Monday, September 18, 2017

The 2017 Under 15s WA State team

Dear readers

The Under 15s 2017 state team is preparing for the Nationals commencing next week.

I have not been blogging much about them as there was not mucb to blog. One of the players has been training in Indonesia. Another has been training in Malaysia.

Hence, the team has not been a team for the last 2 months. However, I know that Yuli is the coach and my wife Annie Sim is the manager. Yuli has been coaching the team as well as she can without the full team.  Our BAWA president, Lily has been appointed as the team Umpire.  Good on her.

So who else are in the team?

Here they are. There are 2 teams as we have so many outstanding juniors:

2017 (Perth, WA)

WA Wasps:
Jonny Kok
Theodore Kang
Julian Lee
Bernice Teoh
Joanne Zheng
Vevina Yang

Coach: Yuli Zheng
Manager: Annie Sim

There is a 2nd team
WA Scorpions:
Damien Wan
Dawson Lawrence
Timothy Sentosa
Radhika Swain
Shakthi Angusamy
Cindy Lawrence

Coach: Nick Kidd
Manager : Surya Santoso

Bearing in mind, the nationals will be in Perth, it is good that we have 2 teams. The first team will fight for gold. The 2nd team will be close behind to see if they can get a medal.

Last Sunday, we had the President's Cup.

The games were played at Samson. The President's cup is a tournament organised before the team leaves for the nationals. It used to be ONLY for the Under 17s and Under 19s state team, When I was the manager in 2012, I asked the BAWA president Judith to organise a President's Cup for the Under 15s and she obliged. Hence, we have had a Under 15s President's Cup since 2012.

This year, the President's team, won after close fights.

The President's team lost most of the singles matches but redeemed themselves in the doubles and mixed. However, the Under 15s team could not stop the efforts of the President's team and conceded defeat. This experience will help the Under 15s team when they meet their opponents next week, Good luck.

The President's team
The Under 15s team


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Individual events that has ended

Dear readers

The Individual events has ended with WA players doing their best but not excelling. Only Theodore managed a singles  plate medal.

The rest of the players had the following results:

Jonny Kok beat James Delosa in the first round in singles but lost to eventual semi finalist Ryan Venpin in 2 sets.

Jackie won his first match against Souksavat but lost in the 2nd set to Ben Chen.

Theodore lost in the first set and went to win the plate.

Bernice lost to eventual winner Majan in 2 sets. She did well and can still play next year.

Alicia went to the plate and lost to Aroonsiri in the 2nd round.

Anjali lost her first round and went to the plate before losing to Irene Chau the plate winner in 2 sets.


Bernice and Thomas Ng won their first round but lost in the 2nd to R Audley and K Ea in 2 sets,

Jackie and Alicia lost the first round to R Wang and M Zhao  therefore going to the plate. They got to the quarters in the plate.

Theodore and Viravong went as far as the semis before being beaten by R Audley and K Ea  who came in second.

Jonny and Anjali went to the plate after losing to Kolla and C Bui. They lost in the plate finals to R Venpin and I Chau.

In the BD Theodore and Souksat reached the semis before losing to eventual winners R Agustino and E Chen.

Jonny and Jackie went to the plate before losing in the final to Thomas Ng and R Tang.

Phoebe and Alixia managed to win the first before losing to A Liu and Y Say in 2 sets.

Anjali and Ann Buon went to the plate. They lost to Alicia and Ooi.

So that is the end of the tournament for the players.

I am sure they have learned heaps from this experience. They may feel disappointed  they did not do better, but I am sure they gave their all. Some may still be able to play in the Under 15s next year and will definitely do better. Others have the Under 17s to look forward to.

They must be proud to represent WA. Good luck to them in their future badminton journeys.

The players need to thank Coach Nick, Umpire Lily and manager Ian.  They have done a great job.


 





Sunday, October 2, 2016

The controversial 2nd day of team events

Dear readers

You should have seen my phone on Sat. There were tonnes of whatsapp messages.

The WA team beat SA 6/2 in a very hard fight.

That meant they had a chance of getting a medal again as SA had beaten Vic 2 in points just like Voc 2 won WA in points.

WA then went on to beat NSW 2 5/3 giving them the right to fight for a bronze medal.

The kicker was that when NSW 1 played against Vic 2, they won 6 matches. NSW 1 then forfeited 2 matches to Vic 2 in walkovers. That gave Vic 2 a 2 game lead against WA in the total game score.

At first WA thought they had won the chance for a medal fight but it was not to be. The referee deemed Vic 2 the winner against WA despite the howls of protest by all in WA and the WA team.

Vic 2 went on to beat the territories again in points.

How cruel it was for WA and the young players.

There was even shouts of protest that NSW 1 should be disqualified for throwing the last 2 matches to allow Vic 2 to win 2 matches.

Life can be tough. I hope the players pick themselves up and prove themselves in the individual events to put themselves up as the worthy winners.

In the team event as there are only 7 teams, WA came in 5th and did not have to play on Sun. Maybe its a blessing in disguise so they can have a rest. I will try an cover the individual events tomorrow,

I am sure WA and the players parents are very proud of what the young players did for WA.

NSW Lightning (NSW Lightning) - WA Sharks (WA Sharks): 3-5

Time:Sat 10/1/2016 4:00 PM
Draw:U15 Val Nesbitt Trophy 2016 Val Nesbitt Trophy - 2016 VN A3 v B3 & B4
Score:3-5
Match overview
OrderEventNSW Lightning (NSW Lightning)-WA Sharks (WA Sharks)Score
Points

Duration
1BD
Jonathan Donald
Xin Yuan Yang
-
Theodore Kang
Jonny Kok
15-21 11-210-1

0:28
2GD
Angie Liu
Yasmin Say
-
Bernice Teoh
Alicia Xu
11-21 21-15 21-191-0

0:40
3BS2
Jun Yin
-
Theodore Kang
17-21 7-210-1

0:20
4GS2
Yasmin Say
-
Bernice Teoh
10-21 14-210-1

0:23
5BS1
Jonathan Donald
-
Jonny Kok
11-21 11-210-1

0:20
6GS1
Angie Liu
-
Alicia Xu
16-21 15-210-1

0:21
7XD2
Phoebe Ooi
Jun Yin
-
Anjali Bhujun
Theodore Kang
Walkover1-0


8XD1
Angie Liu
Xin Yuan Yang
-
Jonny Kok
Bernice Teoh
21-11 21-131-0

0:20
Statistics

PointsWonDrawLostMatchesGamesPoints
NSW Lightning00013-56-11264-289
WA Sharks21005-311-6289-264

SA (SA) - WA Sharks (WA Sharks): 2-6

Time:Sat 10/1/2016 9:00 AM
Draw:U15 Val Nesbitt Trophy 2016 Val Nesbitt Trophy - Group B
Score:2-6
Match overview
OrderEventSA (SA)-WA Sharks (WA Sharks)Score
Points

Duration
1BD
Christopher Kollakkombil
Gavin Ong
-
Theodore Kang
Jonny Kok
18-21 16-210-1

0:25
2GD
Aim Aroonsiri
Cat-Thy Bui
-
Bernice Teoh
Alicia Xu
16-21 21-13 21-181-0

0:40
3BS2
Don Bui
-
Theodore Kang
15-21 12-210-1

0:30
4GS2
Cat-Thy Bui
-
Bernice Teoh
21-15 18-21 15-210-1

0:45
5BS1
Gavin Ong
-
Jonny Kok
19-21 21-18 16-210-1

0:50
6GS1
Aim Aroonsiri
-
Alicia Xu
14-21 23-250-1

0:30
7XD2
Cat-Thy Bui
Christopher Kollakkombil
-
Anjali Bhujun
Theodore Kang
21-12 15-21 17-210-1

0:35
8XD1
Aim Aroonsiri
Gavin Ong
-
Jonny Kok
Bernice Teoh
21-10 23-211-0

0:30
Statistics

PointsWonDrawLostMatchesGamesPoints
SA00012-67-13363-384
WA Sharks21006-213-7384-363