MALACCA: The 1890-established Malacca Club (MC) is confident of retaining overall honours in the 12th Straits Settlement Games series to be hosted by the Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) slated for early December.
The optimism stems from the surfacing and spotting of a significant crop of new talents, enhanced competitiveness and a proposed two-month centralised training stint beginning in October following the successful completion of the local club’s in-house sports carnival.
According to MC sports chairman G.Ariaduray, since the inauguration of the tri-club sports series in 2001, the MC has managed to capture overall honours twice, once in 2005 and then again last year.
“On both occasions we had home ground support. This time as defending champions we are bent on winning honours away from home for the very first time.
“Our recent in-house sports carnival churned up several new talents.Together with our experienced lot and seasoned campaigners, we are optimistic of winning overall honours away from home” he added.
The Straits Settlement Games is a tri-club series involving the MC, SSC and the Penang Sports Club (PSC) and spells a spin-off a three-club affair initiated by MC in 1986.
Then, MC and the SSC were involved in the 1986 and 1987 series as the International Sports Club of Jakarta declined participation. The Indonesians competed from the 1988 series onwards.
There were hopes of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club making the series a quadrangular affair in 1991 but the move fell through.
Eventually, with the Indon club a non-starter, the Straits Settlement Games involving the MC, SSC and PSC made the scene in 2001 with a rotational host (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) basis adopted.
The games contested include squash, badminton, tennis, snooker, football and table tennis with golf listed as a friendly.
Meanwhile, in the MC in-house sports carnival with the singles event not listed at badminton, Lim Yeow Guan and Sim Lih Shin lifted the men’s doubles gold with a 21-13;21-17 win over Marcus Chan and Teh Hwang Hwee. Paul Kang and Fang Jin Wen collected the bronze scoring a 21-14;21-17 win over Roger Ong and Chan Chee Heng.
At table tennis, Yau Seng Wouh scored a 3-1 win over Choo Teong Ann to capture the men’s singles gold.
Wee Sung Lok and Tan Jia Wen edged Choo Teong Ann and Lim Soon Cheng 3-2 to pick up the men’s doubles gold. Tan Jia Quan and the pair of Lee Tian Soo and Tan Jia Quan settled for the men’s singles and doubles bronze medals respectively.
Andy Lee scored a fine golden double at snooker. He won the singles event coasting to a 3-0 win over Simon Yap while Ramesh Ramchandani outpointed Jonathan Wong 3-1 to claim the bronze. In the doubles, Andy teamed up with Simon to register a 3-1 gold medal victory over Ramesh and Jonathan. Sean Michael De Silva and Choo Teong Ann defeated Alex Cheng and Casmir Santiago 3-0 for the bronze.
At squash, Adele Han joined the competitive fray as the only female among the 7-entry field in Division One.
The former state women’s champion turned in a creditable performance in the league format to capture the silver medal with L.K. Wong collecting the gold with an unbeaten six-match run. Adele’s father Han Yong Chye and Dr. P.S. Doshi shared the bronze.
Bernard Ang won the Division Two singles gold with Raghbir Singh taking the silver and P.Selvarajah the bronze.
Aaron Yap bagged the men’s tennis singles gold with Chan Wai Hong picking up the silver and Lim Jip Sui taking the bronze.
Played over a league format and adopting a pro-9 point score, Aaron was unbeaten winning all his four matches.
However, Wai Hong made up for his singles final loss disappointment when winning the men’s doubles and mixed doubles golds partnering Jip Sui and Janet Sommers respectively.
Jaspal Singh Gill clinched gold at golf played over a stableford scorecard. He registered 40 points winning on a countback from Regis Degen. Kwong Teng Keh bagged the bronze. Dave Lok and Magdelene Sim won the men’s and women’s singles golds respectively at bowling.
V.M. Vadivelu was tops in the premier men’s darts competition and went on to annex another gold when capturing the doubles honours with Lee Chee Teck. Azmi Jaffar also notched a fine double winning the novices singles and doubles golds with A.Suppiah.