PENANG: One team couldn’t come at all while the other badminton players braved the heavy floods to turn up and compete.
The recent two-day Penang AirAsia Junior League was able to go on amid a heavy downpour which had most of the state under water as it was held on a hill, at PBA Badminton Hall in Bukit Dumbar.
SM Jit Sin turned the tide to beat SMJK Heng Ee 3-1 in the boys’ team final of the Penang AirAsia Junior League while Methodist Girls School beat SM Chung Ling (private) school 2-1.
SMJK Jit Sin, from Bukit Mertajam could not come for the competition due to the floods.
SM Jit Sin team manager Lim Chan Ching admitted he was surprised that his charges won the title as teams like SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, SMJK Jit Sin and SMJK Heng Ee were the favourites.
“My boys worked hard for it and were determined to win. The glory is theirs,” he said,
Methodist Girls School team manager Yong Ai Ming said: “We were confident of winning the title, especially after our two top players returned to represent us.”
The duo, Ho Lo Ee and Tan Yen Lynn, both of whom are the state’s top singles players, are in Bukit Jalil Sports School.
“The players have their own coaches and training programme and they have made the school proud.”
Penang Badminton Association president Kah Kau Kiak said the AirAsia-Penang League was launched in July with the aim of providing a competition for boys and girls below 18 years old.
The competition attracted 15 teams in the boys and 14 teams in the girls categories.
The competition is based on the Thomas-Uber Cup format. The national level preliminary event is scheduled for Dec 20-23 while the finals on Jan 4-7 next year.
RESULTS: Boys s-finals: SMJK Heng Ee 3 SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth 2; SM Jit Sin (Private) 3 SMK St Xavier 0.
Final: SM Jit Sin (Private) 3 SMJK Heng Ee 1.
Girls’ s-finals: SM Chung Ling (Private) 2 SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian 1; SMK (P) Methodist 2 SMJK Heng Ee 1.
Final: SMK (P) Methodist 2 SM Chung Ling (Private) 1.