SMJK HENG Ee students powered their way to a grand double at the two-day AirAsia-BAM National Junior League of Penang.
After edging SMK Bagan Jaya 3-2 to retain the Boys’ team title, their Girls’ team did likewise by edging SM Chung Ling Private 2-1 to secure a double celebration at the PBA Hall in Bukit Dumbar, George Town, recently.
Team manager Har Wei Leng said the success was “unexpected” as they were only targeting the Boys’ crown.
“We are overjoyed by the achievement,” said Har, who is also teaching at the school.
She also attributed the success to their coach Khaw Chin Teng, who had used the right strategy in the competition.
Har said the prize money of RM1,000 (Boys) and RM700 (Girls) would be shared among the 17 players.
Khaw, who has been coaching the school for 14 years, said his charges had gone through three months of training and it paid dividends at the end of the day.
Player Tan Wei Liang, who delivered the important third point in the final, said he hoped to emulate his idol Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei’s achievement.
“I have been in this sport for seven years and the success of Chong Wei has driven me to do well in the future,” said the 16-year-old.
Wei Liang said his next aim was to earn a ticket to the BAM Academy, adding that he would still be eligible for the tournament next year.
In the Girls’ category, Tan Mei Xin, 16, got the SMJK Heng Ee girls off to a winning start against SM Chung Ling (Private) in the final.
“We finished second behind SM Chung Ling (Private) last year. I am delighted to have turned the odds around this time. The 2-1 win is indeed reason for us to celebrate.
“I will still be around for our title defence next year,” said Mei Xin, who idolises Taiwanese ace Tai Tzuying.
SMJK Heng Ee bt SMK Bagan Jaya 3-2.
Khoo Chien Shen lost to Sng Wei Ming 9-21, 8-21;
Tan Chee Han lost to Chew Sen Xian 7-21, 12-21;
Tan Wei Liang bt Tan Kean Wei 21-15, 21-10;
Koay Boon Chuan-Victor Lam Chun Jie bt Ang Jia Xiang-Teoh Yu Hang 21-6, 21-3;
Clement Ho Di Zhe-Tiow Shi Qin bt Chew Zu Yuet-Chiang Chee Zheng 21-7, 21-17.
SMJK Heng Ee bt SM Chung Ling (Private) 2-1.
Tan Mei Xin bt Ch’ng Yui Wen 21-3, 21-10;
Tan Wei Xuen bt Ch’ng Mei Ji 21-5, 21-5;
Crystal Lam Mei Ying-Erin Tan E-Sann lost to Chuah Yu En-Kok Yee Ern 17-21, 12-21.