SIBU: Squash powerhouse in the state, Miri continued to dominate in the inter-division school squash championship by winning five inter-team titles and five individual titles.
At the three-day championship held SMK Sacred Heart, Miri failed to retain the Girls’ under 18 individual and inter-team titles.
Corina Loh of Sibu beat Wong Su Lin of Miri 3-0 to win the Girls’ Under 18 title.
Sibu also dethroned Miri for the Girls’ Under 18 inter-team title.
The Boys’ Under 12 final saw Harith Daniel Jefri (Miri) outclassed Conor Loi of Sibu 3-0. Miri also took the Girls’ Under 12 title through Iris Cheng when she saw little problem in overcoming her team mate, Jovyn Lau.
Nathan Kueh, a state player for the 2016 Malaysia Games won marginally after beating Clifford Tay of Kuching by 3-2.
The Girls’ Under 15 final was an all-Miri affair with Chloe Ching defeating Wong Su Fei 3-0. Another Malaysia Games player, Timothy Ling defeated his Miri team mate, Martin Kueh 3-0 for the title in the final.
Host Sibu was second in the Boys’ and Girls’ Under 12, 15 and 18 years old categories while Kuching had to be satisfied with second placing in the Boys’ Under 15 category.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, SMK Sacred Heart school board of management vice-chairman Lau Swee Nguong said the centre, which was named after him, was rebuilt in 2007 and declared open in 2010 to be the venue for the first Sarawak School Inter-division squash championship.
“We have one foreign coach and one local coach at this moment.
“Coach Liong Bi Ling recently moved to China to pursue his squash career,” he added.
Lau also spoke at length on the benefits of the championship which, he said, not only helped them to develop their squash-playing skills but also their health and social well-being.