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SM Lok Yuk shuttlers rule

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CHAMPIONS … the SM Lok Yuk boys' team celebrating their winning moment.

23rd July, 2019

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: The SM Lok Yuk were in a class of their own as they bagged the boys’ and girls’ titles at the AirAsia-BAM National Junior League (Sabah) held at the KDCA Hall in Penampang last Thursday.

The school’s head coach, Krist Nicholl Kalbin was delighted that the double success proved that the Kota Kinabalu-based school had top quality shuttlers who can go far in their badminton careers.

He also praised the junior players for their never-say-die attitude, especially the boys’ team who had to fight tooth and nail, before defeating SMK Tamparuli, 3-2 in the final.

SMK Tamparuli drew first blood through Lincoln Isaac Shim, who saw off Muhd Azizi Zulkiflee 21-11, 21-16 in the first singles match, before SM Lok Yuk levelled the score through the pairing of Fong Yoong and Quinton Yap who beat Claudius Thomas and Mohd Aizad Fazri 21-4, 21-9 in the second doubles match.

Hamizan Mozes then put SMK Tamparuli in the lead again when he notched a 21-14, 21-19 win over John Chua in the third match, while SM Lok Yuk proved their doubles was the best as Danial Voo and Hailkal Hazrul made the finals’ score at 2-2 when they beat Alvin and Nazri, 21-19, 21-17.

Hanz Haikal then finished off the comeback victory for SM Lok Yuk as he sealed the tie by beating SMK Tamparuli’s Clement Charles, 21-5, 21-6 in the deciding fifth match.

Meanwhile in the girls’ final, SM Lok Yuk defeated SMJK Ken Hwa Keningau, 2-0, convincingly with the first point delivered by Goh Shuen Tong who cruised past Hannie Izzati Khairul, 21-4, 21-9.

They then wrapped the girls’ title when doubles duo of Rabiatul Hidayah and Surraya Voo defeated Dayang Nurnirwanee Irwan and Nur Adela Ali, 16-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a hard-fought second match.

Sabah Chinese High School of Tawau and SMJK Ken Hwa Keningau finished tied for third in the boys’ category while SMK Bahang Penampang and SMK Tamparuli joint third place in the girls’.

Jefrey Leiking who represented Datuk Darell Leiking, Federal International Trade and Industry Minister, officiated the tournament’s closing ceremony where a total of 214 players took part comprising 13 boys’ and 12 girls’ teams.

Organising Chairman cum Penampang Badminton Association (PBA) president, Jivinsol Moosom expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) and AirAsia-BAM for giving Penampang a chance to host this prestigious tournament.

   
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