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PHUKET: The Islanders were unable to maintain their top-five standing in conclusion to the Yamaha League One (YL1) 2013 season’s first half, losing at home 0-1 on Saturday evening to a more-determined Nakhon Ratchasima FC.

Phuket FC’s fixture list is rapidly becoming congested facing two-and-a-half matches in just eight days, including an away match in the FA Cup to SCG Muang Thong United.

Saturday’s game was played under clear skies at Surakul Stadium, with approximately 4,000 football fans turning out, including a contingent of orange-clad die-hards who’d bused it down from Thailand’s Northeast.

The match’s only goal was scored by the Korat Swat Cats’ Japanese striker and leading scorer, Yusuke Kato, who converted a corner kick on 64 minutes.

Now with 9 goals this season, Kato is joint fourth in the YL1 golden boot race, along with the Port Lions’ Brazilian stalwart Leandro Oliveira and Bangkok’s Swede sensation, Carl Watson.

Bangkok’s Brit, Lee Tuck (12 goals) is on track for earning the top scorer honors for the second year in a row, while Khon Kaen’s Argentine Recio Eduardo and Nakhon Pathom’s Ivorian star, Camara Souleymane each have 10 goals.

Meanwhile, Phuket’s top scorers – Luiz “Dudu Purcino (6 goals), Giorgi Tsimakuridze (4), Geoffrey Doumeng (3), Nenebi Sylvestre and Chana Sonwiset (2 each) – are all hoping to regain their rhythm in the season’s second half.

As a result of Saturday’s match, Phuket and Korat swapped rankings, with the latter having an edge by just a single point (26 vs 25).

And although 6th placed Phuket are only 4 points behind 3rd place, Bangkok FC (29 points), competition for the final promotion spot to the Thai Premier League (TPL) is heating up with a handful of teams in mid-table region still in contention.

Meanwhile, the top two teams, Air Force (40 points) and PTT Rayong (39 points) should not have too much trouble maintaining their momentum towards the TPL.

Following are all Yamaha League One results from the weekend:

  • TTM 3 – 1 Krabi
  • Airforce 1 – 0 Port Lions
  • Sariburi 0 – 2 Si Racha
  • Rayong Utd 1-2 BBCU
  • Aytya 1 – 1 Khon Kaen
  • Nakhon Pathom Utd 2-2 Rayong FC
  • Trat 2 – 2 Navy
  • Bkk 2-3 PTT Rayong
and from the Thai Premier League
  • Ratchburi 0 – 0 Samut Songkhram
  • Chainat 1 – 2 MTUTD
  • Army 2-1 BEC Tero
  • Pattaya Utd 1-3 Police
  • Chonburi vs Osotspa
  • Bkk Utd 2 – 1 C Rai Utd
  • TOT 0-0 Buriram
  • Suphan 2-1 Songkhla
Division 2 South
  • Satun Utd 0 – 3 Chumphon
  • Nakhon Si 3-4 Pattani
  • Trang 1-1 Yala
  • Nara Utd 2-0 Pattalung
  • Surat 2-1 Ranong
Sixth place Phuket will be challenged for their ranking at home yet again, this Saturday, July 6, with a tough league match against 7th placed BBCU.

Although the BBCU Pink Panthers also have 25 points, Phuket’s goal difference of +5 gives them an edge over BBCU (0).

Kickoff will be at 6:30pm at Surakul Stadium (click here for map). Tickets 100 baht, kids free.

Phuket FC will then make the long trip to Bangkok to face SCG Muang Thong United, currently second in the Thai Premier League, following the draw for the Thai FA Cup Round-of-16. Phuket will travel to Muang Thong on July 10 to see if they can advance to the quarter final stage of the competition.

Other FA Cup fixtures are as follows:
  • Samut Songkhram vs Buriram
  • Police vs Osotspa Saraburi
  • BEC Tero vs PTT Rayong
  • Pattalung vs Chiangrai Utd
  • Port Lions vs Bangkok Utd
  • Trat vs Bangkok Glass
  • Si Sa Ket / Bangkok FC vs Army United
Win or lose, Phuket will immediately return home to play out the final 40 minutes of a league match with PTT Rayong on July 13.

The initial match on June 9 was abandoned 50 minutes into play due to bad weather (story here)

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— 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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