from Thailand.
The girls from the IPS Stars, who are all studying at Physical Training College, also impressed with their fitness and energy and were fine performers despite finishing empty handed. A mention should be made of the hometown ladies The Pattaya Panties whose numbers have been decimated by transfers and maternity calls, they played gallantly with many first timers in their ranks and improved with every game. If they can keep this spirit alive then next year they could be vying for honours.

Easy does it girl - the night’s still young.
This years Men’s tournament had less international representation than in past years. This is in part due to the rising popularity of the 10’s form of the game - the Jakarta 10’s being staged on the same weekend. The quality of the rugby however was not affected with last year’s winners the Ratcha Navy returning to defend their crown and there were some very special displays during the weekend.
All likely protagonists assembled at Horseshoe Point at 9:30am on the Saturday morning and the organizers tent was besieged by team captains anxious to know when their turn would be to take to the green sward. Unflappable as ever, tournament organizer Graham Macdonald with his dour assistant Wayne “ Blowfly “ Oganoski sorted out the schedule and some teams were chivvied along and others were told to be patient.
Eventually everybody was calmed down and play commenced under the control of David Viccars and his merry band of referees including Peter Tann and Dougie Shearer from Hong Kong, Bruce Birchall from U. K., Chris Donovan and Dave Williams and of course our contingent of referees from the Thailand Rugby Union, Khun Thamanoon, Khun Amorn and Khun Chaiyan. Testament to their performance is that none of them were drowned in the pool on Sunday night!
There were fourteen teams and Saturday’s games were played in a round-robin format to determine the ranking for the various competitions. Apart from the one minor downpour conditions were perfect, and hard and fast running rugby was the order of the day.
The opening game saw, as is now tradition, the home team Pattaya’s own Panthers hosting last year’s winners. Jim Howard, the Panther’s chairman, kicked off the opener to start the 2007 tournament, and made way for captain Eoin Quirke to lead the Panthers onwards.
There were strong performances from the Southerners Gold, the British Club and the Ratcha Navy with Nang Len and the Tanner de Wit Nomads from Hong Kong threatening to gatecrash the cup party. The Bangkok Japanese and the Vientiane Buffaloes looked likely contenders for the plate along with the hosts the Pattaya Panthers.
After a hard day’s play, cooling off in the pool was obligatory and then it was off on the Quaic with all of the teams determined to outdo the others with their outfits, performances and drinking and generally to take a good look at the offerings of Pattaya’s famed nightlife.
The center of the Quaic activities was Kilkenny Irish Pub on Walking Street and some 250 rugby players crowded onto the back patio ensured the day’s camaraderie continued late into the evening with old acquaintances renewed and many new ones formed. Fine performances were seen, but nobody could match the Nomads Bullettes. These ladies clad in their ‘Babydolls’ were well choreographed and expertly led by Claire Barberis and Marl Bland. They were a delight to behold and will surely be back next year to defend their partying title.
As the order of play was in some doubt, everybody was at the Point early on Sunday - some looking very much the worse for wear. Partying had definitely taken it’s toll in general but on the home side in particular who were very short on resources (and these guys are supposed to know what it is all about!!)
Tired limbs were anointed and strapped and the final stages of qualification finally got under way and many first time losers were surprised to find that they then had to play more games than if they had won. Again there were some superb performances and some very close encounters with not a few surprises.
In the Ladies tournament the Southerners rolled over everybody, much as expected, and finally defeated the Nomads Bullettes A in a closely fought final. Special mention should be given to The IPS Stars and the Panties who both played their hearts out. We were also treated to a demonstration of Ladies contact rugby played between the Thailand National squad and a Bucks / Blacks combination from Singapore and there certainly was plenty of contact!! The ladies player of the tournament was Ludy Lacrosse from the Southerners.
Over on the main pitch the men ground their way through a very heavy schedule that finally weeded the weak from the strong. The Cup quarterfinals saw some very good and hard games and eventually Ratcha Navy, Bangkok Bangers Colts, Kasetsart University and Southerners Gold progressed to the semi finals, which arguably produced the finest rugby of all with Southerners Gold sending the Navy to sea and the Old Bangers sending Kasetsart U back to the classroom. This gave us a cracking final in which youth and superior fitness eventually triumphed over age and experience. The people’s favourites Southerners Gold, well mothered by Neily Weily emerging as Cup Champions.
In the Plate it was obvious that new team Nang Len and ex Champions British Club would set the pace, however Tanner de Witt Nomads had other ideas and despite having to delay their departure to play in the final, they dispensed with the British Club and then narrowly failed to capture the ultimate prize when they lost to Nang Len in a very tense and tight game.
The marathon of the tournament was to battle all the way to the Bowl Final and the semi finals of the Bowl saw the eclipse of the hosts and the Bangkok Japanese, leaving Southerners Black and the Vientiane Buffaloes to battle for the long distance prize and it was very fitting that the Buffaloes should emerge as the Bowl Champions.
After the final whistle had blown the presentations were made to all trophy winners by Jim Howard the Chairman of Pattaya Panthers RFC assisted by Henri Young the Marketing Director of Raimon Land.
The best Player of the Tournament was presented to Chris “ Wagga “ Doherty from the Southerners Gold and the Chris Kays Award for the person contributing most to the tournament on and off the field was awarded to Marl Bland from the Nomads Bullettes.
The organizers, Jim Howard, Eoin Quirke and Mark Coombs would like to extend a sincere vote of thanks all the players, supporters and sponsors - Raimon Land, MBMG International, AGS Four Winds, Hamptons International, G4Ssecuricor, Mackenzie Smith Law, Millfield School, K - Tech, Cranes & Equipment Asia Ltd., Contract Resources and of course Horseshoe Point for supplying the venue and the Pattaya Mail for printing the tournament programme.

NB: Highlights of this years tournament
can be seen on PMTV
this Friday, May 18.

Who said you had to be a giant to play this game?

The organizers’ tent was a hive of activity.

The Bangers run the ball downfield.

This player sensibly takes one of the VIP taxis back to the refreshment tent.

It wouldn’t be rugby without the occasional spot of ‘afters’.

The front rows shake hands and get to know each other.

There’s always one who has to be different.

It’s supposed to be ‘touch’ rugby ladies.

Someone wake me up when the game starts.

All that running around makes thirsty work.

Those girls from the Philippines get everywhere! Here they share a glass of ‘bubbly’ with tournament organizer Jim Howard at the Raimon Land Northpoint party.

The Bangkok Bangers display their trophy(ies).

The Nomads Bullettes from the Philippines created quite a stir both on the pitch and also later during their foray around town.


The Friday Night Mickey Mouse Darts League

The end of season darts party & trophy presentation was held at the Drum & Monkey Bar, located on the Naklua Road, on Friday 11th May. All twelve dart teams that participate in the league were represented at the party.
Stan from Cheers Bar was the MC for the evening, and he presented the following trophies:
The Mickey Mouse League Champions Cup - The Rising Sun; The Wooden Spoon - The OK Corral; Most Under 10’s - Cheers Bar.
The Highest Check Out during the season was awarded to Tommy (The Three Arrows Bar) who checked out on an impressive 156.
A dart ‘Blind Draw’ doubles knockout competition was held during the party. The competition winners were Jason (Chaplins) and Tip (Drum & Monkey) and the runners up were Ron (Lucky Time) and Noi (Blue Mountain).
An excellent evening was enjoyed by all. Thanks go to the Drum & Monkey Bar for hosting the party; the buffet was outstanding, prepared by Shaun from the Wongamat Bistro.
The new Dart Season begins on Friday May 18.


Brian takes it off the ‘Tiger tees’

Phoenix Members Golf Society

Mike Gerrard
Friday, May 11, Stableford
Friday is becoming a very popular day for the players who like to play off the ‘tiger tees’, which equates to a course length of about 6,800 yards for the men. Playing from these tees makes you concentrate on the long shots of the game more and it’s nice to use some clubs that do not get used very often from white tee play.

Friday’s top three: (L-R) Brian Jacks, Prakong Robinson and Ron Bridge.

Needless to say it is usually the better players that finish up victorious on these days and today was no exception.
In third place with 35 points (losing second place on count back) was our members’ chairman, Ron Bridge. Second place went to the ever-improving Prakong Robinson with 35 points, and our winner today was another player who has hit some form just lately, Brian Jacks with 36 points.
Needless to say it was the same 3 players taking the honours for the near the pins.
Sunday, May 13, Stableford
Another day in paradise for our regular Sunday group, plus one or two guests - always welcome.
Whilst the Ocean course is undergoing repairs and improvements we are currently enjoying the Mountain and Lakes course, but it doesn’t seem to matter what 18 we play at Phoenix; the tees, fairways and greens are a joy to behold considering the wet conditions at this time of the year.
A good field of 16 for today but the results were fairly average considering some of the scores we have experienced just lately.
First place went to yours truly (Mike Gerrard) with 39 points playing off 14. I will be off 10 next week - tough school this Sunday lot! Second place went to the in-form Prakong Robinson with 39 points and third was Rick Delaney with 37 points.
Technicals went to Prakong Robinson, Mike Poustie, and David Czernie.
After a few beers and the presentation we had a quick meeting to elect committee representatives for the coming year, and as there were no alternatives nominated and no objections to the existing committee of Ron Bridge, Mike Gerrard and Barry Winton carrying on the good work, it was accepted ‘No Change’ for one year.
All existing members and guests are always welcome at any of our days (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday), so just give Mike Gerrard a call on 087 091 7565 and we will be glad to fit you in.


Russell overcomes the chores

IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, May 7,
The Emerald, Stableford

1st Peter Sumner 34pts c/b
2nd John Harris 34pts
3rd Alan Griffiths 33pts c/b
4th Brian Kelly 33 c/b
5th Trevor Schirmer 33pts
Having just spent a short break in the sunny UK, Peter Sumner returned in ‘nearly good’ form. It was good enough at any rate to take the day’s top prize with a very good nineteen on the back to disappoint John Harris, who is still looking for his first win out of The Haven.
Alan Griffiths was again to be found among the prizes although not quite up to his usual high standard of late. He still performed strongly over the homeward nine however, to deny both Brian Kelly and Trevor Schirmer the third spot.
Once again there were no 2’s in the first division but Chris Knapp took the rollover in the second division on his own.
Before the prize presentations, The Doc welcomed back Geoff Picken, Peter Sumner, Peter Johansson and Cliff Hornsby.
Wednesday,
May 9, Phoenix, Stableford
1st Russell Exley 41pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer 37pts
3rd Alan Griffiths 36pts
4th Barry Traynor 35pts c/b
5th Al Keith 35pts
Russell “Mop” as he is now known to his very close friends, shook aside all of his recent lethargy to surprise everyone over the now fairly tight Mountain and Lake courses and prove that you can have a day and a night job and still perform at the top of your abilities. But he will have to learn not to keep tidying up the tees and surrounds if he is not to upset his playing partners whilst they are putting and chipping in the vicinity. By all accounts it was a very good round even allowing for a couple of wipes on the inward nine.
Trevor Schirmer again showed his consistency with another handicap-beating round as he took second place ahead of Alan Griffiths, who is also performing well of late following a reduction in handicap.
Barry Traynor and Al Keith filled out the podium with reasonable scores.
Very surprisingly there were no 2’s in the first division but three in the second division with John Harris having two and Geoff Picken one.
Back at the Haven there was a very warm welcome for La Keith who used to be the Doc’s caddy at Eastern Star and has since married Al Keith, and a very good member and player she will be in the future.
Friday, May 11,
Crystal Bay, Stableford
1st Phil Groves 36pts
2nd Alan Griffiths 35pts c/b
3rd Russell Exley 35pts
4th John Harris 33pts
There were no signs of the bad back that had kept Phil Groves off the courses lately as he swept round the A and B layouts at the very pretty and well prepared Crystal Bay club.
A level par round off a single figure handicap is not always an easy task, especially if one has been away from the sticks for a little while, but Phil made it all seem simply ‘matter of fact’ as he cruised round, even having enough time to take in the stunning scenery.
Alan Griffiths and Russell Exley fought out a close match in their four-ball, with Alan just taking the honours as Russell missed an easy putt on the last that would have sealed not only the match but the day’s top prize as well. John Harris again climbed onto the podium with a workmanlike three-over.
Almost unbelievably there were again no 2’s in the first division or in the second division.
Prior to the prize giving, Phil Groves and Tony Hurst were both welcomed back. There was also a farewell to Brian Kelly who is returning to Alderny for a short break away from the stresses of Pattaya.


Sharp-shooter Andy gives the girls some cheer

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

Monday, May 7,
Century Chonburi, Stableford

A cancelled popular course owing to the increase in price because of today’s holiday was welcomed by most as we arrived at our new destination, Century Chonburi. There were a few patchy greens on the front nine but the layout and condition on the last nine easily justified our journey with the majority of players giving the thumbs up.
With the field split at 12 players in each division, nobody from division 1 got on to the two lower rated greens to claim the bottle prizes. Don Head and Rob Heath from div 2 both won with their shots on the 4th and 13th.
There were no 2’s today in either division so there was a double rollover in div 1 and a treble one in div 2 for Plutaluang on Wednesday.
The winning stableford competition points still amaze us all here, and yet again 34 points won the premier league for 7 handicapper Andy Mills. Two points less in second was Chris Holmes and in third place was Ben Findon with 31 points.
Glyn Evans with 33 points won the lower division and Burnie Sinclair’s count back of 14/12 on the back 6 beat Tony Duthie for second spot, both players finishing on 31 points.
Wednesday, May 9,
Plutaluang, Stableford
With the low season upon us now, an amazing 29 players went out today to play the south and east courses at this ever-popular venue. As we arrived, in the background there were many rumblings and the skies were getting greyer but that did not deter any of us. It was all to play for in the 2’s competition for both divisions with rollovers from the previous matches.
The skies opened after 11 holes for the forward group and this meant sheltering at the water hut on the 13th hole, so within 15 minutes there were four groups gathered there. After another 15 minutes we resumed play, but back at the clubhouse later we learnt that two groups had called it a day on the tenth tee.
There was loud applause back at Paweenas later when Andy Mill’s bottle of scotch was given to the girls behind the bar for his nearest the pin on south 7, there were a few bad heads in the morning so I am told. Ted Morris also got nearest on south 4.
There was only one winner in division 2 on the east course, and that was for a remarkable shot landing two feet away on the fifth, it also won Ken Foster a triple rollover in the 2’s competition. Andy Mills also won a double prize for his birdie on the south 4.
An amazing 30 points won the division 1 battle today for Ted Morris; Andy Mills finished second with 27 points and Howard Stanley was one point further back in third. Thirty-two points won the lower division for Les Hall, with Russell Benson one point behind in second and Dave Ross in third on 29 points.
Friday, May 11,
Eastern Star, Stableford
Bouncing back after two weeks in the doldrums, Miss Nom’s 32 points won the division 2 stableford competition, while 4 points behind was Russell Benson in second place, and Miss Am finished third with 27 points.
There were two 32-point hauls tying for first place in division 1 but Joop Medze’s 19 count back beat John McLoone into second. One point further back was Benny O’Connor in third.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at Paweenas on Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. Tee-off time is normally 10.30am but on Friday’s at Eastern Star it is always 9.30am. Please sign up at the bar or call Glyn on 086 837 5464.


Philibert on fire with red-hot putter

PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar

Tuesday, May 8,The Emerald,Stableford
1st Yves Philibert (25) 41pts
2nd David Gardner (9) 36pts
3rd Keith Hodges (24) 30pts c/b
4th Barry Quirk (14) 30pts
5th Mick Heatley (26) 28pts
Near Pins: Jeff Wylie (2), Keith Hodges, David Gardner
Long Putt: Ian Campbell
With no golf last week due to the 1st May holiday and a week of what seemed like continuous rain, we were all looking forward to clear skies at The Emerald. A few clouds were bubbling up as we set off and the heavens opened once again as we teed-off, but it was not enough to dampen spirits.

David Gardner (left) and Yves Philibert: second and first respectively at The Emerald.

Once the rain had stopped everything ran smoothly. Traffic was light and the course was in good shape. The hollow tyning work on the back nine last month was not fully repaired and there was some fairly nervous putting towards the end of the round.
The rough everywhere was green, lush and heavy following the recent rains. Recovery shots around the greens were particularly tricky. Apart from our winner and runner-up other scores were lower than usual, but this is a tough course and scoring is always difficult here.
With just 28 points picking up a prize in fifth place, it shows that you should never give up in this game. If you are finding things difficult then others probably are as well.
Yves Philibert’s winning score of 41 points was outstanding and five points ahead of David Gardner in second. Yves said that he played well, but admitted that he owed his win to single putting on no less than seven occasions. No problem with the greens for him! Yves has been playing well for a few weeks; perhaps we will see a point or two knocked off the handicap before long!
Thursday May 10, Plutaluang S & E, Stableford
1st Gareth Weeks (13) 38pts
2nd Yves Philibert (26) 34pts c/b
3rd Barry Quirk (14) 34pts
Near Pins: Mike Brooke, Barry Quirk, Yves Philibert
The few square miles containing the Plutaluang golf courses must have the highest rainfall in Thailand, or so it seems. We have lost two days to rain here in the last month.
Not that it was raining this time, indeed the playing conditions were very good with low temperatures and overcast skies. However the affect on the course of days of heavy rain was clear to see. North and West had a cart ban in place so we had to play South and East, and the water level in the lake was so high it seemed to be lapping the edge of the fairway. In addition, we found out on arrival that Thursday 10th was a holiday so no sports day discount! Thursday 31st May is also a holiday so beware!
Fortunately traffic wasn’t too bad and we got round in good time. Inevitably the course was wet and heavy in parts. Hitting crisp shots from difficult lies, often with a lump of mud on the ball, wasn’t easy. For all that, it was the same for everyone and in the main an enjoyable day.
Scoring was reasonable in the conditions with a good proportion of scores better than 30 points. Gareth Weeks, playing with Oohsa Bar for the first time, took first place with an excellent 38 points off 13 handicap. Yves Philibert, our winner on Tuesday, continues his good form with second place, beating Barry Quirk on count back with a storming 22 points over the back nine.
Next week we are at Phoenix on Tuesday May 22nd and Plutaluang as usual on Thursday 24th - See you there!


An eye-opening day at St. Andrew’s

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday winners: (L-R) Vince Smyth, Anders Pederson and Perry McNeely with one of Bert’s helpers in the foreground.

Tuesday, May 8,
St Andrew’s 2000, Stableford

The last time I booked St Andrews, one of our members nicknamed it ‘The Goat Track’ and so it has remained ever since. Sticking in all our minds were some of the water-carries, and some of our players said they would not go, but eventually they did. With a ‘Sports Day’ on a Tuesday it was time to test this course at a reasonable rate. So with a full list off we went, and were we surprised.
Arriving at the course it was the same as normal, i.e. the same as Green Valley, so all booked in quickly, got into the compulsory carts, and then went up the hill to the start. I say up the hill because the first looks down onto a really clear fairway and the only problem is to hit your drive straight. Off the fairway is punished.
As we progressed around it was apparent that this was not the course off a few years ago. The layout is now more mature, the lines are defined and you are rewarded for a good shot, and hurt by a poor one. If you can play onto raised greens you will do well, and some of the holes we called ‘gimmicky’ before are now modified and seem just very testing. The greens are also now very trying but well grassed and allow you to hit good puts. All in all a fine course and very tough: even the Par 6’s are now interesting.
So, round over and relaxing in the fine changing rooms I was surprised to find that every single golfer was amazed by the course and I am under orders to book it again next month. So I will.
Back at Bert’s and the winners was announced to be Anders Pederson, who came into his own and won with 38 points. We had a count back for second on 37 points that was won by Mark Brenton, with that perennial loser of count backs Perry McNeely in third. In fourth was Vincent Smyth with 36 points and in fifth Dave Arrowsmith with 35 points.
T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Vince Smyth, Dave Arrowsmith
Long Put: Vince Smyth, Bill Knight


Bailey has a ‘blast’ at Plutaluang

PSC golf from The Café Kronborg

Monday, May 7, Plutaluang, Stableford
The Plutaluang S & E layouts were host to a Stableford competition for a small turnout in one flight.

Arthur Bailey was the winner at Plutaluang.

The course was in good condition, though there had been a tremendous amount of rain since we last played it 10 days ago. The reservoir was up about three feet, not including the downpour of about 40 minutes halfway through this round.

This being a holiday we were charged a higher fee and the course is currently offering Green and Caddy fees on weekends and holidays at 800 Baht.
Arthur Bailey, 79 years young and still walking the course, beat everyone with 37 points. Khun Sawan was second with 36 points and tournament director Dave Richardson just eked out third with 29 points.
T.T.F.N


The Beautiful Game?: Riz Taylor

Eyes down for a feast of finals

I’ve never had much time for football fans that sit around stadiums crying their eyes out at this time of the season. You know the sort. It all seems a bit melodramatic for me, and I even find myself wondering if these weeping supporters are simply trying to get their teary faces on the world’s television screens in what could be their final opportunity before their club plunders into the abyss of the lower leagues. After all, can it really be that surprising and soul destroying to see your club, who have struggled all year long, finally getting relegated by failing to pick up three points on the last day to guarantee safety?
Yet I have to say I felt something of a pull on my heartstrings as Sheffield United dropped from the Premiership on Sunday night after a rollercoaster of a final day. Kicking off in the relative safety of sixteenth place, United needed only a home draw against fellow strugglers Wigan to ensure survival but were overcome at Bramall Lane by the desperate Latics. Even this might have been enough for the Yorkshire side had West Ham not miraculously stolen victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
In the end the Blades were sent down on goal difference, and just one goal at that. West Ham were the side to profit, and what irony that Carlos Tevez, the Argentinean striker at the centre of an almighty fuss in recent weeks after the FA failed to punish West Ham with a points deduction for illegally fielding him for much of the season, should notch the Hammers’ winner down the road at Manchester. This was a last day nightmare for Sheffield United, who now look likely to step up legal action to overturn the FA’s decision.
You can’t help but feel a little something for Neil Warnock’s men, but then perhaps they should have performed better throughout the season. For a spell they looked like being this year’s surprise side - an award later claimed by brilliant Reading - but the second half of the season was pretty awful by anyone’s standards.
Still, it would take more than poor form to stop Neil Warnock letting off steam. Avoiding the Tevez issue, the Blades manager instead vented his fury on Manchester United and Liverpool, who he believes had fielded weakened line-ups against his side’s rivals in recent weeks. “What goes around comes around and maybe Chelsea will win the FA Cup and AC Milan the Champions League,” he said.
“He has his own reasons, though. Maybe the FA Cup final next week is more important to him,” he said of Sir Alex Ferguson, before settings his sights on Anfield. “At least I knew the players that were playing. I didn’t even know two of those that played for Liverpool at Fulham last week. I’d never heard of them but when you are a foreign manager like Rafa Benitez, you probably don’t give two hoots about what Sheffield United think.”
As United prepare to call up their lawyers from the bench it seems that the relegation battle could be far from over, but if that’s to happen we could be in for something of a legal mess during the coming months. Not a pretty sight, but at least it should keep The Beautiful Game? fattened up during those lean summer months.
Moving on, and Tottenham, Everton and Bolton all claimed next season’s UEFA Cup places, whilst Reading were unfortunate to miss out after an away draw at Blackburn. Bad news for Reading fans, but having heard Steve Coppell state that a European tour might be a step too far for his thin squad it seems unlikely that anyone in Berkshire will be throwing themselves from hotel roofs.
Two weeks of football heaven continues with the FA Cup Final tomorrow, as plucky underdogs Manchester United and Chelsea meet for the inaugural final at the all-new Wembley Stadium. It’s a treat to see such unlikely clubs make it to the final, so I hope you’ll be settling down for a real treat tomorrow night. And let’s all pray for an early goal.
Then it’s off to Greece on Wednesday for the European Champions League Final. For any of you North American readers too stupid to understand football, we have to put up with your Superbowl shenanigans and this, my friends, is our time. It’s all very easy to comprehend. World Cup and European Championships aside (that’s the one for nations not clubs), this is the biggest game of the year and undoubtedly club football’s biggest prize. This time around we’ve got England’s third best side taking on Italy’s equivalent to decide which club picks up the title of the finest side in Europe. Got that?
Honestly I don’t know what’s not to understand. Anyway, I’m hoping for a Liverpool win myself, not particularly because I’m English or even because Milan are a bunch of match-fixing cheats that should never have been near the competition. No, I’m hoping Liverpool come back from a three goal half time deficit to miraculously draw 3-3 before taking it on penalties, as it would allow me to copy and paste this column from May 2005 and save us all a great deal of effort.
Aside from the divisional playoffs, the football will then be complete for another season, and with no international tournaments over the summer we’ll soon be reduced to a few meaningless friendly matches, courtroom dramas and a whole heap of transfer speculation to keep us talking until August. What other excuse do you need to book your barstools for two huge finals in the coming days? I’ll go for an extra-time Chelsea win over Manchester United in tomorrow’s FA Cup Final and a 2-1 Milan victory on Wednesday, but I have been known to be wrong on occasion and reserve the right to conveniently forget those predictions next week. Enjoy.
A Slap In the Face
Those of you with nothing to do, far too much money and finally able to find a first class travel agent in Pattaya within the next ten minutes or so might still be in with a chance of being at Wembley for tomorrow’s FA Cup Final. Seats could still be on offer after flyers were handed out before both Manchester United and Chelsea’s final league matches at the weekend demanding a boycott of the new Wembley over ticket allocation, the prices of those tickets and the huge cost of just about everything else on offer tomorrow.
Kelvin Barker, one of the fans who leads the Chelsea element of the Wembley Boycott, told BBC London Radio: “We probably could have swallowed the ticket prices because it’s the FA Cup Final and everybody wants to be there. You expect to pay way over the odds to go to a cup final.”
“But you get another slap in the face when you find that you’re having to pay 8 pounds for a burger meal and I believe in the region of 10 pounds for a programme. We are unhappy about that really, and we think that something needs to be done.”
The fans are also unhappy at just 50,000 of the 90,000 tickets being made available to supporters of both sides, with 17,000 tickets allocated to Club Wembley holders, 11,000 to County Football Associations, 2,000 to full member clubs, along with 10,000 to other clubs, FIFA, the FA, UEFA and other corporate guests.


Seamus takes a liking to the Emerald

IPGC golf with The Caddy Shack

Tuesday, May 8,
The Emerald, Medal

The Emerald was the venue for the first game out of The Caddy Shack for 10 days, due to the previous inclement conditions that had forced some cancellations.
Fortunately, the weather on this day was nice and warm with no sign of rain. Medal was the format chosen and good scores were hard to come by. Steve Nowell and Bev Ewens fought for second place; both with Net 82’s but with Bev’s score having the more favourable back nine. In first place was Seamus Learns, visiting from Ireland, who fired a Net 76.
There were no 2’s recorded but despite the indifferent golf, all agreed it was good to get back into the swing after the enforced layoff.
Friday, May 11,
Eastern Star, Stableford
Easter Star was the venue for a Stableford competition on what is always a challenging layout: the recent rain making it longer and tougher than ever.
PJ Redmond took second spot with 34 points, 2 points behind our eventual winner Damian Trante who continued his winning ways.
Once again there were no 2’s recorded so there will be a rollover to Phoenix.


Sunny & Daz shine at Plutaluang

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

Mr. Denis (left) with the winning team “Daz’s Dazzlers”: Danny Larsen, Daz Martindale, Alan Bissel and Andy Crabb.

After an interminably wet week, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Plutaluang’s S & E nines for their Sunday Special stableford event on 6th May, and it was good to see an excellent turnout for the damp, low season.
Leading the way for a long while today was the OK Corral’s most accomplished golfer, six-handicapper David Thomas, and his score of 34 points was a credit to his concentration and skill. Needless to say it represented the day’s best gross score as well.
But David was to be outdone on this occasion by two other golfers, as firstly Sunny Khanna surprised no-one by throwing his hat into the ring with a fine 35-point card. Later, he was joined at the top of the list by Daz Martindale whose similar score was also a fine reward for some steady golf.
The day’s sole birdie ‘2’ happened to be Don Nellis’ third consecutive pot winner and he very generously rang the bell to announce the feat.
Making his OK debut was Quintin Goldie, a canny Glaswegian and a Celtic supporter who recorded the day’s poorest score that guaranteed him the ‘Booby Bevy’.
Topsy-turvy table at Phoenix
Tuesday, May 8th, the Pattaya Golf Society played the first of its two monthly Order of Merit events: this time employing a medal format over the Mountain and Lakes nines at Phoenix.
The day was hot and thankfully dry as the golfers set out on their task and the four ladies in the field held all the aces as Mountain and Lakes off the red tees is almost a kilometre and a half shorter than from the whites! In addition the Lakes greens had been sanded and although appearing slick, were in fact very sluggish and this caught many golfers out. However, it was “the same for everyone” as we are constantly being told.
The surprising final results had only one top-flight golfer breaking net eighty: David Thomas’ best gross of the day being a mediocre 86. So, the usual tables were turned showing Tom Hunsicker and Margaret Wilkinson sharing third place with net 76, one behind newbie Gilles Akoum’s net 75. The winning score was net 73 and this was shared by lady golfers Mod Churaiska and Ton Chaysa - both playing so well lately.
Don Nellis let the side down by failing to bag his fourth consecutive ‘2’, the others fairing no better, whilst David Thomas committed the ultimate golfing sin and received the ‘Booby Bevy’. David hid his face with embarrassment when the saga of his five putts from seven feet on the fourth hole was related.
Happy Birthday Boss ... almost!
Thursday, May 10th, the Pattaya Golf Society decided to celebrate OK Corral boss Denis’ birthday with a four-person team scramble at Plutaluang, over the S & E courses. And what a day it was too! The weather stayed dry and the course was in good condition, playing long and offering a stern test for even the hardiest of scramblers.
Boosted by an ensemble of golfing friends from the popular Paweena’s golf group in Jomtien, the field enjoyed the usual highs and inevitable lows of the scramble format and with a much more equitable handicapping system in place, the day was to see only seven shots covering the field.
In third place was the old master Tony Duthie and his of Rob Heath, Chris Holmes and Andy Mills, and their score of 53.6 represented the best gross score of 65 for the day. Len Jones, David Thomas and Mod Churaiska tried hard to give team-mate Denis the best of birthday presents but the missed four-foot putt on South 3 cost them dear as their total of net 52 fell just 0.4 of a shot behind the winners, “Daz’s Dazzlers”. Danny Larsen’s power and some incredible scrambling gave teammates Daz Martindale, Alan Bissel and Andy Crabb the victory in style with net 51.6.
Technical prizes sponsored by Ian Hart and Len Jones went to Steve Cranston, Lee Buil, Chris Holmes, and Tony Kitchen and six teams had the honour of sharing the birdie 2’s pot. The ‘Booby Bevy’ went to the team of Keith Barr, Ian Hart, Steve Cranston and Ton Chaysa but even they had consolation in the form of a near-pin and a long putt win. It was a day of winners all round but the biggest smile was on the face of birthday boy Denis. Well done pal, here’s to the next one!


No loitering for Galway Hookers at the 2007 Ray Roger’s Memorial

Derek Brook
Thursday, May 10, Pattaya C.C.,
4-Man Scramble
I take you back to a time when Pattaya, this place we all know so well, was on a new frontier; when there was not golf in every bar, and when there was not a choice of which golf course to play.

The Galway Hookers: Clive Robinson, Bob Rasmussen, Jim Flanagan and Arthur (Mickey Mouse) Barret.

As the place grew, so men of ‘character’ strode across this land. Strong men with strong views, and at the forefront of this ‘landscape’ was one Ray Rogers. Not the Ray of later years, but a strong thrusting man, who at one time was a leading businessman with a fleet of boats and taxis, a leader of the community.
This was during the building up of the area, and of course of the use of the now expanding golf courses in that area. Ray was a founding member of the Pattaya Sports Club, and as such, every year at his home he hosted two tournaments, usually paying for the food and a major present for each player. Many still have a ‘Papa Ray’ memento.
Like all good things, and as is life, things age and change, and although Ray appeared indestructible it was not to be, even though he lived well into his nineties before he passed on. However, last year his family decided they would not let his memory die and so was born this day, hosted by Gary Rogers and family at the venue we all know so well: Thus the tradition continues.
The Tournament was run from the Cafe Kronborg as usual by Dave Richardson with the major help of George Bennison and Bjarne and all the personnel at the Cafe Kronborg who helped. The format was, as had become usual over recent years, a four-ball scramble and 18 groups signed up for the day.
This competition has for many years been held at Pattaya Country Club and they are to be thanked for their help over the years, and in particular this year. So all the groups gathered, booked in and were soon on their way, with both the 1st and 10th Tees being used. The course was actually not in bad condition, and the rains of late have helped it to recover. However, the rain on the way around did not help, and a major downpour had all the players dashing for cover for half an hour or so, and of course the fairways were then sodden and the greens flooded.
Round over it was back to Gary’s where the presentation was to be made. It was good to see the buffet had started early and gradually the players all arrived and were presented with a complimentary umbrella, with the compliments of Gary, just as his uncle used to do.
Dave Richardson was busy with prize organization, and it was nice to see the work that Gary had put in to make a presentation area a place to be proud of. Then Diamond Dave, the Emcee for the day took over
He reminded all of the reason we were there, Ray Rogers, then thanked Gary for his support, food, and umbrellas, and Dave Richardson, George Bennison, Dennis Willet and Tony Oakes for their help on the day. He also thanked The Cafe Kronborg and it’s girls for the food and their help and the Golf Shop, Pattaya Country Club, Pattaya Sorts Club and The Pattaya Mail for their assistance.
So to the presentation, and in third place was the team of Bo Engstrom, Beng Borg, Petri Takkunen and Unto Kilronen with a score of Net 57.4. In second place came Bob Philip, Bob Pearce, Nigel Cannon and Jack Mosley with a score of Net 57, but out in front was the team who described themselves as ‘The Galway Hookers’; namely Clive Robinson, Bob Rasmussen, Jim Flanagan and Arthur (Mickey Mouse) Barret with a Net score of 56.1.
With the presentation of the winners over, it was time for the real reason we were there - the Lucky Draw. Of course we did help reduce the stock of ‘cold ones’ too.
T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Jay Perrin, Barry Trayner, Peter Emslie, Marie Rowles
Long Put: Herbie Ishinaga, Lumpy Russel


Sompong has a day to remember at Khao Kheow

PSC Golf from the Peacock Place

Wednesday, April 9, Khao Kheow,
Stableford

Wednesday saw 24 golfers journey to Khao Kheow and what a day we had: the course was in great condition and the greens were the best we have played on in the last 3 months.
Two divisions were organised with the cut at 15 and under and single stableford was chosen as the format. In the top flight, Bob Wighton (11) with 37 points had just enough to see off Brian Jacks (14) on count back, whilst in third place came Doug Campbell (13) with 33 points and Bob Drumm (14) was in fourth with 32 points
The lower flight was won by Sompong Netsri (34) with a magnificent 43 points. Second came Doug Chalkley (23) with 38 points, third was Alan Bishop (20) on 34 points and in fourth was Ray Luttman (36) with 31 points.
Monday, April 7,
The Emerald
One division with 16 players at the Emerald where the greens proved to be very bouncy.
The winner on the day was Doug Campbell with a fine 39 points, second was Bernie Segrave (11) with 35 points and third equal was the lovely Suzi Lawnton (14) and that venerable old gentleman Paul Crosland, both on 33 points. In fourth place came Trudy Chadbourne (24) with 31 points: It was really nice to see the girls giving there hubby’s a bit of a hiding for once.
Come and join us for a friendly game of golf with the Peacock Place Golf Society on Siam Country Club Road. We meet every Monday & Wednesday and everyone is more than welcome. Contact Capt Bob Philp on 087 941 2474


Café Ole and Café Kronborg tied for first

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

Café Ole took three points from Jack & Tar and Café Kronborg got three from Three Sisters and both teams are now tied for first place.
Beaver won four points from Diamond Shop, VFW Post 9876 took four from Mai’s Thai Restaurant and both teams are tied for third place. Montana beat last week’s number one team Brother D taking all four points and Brother D dropped to a tie for third.
Scores were not very good this week due to the poor oil conditions of the lanes. Jim Montgomery bowling as a sub for Montana had a 210 game and 549 series, Tui, VFW had a 521 series and Aht, Diamond Shop knocked down 516 pins.


The Square Ring: by Howie Reed

Jeeves, could you pop out to do a bit of shopping whilst I write our next submission to the ‘Writers Hall of Fame’? Good, and how about getting us a nice French wine, some Roquefort and croissants and a big order of French fries from Micky D’s. When you get back (I’m sure after a stopover at the TQ) we’ll toast to another great column and the election of Nicholas Sarkozy as President of France.
Well two weeks later and Floyd Mayweather jr. is still retired. In the end he actually did something for boxing. He quit. Of course it’s just a temporary situation but nice none-the-less.
It was reported that Judge Jerry Roth had considered giving the last round to Oscar as the other two judges did. “I though about it, but that would have made the fight a draw”, he reportedly said. I don’t believe for a minute that Roth ever said anything of the kind. If he had wanted to give the round to Oscar he would have. Not that anyone asked me, but I think that Mayweather jr. knows he was lucky to get by Oscar and knows that a re-match would result in a loss. But then what the heck do I know?
Patrick The Flying Frog, a former professional boxer, thought Mayweather jr. - De La Hoya was a great fight. He reports: “Great fight but not what I expected. They were both in very good shape and very careful. I gave the first 8 rounds even and the other 4 to Mayweather. The last rounds De la Hoya looked tired and attacked without landing any blows but was counter-punched every time by Mayweather. I think that’s what convinced the judges to give the victory to Mayweather.
“I remember he (De La Hoya) did the same against Trinidad; the last four rounds he gave away and lost. Only the last judge was a little over the edge with his 116-112 to Mayweather. If he (Jerry Roth) scored it one point less, then it was a draw and De La Hoya would still be champion. So sad, for a great champion he certainly is! I hope we get a rematch, which I doubt. Mayweather is planning to retire? But as we all know, if the purse is “Wright” they all come out of retirement, ha, ha.”
Little Frog humor there at the end.
Judge Tom Kaczmarek had the fight 115-113 for Oscar. Doug Harrison, from Bourbon Street in the ‘Big smog filled city’, agrees. “What happened to that fight? I think Oscar got robbed or did they plan for a re-match?”
I think maybe a re-match is “iffy” at best but not out of the question considering that Oscar took home $40 million and Mayweather jr. $20 million.
There are others that had a problem with the scoring. Joe Koizumi, the voice of Japanese boxing adds his name to the list. “During the broadcast in Japan, after the eighth round we were shocked to hear an HBO commentator’s intermediate score of 77-75 in favor of Mayweather, as we saw De La Hoya winning by 78-74. We admit it was a close affair in the end due to Mayweather’s surge in the last four rounds. It was also surprising that many ringsiders favored Mayweather as the winner even if it was close. Usually boxing bouts are broadcast by TV people and reported by press people. Where do they watch the fights? At ringside, of course. But there are limited “Ringsiders.”
Koizumi continues: “Boxing is a sport to be watched not only by ‘limited ringsiders’ but by the general public in the world. People cannot afford to pay $2,000 to buy a ringside ticket, so they watch the fight on TV. Ideally, the views of the ringsiders and the general public should be identical. Ironically, however, the current scoring standard sometimes makes the respective views different. The scoring standard consists of: (1) clean effective hits, (2) aggressiveness, (3) defense, and (4) ring generalship. Furthermore, there is a tendency that even a very close round is given to either of the two boxers rather than scored even. It may be sometimes difficult to judge whether a certain punch (or combination) was effective or not, and which of the boxers was superior in terms of ring generalship.
“People watching from the second floor or on TV feel that the aggressor should be the winner. Yours truly wonders if the current declining popularity of boxing may be caused partly by the complex scoring standard or its understanding. The judges occasionally pick a winner that people don’t agree with. Spectators (except ringsiders) get disgusted and frustrated by the decision.”
One point that Koizumi failed to mention is that sometimes a ringside seat is not the best place to judge: Too close to the trees to see the forest.
There are those boxers out there that have seen the money available for fighting Oscar and want a piece of the action. What might sidetrack a re-match is that Mayweather jr. will probably think he sold the fight. Nay-Nay. How much did Mayweather jr. contribute? Not much. It was Oscar De La Hoya that allowed the telecast to surpass the previous all time PPV record by 160,000 buys. Not too Chablis, chilled but not frozen.
The latest boxer attempting to toss his gloves in the ring is Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad. “I’ll give Oscar a re-match but I can’t get below 160 pounds.” Yeah, right Tito - like Oscar needs you? Take a hike amigo.
When was the last time that you read about a Thai boxer going to Argentina to fight? Have you ever heard of a Thai boxer going to Argentina to fight? No? Then read on McDuff.
Decho ‘Lazy Boy’ Bankluaygym had a 24-8 record going into his match with former WBO jr. lightweight champ Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (47-3-1, 34 KOs). The ‘Lazy Boy’ would go down in round 1 then get stopped in round 3. Bankluaygym’s record is a little deceiving. He started 14 and naught fighting “TBA’s”. Since then he’s 10-9-2. Whoops!
Prawet Singwangcha had worse luck in Puerto Rico. If anyone had any doubts and needed proof that the WBA was a “horsefeathers” organization, the hastily arranged lightweight title-fight between Jose Miguel Cotto (28-1-1) and Prawet Singwangcha (30-2-12) should seal the deal.
For 12 rounds Singwangcha controlled the fight being staged in Cotto’s own ‘back yard’. Cotto, who will never be confused with his hard-hitting brother Miguel, landed no effective punches and spent most of the night covering up or running. Two of the three judges should never be allowed to judge a boxing match again. The two are Guy Jutras of Canada and Sam Conde of Puerto Rico, who had the fight a draw at 114-114.
The news that Jutras is lousy isn’t anything new, as whenever he’s judging a fight the stench rises from ringside before the opening bell. Tom Miller of the USA had the fight 117-111 for Singwangcha as did ‘The Square Ring’. Prawet Singwangcha fought his heart out and got the big “Squawdish.”
Patrick ‘The Flying Frog’ agrees with ‘The Square Ring’. “I watched the fight on Supersport and discovered that it’s not only in Thailand that the local boxers are favorites in their own country. Looks like Puerto Rico has taken over the Thai habit.
“The first 5 rounds were in favor of Cotto until Singwancha took over with light and fast punches. Then the fun started in the seventh, when Cotto gave a headbutt to his trainer in the corner, first time I saw that, ha, ha. He refused to sit down until another trainer was there in his corner. From round eight on, it was all Singwancha until the end.
“For me the scores were 116-114 in favor for Singwancha but the judges scored a draw. Home fever and favor took over! I feel so sorry for the Thai boxer; he did ‘win’ a world title and didn’t get it. What a shame! Flying Frog.”
Here’s Jeeves with other result of Thai fighters.
“Your Lordship, three big-name Thai fighters were in action recently. They all won but as you always write, the wins meant little.
“At the Central Stadium in Yasothorn Province, two-time Olympian and current WBO #1 super fly Pramuansak Phosuwan (37-1-1, 21 KOs) stopped Jemmy Gobe (3-3-2). No big deal there. It was reported that the fight was close until the 6th when the Indonesian got knocked around and then surrendered at the beginning of the 7th.
“Also former WBA 122lb king, Somsak Sithchatchawal (50-2-1, 40 KOs), won a six-round unanimous decision over Yuki Murai (12-10-4) who has now lost 5 of his last 8. The action, such as it was, also featured two-time WBO 122 lb title challenger, Sod Looknongyangtoy (30-2,11 KOs), who got a 4th round KO over a 1-5 Almaz Assanov.”
This week, Jeeves and I will be drinking a few cold lagers in memory of one of the best boxers of the last 20 years. On May 7, 2005 Diego “Chico” Corrales celebrated his greatest moment in the ring. On that night he came back from the brink of being knocked out to KO Jose Luis Castillo in round 10. Just two years later to the day, his life ended in a horrific motorcycle accident that left him dead at the scene and ended his 29 years on earth. His funeral last Tuesday drew those that knew and admired him to say goodbye.
Diego Corrales was a good guy who had a smile that could light up a medium size city. He spoke in a soft but sincere voice. He had his problems but as great people often do, he fought through those roadblocks while never becoming bitter. He might have been a lightweight boxer but he had a heavyweight heart. May God realize what an extraordinary person has been trusted to his care.



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