In mid-March the 27th annual Mekong Cup was held at Bangkok’s British Club. It was the fifth straight year the event was staged there. For the first twenty-two years, it was held in Phuket at two venues: first, the Amari Coral Beach, and then the Centara Karon Resort.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, only four Bangkok teams competed in the round-robin format: the Patpong Plugs captained by Mike Wilson; Kai Dao, capture by Kevin Mekala; the Silom Stars, helmed by Jesse Starosta; and Team Sweden, skippered by Anders Olofsson.

Winning captain Jesse Starosta receiving thr Mekong Cup from tourney organizer Yves Gaboriault ed

Round-robin play saw the Patpong Plugs go undefeated and draw the winless Team Sweden in the first semi-final match. It appeared that Team Sweden had been lulling its opponents to sleep early on as they thrashed Patpong 5-3 to advance to the final against the Silom Starts who had defeated Kai Dao 3-0 in the other semi-final.

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So the Silom Stars and Team Sweden met in the final with the Stars prevailing over Team Sweden 7-4 and Stars goalie Lance Parker captured the MVP trophy. CanCham Thailand President Derek van Pelt was on hand to drop the ball for the championship game.

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Yves Gaboriault organized the event and played goal for the Silom Stars. Referee Jeremy Hutchins did a great job of referring every single game and Dom Dumais was terrific with the time/scorekeeping.

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