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Saturday, March 17, 2001

Snooker - Abdul Aziz in top form at snooker meet

Hj Abdul Aziz Halim was in top form at the National Snooker Billiards and Pool Championships at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
Hj Abdul Aziz beat Ruhaizmi Hj Rosli 3-1 in one of the second round matches, scoring a high of 32 in one break.

In other matches, Baharumuddin Hj Jaili beat Pg P A Badiozaman 3-1 and Sulaiman Aziz also beating Clement Leong by the same margin. This year's meet has seen some newcomers making their mark and some top Brunei players like Benny Ghee eliminated in the earlier rounds.

(By Azaraimy H Hasib)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Badminton - QAF in flying start

QAF Brunei took on Islamic Bank of Brunei Berhad at the Royal Brunei Police Headquarters in the third match of the QAF Corporate Badminton League 2001 yesterday.

QAF Brunei got off to a flying start when Prince Qawi, Executive Deputy Chairman and Director of QAF Brunei beat Haji Mohd Saini of IBB 15-12, 15-12 in the first singles.

The rest of the results were not available at press time.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Friday, March 16, 2001

Football - Penampang Stadium ready to host FA Cup return match

KOTA KINABALU - The Penampang Stadium, Sabah's home ground for the 2001 M-League, is ready to host Saturday's FA Cup return leg match against Kuala Lumpur Malay Mail (Sabah won 1-0 in the first-leg) with the kick-off at 4pm.

The 7,000 capacity stadium is the only alternative as Sabah's venue after the Sabah Sports Board officially closed the Likas Stadium for heavy renovation work in preparation for the 2002 Malaysia Games (Sukma).

Following the closure of Likas Stadium, numerous requests were forwarded to the Board, from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) technical

officials who visited the stadium three weeks ago, and to date, the football pitch has been fully repaired.

According to SSB General Manager Herman Tiongsoh, the Penampang Stadium staff under its manager Florianus Solibun took immediate action to close the field to pave the way for workers to fully concentrate in repairing the entire pitch.

He said it took them about two weeks to carry out the repair works due to damages because of over-usage, but all these are in the past and the grass is now growing well.

Sabah coach, Ken Worden had earlier expressed his fear over the condition of the pitch, claiming it was uneven and full of holes. He said a bad pitch would not be good for football.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Karate - Sabah karatekas out to retain national title

KOTA KINABALU - The National Junior Karate Championship is just round the corner (April 20-21) and the Sabah Karate Association (SKA) is feeling the heat as they make strong efforts to retain their overall national title for the 7th time.

First and foremost, hosts Penang, as well as contenders Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are not going to give in easily to the Sabah exponents.

A majority of the states will be fielding their 2002 Malaysia Games (Sukma) exponents for the U-16 and U-18 categories in the national junior meet as part of their preparation.

Sabah has however yet to announce their squads.

SKA vice-president Loh Beng Hooi admitted that they have more or less identified their Sukma kata and kumite exponents, but instead of naming them now, they have decided to wait until they have conducted their selection trials.

He said all those earmarked by SKA selectors, especially those who performed well in the State Junior Meet in Keningau last month, and also few notable seniors (still eligible for Sukma) are to undergo intense centralised training cum trial at the end of March.

"In our effort to go and conquer, we have decided to hold an intensive centralised training under all the state coaches (kata/kumite) here for all Penang-bound exponents, immediately after the State Senior Karate Championship, scheduled for March 24-25," he said.

"No matter what, we are going there with good fighting spirit and full of commitment and exponents we have like Stella Tai (kumite/kata), Irene Yong, Joanne Leong, Zuzaza Leong and Sofia Michael among our best bets in the girl's section.

"We have vowed that we are not going to give away our chances just like that without a fight whereby our boy's exponents in Hisham Michael, Alex Wong,

Daniel Michael are among those who should be able to hold out from the expected onslaught."

These are the cream of the state squad and he is hoping new comers who have either won gold or silver from the junior event and are first timers to a

national-level meet, are able to prove their worth so that their berths in the Sukma contingent look bright.

Meanwhile, Loh reiterated his earlier call to the coaches in making sure that all their exponents who are under wings, must report for centralised training in tip top condition with of course excellent fitness level.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Badminton - Brunei Shell too strong for HSBC

The second match of the QAF Corporate Badminton League 2001 was played Wednesday night at the Royal Brunei Police Headquarters with Brunei Shell emphasising their status as one of the league favourites by overwhelming HSBC 13-4.

Along with Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Shell are undoubtedly a team to be reckoned with as they took apart their opponents with unerring precision, their dominance highlighted by the fact that three of HSBC's wins were due to walkovers.

Action in the league continues tonight with QAF Brunei taking on Islamic Bank of Brunei Berhad in what is anticipated to be a closely fought tie.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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F1 - Poor scheduling blamed for dismal ticket sales

SEPANG - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone today blamed poor scheduling for dismal ticket sales for this week's Malaysian Grand Prix but voiced confidence organisers will put on a good show.

"I am sure that the reason for the ticket sales not reaching the level of those sold for the first year is very simple," Ecclestone said in an interview with ProjectEyeball, a Singapore-based website and tabloid.
"Normally, there is a one-year gap between the events whereas this year it has only been six months," he said.

In the months since the last race, "there have been many holidays and festivals, which makes it difficult to market anything," he said.

The Formula One boss said he hopes attendance will improve by the time the race is staged Sunday.

"I am very satisfied with the Malaysian organisers and have every confidence that they will continue to put on a good show," he said.

As of last week only 30,000 tickets for the weekend shebang had been sold, compared to 65,000 last year.
This forced organisers to ban local TV stations from screening live coverage in an attempt to boost attendance.

The ban covers the two days of qualifying sessions and the race itself at Sepang International Circuit.

In a late attempt to save the local live television broadcast, Malaysia's sports minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry had booked 2,000 tickets which it hoped would be paid for by sponsors.

Local TV will carry film of the race at 9:00 pm, several hours after the finish. Overseas-based broadcasters will carry live coverage.

Circuit chairman Basir Ismail acknowleged last week the decision was unpopular but said only about 32 percent of tickets had been sold so far.

Source: Borneo Post

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Thursday, March 15, 2001

Golf - Seruji among favourites

KOTA KINABALU - Brunei's scratch handicapper, Seruji Hj Setia is among the favourites to win the 22nd Kinabalu Golf Club (KGC) Amateur Open Championship, scheduled for this weekend.

He is joined by two others from the Sultanate - Haji Arfian Kadir and Haji Shaminan Hj Damit - among the entry of 120 golfers from some 18 clubs in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.

Top Sarawak golfers, Lee Kah Tung from Sibu and Miri's Kelana Ibrahim are also poised to give the local upstarts a run for their money.

Defending champion Peter Tan of Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) will face a stiff challenge from several past champions and several favourites from Brunei and Sarawak, at the par-70 KGC course.

Among the favourites are past champions such as Peter Wong, Peter Kong, and 1-handicapper Toshiyuki Wasa, who has just completed his golf education in Australia.

Other top golfers in the fray are Anthony Binigay (2) of KGK, Lee Ka Tung (2) of Sibu, Ben Leong (1) and Ian Quek.

Sabah Golf Association (SGA) has decided to enter top notch players - current State ranked golfers who have also been named to don State colours in the coming inaugural SGA Cup to be held from May 11-13.

They are 7th ranked national junior Ben Leong, Jacky Chang, Kenneth Wong, Peter Wong, Peter Tan, Ian Quek, John Math, Abdul Ghaffar Affandi, Wong Soo Kong, Wong Su Kiong, Abdul Wahid Yunus, Tai Kim Mun and Vincent Teo.

However, only the top 12 would make the cut for the SGA Cup, dubbed the Ryder Cup between Sabah and Sarawak.

KGC president-cum-tournament organising chairman David Chin said yesterday, that this year's Open would give all the favourites a hard time, especially with the presence of so many renowned amateurs from Borneo, where only those golfers who can keep their cool would triumph.

This year's event is only open to golfers whose handicap is 9 and below for men, and 20 for ladies from a total of 18 golf clubs in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. They have rejected late entries including a few scratch golfers from Peninsular Malaysia.

Referring to the course condition, captain Charles Yong, who is also the tournament director, said, since the wet spell started last week, the entire course and greens are in perfect condition, while they purposely left the rough to be challenging and thick.

Among the sponsors for the Hole-In-One feats are KMA Marketing Sdn Bhd (Isuzu Double Cab) and Popular Express Travel Sdn Bhd (two return air tickets plus 3 nights' stay to Hong Kong). Other sponsors are Hong Chen Manufacturer Sdn Bhd (one unit Maxima Office Leather Chair), Wong Kok (one unit Melinsung Summer Bay Resort Apartment) and Edaran Otomobil Nasional (one unit TD Metallic Sport Car).

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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FA Cup - Sarawak held by Kelantan

Kuching: Sarawak and Kelantan drew 3-3 in their FA Cup first-leg match at Sarawak Stadium here last night.

Sarawak's goals were scored by skipper Mohd Ali Sapiee in the 6th minute, Halim Jantan in the 49th minute and Ramles Sari in the 60th minute.

Kelantan's goals came from Tuan Kamree Tuan Yahya in the 10th minute, S. Sivaram in the 67th minute and Anuar Abu Bakar in the 85th minute.

Referee Selearajen Subramanian flashed the yellow card on Sarawak's Bobby Chua and Kelantan's Mohd Saifulnizam Hussin.

In Nibong Tebal, Penang kicked off their campaign by thrashing Selangor PKNS 9-0 at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan.

Midfielder R.Suresh Kumar put the homesters into the lead with a powerful header in the 17th minute.

Mohamad Fareed Shah Hassan scored a hat-trick in the 53rd, 60th and 66th minutes, and his effort was matched by Hasmawi Hassan who scored in the 43rd, 71st and 89th minutes.

The other goals came from midfielders Mohamad Aiman Wong and Ooi Hoe Guan in the 55th and 76th minutes respectively.

At the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor, home team Johor FC beat Perak TKN 1-0 from a penalty kick taken by Idris Abdul Karim in the 38th minute.

In Kuala Lumpur, three-time FA Cup champion Kuala Lumpur beat Kedah JKR 1-0 at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras.

However, the city boys had to wait till the 85th minute for the goal. Azralan Azmi floated a cross into the penalty area and Kedah JKR goalkeeper Hazizi Halim fumbled with his catch, allowing striker Mohd Zulkifli Affendi to easily shoot the ball into the net.

Kuala Lumpur started aggressively in the first half attacking in waves but failed to make any decent attempt at the Kedah JKR goal.

The visitors meanwhile relied mostly on their fast counter attacks but as the match progressed they got their rhythm. They created the first clear chance of the game in the 37th minute but striker Zulfatah Zulkarnian with only goalkeeper Razi Affendi to beat, choose to shoot wide.

In the 41st minute, Mat Zahir Wahab's shot beat Zulfatah but the ball hit the upright before going out. Two minutes later, it was Kuala Lumpur who almost went one up. Liew Kim Tu found acres of space on the left and beat a defender but his shot from just outside the penalty area went sky high.

In Paroi, Malaysia Cup runners-up Negeri Sembilan edged Kelantan TNB 1-0 at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

The winning goal was scored by Azrine Effendy in the 59th minute.

Referee M.Parmasivam awarded the spot kick after a Kelantan TNB defender felled Ching Hong Aik in the penalty box.

Negeri Sembilan had the better share of exchanges but their attack looked blunt with the absence of key players Azman Adnan, A.Ganeson and Yusafizan Johar.

In KUANTAN, Pahang beat NS Chempaka 2-0, with goals coming from substitute Hairul Nizam Man in the 73rd minute and Azizul Kamaluddin in the 84th minute.

Both of them scored off passes from Azmani Kadir.

In Shah Alam, last year's premier one champions Selangor beat Johor 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium despite being without five national players who only arrived home yesterday from Hong Kong where they played in the World Cup qualifier.

Mohd Rezal Hassan put Selangor ahead in the 16th minute through a glancing header off a corner kick from Nor Suhaimi Bahauddin and former national player Yusri Che Lah made it 2-0 for the home team with a similar fashion.

Johor, the 1998 FA Cup champions, played like novices and their best opportunity only came in the 44th minute through Mohamad Khairul Ismail, but Selangor custodian Abdul Hadi Tahir was on-position to deny his effort.

After the interval, Selangor continued to dominate the game with several good scoring opportunities but a poor finishing by their strikeforce denied them from taking a more comfortable lead for the second round in Johor Baru on Saturday.

Source: Daily Express

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Golf - Top amateurs vying for top honours

Kota Kinabalu: The 22nd Kinabalu Golf Club Amateur Open Championship 2001 will be held from March 16-18 and restricted to only 120 golfers 100 men and 20 ladies. The Open, traditionally the curtain raiser to the Sabah Golf Association's golfing calendar, has attracted all the top golfers in Borneo.

Organising chairman and president of the KGC, David T. L. Chin, said that the Sabah Golf Association has entered 14 players in its preparation for its forthcoming clash with the Sarawak Golf Association.

They include Ben Leong (1) the 15-year-old junior champion, Jacky Chang (2), Kenneth Wong (2), Peter Wong Lieng Kiong (3) the winner of the Sabah Order of Merit last year, Peter Kong (3), Peter Tan (4), Ian Quek (5), John Math (5), Abdul Ghaffar Affandi (5), Wong Soo Kong (6), Wong Su Kiong (6), Abdul Wahid Yunus (6), Tai Kim Mun (6) and Vincent Teo (8).

Chin said three of Brunei's top golfers Haji Arfian Haji Kadir (0), Seruji Haji Setia (0) and Haji Shaminan Haji Damit are also down to play. Two of Sarawak's top amateurs have also entered the fray and they are Sibu Golf Club's Lee Ka Tung and Kelana Ibrahim of the Miri Golf Club. Sabah Golf and Country Club's Toshiyuki Wasa (1), who has just returned from Brisbane where he took up a golfing course, is also one of the contenders.

Chin said the largest number of entries came from the host club with 24 men and 10 ladies, followed by Keningau Golf and Country Club with 15 men and one woman, and the SGCC with 11 men and four ladies.

"The course is in good condition and with all the good amateurs vying for top honours, it will be interesting championship," Chin enthused.

The Open defending champion is Peter Tan.

In the Ladies Open, defending champion Rokia Daud (6) of the SGCC is back to defend her title, while the challenge should come from Angie Ng (9) of the KGC, Shirley Poh (9) of the Labuan Golf Club and Valentina Lim (8) from Pantai Mentiri.

Said Chin: "For all the Par Three holes 5, 8, 14, 17 the hole-in-one prizes are a unit of Isuzu TFR55HD 4+2 Double Cab, two business class return tickets to Hong Kong plus 3 days and 2 nights hotel accommodation to the lst achiever, and one unit Maxima office leader chair.

"One unit Melinsung Summer Bay Resort Apartment is on offer for Holes 8 and 14. For Hole 14 a TD 2000 (manual) metallic sport car is on offer."

For the Men's Open and Nett, there are 10 prizes each to be won.

For the Ladies Open, there are five prizes to be won and three prizes for the Nett. Only 24 men and eight ladies will qualify for the final round on Sunday.

Source: Daily Express

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Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Football - Sabah's second choice keeper praised

KOTA KINABALU - Poor finishing denied Sabah from scoring a comfortable lead for the return leg of the FA Cup at the Penampang Stadium here on Saturday.

Even though team manager Datuk Lawrence Gimbang is delighted with the slim victory, he is a bit disappointed with the Rhinos' finishing touch, which according to him needs to be improved. "We should have won by a bigger goal margin, but it was one of those nights when the ball just refused to go into the net. We dominated the match and created chance after chance at goal, but only managed to put one in," he said yesterday.

"Overall, the players played okay, but we still need to improve on a lot of things. Our strikers have to score...we also have to improve our passing, ball control and etc," Gimbang added. "I had a discussion with the coach (Ken Worden) on how to make the team more effective. You see we have good players...but the problem is how to score more goals. It is no point to control the game if we can't score goals because at the end of the day, we only can win by scoring goals," he stressed.

Gimbang, who is also the Sabah Football Association deputy president, was impressed with second choice keeper Mark Damun, whom he described as marvellous.

"The keeper (Mark) did very well. He saved two sure goals and I'm happy for him. He has a bright future. He should keep up the good job," said Gimbang.

"KL Malay Mail are a good team, but the Rhinos are much better," Gimbang added.

For the record, Mark was the only keeper making the trip for the match, as Reserve League keeper Roy Ahwai, who was supposed to stand in for Mark, was away in his village attending his brother's wedding.

Sabah were forced to start with Mark, as first choice keeper Khairul Azman Mohd is down with injury.

Meanwhile, coach Ken Worden also shared the same opinion as Gimbang, saying that they could have won the battle in much easier fashion.

He said that the players played well, adding that they managed to create four clear chances in the first half and could have been leading three zero at half time.

"But whatever it is, I'm quite optimistic that the team can do better," said the no-nonsense Aussie.

"I'm not really concerned on whether we won the game or not because there is no doubt that the players are good in their performance...passing, running and creating chances," Worden said.

(By Catherine Ong)

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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