KUALA LUMPUR: It pays to have a mastermind in the team.
Head coach Yap Kim Hock’s decision to try out Chen Tang Jie-Tew Jia Jia in the mixed doubles event for the first time proved to be the turning point for Petaling BC when they upstaged fancied Kepong BC 11-8 in the Junior Purple League at the Gem In Mall in Cyberjaya on Saturday.
Tang Jie-Jia Jia rose to the occasion when they combined superbly to beat Robby Darwis-Silprakob Suphapich 11-10, 11-10, 9-11, 11-3 to give their club the winning edge.
Prior to the deciding match, Petaling BC had won two matches through Leong Jun Hao (boys’ singles) and their Thailand import Chasinee Korepap (girls’ singles) but Kepong BC fought back to level the tie with wins by Helmie Zulhaidee Zulman-Tee Kai Wun (boys’ doubles) and Bonoi Pakitta-Pearly Tan Kong (girls’ doubles).
Despite the win, Petaling BC still trail Kepong BC in the league standings. After the second round, Kepong BC top the table with 28 points, followed by Petaling BC on 25 points.
“Overall, our strategy to field Tang Jie and Jia Jia paid off as they secured the victory for us. I was disappointed because we could have won the third match (boys’ doubles) as well and secure some additional points but we lost,” said former national badminton chief coach Kim Hock.
“We have to study our next opponents carefully. We aim to narrow the points gap between us and Kepong BC.”
Meanwhile, Ampang Jaya BC did not have the services of world junior girls’ champion Goh Jin Wei on Saturday but still powered their way to a sensational 10-7 win over BU Dragons BC.
Petaling Jaya BC and Puchong United BC also registered their first wins of the season as they beat Bangsar Hawks BC (11-7) and Cheras BC (10-7) respectively.
Muar BC bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat to beat Serdang BC 12-5.