The Phuket Tens for 2014 really lived up to the expectations of many as the Roosters from Mpumalanga,South Africa came from behind to defeat the two time reigning champios the Moorabbin Rams from Melbourne, Australia
The Rams deservedly took the lead in the final
as the Roosters struggled to get their fast paced running game into gear, however a crucial conversion from the touchline of a second half try saw the Roosters home 7-5.
A strong showing from the local Phuket Vagabonds saw them dominate the Plate Final, beating the San Miguel Wanderers by a score of 36-5. In the Bowl final the Alor Star Blues defeated the Bangers Colts from Thailand's capital 26-0 and in the new Shield division there was a victory for crowd favourites the Groote Eylandt Mudchooks.
In the ever popular Coffin Dodgers competion there was a new winner in town ending the 5 year domination of the Moorabbin Rams Vets. The Beige Assassins from
Singapore hung on the defeat the Old Dog from Kuala Lumpur by a score of 12-5. The Moorabbin Rams didn't go home empty handed, taking the Plate Competition from the Asian Japanese Dragons 28-7 with the Bowl being won by The Bucks Bunnies from Singapore.
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CHARITY BIKE RIDE
SAIGON TO BANGKOK
After four years of riding between Bangkok and Phuket, the Bangers On Bikes decided to make a big chgange for 2014 and rifde between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Bangkok. There were some new faces again this year with only one original team member in Bob Pearson. This year they were joined by 4 year veteran, former Vagabond Richard Folds who returned from Cornwall, his pal Matthew Gauld, Aussies Rod Kerr and Adam Sharp, Frenchman Thomas Pouplin, and a confused German / South African Frank Switala.
The ride covered 965 km within 5 days.
Day 1 - HCMC (Vietnam) - Neak Loeang (Cambodia) - 170km
Day 2 - Neak Loeang (Cambodia) - Kampong Chhang (Cambodia) - 195km
Day 3 - Kampong Chhang (Cambodia) - Battembang (Cambodia) - 205km
Day 4 - Battembang (Cambodia) – Sa Kaeo (Thailand) - 175km
Day 5 - Sa Kaeo (Thailand) - Bangkok (Thailand) - 220km
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A well deserved beer at the end of a day in the saddle.
L to R Adam, Rod, Bob, Richard, Matthew, Thomas and Frank.
THE GREATEST VICTORY!!!
Pat Cotter, organiser of the Phuket International Tens and Roelein Muller of the Asia Centre Foundation have won the prestigious International Rugby Board 'SPIRIT OF RUGBY' Award for 2008.
Pat and Roeliein were flown over the UK by the IRB, taken to the England v South Africa game and then on Sunday attended the gala dinner at Old Billingsgate in London where Shane Williams received the Player of The Year Award, and the New Zealand All Blacks won Team Of The Year.