Boon Hua on top

Team Boon Hua posing with the champion's trophy.

AFTER completing the inaugural Modesliga Badminton League (Klang Zone), Team Boon Hua fought hard to emerge top of the standings with 27 wins from 35 matches.

Trailing by a slender margin were Team KEC-Y Sports, who also won 27 matches, but were two games down compared to Team Boon Hua.

During the final games in the league, the pressure was on Team Boon Hua to win three matches to claim the champion’s spot.

They delivered an outstanding performance against Team Starlight and duly won 3-2.

However, the let-down came from Boon Hua elite mix doubles pair Lim Pek Siah and Sim Juei Kee who fell to Starlight duo Sabrina Chong and Loh Wei Han.

The former pair broke through a commanding 6-0 lead in the first set but the latter fought back to tie the score at 8-8, before leading all the way to 21-15.

Boon Hua elite mix doubles pair Lim Pek Siah (left) and Sim Juei Kee returning the shuttle to their opponent.
Boon Hua elite mix doubles pair Pek Siah (left) and Juei Kee did their team proud.

In the second set, Pek Siah and Juei Kee returned the shuttle with hard smashes and clever drop shots to maintain the pressure. They went on to snatch the second set 21-13 to force the match into rubber set.

However, the Starlight pair maintained the lead from the beginning and proved they were stronger en route to carving out a 21-16 scoreline to win the match.

Tension gripped Team Boon Hua but Gan Lian Sing and Tam Tiong Hui sailed through to a 21-10, 21-15 win over Starlight’s Albert Phua and Danniel Law in the veteran men’s doubles to tie the encounter 1-1.

Boon Hua went on to take the junior men’s doubles and the men’s doubles open match before Starlight’s pair of Desmond Loh and Mohd Farid defeated Kua Kian Hing and Ng Yen Lei 21-13, 19-21, 15-21.

A total of eight teams were in the league, playing in the round-robin format.

Each match-up consisted of two men’s doubles open, mixed doubles, veteran men’s doubles and junior veteran men’s doubles — all played on a round-robin basis.

The top three teams that recorded the most wins claimed the champion’s trophy, first runner-up and second runner-up prizes.

Each team was allowed a maximum of two elite players, those with national or state involvement in the sport, to join the league.

Tournament director Teddy Tan said the first edition in Klang received good response and that they now hoped to make it an annual event.

“There will also be a social league this month where only social players will be allowed to join.

“I am also hoping to expand the Modesliga badminton league to other states,” he said.

Flexpro is the title sponsor, while Revive and Vico are the official beverages. Other sponsors include JT Asia Trading, QQ (M) Sdn Bhd, VCS AV Connection Sdn Bhd, SKG World and Yap Sports Badminton Hall.

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