2020-2021 END OF SEASON DINNER

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Written by Pat Cotter
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Club sponsor Sheryle’s Restaurant & Bar was the venue for Lanna Rugby Club’s 2020/21 AGM and annual awards ceremony which was also a grand way to christen the newly furbished upstairs sports bar and it didn’t disappoint. Mike, Olly and his team put on a fine buffet and were on hand to ensure that, as the juices flowed, so did the ale, in copious amounts.

As participants arrived, the atmosphere began to build and with the feeding frenzy out of the way and the beer flowing, it was quite jovial, with an air of anticipation, by the time Club Chairman Tom Stubley and Club Captain Dave McRitchie took to the floor to get proceedings underway by presenting all the players and support staff with a medal in appreciation of all the time and effort that had been put in during the season. Now its not often an opposition player attends another clubs’ AGM but, to his credit, Payap Rugby’s forward Rowan Carroll not only attended, but was presented with a commemorative medal for his audacity to the cheers of the room!

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The first of the main awards was going to the Clubman of the Year and it went to a person who epitomizes what it means to be part of a rugby club by not only getting himself into match fitness at his advanced age but also leading from the front on the social side, driving on the team to support and enjoy the facilities at Sheryle’s. Always the first to arrive and the last to leave, Mark “Bomber” Harris is fully deserving of the award and though he managed to lose the trophy it was returned to him intact the following day.

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Seng ”Brave” Harn was next up to receive the Most Improved Player award. Being in the front row of any team can daunting and sometimes be a thankless job but Brave has excelled this season not just in the set pieces but also in the loose where he has developed a new found freedom to express his game and has been an integral part of the Lions success in reaching this years final.

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For the second year running Top Try Scorer of the Season was Tawan “Dtun” Kiatngamphom who continues to improve with every game. Along with his blistering pace he has developed a certain awareness to his game that immediately puts defenses on the back foot. Creating space is tight situations Dtun can score from anywhere on the field.

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The Top Tackler award went to a man who not only continues to defy his age but continues to show the younger generation that old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance or in his case smash the bejasus out of you! Paul Bolwell always in the right place at the right time and a true inspiration both on and off the field.

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Ted Guggenheim recently arrived in Chiang Mai from China and was recruited into the Lanna family. He made an immediate impression in his first game and has become an important cog in a backline that on its day can be a match for any team. Ted deservedly received the Back of the Year award and has set the benchmark for years to come.

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The Best Forward award could really only go to one person but being the modest guy he is he would be the first one to deny it. Dave McRitchie is another age old warrior who continues to give back to the sport. As captain of the team he leads from the front and is always eager to carry the ball up and inspires the team with his never say die attitude. His collaboration with Chairman Tom continues to epitomize all that has been achieved not just with the Lanna Rugby Club but with youth development and developing rugby in North Thailand.

There was a special Cook of the Year award for Khun May who always provides food and refreshments for the children who attend the youth sessions. Working tirelessly, with a smile and Thai classics blaring out of the stereo she has become a major part of the kids day out and something they all look forwards to. Well done Khun May thank you for all you do.

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The Players Player of the Year is always a special award and signifies the respect of his fellow players and once again the smiling assassin Tawan Kiatngamphom (Dtun) walked away with the trophy. His smiling dedication can inspire the team in the bleakest of circumstances and in the worst of weather and the award is well deserved.

 

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The main award of the evening that of Player of the Year went to a player who has made so much of the Lanna success story possible. Coming from a rugby league background he always breaks tackles, creates space and scores his fare share of tries. Off the pitch he can be found sharing stories, espousing wisdom and drinking his fare share of libations. Louis Stanton the 2021 Player of the Year.

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The Captains awards presented by Dave McRitchie was an altogether less formal affaire with the Princess Award going to Tom Stubley, the Strong Arm Award to Louis Stanton, The Nostalgia Award to Mark “Bomber” Harris, the Best Dressed Award to Seng ” Brave” Harn, the Best Hair Award to Carlos Victor Da Silva , the Most Inquisitive Award to Dave Hendershot, the Biggest Gobshite Award went to Brian Grieve and last but not least Eagle Eye Award to Pat “Eagle Eye” Cotter. A funny way to end the awards and both Mike and Olly spoke about supporting the Lions and the enjoyment they get from the association.

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The evening came to a close with Brian Grieve leading the team in song and arranging Guinness (courtesy of the bar, thank you ) boat races for which everyone was grateful the following day! A great nights entertainment. Bring on next season !

 

YOUTH RUGBY IS GROWING

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Written by Pat Cotter
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The weekly gathering of excited kids for Lanna Rugby Clubs’ Youth Development program were given a treat with the return of Club captain & coach Dave McRitchie into the fray, to join with Tom Stubley, in putting the kids through their paces. After his recent beach holiday Dave was fully refreshed and ready to get stuck in.

After a general warm up and what is fast becoming the obligatory jockey race, the group was separated into boys and girls teams, for the drills and skills session. This brought an added sense of competition between the two groups, which made it all the more fun. When asked both groups said that tackling practice was high on their agenda so, tackling practice it was. To make it more interesting everything became a race with honour’s even once all was done.

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The boys excelled in the contact drills but the girls had the edge when it came down to passing drills and general ball skills.

All in all it was a fun session and something the kids really look forward to attending at the end of a tough school week.

The sessions will continue weekly with the aim to get the girls’ and boys teams up to a level where they can begin to start competing in 7 a side tournaments once they begin again.

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The fun, laughter and all round enjoyment that the kids exude during the sessions reminds one how import sport is for children’s development. The kids are also beginning to learn the core values of Rugby which we know from our own experience will help them through life’s journey.

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Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes. All share a common purpose and core values. NTR and Lanna Rugby’s core values are respect, leadership, achievement, engagement, discipline and enjoyment.

RESPECT –

  • We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others by the way we behave.
  • We respect our match officials and accept their decisions.
  • We respect opposition and supporters.
  • We value our coaches and those who run our clubs, and treat clubhouses with consideration.

LEADERSHIP

  • Communication -Leaders need to listen to their teams, allow them to influence decisions, and encourage them to become part of the process.
  • Leading by example – Through behaviour, leaders can set their expectations for the rest of the group.
  • Learning – Learn from the team around you and be willing to change your mindset.
  • Finding your leaders – Your informal leaders may not have anyone reporting to them but they are probably liked and trusted by the rest of the team.
TEAMWORK
  • We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field.
  • We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
  • We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play.
  • We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives.

ENJOYMENT

  • We encourage players to enjoy training and playing.
  • We use our sport to adapt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills.
  • We safeguard our young players and help them have fun.
  • We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family because it enhances confidence and self esteem.

DISCIPLINE

  • We ensure that our sport is of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair.
  • We obey the ‘Laws of the Game’ which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game.
  • We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values.
  • We observe the sport’s laws and regulations and report serious breaches.

ENGAGEMENT

  • We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with team mates and opposition.
  • We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat.
  • We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement.
  • We ensure that the well-being and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.

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THE CUBS ARE GROWING

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Written by Pat Cotter
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Bright blue skies and sunshine lit up the Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn School, home ground of the Lanna Lions Rugby Club, for the latest edition of the Lanna Rugby Club’s youth development program with over 25 kids, many of them new faces, turning out for another session of their continuing rugby education.

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As usual Lions Captain Dave McRitchie & Lions founder Tom Stubley took the session and started with some fun warm up games to get the kids focused and ready for action.

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Moving on to passing drills it was immediately apparent that, with the kids attending the recent TRU 7’s and the Lanna 10s League games, they had learned a lot and incorporated that into their training, with the more experienced kids passing that info on to the new comers. The attacking lines were more precise, the passing crisper and all round general enthusiasm for the game was higher as they begin to understand the basics of the game.

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Mid session saw the enthusiasm raise even more as the tackle shields were introduced giving the kids an opportunity to blow off steam, energy and indulge in spontaneous laughter as they smashed into the pads. Once again the skill level had been raised up a notch since last week with heavier hits and quicker offloads.

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The end of the session was a traditional game of touch rugby. Even here you could see that the idea was getting through as, what was in the past a free for all, was now beginning to have some structure with the teams trying to keep their shape and passing the ball backwards.

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The fun, laughter and enthusiasm are endearing and a lot of praise has to go to Tom & Dave for making this possible for the kids to enjoy.

There will be another session next week at 13.30 before the continuation of the Lanna 10’s rugby league tournament with Payap taking on TNSU CMI in the first game followed by Lanna Rugby Club against CMU Rugby.

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FUN AND LAUGHTER IN THE MUD!

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Written by Pat Cotter
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As this weekend was a rest day from the 2020 rugby season it gave the Lanna Lions the opportunity to run another youth development session with 22 kids of all age groups attending. A large group of boys and girls came from the House of Hope Foundation and some fanatical rugby parents also brought along their off spring for a thoroughly entertaining session run by Lions founders Tom Stubley & Dave McRitchie.

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The Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn School, which was this week confirmed as the new home of the Lions and the venue for the rest of the Lanna 10’s Rugby League season, was the host for the afternoon’s entertainment. With none of the kids having any rugby experience it was right back to basics with catch and pass drills to get things underway.

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After the heavy monsoon rains this week the pitch was very wet and muddy, which only added to the fun because as we all know, kids love to wallow in the mud! After the introduction to the strange shaped rugby ball the kids were split up into two groups and some relay drills were conducted to bring a spirit of competitiveness to proceedings.

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Standing on the sidelines Richard Tierney a passionate Leinster RFC supporter said “As a child and for most of my life before my knees gave in, I played rugby and loved it”
“It had been our intention to get Kevin involved and to learn rugby in Thailand but unfortunately, with the Lions based in Lamphun it didn’t work for our family.”

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By now the kids had been slipping, sliding, getting soaked and covered in mud and they were in bliss and the laughter was ringing around the ground. It’s so rewarding to see children interacting and the spontaneous hilarity brings a glow to the heart. At the end of those drills there was time for a quick water break before they were split up into four teams for their introduction to touch rugby.

What ensued was a free for all but there were some good skills already coming through and some of the boys and girls were showing that there is talent there that will undoubtedly be nurtured as the development program progresses. With sponsorship and hard work it’s hoped to have plenty of Lions cubs team’s in the future to help the growth of rugby in the region, as well as developing life and social skills and a channel to funnel the youthful frustrations of growing up.

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“Getting word that the Lions had moved to Chiang Mai was a godsend, a blessing” Richard continued, “Kevin and his pal Anwar had a great day, Tom is a wonderful teacher, the session was full on, no time for standing around”

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Khun Anne from the House of Hope Foundation was happily surprised how easily they took to an unfamiliar sport and the fun that they had. Enjoyment, laughter, and competitiveness is an addictive mix.

Dave and Tom did a great job putting the kids through their paces and will be looking to expand their group of volunteer coaches as the program grows.

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Richard had the last word saying “Every member of the Lions made them feel welcome and a part of the group. Kevin can’t wait to play his first game, so much so, I have had to cancel my golf on Saturday to take him to watch the Lions in action at the upcoming TRU Chiang Mai 7s tournament”. “When we got home Kevin and his pal went running, passing his rugbyball and spent the evening watching rugby on YouTube”

“Thank you Lions for you have lit up the heart of my 12 year old son”

And that right there ladies and gentlemen is what makes it all worth while!

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LIONS DIG DEEP

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Write up by Pat CotterCLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.

 

Hot and humid conditions welcomed the teams for the third round of the 2020 Chiang Mai Lanna 10s League held at the Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn School on Saturday 26th September. After all the monsoon rain we have had lately the pitch was in top condition as Payap & the Lions gathered for the kick off of the days first game.

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Stanton (Prop) , Dave (Prop, Captain),  Paul (Prop), Opart ‘O'(2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Brian (Fly Half), Stubley (Centre),  Michael  (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)

Subs:
Phil, Fook

Referee:
Khun Rushpon Ekdamrong

Once again TRU referee Khun Rushpon Ekdamrong who has quickly earned the respect of all the players with his no nonsense approach to the game was on the end of the whistle and, Payap Rugby Club winning the toss, elected to kick off.

Recently returned from injury Payap half Bordin Chairat (Dine) kicked deep into the Lions half where the ball was gathered by Lions Prop Opart who returned strongly running into the heart of the onrushing Payap forwards. The ball was recycled quickly to scrum half Mark Harris who fed fly half Brian Grieve who, seeing Tom Stubley lurking on his shoulder, gave out a quick pass to see Stubley make early inroads into the Payap defense. Powerful carrying by props Brave and Dave McRichie put pressure on the Payap defensive line and another strong lunge at the Payap backs by Stubley resulted in a penalty when Payap went over the top at the breakdown. Grieve who was beginning to impose more as the game went on, sent the resulting penalty deep into the Payap 22 for a line out. The resulting throw was claimed by Stanton who passed off the top to hooker Paul Bolwell on the wrap around who straightened play with a powerful drive up the middle.

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Prop Opart received the ball from the breakdown to set up play on the Payap 22 before Harris got Grieve on the front foot who charged to the line breaking a couple of tackles before being hauled down illegally and gaining the Lions an attacking penalty. Lions captain McRichie immediately calling for the scrum. Receiving the ball from Harris, Grieve attacked the backline, drew in two defenders and created an overlap for Dtun to canter down the line for the first score of the day.

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Having been on the backfoot since the kick off Payap knew they had to respond and on regaining the dropout drove towards the 22 only for influential prop Thanapol Kaewmanee (James) to be bundled into touch and picking up a shoulder injury which ruled him out for the rest of the match. From the Lions defensive lineout Grieve was smashed in the tackle and the resulting turnover saw Payap move the ball through their backs who set up a ruck 10 meters out where Rowan Carroll picked up and went over the line for his first try for the club.

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The game was being played at a frantic pace and both teams were feeling the heat. From the kick off Payap again regained possession and drove into the lions half only to knock the ball on where Dtun gathered the loose ball and went off on one of his jinking runs which looked like producing another score only to be hauled down 10 meters out by Thawiwat Khakhai (Palm) with a brilliant covering tackle. Stanton in support got the ball from the breakdown and went over unopposed to make it 2 – 1. Despite the setback Payap were growing in confidence and their chase from the kick offs was causing the Lions all sorts of problems and Stanton knocked on into touch after after being hit hard by Carroll and Chaipipath Na Chiang Mai ( Robert ) who was having tremendous game. From the scrum Palm fed out to Pepper who with direct running carved open the Lions defense to send Deeprom Foofong clear to score. Both sides were happy to hear the whistle for the break 2-2.

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At the restart the Lions’ experience began to tell and with the introduction of Kiwi Phil Gwyther they began to dominate proceedings with Grieve, who was a thorn in the Payap defense, constantly probing for openings. A turnover from a promising Payap attack by Bordine (Dine) and Thanapat Pattanapo (Pee Tor) deep into Lions territory saw Stubley crash through the defense from the resulting scrum and gallop towards the line only to be hauled down short where a Payap knock on at the breakdown gave the Lions a 5 metre scrum. Grieve at scrum half passed to a charging Stubley who pounded over for the Lions third. A couple of minutes later Stubley was on the board again charging out of his own 22 to go the length of the field for his second and lions fourth. Coming to the break Tom Stubley was on fire and should have had his hattrick after great support play by Phil Gwyther and Dtun, only to be denied when the AR adjudged he had touched the chalk when going over in the corner.

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The final session got underway with Payap feeling the pressure and upping their game to try and salvage something from the match. The Lions, visibly wilting with the heat and humidity, were given more breathing space when a Payap dropped ball in the Lions half allowed Dtun to gather and hare off for his second and the Lions fifth of the day. This Payap side however never give up and hit back immediately when Scrum Half Thawiwat Khakhai (Palm) went down the blindside from a scrum before side stepping Dtun to race in for Payap’s third. With the clock ticking down direct running from Pepper opened up the Lions again with Thanapat Pattanapo (Pee Tor) freeing up Nattarath Limp to go in for Payaps bonus point try. Time had run out however for Payap and referee Rushpon brought the match to an end.

 

Maximum points for the Lions who sit atop of the table going into the 2 week break. Payap did themselves proud and picked up two bonus points and but for a couple of mistakes that led to Lions scores could have produced an upset.

Final Score line: PAY 20– 25 LRC

TRIES: 5   CONVERSIONS: N/A

Dtun 2, Stubley 2, Stanton 1

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Man of the Match:

Brian

No matter how incapacitated he was, without fail he was at every break down, and set some pretty tidy moves up! Great effort Brian!

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