Banglamung Boys Home wins local soccer title

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The annual Shai Davis Soccer Tournament took place recently at Planet Football on Soi Siam Country Club in Pattaya, and as in previous years the rivalry between teams was fierce.

Now in it seventh year, this competition sees teams from local charitable organizations competing against each other.  Teams from the Father Ray Children’s Home, the Pattaya Orphanage, Banglamung Boys Home and Baan Jing Jai battled it out in the afternoon heat, but it was the side from the Banglamung Boys Home which carried off the winner’s cup, beating the Pattaya Orphanage in the final.

Shai Davis (centre) poses with the Banglamung Boys Home – the tournament winning team.Shai Davis (centre) poses with the Banglamung Boys Home – the tournament winning team.

Not only did the captain of the winning team, fifteen year old Somchai, lift the winner’s trophy, but he was also awarded well deserved trophies for Player of the Tournament and Top Goal Scorer.

The following day twelve teams, six adult and six youth, including three of the teams from the previous day, gathered at the Father Ray Children’s Home to take part in the annual CH Charity Soccer Tournament.

The Pattaya Orphanage team were disappointed to lose the final.The Pattaya Orphanage team were disappointed to lose the final.

While most teams were from the local area, one team of youngsters traveled from the province of Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, to play and were disappointed they did not fare as well as they hoped.

Outright winners of the youth competition were the team from Banglamung Boys Home, with the Father Ray Children’s Home, playing on home turf, coming second.  Young Somchai once again lifted the winner’s trophy and also received the Player of the Tournament award, and if he keeps playing the way he has played on this weekend there is a promising future ahead of him.

Fifteen year old Somchai, captain of the Banglamung Boys Home, was the top goal scorer and voted best player of the tournament.Fifteen year old Somchai, captain of the Banglamung Boys Home, was the top goal scorer and voted best player of the tournament.

It may not be the winner’s trophy, but he is still happy.It may not be the winner’s trophy, but he is still happy.

Junior winners of the CH Charity Soccer Tournament.Junior winners of the CH Charity Soccer Tournament.