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Thursday, March 29, 2001

Golf - Charity golf meet at RBGCC

The DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Golf Challenge Cup tournament will be held Sunday April 8 at the Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club, Jerudong with all interested golfers in Brunei invited to take part.

The tournament is jointly sponsored and organised by Lim Teck Hoo Holdings Sdn Bhd and the RBGCC with all proceeds to be donated to the Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans.

At the inaugural tournament last year, a total of $21,000 was collected and donated to the fund.

The entrance fee is $180 for each golfer and the organising executive committee is requesting support from all golfers to make this tournament a success.

A special hole-in-one prize of $10,000 cash will be on offer of which 50 per cent of this amount will be donated to charity. In addition to this generous amount, there will also be cars and air tickets on the line for hole-in-one prizes.

As only a maximum of 120 players can be registered for the tournament, all interested participants are encouraged to register early. They can do so by contacting either RBGCC Sdn Bhd at 02-611582 or Boustead Sdn Bhd at 02-448266.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Wednesday, March 28, 2001

M-League - FAM ‘yes' to Brunei's request

KOTA KINABALU - Brunei, it seems, will play in this year's M-League after all.

The 1999 Malaysia Cup champions entry was made possible after the FA of Malaysia (FAM) agreed to a second request for revision of Brunei's Premier Two fixtures, according to newspaper reports.

At one stage, Brunei, demoted to play in the lower division this year, looked set to stay out of the M-League after FAM refused to entertain their first request of postponing their fixtures that clash with their World Cup qualifier schedules.

Initially, Brunei, who finished in rock bottom in the 12-team Premier One last year, had asked for 10 matches to be rescheduled because of their World Cup qualifying matches in April and May.

But in the second request, Brunei only asked for a change in date within a shorter period and FAM had no objections.

"Brunei have asked for three matches to be rescheduled and this isn't a problem. We want them to play in the M-League and have agreed to their request," FAM assistant secretary Datuk Yap Nyim Keong was quoted as saying in a Malaysia daily.

And FAM is sorting the details out and would issue the new fixtures for the Premier Two.

Now that the issue has been settled, Brunei can concentrate on winning promotion this season after a disastrous outing last year.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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FA Cup - Sabah in second round

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah qualified for the second round of the FA Cup soccer tournament when they edged Pahang 2-1 in aggregate at the Penampang Stadium last evening.

But the homesters needed a golden goal to see them through, for they were stunned with a normal-time deficit as Pahang managed to score in the 78th minute through Khairul Anuar to cancel out their home-leg defeat on Saturday.

Youngster, Gilbert Junior was the hero for Sabah when he rifled home the winner in the 13th minute of sudden death.

Sabah will meet the winners of the Perak-Malacca match. The match was played last night and at press time, the results was still not known.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Cricket - Panaga continue winning ways

Showing an 'eye of the tiger' spirit with three of their first team players absent, Panaga Cricket Club took on their PKNBD round one third match opposition with a typical battling performance.

Asked to bat first by the Manggis skipper, the Panaga openers responded to the challenge well with veteran Trevor Jolly going on to score a flowing and controlled 50, until he was dismissed on the boundary with his score on 58.

The remaining Panaga players then continued to score runs and ran their luck well. Steve Bridgewater (38 not out) and Rob Turner (19 not out) were the other batsmen of note and Panaga ending their innings on 135 for 6.

The Manggis bowlers all toiled well with Sadiq, Manzur and Jenkins being the pick of their bowlers. Given a total of 136 to win, the Manggis batsmen were given nothing to dispatch and the Panaga bowlers kept the bowling tight keeping the run rate and wickets falling at the same speed for the first couple of overs.

Steve Bridgewater kept to the task turning in a sparkling return of 4-22 from his 8 overs. Dogged innings by Sadiq, Manzur and Ahmad looked like they would prove to be stubborn resistance but controlled bowling from Tim Daiman and Alan Rodgerson ensured it would remain tight.

This, together with some sharp fielding and good catches enabled the Panaga players to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

They dismissed the final Manggis batsmen with the score on 95 and gave Panaga a worthy victory by 40 runs. The next match is between Manggis and RBYC on April 1.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Tuesday, March 27, 2001

M-League - Brunei to decide by tomorrow

KOTA KINABALU: Brunei have been given an extension until Wednesday to reply to the FA of Malaysia (FAM) whether they will play in Premier II of the M-League this season.

The FAM had earlier rejected Brunei's request to have their first round Premier II fixtures postponed because of their commitment in the World Cup qualifiers from April 7 to May 20.

Brunei are drawn in Group Eight of the Asian World Cup qualifiers with Yemen, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They are to play on a home and away basis.

Brunei were given until Sunday, March 25 to get back to the FAM but the Sultanate had asked for an extension before they arrived to a decision.

According to an article posted on the official FAM web site recently, its General Secretary Dato Dell Akbar was quoted as saying, "The council was informed that Brunei sent a letter asking for the change in their fixtures.

"The secretariat looked at the 10 matches and found that it was not possible to accommodate all their requests. There are many things to consider if we were to change the fixtures."

Pg Hj Metusin Pg Hj Matasan, BAFA Secretary-General, claimed he had informed the FAM of this clash quite a while ago.

Said Pg Metusin: "The FAM's stance on this matter puts us in great difficulty but I had indicated to the FAM as early as last August when the draw was made that we would have to play in the qualifiers.

"The fact that it is a FIFA event adds extra priority to the matches and there is no way these matches can be postponed. Now whether the FAM have chosen to ignore this or whether they have honestly overlooked this I do not know."

The Premier II league kicks off on April 1.

There are 12 teams in the league and if Brunei were to pull out, there will only be 11 teams left. It is unlikely that the FAM will include a replacement at the last minute.

If Brunei does pull out, this will be the first time in 21 years that they are leaving the competition. Brunei made their entry into the competition, then known just as the Malaysia Cup, in 1979.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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FA Cup - Club sides on the verge of making history

KOTA KINABALU: Club sides Kelantan JKR and Johor FC are on the verge of making history in the FA Cup competition. After coming away with comfortable victories against much vaunted state sides in the first legs of the second round on Saturday night, they now have another 90 minutes to go.

After several small clubs were humiliated in the first round, Kelantan JKR showed their mettle with a 2-0 away win over three-time champions Kuala Lumpur. Johor FC scored an even more convincing 3-0 victory against defending champions Terengganu at home.

The results have given hope that club sides are ready to emerge from the shadows of their richer and more established state teams. No club has ever qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition but the two under-rated teams are on the verge of history.

Kelantan JKR look to have the upper hand in the race as they will have home ground advantage in tonight's return leg at the Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium in Kota Baru.

However, Johor FC will need to tread carefully when they visit the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu for the return leg, even if they have a better advantage.

Terengganu are renowned for their home prowess and three goals are not an impossible deficit to reverse, given that the hosts have not lost at home in last year's Premier I campaign.

Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris refuses to throw in the towel. "In football anything can happen and I am looking at the positive side,'' said Mat Zan yesterday.

He attributed the defeat to the failure by midfielders--Shahrulnizam Sahat, Mohamed Shahrul Ezrain and Alfian Aziz--to take a firm grip on the match.

After the dust settles tomorrow, Selangor and Pahang may also find their exits blocked if they continue to give lacklustre displays in the early season. Perennial also-ran Perlis could see off defending Premier I champions Selangor while demoted Sabah hold the advantage over former kingpins Pahang.

Perlis, protecting their 3-0 leads, are known for their dogged resistance while Selangor will still be without six regulars, including five with the national team in Qatar for the World Cup qualifiers and top goalkeeper Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz suspended for indiscipline.

Selangor coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim was hopeful the team could claw back from the three-goal deficit but stressed the strikers could no longer afford to miss the chances they created.

Pahang too are in a dilemma as they fly to Kota Kinabalu one goal down. The match will be played in the afternoon at the Penampang Stadium and Sabah, relegated to Premier II at the end of last season, would want to salvage some pride by bagging the scalp.

They will be without striker Azizul Kamaluddin, who is injured, along with three other experienced players - Mudzar Mohammad, defenders Mohamed Ali Tahar and Sharizan Mohamed Salleh.

Sabah will be without defender Mohd Reithudeen and Rizal Sukiman who are suspended.

Assistant team manager Anuar Ayub commented: "The (away) win was a big morale booster for the return leg. Actually, we could have sealed the game. If we capitalised on the chances that we had, we could have walked home with four goals.

"With the one-goal cushion, we got to do it again in Penampang. But I'm impressed with the commitment and team spirit displayed by the players. We couldn't ask for more from them. They showed total commitment and played with high spirit," he said.

Annuar said that the kick-off time of the match was delayed for about one hour due to bad weather, but despite that he added they managed to show off a convincing performance.

"We played well, but we will take one match at a time. Pahang did create a few chances at our goal, but Khairul (Azman Mohd) made few good saves," he added.

In the remaining match, Malaysia Cup champions Perak also faced a tricky away game to Malacca at the Selayang Municipal Stadium in Kuala Lumpur holding a 2-1 advantage.

The only result which have been true to form was notched by Penang, who became the early bird in the quarter-finals after disposing of Malacca Telekom 9-1 on aggregate from both legs played early.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Monday, March 26, 2001

FA Cup - Rhinos break jinx

KUANTAN: Sabah finally ended their jinx against Pahang when they beat the homesters in the first leg of the FA Cup second round match at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday night.

The home team failed to capitalise on home ground advantage when they lost 0-1 to the Rhinos. The winning goal was scored by K.Sanbagamaran in the 61st minute.

Source: New Sabah Times

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Polo - Sue delivers polo title to Mashhor in a tight finish

Sue Kwok Wah emerged as the saviour of the Mashhor team as he whacked the ball through the posts during the sudden-death round on the seventh chukker to give his team a 6-5 win over the Lodgers and the 16th National Day Polo Tournament title.

It was an exciting game of polo at the Jerudong Park Polo Club, where the final of the tournament took place yesterday afternoon.

Each chukker period lasts seven and a half minutes after which the players would replace their horses with the fresher ones.

The first chukker was uneventful as both sides were warming up to each other and it was more like two bulls sizing each other up before locking horns.

The second chukker was however a different story as both teams exploded into action. The Lodgers took the lead first when Mohd Amin scored. Mashhor replied with two goals of their own, both scored by Sue Kwok Wah, to leapfrog their rivals.

The Lodgers equalised through another goal by Mohd Amin, but Sue Kwok Wah bulldozed his way through the Lodgers' defence for another goal to help his team retain the upper hand.

During the third and fourth chukkers, the Lodgers scored two more goals with Mohd Amin putting them ahead again. But Mashhor had other ideas and were not about to give in. Zainuddin Jalini sneaked one past the Lodgers defence and equalised.

Pg Qahar scored for the Lodgers in the fifth chukker while in the sixth chukker Hj Karim scored for Mashhor, leaving the two teams in a deadlock with at five goals a piece.

In the sudden-death round the two teams were evenly matched and at times it was touch and go. Luck favoured Mashhor and Sue Kwok Wah delivered the final crushing blow that they needed to win the title.

The guest of honour was Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General Pg Hj Ibnu Basith bin Pengiran Datu Penghulu Pg Hj Apong, the Deputy Defence Minister, who presented the trophies to the two teams. The best player award was given to Mohd Amin Bungsu.

(By A M Zukarnaen)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Netball - Blunettes in brilliant win

There was nothing that could stop Pan Bright (Blunettes) from winning their third consecutive Yang Di Pertua Netball Tournament, one of Brunei Darussalam's most prestigious netball tournaments, yesterday.

The event was organised by the Brunei Darussalam National Netball Association.

The Blunettes have held the champions' title since the first Yang Di Pertua trophy in 1998 and repeated the feat the following year.

The tournament was not held in 2000 as it coincided with the netball tournament organised by the Youth and Sports department.

It was indeed a breathtaking finale at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium between Pan Bright and young e-Girl Netters, who put up a great fight against the champions.

e-Girl Netters controlled the first three minutes of the game and led 10-8 at the end of the of the first half.

However in the second half, Pan Bright realised they needed to work harder and managed to beat their opponent with the final score of 20 to 15.

Prior to the final, it was a fight between JMK and Panaga Netball Ladies. JMK won the third place in the championship after scoring a 21-13 victory. Prizes were given away by Datin Hjh Armah Hj Adam.

(By Suriani Garip)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Golf - Seruji walks away with another crown

Fresh from his win in Kota Kinabalu recently, Brunei's undisputed number one golfer Seruji Haji Setia won again yesterday when emerged the overall gross winner of the inaugural Thommo Titanium Challenge 2001 tournament at the RBA golf course.

Seruji carded a gross score of 77 to beat Bohari Hj Abdul Rahman who scored an 80 and Hj Shaminan Hj Damit who recorded an 81.A total of 136 players entered the competition which was the first of a series of Thommo-sponsored golf events in the country.

Meanwhile in other divisional events, Lt Col (R) Hj Aziz Bin Abdullah who recorded a 68 nett score emerged as the champion in Division A, while Zahari Hj Zunaidi 74 and Hj Mohd Suot Bin Moksin 74 came in second and third respectively after a countback.

In Division B, Hj Ishak Hj Abd Manaf recorded a 68 nett to win the group title. He was followed by Pengiran Anak Dato Laila Utama Hj Abd Rahim and Abd Khalid Abd Halim, who both carded nett scores of 71s but the former was awarded second place on the countback.

In Division C, Hj Ajamain Bin Hj Abdullah shot a 70 nett score to beat Lt Col Pg Hj Rambli Pg Hj Bunut and Kenneth Wong by a stroke.

The division winners will now proceed to Kuala Lumpur to take part in the Thommo champions tournament soon. On hand to giveaway the prizes to the winners were K.C. Chin, the General Manager of Bedding & Golf for Simex Marketing Sdn Bhd, and Dato Paduka Hj Alimin, the Executive Group Chairman of RBA.

(By Bahreen Hamzah)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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