Selangor retained their mixed team title in the 100PLUS National Junior inter-state Under-18 championships with a 4-2 win over Penang in the final at the NSCRC Badminton Hall in Seremban yesterday.
Kedah took third place with a 5-2 win over hosts Negri Sembilan. In the semi-finals on Friday, Selangor beat Negri 4-1 while Penang stormed to a 4-1 win over Kedah.
Youth Olympic Games mixed doubles gold medal winner Cheam June Wei partnered Chua Cheah Lin to give Penang the first point with a 21-9, 22-20 win over Selangor’s Wong Man Hung-Teoh Mei Xing in the mixed doubles.
June Wei was Malaysia’s best performer in the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing when he and Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau won the mixed doubles gold with a 21-14, 23-21 win over Japan’s Kanta Tseneyama and Taiwan’s Lee Chia Hsin in the final to give Malaysia their first ever gold medal in the Games.
Selangor stormed back to make it 1-1 when national junior R. Satheishtharan proved too strong for Penang’s Sim Fong Hau in the bors’ first singles, winning 21-13, 21-12 win in 33 minutes.
However, Penang were back in the lead through Tan Jia Wei who crushed Selangor’s Eizlan Shah Misfahul Muneer 21-10, 21-15 in the second boys’ singles match. But it was not enough to stop the champions from retaining the title in a repeat of last year’s final.
Selangor came back strongly to win both the girls singles through M. Thinaah and and Ng Wan Win before taking an unassailable 4-2 through the Chua Khek Wei-Low Hang Yi, who clinched a 21-15, 21-19 win over Penang’s Ching Jakie-Ong Wei Khoon in the boys’ doubles.
Thinaah beat Kong Yi Jin 21-12, 21-12 while Wan Win outplayed Lee Shun Mei 21-10, 21-11.
Kedah took third place with a 5-2 win over hosts Negri Sembilan in the playoff.
The 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit and also the 100PLUS Malaysian Junior Golf Open among several youth programmes and competitions supported by 100PLUS, Malaysia’s leading isotonic beverage.
The others include the Minister of Education League Cup and also the 100PLUS Super Cup. 100PLUS is recommended by the National Sports Council.
SELANGOR 4 PENANG 2
(Selangor players first)
R. Satheishtharan beat Sim Fong Hau 21-13, 21-12
Eizlan Shah Misfahul Muneer lost Tan Jia Wei 10-21, 15-21
M. Thinaah beat Kong Yi Jin 21-12, 21-12
Ng Wan Win beat Lee Shun Mei 21-10, 21-11
Woon Man Hung-Teoh Mei Xing lost Cheam June Wei-Chua Cheah Lin
Chua Khek Wei-Low Hang Yi beat Ching Jakie-Ong Wei Khoon 21-15, 21-19
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF
KEDAH 5 N.SEMBILAN 2
(Kedah players first)
Lee Zii Jia beat Ng Jun Yun 21-9, 21-11
V. Rooben Raj beat Wong Wai Jun 22-20, 20-22, 22-20
Eng Sim Jou lost Ng Qi Xua 9-21, 21-16, 16-21
Pearly Tan Koong Le beat Lee An Nie 21-15, 21-14
Bolrifin Khairul Tor-Ong Wei Jian lost Goh Sze Fei-Woing Wai Jun 12-21, 21-17, 11-21
Jolynn Lim Chea Ru-Lee Zii Yii beat Isabelle Ng-Tan Yi Xian 21-6, 21-6
Ooi Zi Heng-Natalie Wong beat Ahmad Shahfuad Muhammad-Kelly Siow Zhi Xin 21-17, 9-2 (rtd)