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Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:47:02 AM

Kuen Cheng boys bag top spot in Under-12 final

<b>Back to you:</b> Wen Jie returning a shot during the boys’ Under-12 team final.

<b>Back to you:</b> Wen Jie returning a shot during the boys’ Under-12 team final.

NATIONAL top-ranked boys’ Under-13 paddler Choong Javen was instrumental in leading SJKC Kuen Cheng 1 to victory in the boys’ Under-12 team final at the Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSWPKL) table tennis championships at the SJKC Chong Hwa in Setapak recently.

Javen provided the winning point for his side to triumph over defending champions SJKC Chong Hwa with a hard-earned 3-2 win in the keenly contested final.

In a repeat of last year’s final, SJKC Kuen Cheng 1 coach Ting Si Ho praised Javen for his contributions.

“Going into the match, we knew it was going to be an open affair as both sides were quite balanced with equal chances of winning.

“Javen was definitely a key player in securing the victory,” he added.

Javen, who was the winner in the singles and doubles of his age-group, gave his side a good headstart in the first match before teammate Ngai Qi An provided another point for SJKC Kuen Cheng 1 to get 2-0 ahead in the championship tie.

Despite an early lead, SJKC Kuen Cheng 1 allowed their opponents to level the score and stretch the encounter down to the wire.

Javen said he was very happy and hoped to continue his top form in the state schools tournament.

“I am striving to be more consistent by eliminating mistakes in my game,” he added.

In the first game of the decisive fifth match, Javen made several costly mistakes.

The emerging talent overcame a jittery start against Chan Guan Xian of SJKC Chong Hwa to take the first game 14-12.

After a slow start, Javen found his rhythm to wrap up the tie winning 11-4 and 11-6 in the second and third games respectively.

Although SJKC Chong Hwa lost in the final, their coach Tan Cheng Keat said they were satisfied with the team’s performance.

“Today was a learning curve for us to deal with the pressure.

“We will bounce back stronger to regain the top spot next year,” he added.

In contrast, SJKC Chung Hwa had an easier journey to finish ahead of SJKC Taman Connaught with a 3-1 victory in the girls’ Under-12 team final.

Tan Zhe Yan faced little difficulty to deliver the two points for SJKC Chung Hwa by winning the first and fourth match.

Tan Jia Ying of SJKC Chung Hwa (P) put up a courageous performance and clawed back from two games deficit to put her side back on track.

After going down 8-11, 1-11 in the first two games, Jia Ying produced a fighting display to take the match winning the last three games 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.

Meanwhile, it was another nail-biting contest between Methodist Boys’ School and SM Kuen Cheng before MBS prevailed with a narrow 3-2 win in the boys’ Under-18 team final.

RESULTS (team finals)

> UNDER-12

- Boys: SJKC Kuen Cheng (1) bt SJKC Chong Hwa 3-2

Choong Javen bt Chin Wen Jie 11-3, 12-10, 11-6

Ngai Qi An bt Chan Guan Xian 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9

Tan Kek Wei lost to Siah Kah Yan 7-11, 5-11, 9-11

Ngai Qi An lost to Chin Wen Jie 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 9-11

Choong Javen bt Chan Guan Xian 14-12, 11-4, 11-6

- Girls: SJKC Chung Hwa (P) bt SJKC Taman Connaught 3-1

Tan Zhe Yan bt Lee Ying Yin 11-4,11-5,11-4

Yee Jie Lin lost to Caryn Yap 3-11, 2-11, 3-11

Tan Jia Ying bt Lee Ying Hwei 8-11, 1-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9

Tan Zhe Yan bt Caryn Yap 11-7, 11-3, 11-3

> Under-18

- Boys: Methodist Boys’ School bt SM Kuen Cheng 3-2

Ch’ng Yik Min bt Chan Guo Jing 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7

Leonard Tan Yi Herng lost to Chua Tzong Lin 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 5-11

Ngai Qi Yang bt Lee Ha Kyung 11-7, 11-1, 11-5

Ch’ng Yik Min lost to Chua Tzong Lin 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11

Leonard Tan Yi Herng bt Chen Guo Jing 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 12-10

- Girls: SMK Seri Bintang Utara bt SMK Jinjang 3-0

Ashley Koh bt Chan Pei Yun 11-8, 11-7, 11-6

Tan Qiao Er bt Yap Su Fen 11-6, 11-5, 11-3

Lau Lit Yin bt Lee Le Ming 11-8, 11-8, 11-9

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Sport, Sport, MSSWPKL Ping Pong

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