International Australian Rules Football Comes To Pattaya:
July 13, 2008
The Bangkok-based Thailand Tigers Australian Rules Football Club is bringing the unique code to Pattaya with a game against reigning Asian champions, the Hong Kong Dragons at Horseshoe Point on July 26.
Australian Rules Football is flourishing in Asia and the Thailand Tigers are using the match as a tune up for the Asian Championships ñ involving teams from 12 Asian nations ñ in Singapore during October.
The game promises to be a spectacular example of the sport as the last time the two teams met ñ in Kanchanburi in 2007 ñ they played out a gritty draw after 80 minutes of football.
Hong Kong have been in superb form over the last 12 months, having beaten Bali in extra time in the 2007 Asian Championships, held in Bangkok, and with an undefeated run through the recent Manila Twelves tournament.
Equally, the Thailand Tigers have been undefeated in their last three international games, easily accounting for Hanoi, Laos and Jakarta.
Thailand Tigers President, Ryan Collett, said the team has played games in many locations around Thailand but never in Pattaya and this was the perfect contest to bring and play in front of the Eastern Seaboard masses.
ìWe have played in just about every country around the region and always have a game around Anzac Day up in Kanchanaburi, but a lot of guys in the club have never even been to Pattaya before,î he said.
ìThis game is the perfect one for the first official game of Australian Rules Football in Asiaís finest beach resort as Hong Kong are undoubtedly the best players of the game in Asia at the moment, but I know our guys will be fired up to try an knock them off.
ìIt will be a fantastic showcase for the sport and we are hoping Pattaya can get behind us and get out to the game and support the mighty Tigers.î
The Thailand Tigers are inviting all residents and their families of Pattaya to come down to the game at Horseshoe Point (Soi Pornprapa 34, just off Pornprapa Road, which is off the Sukhumvit Road) and cheer them on from 2.00pm on Saturday July 26.
Food and beverages will be available during the day.
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