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Phuket FC fall in Cavalry charge, stumble on road to survival

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PHUKET: The Islanders suffered their third straight loss and subsequently slipped into 15th place of the 18-team team league, following a 2-0 scoreline away at Suphanburi on Saturday night.

One goal in each half by the Suphanburi FC Elephant Cavalry’s Yodrak Namangrak and Phaisan Pona on 23 and 53 minutes, respectively, sealed the result, securing the home side’s second-place standing and thus furthering their prospects for promotion to the Thai Premier League.

For highlights of the goals and action, click here.

With only four matches remaining to prove their Division 1 worth, the Islanders find themselves facing an uphill battle for survival in their final four matches of the season.

With little time to rest after their latest loss, the Islanders immediately returned to Phuket to prepare for their next match, this Wednesday against 13th-place Khon Kaen FC.

Like Phuket, the Khon Kaen “T-Rex” are also staring at the threat of relegation and thus need at least one point (though no doubt aiming for three) from the mid-week match, to be played at Surakul Stadium with a 6:30pm kickoff.

Win, lose or draw, Phuket FC waste no time to hit the road to take on third-place Bangkok United this Saturday, October 13 in the Thai capital.

Bangkok, who beat Phuket 3-0 earlier in the season in Phuket, must win all of their remaining matches to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Then, the Islanders are set to play their final away match of the season a week later in Nakhon Pathom against current 17th place, Rajpracha FC on October 20

After that, Phuket will have only one more week to prepare for the season finale at home against 15th-place JW Rangsit.

Like Phuket, all of Phuket’s remaining opponents – Bangkok United, Rajpracha, Khon Kaen and JW Rangsit – all have everything to gain and everything to lose in their final stretch of the season.

While Chanthaburi FC is the only team who can not escape relegation, due to the small margins in point differences and mathematical possibilities, 11 teams still have a chance of falling into this year’s relegation pot of five teams.

Though promotion is now out of reach for Krabi FC, they have at least escaped the grasp of relegation and will thus have a low-pressure final run.

Meanwhile, the promotion contest is heating up with the top five teams contending three spots. Though Ratchaburi in distant first has already secured promotion, the final two places will be fought out between Suphanburi, Bangkok United, Sri Racha and PTT Rayong.

Other results this weekend:

Saraburi FC 1 – 1 Airforce United

Sri Racha 2 – 3 Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC

Khon Kaen 1 – 0 Chanthaburi FC

JW Rangsit 3 – 1 Songkhla FC

Bangkok Utd 1 – 0 Royal Navy

Korat 0 – 0 Krabi FC

Rajpracha 2 – 1 PTT Rayong

Bangkok FC 4 – 2 Pattalung FC

Other Division 1 matches to be played Wednesday:

Songkhla FC vs Bangkok FC

Krabi FC vs Rajpracha

Royal Navy vs Nakhon Ratchasima

Chanthaburi vs Bangkok Utd

Ratchaburi vs Suphanburi

Airforce Utd vs Sri Racha

Pattalung vs Gulf Saraburi

For updates check the Phuket Gazette website.

— Steven Layne

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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