CYBERJAYA (13 JANUARY 2019): Dark horses, Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) led four teams from Stage 2 into the final rounds of the SS Purple League 2018/19 after a 13-7 win over Serdang Badminton Club (Serdang BC) in the final day of action in Group A at Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya today.
Besides Petaling BC, Kepong Badminton Club (Kepong BC), Tebrau City Badminton Club (TCBC) and Serdang BC have also booked their tickets from Stage 2 which ended yesterday.
Previously, Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) who finished top of Stage 1 and defending champions, Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) who finished below them, secured direct qualification to the final rounds to be held on the 24th to 27th January at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.
Opening men’s singles, Chong Yee Han put them on the road to qualifying after edging out Muhd Shaqeem Eiman Shahyar in a tight contest, 3-2 (11-4, 3-11, 11-9, 7-11, 8-6) on the buzzer.
Petaling BC’s women’s singles shuttler, Lim Yin Fun and Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky then played to a draw 2-2 (11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 5-4) which kept the tie firmly poised at 5-4.
Men’s doubles pair, Man Wei Chong-Shia Chun Kang put Petaling BC in the ascendancy, 8-4 when they won 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-7) against Lwi Sheng Hao-Ong Wei Khoon.
Serdang BC’s Malaysian-Chinese mixed doubles pair, Lin Liu-Yap Qar Siong then was brought to the edge before emerging victorious over Malaysian-Australian pairing, Cheam June Wei-Gronya Somerville, 3-2 (11-5, 10-11, 11-5, 10-11, 11-7) to close the gap, 7-10 in favour of Petaling BC.
Needing only one set point, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin provided more than that,with a 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) win over Ng Tze Yong, exacting revenge in last week’s loss to the same player which led to a 10-12 loss in Stage 1.
Petaling BC’s head coach, Ismail Saman, pulled off a masterstroke, pairing singles player, June Wei, who just returned after a quarter finals exit to Lin Dan at the Thailand Masters with Gronya, salvaging two precious points for this valuable win.
“In my opinion, a singles player should be able to control the whole court, if he is not able to do that in the doubles, there is something wrong with him,” said the former national singles shuttler.
“Looking ahead, we are planning to improve on our team for the final rounds when the transfer window is open. We will be looking at which players to bring in or replace to strengthen our team,” he added.
In an earlier match, Kepong BC confirmed their place in fourth after beating newcomers, Bukit Mertajam All Stars Badminton Club (BMASBC), 9-8 also at Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya.
Kepong BC who were runners up to PUBC in last season’s final, got their winning points through two time national men’s singles champion, Lim Chi Wing, Qin Jing Jing (women’s singles)and Muhd Nuraidil Adha Azman-Tee Kai Wun (men’s doubles).
GENTING HIGHLANDS (23 January 2019): The SS Purple League 2018/19 Final Rounds is only days away, with the six teams who confirmed their places at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, taking advantage of the transfer window to strengthen their teams.
The transfer which ended on the 15th January gave teams the opportunity to refresh their squads as the teams renew their assault on the SS Purple League Final Rounds which will be held from the 24-27 January.
SSPL stage one winners, Ampang Jaya BC opted against any drastic changes, with their sole addition to the squad, women’s singles shuttler from Thailand, Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Ampang Jaya BC manager, Ho Khek Mong said, “This is a coup for the team as we managed to bring in Pornpawee. But we are still banking on Goh Jin Wei, who has shown great form at the recent Malaysian Masters.”
“But we can’t really depend on her as she will be involved in the Indonesian Masters. Thus we will have to be prepared for any eventuality.
“Anyhow, I am not worried as not only us, but all the other teams will be facing this challenge,” said Khek Mong.
“We have been planning for this in advance. We hope that we can maintain our performance in the SSPL final rounds in our bid for our first title,” added Khek Mong.
Ampang Jaya BC which boasts an unbeaten record this season has a star studded lne up , among them world number one from Japan, Kento Momota, Lee Zii Jia, Chan Peng Soon, Brice Leverdez and many more.
Meanwhile, for Petaling BC coach, Ismail Saman, he hopes the new arrivals will address the weakness identified by him during the SSPL stage one previously.
Ismail said: “Their arrivals are part of our plans to strengthen our teams. This is based on the weakness that we have identified in the first round.
“Anyhow, what is important is that the players have to remain focused. Our opponent in the quarter finals is Tebrau City BC. On paper, it looks easy because we have won against them before this,” he said.
“But, it will be a different game as it will a knockout match. Past records don’t apply and the previous win is now history,”added Ismail.
Among the new names brought in by Petaling BC are Jan O’ Jorgensen (Denmark), Chong Wei Feng (Malaysia), Yip Pui Yin (Hong Kong), and BodinIsara (Thailand).
Defending champions, Puchong United BC also has added to their firepower by bringing in a few new names, Lin Guipu (China), Kim Sa Rang (Korea) and Eom Hye Won (Korea).
Runners up, Kepong BC will hope to continue their giant-killing run last season look formidable with the addition of Mads Conrad- Petersen (Denmark), Ricky Karandsuwardi and Rian Agung Saputro (Indonesia).
Two more teams,Tebrau City BC and Serdang BC also brought in new blood with Tebrau City BC bringing in men’s singles shuttler, Adulrach Numkul from Thailand while Serdang BC continuing their bold move by blooding youngsters, bringing in Mohd SyazmilIdham Zainal Abidin to compete in the final rounds.
The SSPL final rounds will be held at Resorts World Genting from the 24-27 January 2019.Tickets to watch the SSPL can be purchased at the venue and through the website https://www.purpleleague.com/ . For the SSPL final rounds, tickets are sold for RM 55 and RM65 for adults and RM30 for children.
GENTING HIGHLANDS (24 January 2019): Last season’s finalists, Kepong Badminton Club (Kepong BC) and Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) completed the cast for the semi-final line up of the SS Purple League 2018/19 Final Rounds after coming through their quarter final ties at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting today.
They will be joined by defending champions, Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) who will play Petaling BC while Stage 1 winner, Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) will meet Kepong BC in their semi-final match up tomorrow.
Petaling BC who finished third in Stage 1 did the business against Tebrau City Badminton Club (TCBC), winning 11-6.
New signing, Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, got the ball rolling when he recorded a come from behind 3-1 (9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6) win over up and coming Thai player, Adulrach Namkul.
Women’s singles shuttler, Yip Pui Yin from Hong Kong then extended the lead to 6-2 when they won 3-1 (11-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4) against Wei Xu from China.
Thai pair, Boonsak Ponsana-Peeranat Boontun then stole a win, 3-2 (11-9, 10-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-10) over Man Wei Chong-Shia Chun Kang in the men’s doubles to keep things lively for TCBC, to reduce the deficit 5-8.
Normal service was resumed when Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei overcame their junior counterparts, Tan Jinn Hwa-Pearly Tan Koong Le, 3-1 (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6) to secure their place in the last fourth.
Meanwhile, Kepong booked their place in the last four for the second year running, when they disposed of Serdang Badminton Club, 10-4 earlier in the day.
Doubles specialist, Mads Conrad Petersen, who can play in the men’s and mixed doubles was brought in during the transfer window last week and it proved a masterstroke for the team who finished runners up to Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) last season.
The lanky Danish player did the business, partnering Wu Qian Qian from China to secure two valuable points in a 2-1 (11-10, 8-11, 11-7) victory over Malaysian-Chinese pairing, Yap Qar Siong-Liu Lin in the mixed doubles for an unassailable 10-4 lead.
From the quarter finals onwards, ties will end once a team reaches an unassailable lead with Kepong BC marching on to a semi-final match up with undefeated, AJBC who boast a winning streak of seven on the trot during Stage 1.
“I felt at the beginning, we were a bit pressured, maybe Joo Ven wanted the win badly until it backfired on him. But his team mates managed to help him out to win 3-0 and this gave us back the advantage,” said head coach Zakry Latif.
“We will meet Ampang Jaya BC in the semi-finals, a tough opponent and also undefeated. Anyway, we will do our best to try create an upset,” added Zakry of his team who lost 8-10 to PUBC last season.
World junior 2017 silver medallist, Leong Jun Hao threatened to throw a spanner in the works of Kepong BC after the Serdang BC men’s singles shuttler won 3-2 (5-11, 11-5, 11-10, 6-11, 11-10) over his senior team mate in the national squad, Soong Joo Ven.
Having been out of action for four and a half months due to hip injury, this win was a good sign for the 19 year old player who started to attract the attention of the badminton fraternity after winning the gold medal in Asian Junior Championships in 2017.
Women’s singles, Qin Jing Jing quickly put Kepong BC’s fears to rest when she won 3-0 (11-5 11-9 11-7) over compatriot Wei Yawen in an all China affair for Kepong BC to lead 5-3.
Men’s doubles, Mohd Arif Ab Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub then turned on the style to win comfortably 3-0 (11-9 11-8 11-5) over local junior pair, Lwi Sheng Hao-Mohd Syazmil Idham Zainal Abidin before Mads Conrad and Qian Qian did the rest.
GENTING HIGHLANDS (25 January 2019): It’s Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) vs Kepong Badminton Club (Kepong BC) in the final again this Sunday after overcoming their respective opponents in the semi-finals of the SS Purple League 2018/19, Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, today.
Defending champions, PUBC who defeated Kepong BC 10-8 in last season’s finale, booked their place in the showpiece event after overcoming Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) 10-7 while Kepong BC overcame Ampang Jaya Badminton Club (AJBC) 12-8.
In PUBC’s match, new signing, Jan O Jorgensen threatened to spoil the party when he overcame Liew Daren, who was back in action after an injury in last week’s Malaysia Masters, 3-1 (11-5, 10-11, 11-5, 11-10) for Petaling BC to draw first blood.
Women’s singles, Yap Pui Yin from Hong Kong then extended Petaling BC’s lead to 6-3 after winning her match 3-2 (7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-10) over Xuan Deng from China.
Malaysian-Korean men’s pair, Tan Boon Heong-Kim Sa Rang then got PUBC’s campaign back on track when they trounced Man Wei Chong-Shia Chun Kang, 3-0 (11-10, 11-8, 11-10) to draw level at 6-6.
Mixed doubles pairing, Eom Hye Won from Korea and Malaysian, Mak Hee Chun then forged PUBC 9-6 ahead when they easily won 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6) over Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei.
Needing only one point to secure their passage, Lee Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong duly obliged, winning the second game 11-8 after losing the first 9-11, with the match against Cheam June Wei halted after PUBC reached an unassailable lead of 10-8.
PUBC manager, Irina Inozemtseva said, “Truthfully, this is the toughest SSPL semi-final that we had to face. This happened when we saw Liew Daren struggling with injury and when he lost, the effects were felt by the other players,” she said.
Commenting about the match against Kepong BC in the final, Irina said, “We always face drama in all our matches, but in the end we always win. I am excited to face Kepong BC in the final to see how far they can challenge us,” she added.
Kepong BC were not given a ghost of a chance against AJBC who won all their seven matches on the trot in Stage 1 thus receiving a bye through to the semis, whereas Kepong BC had to go through Stage 2 and had to overcome Serdang Badminton Club (Serdang BC) 10-4 in the quarter finals yesterday.
But playing an extra game yesterday gave Kepong BC an extra edge today and they duly took advantage, winning four of their matches with an identical 3-2 scoreline, with the final men’s singles not played.
Opening men’s singles, Soong Joo Ven got the ball rolling for Kepong BC when he upset AJBC’s new signing, Brice Leverdez from France, 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8).
Women’s singles, Qin Jing Jing from China then extended their lead with a 3-2 (11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 4-2) after the end of 30 minutes regulation time, over Hanna Ramadini from Indonesia.
New signing, Conrad Mads Petersen from Denmark again did the trick, this time partnering Rian Agung Saputro from Indonesia in the men’s doubles to win 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 5-2) over Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen.
Then it was time for Malaysian-Indonesian mixed doubles pair, Cheah Yee See-Ricky Karandasuwardi to deal the final blow, with a 3-2 (11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9) victory over Hong Kong-Indonesian pair, Chau Hoi Wah-Lukhi Apri Nugroho.
AJBC who ended Stage 1 on top will feel hard done by as they had to do without national men’s singles, Lee Zii Jia and women’s singles ace, Goh Jin Wei who were competing in the Indonesia Masters running concurrently.
GENTING HIGHLANDS (27 Januari 2019): Kelab Badminton (BC) Puchong United gah mempertahankan kejuaraan SS Purple League (SSPL) 2018/19 apabila muncul juara setelah menewaskan Kepong BC 10-6 dalam aksi final di Arena Of Stars, Resorts World Genting hari ini.
Turun tanpa beberapa pemain utama seperti Goh Liu Ying, Ong Yew Sin, Liew Daren dan beberapa lagi pemain tidak menghalang Puchong United BC beraksi mantap mengekalkan kejuaraan mereka dalam SSPL musim ini.
Bagaimanapun, Kepong BC terlebih dahulu garang memulakan langkah dalam pentas final dengan pemainnya Soong Joo Ven membenam pemain Puchong United BC, Goh Giap Chin 3-1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-10).
Tersentap dengan kekalahan dalam acara awal, Puchong United bangkit semula menerusi perseorangan wanitanya, Deng Xuan yang menang mudah 3-0 (11-10, 11-10, 11-6) ke atas Qin Jin Jing.
Dominasi Puchong United berterusan dalam acara beregu lelaki. Kali ini giliran pemainnya, Mak Hee Chun- Tan Boon Heong menumbangkan gandingan Mads Conrad Petersen- Rian Agung Saputro 3-1 (5-11, 11-9, 11-10, 11-10). Kemenangan itu meletakkan Puchong United mendahului kedudukan 7-4.
Set beregu campuran selepas itu penuh mendebarkan memandangkan tiga set kemenangan akan membawa Puchong United mendakap kejuaraan dan Kepong BC pula memerlukan kemenangan untuk mengejar kedudukan.
Turun dalam aksi penting, beregu campuran Puchong United, Eom Hyewon- Tang Chun Man berjaya menyerap tekanan biarpun mereka ketinggalan dua set pada satu ketika. Akhirnya, pasangan tersebut menang 3-2 (11-7, 10-11, 10-11, 11-10, 2-1) dalam 30 minit masa perlawanan mengecewakan Cheah Yee See- Ricky Karandasuwardi dan keseluruhan pasukan Kepong BC untuk muncul juara SSPL musim ini.
Mengulas mengenai pasukan Puchong United, Pengurus Pasukan, Irina Inozemtseva berkata, “Saya rasa setiap orang di dalam stadium dan di rumah dapat menyaksikan aksi final yang penuh mendebarkan ini. Secara keseluruhan musim ini, pasukan saya telah melakukan dengan bersungguh-sungguh sehingga kita muncul juara.”
“Sebelum liga bermula, saya sudah katakan juara datang dan pergi namun legenda akan meninggalkan legasi. Itulah matlamat kami di Puchong United BC,”kata Irina
Untuk rekod, setelah lima musim SSPL, Muar City BC pernah menjulang kejuaraan sebanyak dua kali iaitu pada musim 2014/15 dan 2015/16, Petaling Jaya BC pula muncul juara untuk musim 2016/17 manakala Puchong United pada musim lepas, 2017/18.
Hadir menyaksikan aksi akhir SSPL dan juga turut menyampaikan piala, medal serta replika cek kepada pemenang adalah Timbalan Menteri Belia Dan Sukan, Steven Sim Chee Keong.
Juara SSPL 2018/19 menerima piala dan hadiah wang berjumlah RM520,000. Naib juara pula menerima RM265,000, ketiga RM185,000, keempat RM160,000, kelima RM130,000, keenam RM110,000, ketujuh RM70,000 dan kelapan RM60,000.