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Brunei sends four teams to Malaysia Sabah Table Tennis Masters
| Khairil Hassan |
THE Brunei Darussalam Table Tennis Association (BDTTA) is sending four teams to the Malaysia Sabah Table Tennis Masters 2017, which will take place at Dewan Sri Mulingar in Putatan from August 5-6, organised by Kota Kinabalu Table Tennis Assoication (KKTTA).
The BDTTA’s four teams are BDTTA Romeo, Bravo, Sierra and Tango.
Tzu Min Wee is leading BDTTA Romeo while the members are Abdul Wafi Suhardi, Md Hanifah Haji Bungsu, Zainal Ariffin Dato Haji Puasa, Haji Rusli Haji Yusop and Pengiran Md Sufian Pengiran Haji Ibrahim.
Dai Yei Low, Suan Kan Puh and Jiffy Bata-An Fonbuena will make up BDTTA Bravo, led by Chen Hian Chin.
Samuel Revales is the head of BDTTA Sierra and the members are Kian Hiong Paul Lim, Kok Siung Lai, King Ung Hu, To Ming Tan and Wee Tiam Ang.
BDTTA Tango are led by Omar Nasir and the members are Md Mujib Musauwir, Abdul Kifli A Haji Abdul Alim, John Joseph Roy, Pengiran Md Wa’ie Sufiyan Pengiran Haji Md Saiffin and Haji Said Haji Sheikh Yahya.
Head Delegate, Omar Nasir commented to the Bulletin, “We will try our best this year. Our target is to get into the semi final and will start from there.”
They will compete with 21 other teams from Sabah: Cuba Cuba from Beaufort, BT Solar, Hap Noong, Inanam Kimia ‘A’, Inanam Kimia ‘B’, Polytechnic KK, Senshi TT Club, Xia Hua Tang, Y2K from Kota Kinabalu, KPIT Pimple Team from Kuala Penyu, Team Mengahau from Kudat, Marudu Silent Killer ‘A’, Marudu Silent Killer ‘B’ from Marudu, Papar Intergeneration, Bee Blade, GP Topspin, RTTA1 from Ranau, De Palm Grill Steakhouse, PPPD SDK, SOEDC from SDK and Tenom Kopi from Tenom.
THE Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman has urged athletes to always prepare for a match, while also taking care of Brunei Darussalam’s culture and skills as well as respecting each other during a championship.
He said this during a meeting with Brunei Darussalam Sports Schools Council (MSSBD) contingent who depart for Singapore today to participate in the 9th Asean Schools Championship from July 14-20.
The MSSBD contingent is led by Haji Azis bin Haji Nayan, Acting Director of Co-Curriculum Education as Chef de Mission. Twenty-six people depart for Singapore today comprising eight officers and 18 athletes. They will compete in three sports events namely table tennis, sepak takraw and ten-pin bowling.
Of the 18 athletes, table tennis will be played by two athletes who will compete in Single and Double categories; while four ten-pin bowling athletes will compete in Single categories, Doubles and Teams; and sepak takraw will be represented by 12 athletes who will compete in the Teams category, Inter-Regu and Doubles.
The minister wished for coaches to always motivate and support national athletes to improve their performance and determination in the competition. The minister also hoped the athletes will return with success, and most importantly, gain knowledge and experience from the tournament.
Also present at the meeting were Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE); Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE.
BRUNEI Darussalam Sports School Council will be sending a contingent to participate in the 9th Asean School Games 2017 in Singapore from July 13-21.
The contingent will be represented by 18 athletes and eight officers. Brunei will participate in three sports event which are tenpin bowling, sepak-takraw and table tennis.
Following this, a handing over of the national flag was held yesterday at the Sports School in Kampong Pulaie. The flag was handed over by Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Education to the country’s Chef de Mission, Haji Azis bin Haji Nayan, Acting Director of the Co-Curriculum Education Department.
It was then followed by a mass Sunnat Hajat prayer to seek protection from Allah the Almighty.
The Asean School Games is an annual sports competition carried out since 2009 among Asean students. The games aim to enhance sporting spirits among the students, while also driving social development through sports cooperation network, encourage active communication and cooperation in sports.
One gold, one silver and three bronze medals were added into the country’s medal haul in 2015, when Brunei was the host.
Brunei will receive an official appointment as the President of Asean Schools Sports Council (ASSC) during the 54th ASSC Management Committee (MC) Meeting on July 14 for a period of two years replacing Vietnam.
A 26-MEMBER contingent of the Brunei Darussalam Sports School Council (MSSSBD) left for Singapore yesterday to participate in the 9th Asean School Games. The tournament will last for nine days from July 13-21, 2017.
The MSSSBD contingent is led by Haji Azis bin Haji Nayan, the Acting Director of the Co-Curriculum Education Department who is also the Chef de Mission. He told the Bulletin that the Brunei contingent consists of eight officers and 18 athletes and will take part in three sports events namely table tennis, sepak takraw and tenpin bowling.
“We hope that the contingent could show stiff competition, do their best and gain success. As preparation, these athletes have already undergone centralised training beginning in March under the guidance of the coaches and assistant instructors.”
The athletes comprise a selected group of students from various secondary schools participating in tournaments organised by the Co-Curriculum Education Department.
Brunei Darussalam will also receive the appointment as President of Asean Schools Sports Council (ASSC) during the 54th ASSC Management Committee (MC) Meeting on July 14, 2017 for a period of two years from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 to replace Vietnam, the President of ASSC for 2016-2017.
Present as the representative of Deputy Minister of Education to receive the appointment will be Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education who also left yesterday for Singapore.
The best achievement of the MSSSBD in the tournament was one gold medal, one silver medal and three bronze medals when Brunei Darussalam hosted the competition back in 2015. The tournament is organised every year since 2009 and Asean member countries take turns to host the championship.
This year will see first time participation from Myanmar, making it all 10 Asean countries at the tournament.
Among the objectives of the Asean School Games is to help foster a greater collaboration among students from Asean member countries, spur social progress through cooperation in sports, encourage more active cooperation and communication in sports and contributing towards peace and stability in Asean region, to produce future elite athletes in the Asean region and to support the policy of Asean member states towards a healthy life style through sports activities.
Mohd Faizuri bin Safar from Tutong Sixth Form Centre said he will represent the nation in tenpin bowling and training has been conducted for the past several months including fitness.
“We hope to get podium finish for the country. Four participants will compete in single, double and team events. We got silver medal in the tournament held in the Philippines. Previously, I competed in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, the Philippines and many more,” he added.
Another athlete, Mohd Nazirul Azmi bin Masdi from Pehin Dato Seri Maharaja Secondary School in Mentiri will take part in the sepak takraw event and hopes to get a medal. “This is the first time that I compete in this international meet,” he said.
NINE young table tennis athletes yesterday left the country to compete in the 23rd Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship 2017 taking place at the Toa Payoh stadium of Singapore from today to June 17.
The contingent from Brunei Darussalam is looking to outperform their last result in the same championship that took place in 2015 where two athletes managed to enter the quarter-finals.
According to head coach Pengiran Md Sofian bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim, “we will do our best to achieve an improved result from our participation of the same championship in 2015 where we were able to reach quarter-finals.”
On the athlete’s preparation, he said, “they have trained three months for this competition and they are looking forward to compete.”
However, he also cautioned that athletes from Vietnam, Thailand and host Singapore are favourites in the competition. Other participating nations are Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Group picture of the Brunei contingent with Haji Daud bin Haji Hitam and Anthony Liew. – JAMES KON
The athletes representing Brunei Darussalam are Abd Wafi Suhardi, Jason Koh, Awangku Abd Rasheer bin Pengiran Md Noor, Awangku Md Sufi Fakrullah Abdullah bin Pengiran Md Sufian, Md Khairuddin bin Omar, Fiona Hii, Hong Hui Qin and Leong Yi. Head coach Pengiran Md Sofian is assisted by Wee Tzu Min, the assistant coach.
In boosting the morale, Haji Daud bin Haji Hitam, the president of Brunei Darussalam Table Tennis Association handed over the Brunei National Flag to the Brunei contingent. Present to witness the ceremony at the Brunei International Airport was Anthony Liew, the Secretary General of Brunei Darussalam Table Tennis Association.
BRUNEI table tennis paddlers got off to a bad start in the 23rd Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships 2017 after the junior boys’ team fell to an emphatic 3-0 3-0 3-0 defeat to Singapore in the opening day at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall in Singapore yesterday.
The trio Abdul Wafi Suhardi, Jason Koh and Awangku Md Sufi Fakrullah Abdullah bin Pengiran Md Sufian were convincingly dispatched by their Singaporean counterparts in the junior level tournament.
Singapore hurried towards the first set with Brunei’s Abdul Wafi Suhardi on the receiving end of an 11-1 11-8 11-2 humbling by the imperious Ethan.
However, Abdul Wafi showed fight in the second set and trimmed a 4-0 deficit to trail by within two points.
The Singaporean’s aggressive play armed with precise shot-making qualities proved a bridge too for the luckless Abdul Wafi in the final set in a repeat of the first.
Lucas Tan of Singapore put his team in the driving seat after making light work of Jason Koh winning in straight sets 11-1 11-2 11-7.
Kun Ting compounded Brunei’s misery after beating Awangku Md Sufi in straight sets 11-2 11-8 11-1.
Like Abdul Wafi, Awangku Md Sufi fared better in the penultimate set showing his attacking vigour and forcing his opponent into committing errors as the score reads 6-5 in favour of the Singaporean.
Brunei in action against Singapore during a junior boys’ team match
Awangku Md Sufi missed a chance to bring the score level to 7-7 when he struck his shot wide before missing the court during his opponent’s serve.
The Bruneian junior provided his shot of the set after his return kissed the tip of the court to net a well-earned point.
But Kun Ting responded with a smashing volley of his own before reaching match point with a miss from Awangku Md Sufi verifying the confirmation of the second set.
It was no match for Awangku Md Sufi in the final set as the unstoppable Singaporean powered to a 10-0 lead and the Bruneian’s solitary point merely delayed the inevitable.
Other results included losing 3-0 3-0 3-0 identically to both Indonesia and Thailand.
Brunei ended bottom of Group ‘A’ without a win and a game to their name with Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia occupying the top three.
Meanwhile, the junior girls’ team comprising Leong Yi, Fiona Hii and Hong Hui Qin fell to a similar score-line with the boys’ against the same opponents.
The junior girls team finished at the bottom of Group ‘A’ losing two matches without a game and a win to their name with the other loss coming against Indonesia.
The Brunei Cadet Boys did not have the same luck too as they went down to a 3-0 3-0 3-0 defeat to the Malaysia Cadet Boys.
Organised by the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) and sanctioned by the Southeast Asian Table Tennis Association (SEATTA), the tournament saw a return to Singapore which previously hosted in 2002.
The winners and runners-up of the team events will qualify for the 2017 Asian Junior Championships to be held in Ansan, South Korea from June 29 to July 4.
BRUNEI junior mixed doubles pair, Abdul Wafi Suhardi and Leong Yi fought hard in an epic five-set thriller but lost after a brave 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 defeat to Laos’s Sengarthid Vongdalasith and Youphinh Xaysombath in the 23rd Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall in Singapore yesterday.
The Brunei junior duo recovered from a set down to go 2-1 up but after Laos brought the game to a decider, they took the tie in what was the closest Brunei had been to a victory.
The other mixed junior doubles pairs suffered heavy defeats in straight sets with the pair of Awangku Md Sufi Fakrullah Abdullah bin Pengiran Md Sufian and Hong Hui Qin falling to an 11-1 11-1 11-6 loss to Singapore finalists Ethan Poh and Xinru Wong and Jason Koh and Fiona Hii losing 11-2 11-6 11-2 to Singapore’s Chia Shing Kee and Eunice Lim Zoe.
Singapore is guaranteed gold and silver in the mixed junior doubles with Goi Ruixuan and Gerald Yu Zong Jun joining Ethan and Xinru in the championship match.
The Brunei delegation in a group picture. – STTA
Brunei paddler Awangku Abd Basheer bin Pengiran Haji Md Noor was left rooted at the bottom of Group ‘D’ following a pair of losses in the cadet boys’ singles.
Awangku Abd Basheer was humbled in straight sets by both opponents losing to Singapore’s Ang Teng Han Sean 11-7 11-4 11-4 before falling to an 11-6 11-4 11-9 loss to Indonesia’s Hamada.
His compatriot Md Khairuddin bin Omar shared a similar fate in Group ‘F’ after an 11-5 11-5 11-5 defeat at the hands of Thailand’s Chanpen Chetthanabodi.
Md Khairuddin completed his group stage match with a 11-3 11-3 11-2 defeat to Singapore’s Dominic Koh Song Jun.
BRUNEI paddler Abdul Wafi Suhardi advanced to the first round of the 23rd Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships after progressing from the Group ‘B’ preliminaries in the junior boys’ singles at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall in Singapore yesterday.
Abdul Wafi’s 11-7 12-10 11-3 victory over Laos’ Kose Vilaivong confirmed the Bruneian a place in the first round despite losing to Singapore’s hotshot Ethan Poh 6-11, 3-11, 1-11 in the opening group match.
However, the young paddler’s journey in the knock-out stages was cut short following a 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 4-11 defeat to Malaysia’s Mohd Syazwan Salmi.
Abdul Wafi was the only Brunei representative who made it to the first round with his compatriots falling in the first hurdle.
The Brunei paddler was handed a lifeline after reducing the deficit to 2-1 in the third set against an opponent who represented his country in the World Team Championships last year.
There was further misery for Bruneian male paddlers Awangku Md Sufi Fakrullah Abdullah bin Pengiran Md Sufian and Jason Koh as well as female paddlers Fiona Hii and Leong Yi as they were all eliminated in the junior boys’ singles and junior girls’ singles.
Awangku Md Sufi was defeated 4-11, 3-11, 6-11 to Philippines’ Jann Mari Nayre and 5-11, 4-11, 3-11 to Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han in Group ‘D’ while Jason Koh lost 3-11, 7-11, 6-11 to Thailand’s Supakorn Pankhoyoi and 6-11, 8-11, 4-11 to Vietnam’s Phuong Long Ngo Bao.
Fiona was soundly beaten 3-11, 3-11, 8-11 to Singapore’s Nicole Lew Zermaine though she improved slightly in her final Group ‘B’ match of the junior girls’ singles in a 6-11, 2-11, 11-9, 2-11 defeat to Indonesia’s Minawati.
Leong was also defeated in straight sets in a 3-11, 7-11, 2-11 defeat to Philippines’ Sherlyn Love Gabisay before concluding her Group ‘K’ match with a 3-11, 6-11, 5-11 loss to Singapore’s Pearlyn Koh Kaixin.
Leong also lost 5-11, 3-11, 6-11 to Vietnam’s Phuong Uyen Ho.
The junior boys’ and girls’ doubles also suffered early exits in the first round though the junior girls’ at least contested a fourth set.
The junior girls’ pair of Fiona and Leong took the second set in the 4-11, 12-10, 4-11, 5-11 loss to Singapore’s Pearlyn and Yu Lu Hua.
The pair of Awangku Abdul Rasheed bin Pengiran Haji Md Noor and Awangku Md Sufi lost in straight sets in a 2-11, 6-11, 1-11 defeat to Singapore’s Bevan Tan Jin Kai and Josh Chua while Abdul Wafi and Jason missed the chance to move to the quarterfinals after a 6-11, 7-11, 5-11 defeat to the Malaysian pair of Fong Jay Shern and Mohd Syazwan.