IT WAS a final befitting the last event of the 2013 Modesliga Badminton League (Subang Zone) season when New Gen Hercules fought hard against Team Racqueteer to come back from a 2-0 deficit to clinch the trophy 3-2 in a nail-biting match.
Team Racqueteer pulled away for a 2-0 lead by scoring wins in the men’s doubles and veteran men’s doubles categories, leaving the team one match shy of whitewashing their opponents, but it was not to be.
Coming in to the final knockout stage with an undefeated 17-game run, New Gen Hercules team manager Samuel Nesan’s goal was to continue the streak by winning the first three matches of the final and claim victory, however, seeing the team lose the first two matches left him in despair.
He said the team did not expect to lose the first match.
“If there was a point we were
confident of getting, it was from the first match and when the second match was also lost, we were down,” he said.
The turning point came for New Gen Hercules when mixed doubles pair Mohd Shakier Ruhizad and Tee Ee Min faced Team Racqueteer’s Tan Fu Tzen and Ngor Zhuang Yi.
The pair fought hard to win the first set 21-18, but Tan and Ngor came back on the offensive to take the second set 21-17 thus forcing a rubber set that saw Shakier and Tee triumph 21-14 against their opponents to open the floodgates.
The fourth and fifth games saw brilliant performances from both teams in the attacking and defensive departments with Team New Gen Hercules coming out ahead 21-16 and 21-19 in the second men’s doubles match and 22-24, 21-13 and 21-18 in the junior veterans match.
Although Racqueteer manager Khoo Chong Lei had no expectations of winning the final from the outset, he believed there was a real chance after the first match but felt that the team luck ran out in the end.
“It was a really hard-fought battle and we will definitely be back next year,” he said, while junior veteran player Ong Tung Yeng added that while it was a shame they didn’t get to win this time, they would try harder next year.
The champions walked away with prizes worth more
than RM33,000 along with medals, winners’ trophy and a challenge trophy.