Team Hock Kwong on track
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
SIBU: Defending champion team Hock Kwong cruised to an easy 3-0 victory over PSKPP in Group A at the Sibu Badminton Association (SBA) Challenge Cup 2012 tournament held at SMK Sacred Heart Centenary Hall here on Monday.
It was a walk in the park for the double combination of Hock Kwong’s Ting Wei Ping and Ting Ming Wong when they thrashed Suka Lailai and Herman in the first double, 21-5, 21-7.
Wei Ping, the former national player, and Ming Wong, former Sibu champion, were a cut above their opponents.
So confident was the pair that the duo could even afford to slow down pace to give more room for their opponents to exploit. And despite playing at half pace, the pair went on to grab the first point for their team.
In the second double, Hock Kwong’s Peter Ho and Paulus Lau had to dig deep before overcoming PSKPP’s Stanley Bujang/Ruslan Hashim, 11-21, 21-6, 21-12 to bag the second point.
Hock Kwong’s third pair of Wong Teck Kong and Melvin Sim completed the rout when they swept aside PSPKK’s Ali Hasan/David Muga 22-20, 21-10 in the third double.
Team SA beat Prowira 2-1 in the other Group A match.
In Group B, Tyrelink Wheel was quick to make their presence felt when they breezed past Paris Bridal 3-0 to signify their hunger for the title as well.
The team, spearheaded by several former divisional players, were also eyeing for the title which they had failed to capture at the past few editions.
Tyrelink’s first combination pair of Wong Kon Who/Lau Hua Chew drew first blood when they defeated Paris Bridal’s Tian Chin Luik and Ho Tze Chee, 21-16, 21-13.
Tyrelink’s Jeffery Pang and Johnson Ting stepped in for the second double and they continued the winning trend winning their tie 21-14, 21-14.
Wee Teck Ho/Adam Yii completed the rout when they beat Ling Chang Hung/Lau Kok Keong 21-14, 14-21, 21-16 in the third double.
In the other Group B match, Ken beat GOF 2-1.
Eight teams took part in the week-long championship aimed at upgrading the popularity of badminton here.
The championship was played on group basis with the two top teams from each group advancing to the next round.
Each team format is played on three doubles with a player allowed to play once in any tie. The team is only allowed one seeded player, the names as provided in the SBA list, and the listed player must play in the first double in the team format.
The champion will get RM1,000, first runner-up RM500, second runner-up RM350 and third runner-up RM150.