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MALACCA: Kedah emerged as kingpins at the 2013 Malaysian Schools Sports Council squash championships, scooping five team honours and four individual mantles out of the overall dozen titles at stake.
Held at the Malacca Squash Centre in the Krubong Stadium Hang Jebat Sports Complex, the five-day meet attracted all thirteen states with 380 players in the competitive fray catering to the Boys and Girls Under 12,15 and 18 divisions.
In the team events, Kedah’s domination was masterful capturing the Boys and Girls Under 12, 15 along with the Girls Under 18 crowns with Pahang denting the northern state’s strongly tipped monopoly by bagging the Boys Under 18 honours.
Starting with the Boys and Girls Under 12 categories, Kedah stormed to the winners forefront beating Negeri Sembilan and Sabah by similar 2-0 margins respectively. In the boys encounter, Havine Shwaran in notching the first game beat Tai Yuen Shawn 11-3;11-5;11-5 while Mohd Hafiz Zhafri secured the winning margin of the best of three ties,
scoring a 11-8;11-7;11-4 win over V.Vasudev. In the girls final, it was a similar fashioned victory with Kedah picking up the first two ties off Sabah. In the opening fixture, Low Jia Hui outpointed Nur Izzati Abdul Karim 11-3;11-1;11-2 while Aifa Azman registered the winning margin taking down Jessica Keng Jia Hui 11-2;11-7;11-0.
In the Boys and Girls Under 15 divisions, Kedah was tops scoring identical 2-0 wins over homesters Malacca and Sarawak respectively to carry their title count to four. In the boys final, K.Mivesh gained the opening win beating home’s best Wang Peng Soon 4-11;11-9;11-4; 7-11;11-9 in an evenly contested tussle lasting 56 minutes. Ong Sai Hung posted Kedah’s winning margin beating Ammar Naim Zulhazmi 8-11;11-9;12-10;2-11;11-4.
It was yet another 2-0 margin victory for Kedah in the girls final against Sarawak. Nur Aliah Izzati Muhd Anis secured the first point ousting Amanda Jong Xin Tong 4-11;11-7;11-5;11-6 while S.Sivasangari swung matters the northern state’s way beating Ma Si Yi 11-3;11-8;11-9. Another triumph was in the offing for Kedah in the
Girls Under 18 final against Selangor. Nur Athirah Muhd Anis put Kedah in front beating Sofia Najwa Zakaria 11-9;11-8;11-5 while Nazihah Hanis Abdul Razak clinched the winning point with a 11-3;11-6;11-7 score over Tan Phooi Yee.
It spelt a Selangor versus Pahang final in the Boys Under 18 bracket. The east coast outfit started its run with Calveen Choh beating Lim Wei Jie 12-10;11-1;11-8 while Darren Chan tabled the winning margin notching a comfortable 11-6;11-5;11-7 win over Alvin Chai Yer Zhen. Earlier in the semifianls, Selangor edged fancied Kuala Lumpur 2-1
while Pahang posted a 2-0 win over Kelantan in a battle of east coast sides.
In the prestigious Boys Under 18 individual final, Kelantan’s Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal lived up to his top billing beating second seeded Darren Chang of Pahang. In a long drawn out tussle lasting 52 minutes, Muhammad Syafiq pulled off a 11-8;11-8;11-7 win. Earlier in the semis, the eventual winner downed Selangor’s Shyan Kwan 11-6;11-6;7-11;11-5
while Darren eliminated Andrew Lee of Kuala Lumpur 10-12; 11-4; 11-5;11-7.
Kedah’s Nur Athirah Muhd Anis, the favourite played according to the form book to tame Selangor’s T. Mithila 13-11;11-5;11-3 in the Girls Under 18 final. In the semifinals, Nur Athirah stopped the progress of Negeri Sembilan’s Ilya Kareena with scores reading 11-4;5-11;11-9;11-9 while Mithila sidelined Gillian May of Perak 11-9;12-10;13-11.
RESULTS OF OTHER FINALS
Boys Under 12
Mohd Hafiz Zafri (Kedah) bt A.Kiven (Kedah) 11-8;12-10;9-11;11-7.
Girls Under 12
Aifa Azman (Kedah) bt Nurul Izzah (Kedah) 11-3;11-5;11-9.
Boys Under 15
Ng Ean Yiow (Kuala Lumpur) bt Mohd Fareez Izwan (Sabah) 11-7;11-6;11-8
Girls Under 15
S.Sivasangari (Kedah) bt Andrea Lee (Kuala Lumpur) 11-4;10-12;11-5;11-8.
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