AMPANG (6 OCTOBER): Table toppers, Kuantan Synergy Badminton Club (KSBC) continued where they left off in the opening leg when they again displayed their might, winning all three of their matches in the second round of the Aeon Credit Purple League Junior (ACPLJ) 2019 held at The Challenger Sports Centre, Ampang today.
Hot on their heels are Bandar Maharani BC with KSBC collecting (1051 – 905) set points, maintaining their 100% record after five games with Bandar Maharani BC collecting (905-754) set points after two victories in the third leg.
KSBC who were promoted from Division 2 after emerging runners up last season, went in to the courts, determined to continue their winning run in Ipoh a fortnight ago, recording two victories over Bukit Cheras BC (9-6) and Rawang BC (11-8) yesterday before overcoming Kepong BC (11-6) today.
The Kuantan based side, coached by Azman Amman are now in the driving seat to secure their maiden ACPLJ title this season, barring any major upsets in the final round on the 19th to 20th October.
KSBC began brightly against Kepong BC when boys’ singles, Chia Jen Hong easily defeated Ter Chun Long 3-0 followed by another victory by girls doubles pair, Hsu Hui Yin-Sung Yi Hsuan from Taiwan.
Kepong BC showed signs of life when their mixed doubles pair, Goh Boon Sze-Cheng Su Hui overcame Eng Chun Yu-Siti Nurshuhaini Azman 3-1 followed by a win by Erica Hoh Jing Li.
But the door was slammed shut by KSBC’s, Muhammad Firdaus Azman-Muhammad Afiq Fahmi Mohd Azlan who defeated KBC’s, Muhammad Adam Shaz Mohd Shazlan-Si Chin Sian (3-0).
“Actually, I am very proud of the revival showed by boys’ singles, Chia Jen Hong after he lost in the game against Bukit Cheras BC yesterday. I was also confident of the capabilities of our girls doubles pair, who contributed points to our team,” said Azman when met after the game against Kepong BC.
“I am proud of the performance of the boys doubles team who have fought tooth and nail on court to ensure that we have won all the ties in Ampang,” he added.
In Division 2, Ayer Itam BC also maintained their unbeaten record after overcoming Serdang BC and PGBC in tight affairs while Klang Rising BC are also in contention for the two automatic slots to Division 1 next season after finishing in first and second respectively.
The ACPLJ 2019 will reach its climax when all the teams reconvene on the 19 & 20 October at Sports Arena Sentosa.