“Based on our previous victorious outing, we are expected to be the top seeds in the girls’ Under-18 team event. It is going to be tough fending off challenges as we are wearing the favourites’ tag. Other teams will be out to create an upset against us. We are confident the seasoned campaigners in the side will rise to the occasion again,” she added.
The MSSWPKL girls’ Under-18 singles champion Chua Wan Zhen will be spearheading their challenge along with familiar faces Tan Qiao Er, Ashley Koh, Lau Lit Yin and Lim Yi Yin.
Following the three-day state meet, the hopefuls had to impress the selectors for their places to feature in the upcoming MSSM championships.
The individual singles champions of the Under-12 and Under-18 age-groups for boys and girls confirmed their entries while the four remaining slots in each category were decided in recent one-day trial.
“We have drawn up a schedule for them in the recent state schools meet. It was not a taxing exercise for the youngsters to take part in the selection after the championships. We allowed the youngsters with potential to prove themselves in the round-robin format. We took into account their previous results from the state schools competitions including the individual and team events. They did not have to face the same opponents again. Our aim was to assemble the best line-up for the MSSM,” said Christina.
Three junior paddlers from the boys’ Under-15 section found their way into the boys’ Under-18 team.
Besides the boys’ Under-15 singles champion Chua Tzong Lin of SM Kuen Cheng, the boys’ Under-15 losing semi-finalists also made the cut.
The duo are Wong Chun Chuen from SMJK Chong Hwa, Gombak and Ch’ng Yik Min of Methodist Boys’ School.
Last year, MSSWPKL returned with a haul of one gold, two silver and seven bronze medals to finish third in the overall standings from the previous MSSM outing at Labuan.
Christina said their main target was to retain the gold medal in the girls’ Under-18 team event and maintain their position in the overall standings.
“We are also expecting the boys’ Under-12 and Under-18 teams to put up decent performances in challenging for medals. It will be great to be among the top four finishers in the boys’ team events for both sections,” she added.
After winning the MSSWPKL boys’ Under-12 singles title for three years in a row, young talent Choong Javen of SJKC Kuen Cheng 1 is setting his sights for a perfect final outing competing in the Under-12 age-group.
Javen picked up two bronze medals from the individual singles and doubles in the previous MSSM outing.
“Although he is the top ranked boys’ Under-13 paddler based on the national junior ranking, we not want to put the extra pressure on him to deliver,” said Christina.
The team is going through a 10-day team building programme until March 20 before they leave for MSSM on March 23.
- Under-12; Choong Javen (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1), Ngai Qi An (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1), Wong Qi Shen (SJKC Tai Thung), Loy Yew Keinn (SJKC Yoke Nam), Chin Wen Jie (SJKC Chong Hwa Setapak)
- Under-18: Goh Gee Seng (Methodist Boys’ School), Wong Chun Meng (SMJK Chong Hwa Gombak), Chua Tzong Lin (SM Kuen Cheng), Wong Chun Chuen (SMJK Chong Hwa Gombak), Ch’ng Yik Min (Methodist Boys’ School)
- Under-12: Tan Yin Yi (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1), Tan Zhe Yan (SJKC Chung Hwa), Tang Ru Hui (SJKC Lee Rubber), Lier Yi Xin (SJKC Lee Rubber), Kang Hui Li (SJKC Tsun Jin)
- Under-18: Chua Wan Zhen (SM Kuen Cheng), Tan Qiao Er (SMK Seri Bintang Utara), Ashley Koh (SMK Seri Bintang Utara), Lau Lit Yin (SMK Seri Bintang Utara), Lim Yi Yin (SMK Kepong Baru)
MSSWPKL RESULTS (all finals)
- Singles: Choong Javen (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1) bt Ngai Qi An (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1) 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-15
- Doubles: Choong Javen-Ngai Qi An (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1) bt Tan Kek Wei-Tan Kek Hao (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
- Unity Singles: Fazari (SK Setiawangsa) bt Lukman (SK Setiawangsa) 11-6, 11-8, 12-10
- Unity Doubles: Zikril-Lukman (SK Setiawangsa) bt Fazari-Muhd Aiman (SK Setiawangsa) 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8
- Singles: Chua Tzong Lin (SM Kuen Cheng) beat Chan Guo Jing (SM Kuen Cheng) 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6
- Doubles: Chua Tzong Lin-Chan Guo Jing (SM Kuen Cheng) bt Heng Zi Cheng-Wong Chun Chuen (SMK Chong Hwa Gombak) 13-11, 11-8, 11-5
- Singles: Goh Gee Seng (Methodist Boys’ School) bt Wong Chun Meng (SMJK Chong Hwa Gombak) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
- Doubles: Goh Gee Seng-Leonard Tan (Methodist Boys’ School) bt Siow Yee Chean-Chan Rong Hi (SM Tsun Jin) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
- Singles: Tan Zhe Yan (SJKC Chung Hwa) bt Tan Yin Yi (SJKC Kuen Cheng 1) 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3
- Doubles: Tan Zhe Yan-Tan Jia Ying (SJKC Chung Hwa) bt Lier Yi Xin-Tang Ru Hui (SJKC Lee Rubber) 11-3, 3-11, 11-9, 14-12
- Unity Singles: Nur Asissa Yasmin (SK Setiawangsa) bt Annies Sabrina (SK Setiawangsa) 11-9, 11-1, 11-2
- Unity Doubles: Annies Sabrina-Arissa Yasmin (SK Setiawangsa) bt Nureen Syaswana-Nurhanani (SK Setiawangsa) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5
- Singles: Annabelle Tan (SMK Convent Bukit Nanas) bt Ho Jia Ni (SM Tsun Jin) 10-12, 7-11, 11-6. 14-12, 11-6
- Doubles: Ho Jia Ni-Wong Joe Yan (SM Tsun Jin) bt Teh Yee Ying-Sam Yu Xuan (SM Kuen Cheng) 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 11-13
- Singles: Chua Wan Zhen (SM Kuen Cheng) bt Tan Qiao Er (SMk Seri Bintang Utara) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
- Doubles: Ashley Koh-Tan Qiao Er (SMK Seri Bintang Utara) bt Yap Su Fen-Yap Su Fang (SMK Jinjang) 11-6, 11-3, 11-4
*Sumber Dari Star Metro