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PHUKET: Thailand Futsal Premier League (TFPL) runaway table toppers Chonburi TOS RBAC FC, brushed aside Phuket United in their match on Saturday evening, with Chonburi winning at home 5-1.

Played at the Chon Kanyanukoon School in the heart of Chonburi city, the match was both side’s 16th of a 30-fixture season.

Going into the game, the Chonburi ‘Sharks’ were ranked first in the league with 43 points from 13 victories, one draw and a loss. Meanwhile, the Andaman Pearl were in fifth place with 27 points from their nine wins and six losses.

Chonburi’s all-star starting five, included Dung Puak-un in the nets, captain Kritsada Wongkaeo, Lertchai Isarasuvipakorn, Anukul Mini and Supawut Tuenklang.

Phuket’s starters included Parinya Pandee in goal, captain Nattapong Buachai, Akadet Chuaiklai, Jackson Santos and Marcos.

And though the teams were closely matched when they met two weeks ago in Phuket, this encounter would prove to be a different story.

No doubt tired from travel and intense FA Cup competition, having narrowly lost their quarterfinal match to Lampang United two days earlier, Phuket were vulnerable without their home support.

Chonburi broke the deadlock two minutes into play. Winger Kritsada Wongkaeo took a strike with the full force of his right foot, a shot which was blocked by Phuket’s keeper and deflected towards Anukul Mini, who followed up to score.

Moments later, Phuket’s Nattapong thought he had equalized with a piercing strike from 12 meters out, but Chonburi’s keeper’s sharp reflexes ensured a fantastic save.

Suphawut looked to double the Sharks’ lead in the 11th minute, but his strike was slightly off target.

Minutes after that, however, his team mate Tanathon Santhanabrasit didn’t miss, making the score 2-0.

Two more Chonburi goals in the final minutes of the first half – by Nattawut Madyalan and Kritsada Wongkaeo – extended the home side’s lead to 4-0 by half time.

Four minutes into the second half, the shark feeding continued.

Home heroes Supawut and Kritsada showed fans why they headlined the national squad at the Futsal World Cup last November in Bangkok.

Boxing out the Phuket defender in the middle of the court, Supawut skillfully laid the ball off for Kritsada to score at the far post, bringing the score to 5-0.

Down but not out, Phuket picked up the attack, and the Pearl’s new signing Kitipong Sonsuwan and Anurak Phetluan narrowly missed scoring chances in the 26th and 29th minutes.

Chonburi’s goalkeeper Dung Puak-un was having a good day, however, he might have maintained a clean sheet, but Phuket’s Nattapong finally found the back of the net in the 34th minute. Neither side was able to score again in the remaining six minutes.

The result puts Chonburi 8 points ahead of the current second placed TFPL team, Bangkok FC.

Despite the defeat, Phuket retained their fifth place standing.

After the match, Assistant Coach Tum wrote the following message to fans on Facebook:

“I apologize to all fans for managing the team to lose [against] Chonburi. In any case, I’d like to compliment our team spirit in fighting to the last second… I take responsibility for failing. I would like to thank you and hope that you will continue to give us a chance and reinforcement in the future.”

Licking their wounds, Phuket continue on the road, heading to Isaan to take on Sipathum Sunrise Si Saket FC on Wednesday, January 30.

To be played at Rajphat University, Si Saket, the match will kickoff at 6pm.

After that, Phuket will return to the capital to play 2nd place Bangkok FC this weekend.

The Andaman Pearl’s next home match will be on Wednesday, February 6, against CAT FC.

Meanwhile, the team have signed three new promising Thai players. These include Pivot Piyapan Rattana, right winger Kitipong Sonsuwan and left winger Thawit Kingkaeo.

Transferring from Thai Port FC, Piyapan was part of the national squad that finished as runners up in the Asian futsal championship last year.

Kitipong (transfer from CAT FC) and Thawit (from Bangkok FC) were part of the national squad that played in the last FIFA Futsal World Cup in Bangkok.

Other TFPL results over the weekend

Leo Bang Sue 4 – 6 Royal Navy
Samut Songkhram 2 – 2 Bangkok FC
Samut Sakhon 5 – 5 Si Saket
Lampang Utd 2 – 3 CAT FC
Nonthaburi 6 – 1 Samut Prakarn
Thai Port 1 – 1 Highways Dep

TFPL upcoming fixtures, January 30, 2013

@ Fashion Island, Bangkok
Highways Dep vs Surat Thani – 10am
Royal Navy vs Lampang Utd – 12pm
CAT FC vs Thai Port FC – 2pm
Bangkok FC vs Nonthaburi – 4pm

and

Prachin FC vs Samut Songkhram @ North Krungthep University – 6pm
Chonburi vs Leo Bang Sue @ Chon Kanyanukoon School, Chonburi – 6pm
Samut Prakarn vs Samut Sakhon @ 72 Pansa Arena, Minburi – 6pm

— Steven Layne

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Hotel blog suggests Phuket should push ahead with July reopening despite Covid surge

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PHOTO: Hotels and other tourism business are hoping the July 1st reopening goal can still be achieved.

A hotel information blog is claiming that, despite growing Covid-19 numbers, Phuket should stick to its schedule in reopening to travellers without quarantine in July. That’s only 2 and a half months away.

In an interview with the Director of Travel and Tourism Consulting at GlobalData, they stressed that while it is crucial to rein in the spread of Covid-19 and the B117 strain now menacing Thailand, the risk must not overshadow the need to push forward with vaccinations and the march towards eliminating the quarantine by July in order to save the tourism industry and all those dependent on it.

“The Phuket pilot program is essential in creating a path towards economic recovery for Thailand, a country heavily dependent on tourism. More than 17% of Thailand’s gross domestic product is attributed to tourism and the Covid-19 pandemic has lead to the worst economic free-fall in over 20 years”

The blog acknowledges the inherent risk and possible appearance of foolishness to prioritise the plans to reopen and carry on with the same rollout schedule. But they urge Thai authorities to consider that July 1 is still 2 and a half months away, leaving ample time to recover and make progress towards the approaching Phuket reopening. A vital aspect of the reopening plan lies in vaccinating over 70% of Phuket’s provincial residents, a sizable task, but one that brings great benefit with or without the scheduled reopening.

“Pushing ahead to achieve this goal puts Phuket on track to welcome back tourists, perhaps in a “bio-bubble”, and restart the economy. The economy is desperate with household debt growing, pushing the government to enact emergency decrees to provide relief. These households need the return of tourism and the influx of cash international tourists will bring.”

The blog hopes that Thai authorities can balance the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in Phuket to protect the Thai population with the economic need to bring back tourism. They believe that with sufficient measures in place, vaccinated locals could welcome vaccinated international tourists back to Phuket reopening safely in July.

SOURCE: Hotel News Resource

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