Smashing return to glory

In top form: The winning teams in the men and women’s categories cheering after collecting their trophies at the state Youth and Sports Complex in Batu Uban, Penang. With them are (middle row in blue shirts, from left) VPM president Angelina Hoh, sports complex manager Kho Chin Hong, Koay and Bukit Gelugor MCA division treasurer Wong Kok Wai (blue shirt).

THE 4th Penang Veteran Volleyball Championship had much to offer with a total 16 teams pitting their strength against each other in the Datuk Koay Kar Huah Cup.

The championship attracted 11 men’s teams and five women’s teams in the three-day event held at the state Youth and Sports Complex in Batu Uban, Penang.

In the Men’s Category, Extreme proved superior against The Cops in the final match with a sweeping 2-0 victory. Extreme scored 25-19 in the first set and 25-21 in the second set.

The final match in the Women’s Category kept the audience at the edge of their seats with a close fight between Amaze and KLVC.

Amaze cruised into a 2-0 lead by taking the first set with a 25-21 win, followed by a 25-20 win in the second set.

Both winning teams brought home RM800 each while the runners-up were presented with RM400 each.

It is the third consecutive win for the 10-member Amaze team, which hailed from Selangor.

The members displayed outstanding teamwork and fighting spirit, following their two-hour weekly training.

The team’s senior player Ng Beng Hong, 54, said the members were former national players who were surprised but happy with the win.

The event was organised by Volleyball Pillar Management (VPM) in collaboration with the state Youth and Sports Council and Fitness Innovations Malaysia.

Bukit Gelugor MCA division chairman Datuk Koay Kar Huah said he hoped more teams would participate next year, not only from Penang, but also from other states.

“The championship is a platform for the veterans who have retired from the national or international arena, to keep playing and sustain their interest and skills,” he said.

Championship coordinator Choong Loo Ee said the number of teams taking part had been increasing annually and encouraged more women to participate next year.

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