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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 PhuketGazette 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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Strong wind and waves this morning closes Phuket’s beaches, one swimmer rescued

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Phuket’s Rawai Mayor, Aroon Solos, ordered all beaches in the area to close after a foreigner was rescued this morning after being unable to make it back to shore. The foreigner was swimming off Ao Sane beach, just north of the popular Nai Harn Beach, when lifeguards were sent out to help bring him back to shore. The recent weather has been partly attributed to Tropical Storm Noul as other beaches areas around Patong have been closed since Friday.

Mayor Aroon ordered both the Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches closed until further notice.

Noul crossed over the Vietnamese coastline in the early hours of Friday morning and tracked westwards into Laos, then Thailand’s north east, dragging in moisture from the Indian Ocean and intensifying the south-west monsoon.

The Chief of the Cherngtalay Tambon says that, once weather is more stable, the island’s beaches will reopen.

“All beaches in our area, Surin Beach, Bang Tao beach and other beaches, are closed today. We will reopen them when the weather improves.” Strong winds have contributed to falling trees and power outages across the island with one tree falling on the island’s main traffic artery, Thepkasattri Road, blocking traffic.

Officials are also warning road travellers to drive carefully after a car reportedly flipped over yesterday during wet conditions. The Thai Meteorological Department has also re-issued a weather warning today, saying that Noul has been now downgraded from a Category 3 tropical storm to a tropical depression.

The remnants of Noul currently sit over the Kancanaburi province after surging through Thailand’s north eastern and central provinces earlier today.

“Strong wind waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. In the upper portion of both seas, the waves will be likely 2-4 meters high and more than 4 meters high in thundershowers. In the lower portion, the waves will be likely about 2 meters and in thundershower areas more than 3 meters high. All ships keep ashore through 20 September.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket residents going hungry after local government assistance runs out

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Residents in Phuket, particularly those living in and around the west coast townships, are reportedly going hungry as the government’s municipal budget to provide food has been depleted. Despite efforts to revive tourism in the area, thousands of people are still in need of donated food to survive and continue to queue up for donated food every day. A public relations staff member at the Patong municipality says, sadly, there is no budget to do any more food handouts in the near future and that there is no word on when or if there will be any more handouts.

The Phuket Town Deputy Mayor told The Phuket News that there has only been 2 handouts since the pandemic struck the tourist-reliant area. One handout was in March while the last handout was in June with the mayor saying 28 million baht was spent in those 2 handouts. Meanwhile a number of foreign residents in the town have been providing supplies for food queues for many months to help the impoverished residents.

One Phuket expat says the majority of those affected in the Patong area are Burmese migrant workers, with long queues for private donations still being seen on the streets of Patong. Such private donations are a result of charity events that are being held across the island with the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Like Thailand’s Mental Health Department, many are concerned about the impact that food insecurity is having on those struggling. According to the department, 2,551 people had killed themselves across Thailand in the first half of 2020, a 22 % increase, year on year. In response, the National Reform Committee on Labour was ordered on September 11 to issue an amnesty on all outstanding debts, while providing financial support anyone who remains unemployed on the island.

At a recent meeting, other requests were made that include the government giving incentives for more Thais to visit the island and to use social security funds and soft loans as support for local business owners. For now, the situation is grim as Phuket residents are resorting to relying on private charities for food donations.

Phuket’s vice governor Phichet saysd that Phuket has been badly affected by the Covid crises, and delivered 3 requests to the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism… to extend the financial support by the Social Security Office for a further 3 months, allow workers from other provinces to transfer their house registration to Phuket so the Phuket government can receive more funds to provide better care for them, and ask the Ministry of Labour to provide assistance to at least 1,000 unemployed in Phuket.

Whilst the government unveiled plans for a “Phuket Model” to revive tourism on the island, it came to nothing, despite a high power delegation of Ministers and Bangkok officials who visited Phuket 2 weekends ago.

One such charity is set to record a song by leading Phuket musicians with the hopes of continuing to help feed those in need on the island.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend – local forecasts

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

Bangkok

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Khon Kaen

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Koh Samui

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Read more about Thailand’s annual monsoons HERE.

SOURCE: weather.com

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