This year unexpectedly, USJ23 invited both MBA and Wira Tangkis at the eleventh hour to fill in the shortfall of participants. I was in a dilemma as to who the boys should represent since they now attend trainings in both venues. In truth, I had already registered the boys privately long before MBA & Wira Tangkis were requested to populate the shortfall of entries especially in the girl’s category. So in order not to stir things up, I instructed the boys to adopt neutrality and not to lean too heavily on either side.
Both players started off taking turns inching forward point for point. Aaron took a slim lead during the changeover. After the interval, it was clear the fitter between the two made lesser errors. Aaron raced to the end with a convincing victory 30 – 18 to earn him Intermediate level bragging rights.However, his campaign came to an end in the next round when he met Muhd Atef Haikal, a controversial entry because information in the internet revealed this player’s name was registered with BAM with DOB 2002, which means he was overaged (if he is the same player as in the list of BAM registered players). However, the organiser did not acknowledge my e-mail which acquiesce his entry. Nevertheless, Aaron put up a gallant fight to go down 25 – 30. There was no shame in his defeat because he went down fighting his heart out! What made me more suspicious was that Muhd Atef Haikal went all the way to the final to win the boys U10 title beating Teoh Hong Kai in straight sets. Incidentally, Aaron has beaten Hong Kai before in the recent Setia Tournament. The story would be so different if Aaron had been drawn to play with another player in the third round. His title remains elusive and he will have to wait a little longer for it in the next under 10 tournament in 20th July.
1st ROUND : Aaron Wong vs Wong Vinsen 30 - 18
2nd ROUND : Aaron Wong vs Chai Chun Hong 30 - 18
3rd ROUND : Aaron Wong vs Muhd Atef Haikal 25 - 30
Boys Singles Under 12
1st ROUND : Ryan Wong vs Muhd Izzmir 30 - 28
2nd ROUND : Ryan Wong vs Hazim Naquiddin 30 - 20
3rd ROUND : Ryan Wong vs Muhd Farhan Arif 30 - 29
Quarter Final : Ryan Wong vs Manfred Chow 14 - 30