Malaysian Games 2013: Basketball, netball, squash and volleyball
LOSSES were counted as gains with new friendships forged over gruelling contests, crushing defeats, and even a sprained ankle. Meld reporters Amy Lau, Vivian Tan and Yi Lei Goh bring you highlights of the basketball, netball, squash and volleyball matches at the Malaysian Games 2013.
Team Victoria’s Secret took out the Malaysian Games 2013 basketball title with a relatively easy 56–29 win against Team Shohoku.
Luck didn’t seem to be on Team Shohoku’s side as they kept missing shots and at the end of the first half, they were 21 points behind Team Victoria’s Secret.
In the second half possession of the ball went mostly to Team Victoria’s Secret as they intercepted Team Shohoku’s passes and collected rebound. Team Victoria’s Secret’s aggressive play style eventually proved too much for Team Shohoku to handle.
There were no hard feelings between the two teams though as they exchanged handshakes and hugs at the end of the match.
“It’s nice to play in a tournament with and against fellow Malaysians because we get to meet new friends and see each other more often,” said Victoria’s Secret team captain Benjamin Sim.
“We’ll definitely take part in the Games again next year.”
Team Phoenix bullied what little competition there was at the Malaysian Games 2013 netball event at Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday to retain title.
Their dominance and accurate shots were displayed in their emphatic 36-3 demolishing of Team Tigers.
The only other team in the competition was Team Saffron.
Team Phoenix captain Mok Shen Ting said her team had a great time playing although team member Jaclyn Loo sprained her ankle.
“We were pretty calm and enjoyed ourselves. After all we were leading,” she chuckled.
The fight for second place was much more even with Team Tigers edging out Team Saffron 8-6.
Despite her team coming in second, Team Tiger’s Huwaina Hussin remained upbeat.
“We were pretty much playing for fun! I’m really proud of what we have achieved”, she said.
The sentiment was echoed by Malaysian Games 2013 netball director Chelsea Kng.
“I think the fact that [the teams] had a good time was what mattered,” she said.
University of Melbourne student Ong Han Jie defeated Alex Lo in an epic five-set match (11–13, 7–11, 11–5, 11–8, 11–3) to capture the Malaysian Games 2013 men’s squash championship. Despite the tough game, Han Jie was just very happy to have befriended his opponent during the event.
“I’m just very happy to have made great friends, especially him (Alex),” he said, pointing at Alex.
Monash University medical student Yew Jia Jee, who plays squash twice a week, overcame four other female players to take the Malaysian Games 2013 women’s squash title.
Team Boss successfully defended their Malaysian Games volleyball title, defeating Team Molicious 25–11, 25–15 in a gruelling match.
Team Boss dominated the first set and it seemed they would breeze their way to the championship. However, Team Molicious fought back fiercely during the second set.
Well-timed jumps and excellent defence by Team Molicious kept them in the second set. Alas, Team Boss’ experience in last year’s final proved decisive as they took the set 25–15.
Team Boss’ captain and second-year Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology student Wei Seng Soo was all smiles at the end of the match.
“It was a tough game because we didn’t know who we were going to be up against in the finals,” he said.
“The Malaysian Games are fun and we’ll definitely be back next year.”