Friday, 19 December 2014

Kejohanan Badminton Protech Tertutup Putrajaya 2014

No narration is necessary since picture paints a thousand words. Juat a thank you note to teacher Chrisilda for your constant support and encouragement.

Aaron Boys Singls U11 Champion

Ryan Boys Singles U13 Runners-Up


Preliminary 1 : Aaron Wong vs Muhd Haris Sufian              21 - 14

Preliminary 2 : Aaron Wong vs Arman Fahim                       21 - 2

Preliminary 3 : Aaron Wong vs Tuan Ahmad Hawwari       21 - 5

Semi Final      : Aaron Wong vs Ahmad Azamuddin             21 – 11, 21 - 14

Final                 : Aaron Wong vs  Muhd Haris Sufian            16 – 21, 21 – 18, 21 - 19


Preliminary 1 : Ryan Wong vs Akmal Aish               21 - 2

Preliminary 2 : Ryan Wong vs Muhd Shafiq            15 - 21

Preliminary 3 : Ryan Wong vs Muhd Faris              21 - 13

Preliminary 4 : Ryan Wong vs Muhd Asymadi       21 -  4

Semi Final      : Ryan Wong vs Affiq Luqman           Walkover

Final                 : Ryan Wong vs  Muhd Ikmal Aizat  12 – 21, 15 – 21

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

FZ Forza 2014

Lee Qi Hong (L) & Aaron Wong (R) with their cash winnings

The timing of this tournament clashed with a few state closed and ranking competition. Therefore quite a number of the top players had to skip this tournament.  This gave Aaron a free passage to the second round which he has no trouble moving on to the third.
Wong Han Sheng is an Forza top exponent and gave Aaron quite a resistant but Aaron managed to overcome this match to meet his Putrajaya teammate Azam next n the quarterfinal. Aaron has a favourable record over Azam and as expected he moved on to the semi-final to meet an unlikely challenger in Alvin Chia whom Aaron lost 2 years ago in the 2012 BAKTI tournament.
On paper, Alvin seem to have a slight edge but surprisingly in this game, Alvin did not play to his potential . Aaron seize this opportunity to even out their head-to-head record and suddenly found himself unexpectedly in the final and very motivated to win the top prize money of RM1,000.
In the final, he has to overcome a much improved Lee Qi Hong whom has been ranked as the top KLBA player for next year junior circuit. The match was tense with Aaron taking the early lead in the first half but Qi Hong caught up and snatched the first set away from Aaron’s grasp. In the second set, Qi Hong came in strongly tactically to catch Aaron at the base line. Aaron has no answer to the strong play by his cool opponent. With unforced errors after another, Qi Hong took the second set and with it the RM1,000 purse. Aaron had to settle for the runners-up with RM500 which is still a record winning for him.

There wasn’t much celebration here because we immediately had to work on switching his attention to the Putrajaya Closed tournament on the next day of what seem to be the most important tournament of the year. Both brothers need to finish in the top 4 will qualify into Persatuan Badminton Putrajaya as a ticket to play in 2015 Junior Circuit. More to come next.

1st Round – Aaron vs  Walkover

2nd Round – Aaron vs Akmal Aqil Edham                    30 – 14
3nd Round – Aaron vs Wong Han Sheng                      30 – 24

Quarter Final – Aaron vs Ahmad Azamuddin             21 – 23, 22 – 20
Semi Final – Aaron vs Alvin Chia                                   21 – 13, 21 – 19

Final  - Aaron vs Lee Qi Hong                                         19 – 21, 12 - 21 

1st Round – Aaron/Jie Yang vs Chee Zhe Yong/Harold Ong                           30 – 15

2nd Round – Aaron/Jie Yang vs Wong Han Sheng/Wong Jia Cheng              27 – 30

1st Round – Ryan/LLyeo Luaran vs Yeap Wei Yang/Ng Feng Sing                 30 – 24

Year End Holidays

2014 year end holidays are here and as expected there are a string of junior tournaments the boys will be participating. Here are the results :
Group F

1st Preliminary – Aaron vs Sik Xiao Hui                     30 – 6
2nd Preliminary – Aaron vs Tan Shau Heng             26 – 30

Group G
1st Preliminary – Ryan vs Edmund Onn                    16 – 30

2nd Preliminary – Ryan vs Ong Von Qan                  Walkover


1st Round – Aaron vs Pon Jia Jing                               30 – 16
2nd Round – Aaron vs Roslin Fozi                               30 – 24
3nd Round – Aaron vs Yap Juin An                                9 – 30 

1st Round – Ryan vs Bye

2nd Round – Ryan vs Tan Jia Jie                                   25 – 30

 BOYS U12 Doubles
1st Round – Aaron/Jie Yang vs Beh Chun Meng/Tang Chang Xian   21- 30

1st Round – Ryan/Darren vs Muhd Danish/Aziq                                  30 - 25

2nd Round – Ryan/Darren vs Beh Chun Meng/Tang Chang Xian      20 - 30

Hooi Yee Yee Sports 2014

1st Round – Aaron vs Chua Jing Yang                        30 – 26

2nd Round – Aaron vs Teh Jin Hong                           Walkover
3nd Round – Aaron vs Tan Jie Yang                              30 – 22

4th  Round – Aaron vs Lim Ming Hong                        16 – 30

 BOYS U12 Doubles
1st Round – Aaron/Jie Yang vs Lee Jie Quan/Rahman   28 - 30


Friday, 5 December 2014


"...some defeats are instalments to victory..."
Jacob Riss
I was analysing Ryan’s game over the many tournaments he had participated poorly this year. Most of the local tournaments adopted standard 30 points system in the early rounds. I noted Ryan’s game tended to dip after 20 points even though he took the early lead.  In numerous occasions, his opponent would catch up and some managed to snatch his game away.
My suspicion would be his biological clock being tuned to 11 points and 21 points system as standard issue in his training sessions. I didn’t realise it as much until his routine trainings started to adopt 11 points sparring system (in tandem with the BWF trial of 11 points x 5 set system) that this short fall in him became quite evident. We will have to change their sparring routine to 30 or 35 points where possible henceforth.
In the case of little Aaron, here’s an analogy of what he is made off. He is like a diesel engine. He needs to be given time to allow the engine oil to heat up to optimum temperature and flow throughout the engine system in order the get the best out of him. This may have passed by as a cursory travesty, but I realised almost every time he catnapped before a competitive match, he would performed poorly. A case to point was a late evening match drawn against the hard hitting Yap Juin Ann in the recent MSSWPKL tournament. I took him back for a shower and a nap and rushed him back just in time to register for his game. He should be fresh and well rested right? Wrong! He started cold as if his body was still asleep and lost miserably. No doubt the tactical mastery from his father’s input also contributed to Aaron’s drubbing, but he was clearly not at his best. After the match, he walked off disgruntled as he was not even tired.  We will have to remember the diesel engine analogy.
I was mulling over this troubling predicament about the consequence of night trainings. After their sessions, the hungry boys will inevitably pester me for supper. That is already close to 10.30pm or so and we don’t get back home until after 11pm, pack-out their stuff, shower and straight hitting the sack. This unhealthy routine has made Ryan gain Body-Mass-Index “BMI” noticeably. I even had to negotiate with him to reduce his portion but it is quite a daunting task to limit a growing up boy this way. As far as possible, I will get them to share a meal between them – if at all it’s possible.    
Here is another delicate situation. What do you tell your kids when they are to meet their own close friend in the next match? More so if it’s their regular doubles partner? Coaches normally practise impartiality out of respecting the sensitivity of both parents. Who doesn’t want their child to win? This is especially so if the stakes are high i.e. in a qualifying match or winning a prize in the semi-final onwards. Yes, our message is they are to play not any lesser than their other opponents and we want both the fight it out tooth and nail and may the better player win.

Monday, 20 October 2014


I was critical with the way some tournament organisers ignored fundamental guidelines regarding draws. To me it reflects the lack of empathy these organisers have regarding players welfare. At the very least, open tournaments must identify state players from the rest. I have made my assertions to seed these players so as to avoid matches worthy of a final to occur in the early rounds. Otherwise, open draws will be very much a tournament of chance.
A look at the lob-sided draw in U11 this month had me fuming as Aaron was drawn in the same half with two state players, whereas the other half was virtually an express lane to artificial glory. How is it that the organisers could turn a blind eye on this flaw although they have an archive of all previous results published in their own website at their disposal?

I dont need a crystal ball to predict how Aaron’s tournament is going to end. In the quarters, he has an outside chance to get the better of Chia Jeng Hon (Pahang) whom would have been the first seed. Nevertheless, we can draw some positives out of this game. He can match the Pahang ace now in his racquet craft but still lacks the astuteness for the final kill. He is still a little short on big-match temperament.

Back to the draw, it is my fervent hope that  tournament organisers will give this a serious thought. I am sure many participants and parents will support the adoption of the seeding system (where ever possible) to bring equity and quality to grassroots badminton in Malaysia.

1st Preliminary – Aaron vs  Frederico Jonathan      30 – 12
2nd Preliminary – Aaron vs Hadrian Soh                   30 – 21
Qtr Final – Aaron vs Chia Jeng Hon (Ph)                  16 – 21, 12 – 21

Friday, 10 October 2014


It is already a foregone conclusion now that there is an obvious difference in levels between both brothers. Aaron being a gifted player has consistently outplayed Ryan for months now. The younger sibling has advantage in speed, court coverage and skill.  Their routine sparring will require Aaron to give at least 6 to 8 handicap points to Ryan. As Aaron is progressing well, we are constantly reviewing the approach on the quality of his training programmes so as not to restrict the development of his talent. 
Aaron turn 11 on Oct 2014
This realization was a case in point in the recent concluded USJ23 Junior Tournament whereby Aaron was tipped to meet Muhd Atef Haikal in the third round. Atef Haikal is the National Junior GP semi-finalist whereby Aaron almost produced an upset. Aaron matched the Selangor ace all the way until half way, he was trailing 14 – 15. Subsequently both were fighting tooth and nail until Aaron led 29 -27 with only one solitary point to close the game off with a historic win. Wrong! Aaron conceded 3 unforced errors consecutively to hand the match over to the much bemused Selangor state player.

Despite his agonising defeat, the match however has raised many eyebrows as Aaron almost toppled the more fancied player. The elders knew full well that little Aaron has another year to his advantage as he just turned 11 on October 2014. Atef Haikal went on to the final but subsequently fell to Yap Juin An of Yap Twin Sport. Enroute to the final, the formidable Yap  Juin An overpowered Ryan earlier in the round, 30 -25.
The next 4 months before the 2015 MSSD, will be a telling revelation as to how much more Aaron can develop his game further. As it is now, he is already making dents on the armour of top notch state players. How sharp his battle axe is will depends on how he grinds it.  It will boils down to the quality of his trainings henceforth.  


1st Round - Ryan vs Bye

2nd Round – Ryan vs Yap Juin An                              25 – 30

1st Round – Aaron vs Bye

2nd Round – Aaron vs Chong Zheng Yang                30 - 15

Qtr Final – Aaron vs Muhd Atef Haikal                    29 – 30

Thursday, 11 September 2014


In the past, we used to jump into any tournaments that came our way just to give the boys the so called “competition experience”. It came to a point where we had enough of being just another bunch of early exits.  Over time, we started to pick and choose tournaments that were on a more “level playing field”. This works for the boys because they gradually began to progress into semi-finals and finals. This built confidence in their game.

Of late, what were trending in the market were “group format” tournaments as opposed to the conventional “knock-out” tournaments. The “group format” was not so brutal as budding hopefuls can get to play all their round robin matches even if they lose them all.  Whereas in “knock-out” tournaments, they would not stand a chance.

Except for some rare decent tournaments, majority of the private junior tournaments do not conduct draws using seeding system. Consequently, depending on the integrity or ignorance of the organisers, top players were doom to fight it out in the early rounds. I have seen to the utter dismay of parents, a cluster of state players were all grouped together in the top quarter of the draw. The organisers may be using these tournaments to promote their brands but this is as close as they can get to state players extermination.

For regular tournament goers, just one look at the draw, you will more or less know how far the boys can go. The badminton fraternity is small and for the discerned, it does not take much effort to predict with fair accuracy, who would eventually end up in the final. I used to conceal the draw from the boys especially against an overwhelming opponent although I knew that was not the correct approach. They should know who they were up against so as we can guide them to approach the game positively. Be that as it may, it could be quite daunting having to play against opponents whom they have lost time and time again.

Sometimes, despite preparing the boys adequately for tournaments, there is also no guarantee they will perform to your expectations. They are after all still boys with irrational emotions. So you cannot expect them to stay on top of their game in every tournament like the invincible Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

As a parent, watching your child battling it out especially in contests that goes into deuce is not for the faint hearted. My emotions would oscillate from satisfaction to disappointment, excitement to despair, ecstasy to agony, all in one weekend. Having said that, badminton tournaments were something I always look forward to in the weekends as well as spending quality time with my boys and family. The tournament arena also presents a conducive opportunity to meet the acquaintances of other parents, coaches, enthusiasts who were equally passionate about the sport we all love, badminton.