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Thursday, April 19, 2001

Karate - Sabah hungry for more success

KOTA KINABALU - Karate powerhouse, Sabah is hungry for more success and is very much looking forward to strengthen or extend the feat by making it seven in-a-row when they take part in the 11th National Junior Karate Championship to be held in Penang from April 19 to 22.

Since the championship made its debut 10 years ago, there has been no other state that has won the overall crown for six consecutive times, except for Sabah.

Furthermore, SKA has several exponents, who have triumphed in the championship, thus making it an added advantage to the powerhouse.

But then again, even though it might not be an easy task, SKA president Datuk Wilfred M. Bumburing is pretty confident that the karatekas that they have selected for the championship are capable enough to do the job.

However, the SKA boss stressed that their focus is not only in Penang, but also most importantly the 2002 Sukma in Sabah.

"SKA has a strong team. We have a strong leadership, coaches and officials, and we must try our best to prepare ourselves before competing in any tournament," said Bumburing when he met with the exponents at the Likas Sports Complex yesterday.

At the same time, he also wants the exponents to maintain their discipline, so as to carry the good image of the State. He also thanked the Sabah Sports Board and the Sports Ministry for the strong support and cooperation all this while.

Meanwhile, vice-president-cum-referees' chairman Loh Beng Hooi when met afterwards said that he is quite optimistic that both the boys and girls kata teams would deliver.

"We have sorted out a few problems and we have been training extremely hard for the championship.

"Even though during the training they made a lot of mistakes, I'm happy because we have already rectified it," he explained.

"It is better for them to make a mistake here so that we can correct them.

"We will do our final training session when we arrive in Penang," Loh added.

Meanwhile, SKA secretary Julian Chin, who is taking charge of the kumite discipline, said he hoped that the exponents would be able to perform well during the tournament proper.

"Our target is to retain the title...and I think if our exponents can perform well, it is very much within our reach. During our 10-day centralised training here, every one of them worked very hard and was committed during the training. They are very disciplined as well and I hope they can maintain this attitude," said Julian.

"We have no problem with the fitness of the exponents, but we have slight injuries among them, but that is normal."

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Sabah opt out of Arafura Games

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah will not be taking part in this year's Arafura Games in Northern Territory, Australia, as part of the austerity drive by the Sabah Sports Board (SSB).

Instead, the money would be used to expose the teams locally, its general manager Herman Tiongsoh said yesterday. He said that it was the Government's decision not to participate in the 'friendship games' scheduled for May 19-26.

"To take part in this Games is quite expensive. We need about RM3,000 per head...and since we cannot afford to send a full contingent, we decided to use the money to expose our athletes locally," he said.

"If we were to decide and pick only certain sports, then it would be unfair to the others. So to be fair to everybody, we opted not to take part this time around," Herman added.

"For instance, if we were to send a hockey team to take part in a tournament in peninsula, then after that competition, the team can stay back and play friendlies. The cost won't be that expensive," Herman stressed.

"But if we are to participate in the Arafura Games, and we take part in the team event, and if they are being ousted in the early rounds after playing one or two matches, it will be a big waste. It will be like a holiday," he explained.

"Furthermore," said Herman, "since they will be hosting the 2002 Sukma, it is only fair that all sport bodies receive the same treatment. If we are to send all our Sukma teams or athletes for the Games, it will cost us easily RM1million," he pointed out.

Sabah have been competing in the Games, by invitation, since 1991. But the decision not to take part in this year's Games is seen as a cut-cost measure taken by the Government and that with the limited budget that the State has for the country's biggest games (Sukma), it is only wise to skip the Games.

Even though taking part in the Games will give the athletes some kind of international exposure, but then sending a half-ready athlete will be a waste. Several sport officials when contacted for comment agreed with the decision, but some did not.

One official, who declined to be named said that if the Ministry wished to send a team, it was only appropriate for them to include all sports that have been listed for the 2002 Sukma, or else skipping the Games would do good for all parties concerned.

Meanwhile, another official questioned the decision not to take part, saying that the Games do give athletes an advantage by competing.

"We don't have many chances to compete against athletes who are physically bigger than us. By exposing our athletes against foreigners, we are indirectly strengthening the mental strength of our athletes," he explained.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Badminton - HSBC win battle of banks

In a battle between two of Brunei's top banking corporations, HSBC held off a late challenge from Baiduri Bank to claim their first win of the QAF Corporate Badminton League 2001 on Tuesday night at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

After storming off to a quick lead, HSBC had to wait till late to claim their seemingly elusive ninth win to give them all three points. It was up to their mixed doubles pair of Andy Yong and Foo Man Peng to push their noses past the finishing line and after one more victory also in the mixed doubles, HSBC ended up with a 10-7 win.

With the win, HSBC leapfrogged to fourth in the standings, edging out both IBB and Baiduri Bank on games won difference with all three teams having three points to their name.

In a match played last weekend, NBT Brunei beat IBB 10-7 only to have the result overturned by the organising committee after a complaint was filed by IBB claiming that NBT had indeed fielded a player that was not an employee of the company.

The official result of that match is now a 10-7 win to IBB which gives them their first win of the league programme.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001

M-League - Shape up or ship out

KOTA KINABALU - Despite second placing in the Premier II soccer League Sabah coach Ken Worden still remains dissatisfied. He knows his side is very much capable of better performances.

He reckons that not all the players are playing to their true form. So after Saturday's 3-1 win over Police, the Aussie coach warned shirkers in the team to pull up their socks or make way for others willing to show the stuff the Rhinos are made of.

Worden remarked: "There are probably only five players or so, carrying the team at the moment, and obviously there's no doubt that Shahrin Majid is making openings for everybody to have a shot at goal.

"He is doing quite a lot, even though he is a striker, he is making the openings for everybody. But the finishing of the players leaves much to be desired. Some shoot over the bar or wide off the target.

"And as I have said there are five players carrying the team and I think in the next few days, if the others don't get their act together, we'll get them out," the Aussie warned.

Worden however did not mention any names, but merely reminded the non-performers to buck up or ship out.

The Aussie was apparently looking beyond Premier II - Sabah are in the FA Cup quarterfinals and should also qualify for the Malaysia Cup, which they've never won.

He added: "Obviously a goal in the first minute or two, when we were sleeping, gave Police some confidence. But I told our management before half time when it was one-all, we would win this game."

"But the way we won it is not pleasing. We did not make enough decent passes... we did a bit of scrambling and it was only in the last 20 minutes that we sort of started to pass the ball when our opposition was totally defeated," Worden explained.

"We have to make a few more passes and we have to get into the game to try to dominate the game. We can't keep winning the game through counter attacks, even though that is one of our good ploys. We have to put in a bit of better passing and that is just not happening," he stressed. To a question on what he has to say that Sabah are now in second spot in the standings, Worden said: "I'm not interested in the position. It's still too early to comment. I mean...Johor FC got a good squad all round, a good ground...I mean this field (Penampang Stadium) is not good enough for the players."

"This ground is a disadvantage to us...not advantage. While as I said football is not the best...the ground doesn't tell...if you walk out there to the middle of the field...it's not helping us at all," he added.

Commenting on their next match against Armed Forces on Saturday, Worden said that they probably would be without the influential K. Sanbagamaran.

"We will probably lose Sanbagamaran now. Looks like he pulled a hamstring and that could be an important blow for us because he has been absolutely brilliant and we just don't have enough passing in the team. The passing is too inferior," Worden admitted. "But we have a good week to recover and Sanbagamaran might not recover on time, but we still have enough players to do well," said Worden.

The much-expected goal-galore however did not materialise, but the victory was good enough to help Sabah climb to second in the standings with nine points, three points behind league leaders Johor FC.

The Rhinos next match is against Armed Forces on April 21 away.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Football - Penalty denies junior Rhinos three points

KOTA KINABALU - An injury time penalty denied the Sabah Reserve League team maximum points when they only managed a one-all draw against Pahang in a President's Cup League tie at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan.

Coach Awang Sabtu Jamil said that it was in the three minutes of added time that defender David Johney was caught for handball inside the box after skipper Aslik Mailin failed to make a clearance from a cross. The ball hit David's hand right in front of the match official.

Awang said that earlier on, midfielder Rosdin Wasli put the junior Rhinos ahead in the 41st minute when he connected with a Mohd Shafie Said cross from the left, sending a low drive past the hapless Pahang keeper.

That was the junior Rhinos first goal after two games, and despite the fact that they merely manage to collect one point, the result, said Awang, will definitely boost the morale of the players for their next match against Perak at the Labuan Stadium on Sunday.

"It is too early to make any comment or praise the team at this moment, but last night they played up to my expectations...but there is still room for improvement," Awang said yesterday.

"We controlled about 70 per cent of the first half and the 4-4-2 system seemed to fit the team. But we still need to improve on certain weaknesses especially the midfield," said Awang.

Added Awang: "After the interval, Pahang pressured us, and I'm glad that our defenders defended well, except for the last-minute goal, which came from a penalty or else it could have been a solid performance," he stressed.

"Our keeper, Roy Ahwai, also played well. He was in his element and made quite a number of saves," Awang added.

He pointed out that after the two games (against Sarawak and Pahang), he finally managed to identify his real first eleven, and added: "Now, I will have to look for reliable reserves in all the departments from defenders, midfielders, flankers as well as strikers. I already have a few names in mind, but I will test them in our coming matches." For the clash, Awang fielded Roy in goal, while Aslik Mailin, Kalfin Barnabas, Erbin Husli and David Johney took charge of the defence.

Rosdin Wasli, Ramlan Ramli, Amri Abtar and Johnny Mansuluk manned the midfield, while Joel Ryan Gundok and Mohd Shafie Said spearheaded the attack. Awang said that after the interval, he brought in fresh legs, replacing Amri with Mohd Shanmsul Ghani, while Sanjos Sundawat replaced Kalfin Barnabas.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Junior chess meet scheduled for April 29

The Co-Curriculum Department of the Ministry of Education and BCF is jointly organising the Brunei Junior Chess Championship 2001 at the end of this month, according to a press statement by Hj Lani Samad, a media committee member of the Brunei Chess Federation.

Open to all the schools and colleges in Brunei, students aged 18 years and below who have the basic knowledge of the sport are welcome to participate in the championship.

Five age group categories will be contested during the 2001 championship that would help select two players to be sent to participate in the second Asean Age Group Championship to be held on Batam Island, Indonesia on June 15-22.

The Brunei Junior Chess Championship 2001 will be held on April 29 at the Gadong Properties Food Junction from nine o'clock in the morning.

(By Azrol Azmi)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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German player jailed in S'pore to be freed early

SINGAPORE (AP) - A German soccer player who was sentenced to five months in jail over a match-fixing scandal was expected to be released on good behavior this week after serving about 3-1/2 months, his lawyer said Monday.

Lutz Pfannenstiel, 27, is in good spirits and "has been doing laundry work" in Singapore's Queenstown Remand Prison, lawyer Suppiah Krishnamurthi said.

Pfannenstiel was likely to be released on Tuesday and would probably be quickly sent back to Germany under a Singapore law that requires jailed foreigners to be deported, Krishnamurthi said.

"He can't wait to get home," the lawyer added.

Prisons Department spokeswoman Pauline Sim confirmed that foreign prisoners in Singapore are usually handed over to immigration authorities upon release.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Monday, April 16, 2001

M-League - Jalil happy with away win

KUCHING - COACH Jalil Ramli couldn't have asked for more at the Larkin Stadium on Saturday night.

Firstly, his boys were backed by thousands of Sarawakians who eclipsed the home team supporters.

Secondly, the team were playing according to his game plan and performed as a very compact unit.

Thirdly, his strikers were capable of delivering the winning goal even under tremendous pressure.

Sarawak started the match with G Muthu partnering Halim Jantan up front. The two were clicking very well but struggled to settle on the very heavy and slippery pitch.

Jalil's experimentation in the midfield was doing quite alright. Newly appointed skipper Ibrahim Mantali played his normal role as defensive midfielder. But his partner this time was international Bobby Pian and not Mohd Ali Sapiee.

Bobby's brilliant ball control and accurate passes generated the Sarawak attack while Ramos Sari and Nazri Yunos were actively contributing from the flanks.

However, luck was not on their side when they failed to convert the many chances that came by throughout the first half.

Sensing something wrong, Jalil made some tactical changes in the second half by bringing in Ramles for the semi-fit G Muthu. And the move paid off as Ramles and his twin Ramos continued to torment the Johor defence until they conceded a corner that led to Sarawak's first goal.

It was delivered by the newly revitalised Dahlan Matussin in the 52nd minute.
The burly defender's header was simply beyond Johor veteran goalkeeper Othman Kathmon's reach.

Othman earlier on had denied the Sarawak strikers with several breath-taking saves.
Although Sarawak continued to dominate the match, a defensive lapse brought the Scorpions back into the match when L Ragesh found the equaliser in the 76th minute.

The game was heading for another draw for both sides until Jalil brought in Mohd Safri Amit in the 85th minute and he scored five minutes later from a corner taken by Ramos.

Jalil in the post match interview was clearly a very happy man. He said the team were doing very well and every department had stayed focused until the end of the match.

"The team were doing very well tonight, the defenders and midfield were very compact and the players were very focused because they knew they could win," he said.

Jalil said he felt unsure whether to field Zulkarnaen Poasa or Safri Amit to replace the overworked Halim Jantan.

"I finally decided to bring in Safri because his pace is an advantage in this kind of situation," he said.

Jalil admitted that he was actually taking a risk when deciding to make the substitution in the last five minutes.

"I told Safri, 'you have only five minutes' and surprisingly he managed to give us the all important goal," said the delighted Jalil.

With that goal, Jalil said the competition among the strikers would become stiffer now.
"The competition is very stiff and most of the players fielded in the first eleven were having a very slight advantage over the others," explained Jalil.

On injury problem, Jalil said only Billy Winsell was suffering from a minor muscle pull in the match against Johor.

"There is no casualty from the match except for Billy who suffered muscle pull," said Jalil, who was very pleased to see Billy play well.

Jalil said the defender was doing very well and very confident despite starting in the first eleven for the first time after a lapse of about one year.

The victory over Johor placed Sarawak fourth in the Premier One standings with 10 points after Pahang suffered a shocking 0-2 defeat to Perlis.

Terengganu who will meet Sarawak at the Sarawak Stadium tomorrow are riding high at the top of the table after beating Kuala Lumpur 2-1 at home.

But with the Crocs' current form and the players' capability to perform even without the presence of influential skipper Mohd Ali Sapiee, the Turtles will find Sarawak a hard nut to crack in their own nest.

(By Abdul Hakim Bujang)

Source: Sarawak Tribune

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Cricket - Local six-a-side cricket meet set for April 22

This year too Persatuan Kriket Negara Brunei Darussalam (PKNBD) is holding the Glamour Six-a-Side Tournament. It will be played on April 22 at Panaga Club.

The tournament is a regular fixture on the PKNBD calendar and is held every year in between the two rounds of the local league matches.

This year, four teams - Menglait, Royal Brunei Yacht Club (RBYC), Manggis and Panaga - are taking part in the PKNBD league competition that is taking place in Seria since March.

Menglait and RBYC are expected to field two teams each and Manggis and Panaga one each in this year's Six-a-Side tournament.

The trophy for the tournament is sponsored by Mr Sharan Singh, owner of the Glamour Sports Brunei Darussalam.

Last year, the tournament was won by RBYC with Menglait finishing runners-up.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Baskketball/Volleyball - Filipinos in Brunei take to the court

Hyatt and Empire basketball teams clashed in the opening game of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Basketball and Volleyball tournaments yesterday at the Multipurpose Hall, Berakas Stadium.

Sixteen basketball teams are participating in the biggest overseas Filipino workers basketball tournament.

Five ladies volleyball teams are spiking it out in the volleyball competition.

Empire basketball team's muse, Gemma Buan, was named Best Muse. First runner-up was Picpa's muse, Bebeth Jocson, and second runner-up was Luisa Fe Lee of I-Remit.

Lux basketball team won the Best Uniform title.

The tournament, which will run from April to July, is organised by the Filipino Association in Brunei in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy Brunei as part of the on-going activities for the Filipino community here, said Charge d'Affaires Arlene Tullid-Magno, who declared the tournament open.

The basketball teams are APO, Empire, Hyatt, I-Remit, Lux, Scanmark, SPHB and Wiltshire who have placed in Group A, while those in Group B are Al-Ihsan, Glamco, Harliza, Indeco, Intra, LBC/Philippine Product, Picpa and Sunlit.

The ladies volleyball teams are I-Remit/I Bank, Ryans Exchange/PNB & Ryans Forex Cargo, Red Gold Forwarders Inc, Yumie Chua & Associates and Intra.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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