|L to R : Roslin Fozi, Aaron Wong, Derrick Eng & Chia Jeng Hon|
The Powerful Group of Companies began this private junior league this year whereby players at various age-groups participate in an all-year round league contest to accumulate points for the grand finals at the end of the year. Something akin to the BWF World super series except this is only a few grain of sand on the beach. Apart from their other businesses, they own a badminton hall in Kepong complete with a junior academy. They also market their own brand of badminton equipments and merchandise, the Flex Pro brand.Following their July schedule, Aaron participated in the U11 singles. In the round-robin group match, he topped his Group B after winning all 3 matches (including a walkover). From quarter-final onward, the competition switched into elimination rounds. Aaron crossed over to meet the runners-up of Group C and won. In the semi-final, he was up against Derrick Eng, a Johor state player. I knew Aaron would fell short playing with Derrick because I have seen the performance of the bespectacled lanky player in past tournaments. All I could advice Aaron was to stay relax, take it as a training lesson and try to match the pace as long as he can. Aaron tried but alas, Derrick’s badminton craft was a notch or two higher than Aaron’s.
Derrick advanced to the finals but lost to the Pahang U12 rank No.1 Chia Jeng Hon. Next month Flex Pro’s scheduled a U12 league whereby both Aaron and Ryan will participate. Stay tuned.
BOYS SINGLES U11
1st Preliminary – Aaron vs Loo Zi Yi 30 – 5
2nd Preliminary – Aaron vs Roslin Fozi 30 – 18
3rd Preliminary – Aaron vs Alif Daniel Walkover
Qtr Final – Aaron vs Roslan Fozi 21 – 15, 21 – 13
Semi-Final – Aaron vs Derrick Eng (Jh) 13 – 21, 17 – 21