PETALING JAYA: There was no prize money or even a trophy at stake. It was the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) programme to sharpen the competitive edge of the tournament-deprived shuttlers.
The BAM Mixed Team Championship which ended yesterday lived up to expectations after a three-day battle.
The Avengers, led by national men’s doubles ace Soh Wooi Yik were crowned the champions after prevailing 6-5 against Lee Zii Jia’s Terminators in a nail-biting finale.
It took Wooi Yik, Chia Wei Jie and Tee Kai Wun until the very last rally of the championship to come out victorious at 15-13,11-15,11-10 over Zii Jia, Goh Sze Fei and Low Hang Yee in the three-on-three contest.
The tie was evenly-fought after the Terminators bounced back from 3-5 down with wins from their mixed doubles pair Haikal Nazri-Low Yeen Yuan and women’s trios Chow Mei Kuan-Lai Pei Jing-Pearly Tan.
But it was the Avengers who had the last laugh as Wooi Yik and Co showed nerves of steel at 10-10 in the rubber game to break the stalemate.
As soon as Sze Fei sent the shuttle to the net, the entire Avengers team members rushed onto the court to join in the victory celebration.
The win saw Avengers pip Terminators to the top spot by virtue of head-to-head superiority although the two sides both had two wins each.
“What a match that was and what a way to win the championship, ” said an elated Wooi Yik.
“No deuce, we were the winners in the take all situation. What a nervy ending. This has to be the most exciting three-on-three match I have ever played in my life.
“Normally we only play (the three-on-three) for fun during training, definitely not this time though.”
Wooi Yik believes the internal meet has met the objectives of keeping the players competitive and build camaraderie in the team.
“Massive credit to all the players and coaches involved in this short but memorable tournament, ” said Wooi Yik.
“Some of the juniors may not be part of the action, but they made their presence felt by cheering their hearts out for their teammates. It has lightened up the atmosphere.
“I really enjoyed my role as a captain. I thought the seniors and juniors got along very well, and the good relationship we have already built from this meet can only get better.”
Avengers bt Terminators 6-5 (Myisha Khairul-Valeree Siow lost to Chow Mei Kuan-Pearly Tan 8-15,6-15; Goh Soon Huat-Cheah Yee See bt Chen Tang Jie-Lai Pei Jing 15-13,15-12; Jacky Kok lost to Lee Zii Jia 13-15,11-15; Chia Wei Jie-Soh Wooi Yik bt Goh Sze Fei-Low Hang Yee 13-15,15-10,11-6; Cheam June Wei bt Ong Zhen Yi 15-8,15-4; Eoon Qi Xuan bt Lee Ying Ying 15-10,15-10; Shaqeem Eiman Shahyar lost to Lee Shun Yang 14-15,15-8,4-11; Goh Jin Wei bt Siti Nurshuhaini Azman 8-11,15-6,11-6. Beh Chun Meng-Valeree Siow lost to Haikal Nazri-Low Yeen Yuan 13-15,12-15; Cheah Yee See-Lee Meng Yean-Toh Ee Wei lost to Chow Mei Kuan-Lai Pei Jing-Pearly Tan 15-12,12-15,2-11; Chia Wei Jie-Soh Wooi Yik-Tee Kai Wun bt Goh Sze Fei-Lee Zii Jia-Low Hang Yee 15-13,11-15,11-10)
Transformers bt Dominators 7-4 (Nur Izzuddin Rumsani-Peck Yen Wei lost to Hoo Pang Ron-Teoh Mei Xing 12-15,14-15; Vivian Hoo-Yap Ling bt M. Thinaah-Yap Cheng Wen 9-15,15-8,11-4; Leong Jun Hao bt Ng Tze Yong 15-4,8-15,11-4; Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin bt Lim Chong King 12-15,15-14,11-10; K. Letshanaa lost to Soniia Cheah 7-15,6-15; Chang Yee Jun-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani lost to Aaron Chia-Ng Eng Cheong 10-15,11-15; Wan Arif Wan Junaidi-Cheng Su Hui bt Goh Boon Zhe-Cheng Su Yin 15-14,13-15,11-10; Justin Hoh bt Ong Ken Yon 15-11,15-7; S. Kisona bt Tan Zhing Yi 15-2,15-5; Anna Cheong-Vivian Hoo-Yap Ling bt M. Thinaah-Shevon Lai-Teoh Mei Xing 15-14,12-15,11-9; Chang Yee Jun-Leong Jun Hao-Yap Roy King lost to Aaron Chia-Lwi Sheng Hao-Ng Eng Cheong 15-11,14-15,8-11)
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