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Thursday, April 12, 2001

Golf - Top Sabah, Sarawak golfers to do battle

KOTA KINABALU - All is set for the inaugural SGA Cup golf championship, which is similar to that of the famous Ryder Cup-type of competition between Sabah and Sarawak this weekend.

The Sabah Golf Association has decided to use the par-72 Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) course for the championship, and have named the 12 top ranking golfers to don state colours against Sarawak's best.

SGA secretary, Vincent Lee in an interview yesterday said their counterparts, Sarawak Golf Association has also selected their best 12, and promise to give the Sabahans a run for their money during the three-day competition.

On day one, the morning session will see the golfers teaming up to play the four-ball better-ball format, while the afternoon session will see them battling on the greensome and foursome game play.

The second day however, will be the reverse, four-ball better-ball in the afternoon and greensome and foursome in the morning instead.

On the final day, all golfers will play an 18-hole singles match-play between each other where Sarawak's challenge will be spearheaded by amateur open regulars like one-handicappers in Kelana Ibrahim and Lee Ka Tung.

Sabah will be banking on the top notch golfers in Peter Wong (3), Ben Leong (1), Jacky Chang (2), Kenneth Wong (2), Peter Kong (3), Peter Tan (4), Ian Quek (5), John Math (5), Wong Soo Kong (6), Wong Su Kiong (6), Tai Kim Mun (6) and Vincent Teo (8).

Vincent added the selection of the top 12 golfers to represent Sabah was through SGA's own state ranking system, based on their achievements in all major championships last year and also early this year mainly in the local amateur opens.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Athletics - Veteran Brunei athletes shine

Fifteen veteran Brunei athletes do the country proud when they bagged 43 medals -13 golds, 14 silvers and 16 bronze medals - at the recent Malaysian Veteran Athletics Championships in Johore.

The event was in conjunction with the birthday celebrations of the Johore Sultan.

Brunei took part in 16 events and the team was led by Hajah Mariah bte Haji Metussin, the Secretary of the Brunei Veteran Athletics Association.

The Brunei Veteran Open Master Athletics Meet will be held from August 4-5 and for entry forms contact the association or from the security Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. Photo above shows the victorious veteran athletes from Brunei.

(By Laila Rahman)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Badminton - Super Shell

In an awesome show of badminton superiority, Brunei Shell put Baiduri Bank to the sword winning 17-0 in the latest fixture of the QAF Corporate Badminton League 2001 Tuesday night at the Royal Brunei Police Headquarters, Gadong.

With the win, Brunei Shell joined QAF Brunei at the top of the league standings with both sides sharing the same games difference after two wins each.

There was never any doubt as to the result of the match with Baiduri Bank struggling to overcome the might of the league favourites, winning just one set overall. The next match of the league will be tomorrow night when Islamic Bank of Brunei Berhad take on NBT Toyota to complete round two.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Wednesday, April 11, 2001

M-League - Sabah confident of win

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah must keep their heads firmly planted on their shoulders and play strictly football, when they take on Kuala Lumpur Malay Mail in a Premier Two tie at the KLFA Stadium in Cheras tonight.

They need to remember that rough play and retaliation will only bring bookings and red cards, as evident in their previous outings with this newspaper team rivals in the FA Cup earlier in the season.

The FA Cup return leg encounter at the Penampang Stadium was an ill-tempered one, where Malay Mail seemed hell-bent on roughhouse tactics, and the homesters fell into their ploy.

A few Sabah players got booked, and for retaliation, Rizal Sukiman eventually got the boot. The match that was won 3-0 by the Rhinos also saw KL Malay Mail skipper Hasnul Ramlan Khairuddin being red-carded.

A straightforward game with cool head should see Sabah notching another win to keep in touch with pacesetters Johor FC and Armed Forces.

One can be rest assured that Malay Mail will want to settle some old scores, so the Rhinos had better be fore-warned, or else it wouldn't be three points, but probably something worse.

"Every game you play in the Malaysian League is always a problem because there is not much difference between Premier One and Two teams. The previous results showed that we have beaten them twice, but it doesn't guarantee us anything. So, we have to roll our sleeves and do it again," said Worden yesterday.

"We know it is going to be a hard game. I hope the referee will handle the match fairly," he added. Despite that Worden said he is confident of repeating their feat against Malay Mail.

Meanwhile leaders Johor FC extended their winning streak in Premier II to three matches with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Kelantan JKR in a top-of-the-table clash at the Pasir Gudang Football Stadium on Monday.

Zool Ihsan Yunus gave the visitors a flying start by scoring after only 14 minutes off a free-kick. But Johor FC struck back with goals by Hairy Azly

Mahamad and substitute Junaidi Latip in the 23rd and 54th minutes respectively. Ahmad Norhapiza Bashri made it 3-1 in the 69th minute.

Zool Ihsan managed to reduce the deficit with his second goal of the night in the 71st minute.

Kelantan JKR were not at full-strength, having lost five regular players--defenders Azman Ismail and Shukri Che Mat and midfielders Azli Mahmood, Zahasmi Ismail and Badrul Hisham Abdullah--through injuries or suspensions.

Despite a depleted squad, they managed to stun the homesters. Johor FC gave away a free-kick outside the penalty box and it proved disastrous. Zool Ihsan drilled home a powerful grounder past a sea of legs and goalkeeper G. Jeevananthan for the lead.

The goal jolted Johor FC. They came back strongly and showed more urgency.

Nine minutes later, they found the equaliser when Hairy beat JKR goalkeeper Hafiz Mohamed Romi for a 1-1 half-time score.

Johor FC came out charging after the break and duly went ahead in the 54th minute with a gem of a goal from Junaidi. He sent a dipping lob from 30 metres past a rooted Hafiz.

Sixteen minutes later, Sharul Ismail provided the cross for Ahmad Norhapiza to guide the ball past Hafiz for a 3-1 lead.

JKR refused to give up. They managed to score another goal through Zool Ihsan, but the fightback came a bit too late. It was Kelantan JKR's first defeat of the season.

At the Selayang Municipal Stadium, Melaka Telekom registered a narrow 1-0 win over Police. Telekom's winning goal was scored by Saiful Afdzal in the 15th minute when he blasted home a through ball by Rosli Hasyim from inside the penalty box.

Police who dominated the game had themselves to blame. They could have found the equaliser through T.S Sivakumar but the police's playmaker missed a penalty in the 65th minute when his shot hit the goal post.

They were awarded the spot kick when Mohd Saiful Rusly were brought down by Zakir Othman inside the penalty box.

In Kota Baharu, TNB Kelantan beat Negeri Sembilan Chempaka 2-0 at the Sultan Muhammed Stadium.

Their first goal came in the 47th minute through Zainuddin Ariffin while Tengku Ismail Tuan Ibrahim made it 2-0 in 89th minute.

In Alor Setar, Kedah beat JKR Kedah 4-1 at the Darulaman Stadium. Kedah's scorers were Mohd Rafdi Abdul Rashid (17th and 53th minutes), Adrien Jurad Chamrong (60th) and Mohd Fauzi Nan (78th)

JKR Kedah's only goal was scored by Khamal Idris Ali in the 61st minute.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Karate - SEA Games trial

The Brunei Darussalam Karate-Do Federation has identified potential karatekas to represent the country at the upcoming SEA Games in September in Kuala Lumpur.

Thirty karatekas have been shortlisted in a final selection trial at the Menglait Sports Complex on Sunday and out of this only 18 karatekas will be selected for the SEA Games challenge.

According to Malai Haji Mohammad, the Deputy Executive President, who's also the Technical Chairman of Brunei Darussalam Karate-Do Federation, the announcement of the 18 karatekas will be made at a reception on April 18 to be attended by officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

This is the first time Brunei karatekas are coached by a local but Malai Haji Mohammad is equally confident.

Brunei will take part in 19 events - 11 for men and eight for women.

The men's event are - Team Kata, Individual Kata, Team Kumite, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 80kg and below and 80kg and above as well as Open Weight category, while the women's events are Team Kata, Individual Kata, Team Kumite, 48, 53, 60kg and below and 60kg above and also the Open Weight category.

The 30 karatekas are (men's) - Haji Eddy, Muhd. Shukri, Azmi, Mohd. Sofian, Isyak, Hj. Junaidi, Fadillah, Chris Lo, Moza, Hj. Khairul, Wan Sharen, Faizal, Harmizah, Ak.Suffridean, Mohd.Rezuan, Ak. Yura Bahrin, Hj. Suffery, Mohd.Aidil, Hj. Malek, Sofian, Ak. Khairil Sapri, Khelidi and Tan Ting Hai; (women's) - Masdiana, Sharifah, Dk. Ering, Azlina, Fenie, Wong and Dk. Umaimah.

(By Achong Tanjong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Snooker - Cueists cry foul

The Billiards and Snooker Association of Negara Brunei Darussalam has found itself embroiled in controversy over their organisation of the recent National Snooker, Pool and Billiards tournament.

Viewed by many cueists as poorly organised, many observers noted that the rules and regulations were bent allegedly to suit them while not much attention to detail was paid by the organisers. Pg A. Hasnan, an ex-national pool player, who had participated in the tournament pointed out some of the many faults during the meet especially the pool and billiards section.

According to Pg Hasnan, at one point during the tournament, there was one referee for two tables, something that should have been avoided by the organisers. The tournament director was also not present during the duration of the tournament, only making his appearances at sporadic times while the assistant tournament director was also noted absent the whole time.

"The results were always wrong, several players who had won their rounds was written on the score board as though they had lost, so it was very confusing," said Pg Hasnan.

However, one of the biggest flaws of the tournament came in the English Billiards event where Pg Hasnan claimed that despite big interest from the public in the event, was informed by the organisers that the event had been cancelled due to limited entries.

Pg Hasnan was later shocked when trophies were presented to the winner of the English Billiards event, finding out later that there were only three participants and that nobody was informed that the event was in play.

When contacted, Hj Massod Hj Mohd Salleh, the President of the Billiard and Snooker Association, gave his views on the matter claiming that there were certain parties out to discredit his organisation and this criticism was just another example of that. Hj Massod pointed out that there was little interest by the public in the English Billiards event and added that despite having just the three participants they had decided to follow through with the event anyway.

On the matter of the absentees of the tournament director and his assistant, Hj Massod said that they had other commitments and that players were free to make a complaint via writing to the tournament director. When asked about the situation regarding the one referee for two tables, the president said simply: "It's not like snooker where you must have a referee for one table, with pool it is more flexible, a referee can overlook two matches at once."

However, that referee in question was of differing opinion saying, "No tournament of national standard anywhere have there ever been one referee for two matches simultaneously. What happens if there was an appeal on two tables at the same time?"

The common opinion amongst the players and spectators at the tournament was that with the sport becoming more and more popular in Brunei, the governing body should take its responsibility more seriously, especially with important events like the national tournament.

(By A M Zukarnaen)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Golf - Sabah-based Japanese triumphs

KOTA KINABALU - Toshiyuki Wasa, the 22-year-old Sabah-based Japanese who hopes to turn professional soon, clinched his first Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) Amateur Open title here on Sunday. He returned a two-over 218 (74-73-71) in three days.

His strong showing on the final day of the competition saw him power his way past veteran Peter Wong by a massive four strokes, and five strokes ahead of Peter Tan.

The best Brunei golfer was Haji Arfian Abdul Kadir whose total card of 232 put him in seventh spot, while recent KGC Open winner, Haji Seruji Hj Setia on 235 was joint eighth.

Toshiyuki won in style by also being the first in 15 years to play such a good score at the SGCC greens, where even seasoned pros have stumbled in the past.

Last year's winner, Sarawak's Kelana Ibrahim, said he tried his level best, but felt that the local golfers, especially SGCC members, had the advantage over the tough course.

Kelana said that visitors need more time to play on the course in order to learn the tricky stuff.

He said the fairway was very tough and challenging indeed for a player like him who only played on the course twice.

Said Toshiyuki: "I was lucky in the past three days of competition. I played my normal game and got the putts and drives I had anticipated, to enable me to stay very close to the two Peters.

"I returned with a two-over 74 on day one and a one-over 73 on the second, and played up to expectations today (yesterday) to complete my round with a one-under 71 coming from perfect par-golf 36 and a one-under 35 in my outward and inward nines respectively.

Meanwhile, SGCC's Rokia Daud redeemed herself after losing her KGC title to Shirley Poh of Labuan last month, by retaining her SGCC title yesterday, making it her 4th this year.

Rokia, who barely played well admitted that she was a little lucky because all her opponents were also not playing well to enable her to clinch the title with a total of 32-over 248 (83-81-84), which she thought was not good at all.

In second place was KGC's Angie Ng with 250 (86-82-82), and Shirley Poh in third with 254 (84-82-88).

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

M-League - Forces gun down Brunei

Brunei's Malaysia League Premier Two campaign got off to the worst possible start last night when they were soundly beaten 2-0 by the Armed Forces team at the Cheras Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

It was Brunei's first match of the campaign while the Armed Forces were playing their third match and after last night's victory remain unbeaten with two wins and a draw to their name.

Brunei coach Mick Jones gave debuts to several of his new boys but it was a familiar tale for the Englishman as he saw his team spurn countless chances despite creating good opportunities.

Despite a bright enough start, the Wasps soon found themselves on the back foot when Ahmad Nizam Arrifin put the army team ahead in the 8th minute.

The Armed Forces continued to apply some pressure especially midway through the first half but were denied by some good work from the Brunei keeper Alizanda Sitom.

To Brunei's credit they fought back bravely and should perhaps have been on level terms heading back to the locker room.

But debutant Effendi Yati Tuah spurned some good chances which would have given him a dream start to his Brunei career.

His first one came in the 30th minute when he really should have done better but the real waste came in stoppage time of the first half when he saw his effort rebound off the post.

The Kasuka striker paid the price for the missed opportunities when he was substituted 10 minutes into the second half with Jones sending on the more experienced Riwandi Wahit.

Riwandi, who has been erratic in his performances for the national team, hardly had time to acclimatize to the pace of the game when the Armed Forces put the game out of reach by scoring their second goal.

It came courtesy of a mistake from midfielder Azmanuddin Gillen and after that was scored, there was just no way back for Jones' men who will have to wait a bit longer to claim their first win of the 2001 season.

The Armed Forces continued their fine start with seven points from their three outings and if Brunei did not know the arduous task ahead of them, they will do after last night's affair.

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Cricket - Yachties sail to victory

Those who were fortunate to be present at Panaga on Sunday were treated to a spectacular display of cricket by RBYC against Menglait in the fifth match of the MJVI Cricket League 2001.

Having been asked to bat, RBYC cruised to 170 for 7 from their allotted 35 overs. Experienced opener Jimmy Mac anchored the innings with a stern 64. Other significant contributors were Skipper Renato (29), First Mate Sanjiv (20) and Cabin Boy Sam (20). The pick of the Menglait bowlers were Mahmood (3 for 34) and their rising star Bilal Javid (1 for 23).

The Menglait reply foundered under the gale force attack of the Yachties opening bowlers Hurricane Justin (7 wickets for 4 runs) and slightly breezy Sanjiv (3 wickets for 5 runs) left Menglait shipwrecked for a total of 11 runs in 10.4 overs. RBYC were awarded 11 points for the win.

With this win RBYC leads the MJVI league table with Panaga Club close behind.

The next match in the MJVI League is between Menglait and Manggis this Sunday at Panaga Club.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Monday, April 09, 2001

M-League - Operation ‘promotion' kicks off

As Brunei prepare for their first game in the Malaysian League Premier Two competition tonight away to the Armed Forces, it has become very obvious that the key word for this season is 'promotion'.

That is the goal that has been set by coach Mick Jones to his players and the Englishman is confident that they will respond in positive fashion.

While off-the-field preparations have left a bit to be desired with BAFA only confirming their participation in the M-League just a few weeks ago, Jones has long kept his players together for training and has also integrated several new faces into the squad.

Said Jones, "There is no doubt in my mind that the main priority for this season is promotion. That is the goal I have set the players as I still feel that our rightful place is in Premier One."

Jones is in his second full season as head coach of the Wasps and just like in his first season, Jones has seen several veterans retire from the team due to family or work commitments.

The latest self-exiles include Suni Mat Jerah, Abang Norsillmy Abang Hj Taha and Rosanan Samak, with all three being included in the World Cup squad that played their first match on Saturday night against Yemen.

Rosli Liman, man-of-the-match in Brunei's Malaysia Cup Final win two years ago, has been forced to retire from the national team because of his doctor's advice regarding his constant knee injury.

But there is a difference this time as Jones has spent the majority of the off-season scouting for new players and is confident that this time he has found some gems although he did not mention any individual names.

"I have brought in seven new players from Kasuka and amongst these seven, there is some talent. But they will also have to establish themselves from scratch," added Jones.

By this Jones is hinting that every player starts on a level playing field from the beginning and it is up to the players to impress if and when they are given the chance to.

Jones refused to give too much away with regards to tonight's starting lineup but with a deeper squad at his disposal, there are certainly more options for the Brunei coach to consider.

It was hard to imagine it possible but the team has got even younger this year but Jones is hopeful that several of last year's youngsters can step forward and assume more of a leadership role especially to the new boys.

Added Jones, "It is time for players like Subhi and Fadlin to start acting more mature and accept that they are now the senior players. Where once they looked to the likes of Liew (Chuan Fue), Rosli and Rosanan, they now have to be the leaders for the new boys.

"This is where last year's experience would have helped them assume this role a bit better. Salleh has always been a good leader but others have to step forward now also."

(By Benny Ang)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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