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Rainstorm drowns out Phuket FC

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PHUKET: The rainstorm that swept over the island last night forced officials to abandon the football match between Phuket FC and PTT Rayong; the decision was made more than halfway through the 0-0 deadlock at Surakul Stadium.

Attending the half-match last night were several VIP guests of Phuket FC President Pamuke Achiriyachai, including Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut, Mr Pedro Moreira, Cruzeiro EC International Business Manager, as well as towering pro Brazilian midfielder, Cristian Alex of the Cruzerio EC U-20 squad.

The two pro Brazilian soccer reps are in Phuket to sign an MoU with Phuket FC at a press conference that will be held in Karon tomorrow.

Meanwhile, power spikes resulting from the nasty weather twice doused the spot lights, halting play and leaving some 3,000 plus fans in complete darkness at the 15,000 capacity stadium off Wichit Songkhram road.

With the lights successfully reactivated both times, and relatively calm weather ensuing during half time, it looked as if play would resume normally in the second half.

However, the June Southwesterly monsoons had different plans; sending strong downpours on the pitch; visibility and agility became greatly limited, as players struggled to tread through the heavily waterlogged pitch.

Officials finally called an emergency meeting, and the players retreated to the locker rooms, before an announcement was given around 8pm that the match would be postponed.

In the locker room, the Phuket Gazette spoke with a few of PTT Rayong’s key players, including star Ivorian forward, #2 Amadou Omatoura, who had proved a nuisance for Phuket’s midfield and defensive line leading up to the match being canceled.

“If it were up to me, I would have just kept playing. Rain or shine, in Rayong I think we would have continued. I’m ready for Phuket any time,” he said.

Amadou scored the winning goal for his side to knock Phuket out of the Toyota League Cup, the last time the two sides met back in March, also in Phuket (click here for story).

The Gazette also caught up with PTT’s skillful Slovakian midfielder, #9 Jozef Tirer who said, “I was told that we will probably play the second half again somewhere in Bangkok next month… I think we had more chances than Phuket, and it’s too bad the rain stopped us. We will be ready for them again,” he said.

Coincidentally, the last two times in Thailand that a professional football match was started, but then abandoned due to nasty weather, were both matches played by Phuket FC, both away to Bangkok FC.

The first time was two years ago. That match (story here) was called off seven minutes before the end of regulation, with Phuket trailing the Iron Bulls 5-2. Although it was initially agreed between the two sides, and the Thai Premier League, that the final seven minutes would be played out on another date, Phuket ultimately forfeited the match and conceded the three points.

The second time was last season, also in Bangkok (story here), when the initial match was called off 25 minutes into play due to the rain. The two sides resumed the match the following morning, and Phuket went on to prevail with a single goal.

Other YL1 results from the weekend:

  • Bangkok FC 6 – 2 Rayong FC
  • Trat FC 1 – 2 BBCU
  • Royal Navy 2 – 3 Airforce Utd
  • TTM 1 – 4 Port Lions
  • Ayuthaya 1 – 1 Si Racha
  • Gulf Saraburi 5 – 2 Rayong Utd
  • Nakhn Pathom 2 – 1 Khon Kaen
Not having gained any points, Phuket fell down into 6th place with 22 points, six points behind 3rd placed Bangkok FC (28 points); PTT Rayong remain in 2nd of the 18-team YL1 with 30 points. Airforce United are runaway league leaders with 37 points.

Meanwhile, it was the Korat “Swat Cats” who seized the fifth place spot from Phuket FC, after the Isarn giants downed the Krabi FC “Andaman Eagles” 1-0 on Saturday evening in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Korat now have 23 points after their win, while Krabi are still in 11th with 17 points.

Phuket’s next match is against yet another Rayong based club, Rayong United, on Saturday, June 22. Meanwhile, Krabi FC’s next match is on Sunday, June 23, against Lee Tuck’s Bangkok FC and the Iron Bulls.

Following their match against Rayong United, the Islanders will return to play an FA Cup Round Three match (32 teams – 16 matches) against TPL side, Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC on Wednesday, June 26 at Surakul Stadium (click here for map).

The Ratchaburi “Dragons” were runaway YL1 champions last season, debuting in their first and only season in the Thai first division before sealing promotion to the elite league in one season.

Phuket lost both of its league matches to the Dragons last year.

Three days after the FA Cup match, Phuket will battle it out for YL1 5th place honors with Nakhon Ratchasima FC in a season’s first half, final showdown on Saturday, June 29.

In related news, Phuket are set to sign an MoU with Brazil’s Cruizero football club, who are currently 2nd place out of 20 teams, after five matches in this year’s Series A league – the top Brazilian pro league.

The signing of the MoU is expected to allow Phuket to utilize Grade A Brazilian talent in the season’s second half vie for promotion.

Following are results from this weekend (week 12 of 20) of the AIS Division 2 Southern League:
  • Yala 0 – 0 Chumphon
  • Ranong 1 – 4 Nakhon Si Heritage
  • Phang Nga 2 – 1 Surat Thani
  • Pattani 0 – 1 Nara Utd
  • Pattalung 2 – 1 Trang FC
and from the Thai Premier League:
  • Bangkok United 3 – 1 Songkhla United
  • Bangkok Glass 1 – 0 SCG Muang Thong Utd
  • Ratchaburi 0 – 0 Chiang Rai Utd
  • Pattaya United 0 – 3 Buriram Utd
  • Suphanburi 2 – 0 Chainat FC
  • BEC Tero 1 – 1 Osotspa Saraburi
  • Chonburi FC 1 – 0 Insee Police Friends
  • Army Utd 2 – 0 Samut Songkhram
Keep checking our online Phuket Sports pages, join our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter for the latest local, national and international sporting news.

— Steven Layne

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

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.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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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.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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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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