PHUKET: An ever-determined 10-sided Phuket FC let their 2-1 lead against Yamaha League One (YL1) rivals Big Bang Chula United, slip away in the final minute of added time in a highly-charged fixture.
Played on Saturday evening at Surakul Stadium, just under 4,000 spectators turned out, including some 300 pink-shirted BBCU fans – some rumored to be locals coerced to (shamefully) cheer for BBCU, by their employer, 3BB Broad Band internet, who are prime sponsors of BBCU.
The game was the 18th of 34 league matches, or the first of the YL1 2013 season’s second half for Phuket and BBCU, who as a result of the draw and two other YL1 matches played on the weekend, were subsequently bumped down two ranking spots, from 6th and 7th, to 8th and 9th place of the 18-team league, respectively.
Kick starting the evening’s emotional roller coaster was the BBCU Pink Panther’s towering Cameroonian, Bouba Abbo, who headed his side ahead from a well placed cross in the third minute.
Back and forth exchanges ensued to no avail, but home fans would be appeased before the half was over, thanks to an own-goal credited to BBCU’s Sitthisak Tarapanand.
The match’s referee found himself in the cross hairs of Surakul Stadium’s full fury, when in the 2nd minute of added time, Phuket’s newest signing, a hot-headed Thai midfielder Aleef Po-ji was dismissed for aggressively protesting an initial yellow card challenge.
Despite being a man down, Phuket came out of the locker room on the attack, bringing in a new super-sub, the short-yet-swift, skillful and powerful Cameroonian striker, Ludovick Takam, who netted a goal on 76 minutes, after only his third touch.
What ensued can only be described as a dramatic stand-off, in which time was cunningly burnt off by the home team, complemented by a series of emotional “scuffles” between players.
However, just when Phuket FC fans were getting ready to go home in celebration, deep into the third minute of four minutes of added time, BBCU’s Veerayut Jitkuntod was on target with a long range effort.
His brave attempt had just enough velocity, spin and angled trajectory to deceive Phuket’s diving keeper Adisak Doungsri.
The 300-strong pink-clad contingent on the North bleachers under the old scoreboard erupted into cheer, as the visitors bench synchronously exploded out and onto the pitch as if they’d just won the World Cup.
Moments later, the match’s second red card was dished out, with BBCU’s Salahudin Aware taking the fall for his team’s over-energetic and borderline-belligerent celebration, highlighted by the booting of Phuket players’ water bottles.
Meanwhile, at the top of the league, Air Force United flew far ahead of the rest of the YL1 with their 2-1 win over the lowly Rayong FC Wild Stallions.
The Blue Eagles now have 43 points in distant first, trailed by PTT Rayong (37 points), who maintained their second place position after their goalless draw with the Thai Tobacco Monopoly, who remain in 16th place of the 18 team league.
The Bangkok FC Iron Bulls kept their third place standing with 32 points following their 2-1 victory over the Korat SWAT Cats, who subsequently dropped into sixth.
Trat FC, whose 1-0 win over the Khon Kaen T-Rex leap-frogged the “Albino Elephants” with 27 points into fifth.
Meanwhile, four teams are crossing swords with 26 points – Korat (GD:7), Nakhon Pathom (GD:5, GS:25), Phuket (GD:5, GS:22), and BBCU (GD: 1).
Also still in close contention is 10th place Gulf Saraburi FC with 25 points.
With a “half-a-game” in hand, Phuket can seize back fifth place from Trat if they defeat second place PTT Rayong at home next Saturday, July 13.
To be played out at Surakul Stadium (click here for map), kickoff will be 5pm, and admission will be free, as only 40 minutes remains on the clock. In the first match on June 9 weather conditions forced officials to abandon the game, with the scoreboard untroubled during play so far (click here for article).
Phuket FC must in the meantime travel to Nonthaburi Province’s Pa Kret district to the large exhibition, entertainment, industrial and housing estate just north of Bangkok, known as Muang Thong Thani, to take on the Thailand Premier League’s second best team, Muang Thong United in a round-of-16 Thai FA Cup match.
The game is this Wednesday, July 10 with a 6:30pm kickoff at SCG Stadium, AKA Thunderdome Stadium and Yamaha Stadium.
It is likely that the 15,000 capacity stadium will be fully packed with several hundred Phuket fans planning to fly, drive and bus it up to the capital to attend the mid-week match.
Stay tuned for the most comprehensive Thai Footy progress and coverage.
All YL1 Fixtures from the weekend:
- Port Lions 2-1 Ayuthaya
- Trat 1-0 Khon Kaen
- Saraburi 2-1 Navy
- Rayong Utd 1-0 Si Racha
- Air Force Utd. 2–1 Rayong FC
- Nakhon Pathom 3– 0 Krabi
- TTM 0–0 PTT Rayong
- Bangkok FC 2–1 Korat
- Pattaya 1-0 S Songkhram
- Ratchburi 2-3 Osotspa M150
- Army 0-2 Muang Thong United
- Bangkok 0–0 Police
- TOT 1–0 Chiang Rai
- Suphan 1–2 Buriram
- BG 1–0 Songkhla
- Chonburi 3–0 BEC Tero
- Pattalung 3-1 Surat
- Ranong 3-1 Phang Nga
- Yala 2-1 Nakhon Si
- Chumphon 0-0 Nara Utd
- Trang 0-0 Satun
- Pattani were not scheduled to play, and enjoyed a break this weekend.
— Steven Layne
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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