MALACCA: Penang Sports Clubs stranglehold of the annual Straits Settlement Games came to an end when hosts Malacca Club bagged overall honours at the fifth edition of the annual series at Rotunda Sports Complex in Tanjong recently.
In the just concluded meet involving Penang Sports Club, Singapore Swimming Club and Malacca Club, the hosts strode to the forefront winning four and finishing second best in two of the six games contested.
Malacca Club registered 26 points overall while defending champions Penang Sports Club trailed by eight points.
The local club won honours in badminton, squash, tennis and snooker.
Penang Sports Club, the series overall winners since its inception in 2001, only managed to capture football honours and were runners-up in squash, tennis and snooker to collect eighteen points.
Singapore Swimming Club, finishing tops in table tennis and second best in badminton, collected 16 points to finish third. The Republic's club will host next years series in late August.
The recent tri-games spells a spin-off of a three-cornered affair initiated by Malacca Club in 1986.
Initially, Malacca Club and their Singapore counterparts were involved in the 1986 and 1987 series as the International Sports Club of Indonesia declined to compete. The Indonesians only took part in the 1988 edition.
There were hopes of Royal Bangkok Polo Club making the series a quadrangular in 1991 to further enhance the Asean spirit and foster sporting cordiality.
However, this move fell through.
Eventually, with the Indonesian club a non-starter, the series was discontinued and replaced by the Straits Settlement Games inaugurated in 2001.