Australia was invited to attend Thailand International Open from 26 July to 31 July with a Krabi tour on 1 August.
For the Men we sent Stephane Guitierres, Jan Marc Allegret, Pascal Dufroux (all Qld) and the Women had 4 including one sub being Deb Rodda, Selina Dally (SA) Christine Caseris (WA), Cathy Ayre (NSW). The weather was tropical varying from 34 deg high humidity to torrential downpours. Krabi is a developing area and a temporary piste area was built under cover with lighting. Lunch and dinner tents were constructed. The ground was a mix of sand, big stones and gravel.
Apart from hosts, attendees were Nepal, Malaysia, China, Taipei, Czechs. Training was conducted elsewhere for developing teams, HKong, Iran, Nepal.
5 rounds of friendly games were held with a mix of countries playing together. Aust cracked 5 medals (1-2-3) women and 2-3 (men). Day 2 was shooting with Stephane scoring 21 and 35 but needed 75 to qualify 8th. Selina qualified 8th of 14 but was eliminated 20-14. Both 1st timers with the mat.
In the main event, Triples, Aust men in Div 1 (6 teams) was 2-2 and qualified 4th losing on delta for 3rd. Played Thailand 1 and ran them to 13-12. That was only equaled by Malaysia in the final. The Men lost the 1/4 final and finished 8th overall. Played in a Consolante “Nations Cup” but unlucky in narrow losses.
The Aust women won 3-3 to qualify 4th of 8 teams and played Krabi players in the National squad. Score was at 5-5 but 2 bad ends cost them 5 pts and eventually went down 13-6. Beating the Czechs 13-6 was their best game as were down 6-0. So they finished 3rd and received a sizeable trophy for their work.
Thanks to Jim Ayre for his management skills and the 5hai Federation for their generosity.