Saturday, 3 January 2015



Preliminary 1 : Aaron Wong vs Ahmad Azam                        21 - 18

Preliminary 2 : Aaron Wong vs Arman Fahim                        21 - 7

Semi Final      : Aaron Wong vs Tan Jie Yang                           21 – 12, 21 - 13

Final                : Aaron Wong vs  Muhd Haris Sufian              21 – 16, 17 – 21, 21 – 13

RANK 1 : Aaron Wong
RANK 2 : Mohd Haris Sufian
RANK 3 : Ahmad Azamuddin Husni
RANK 4 : Tan Jie Yang
RANK 5 : Muhd Haqim Mukhrish Shah
RANK 1 : Mohd Haris Sufian/Ahmad Azamuddin Husni
RANK 2 : Aaron Wog/Tan Jie Yang
RANK 3 : Damen Wong/Muhd Dani Isyraf 


Preliminary 1 : Ryan Wong vs Darren Tan               16 - 21

Preliminary 2 : Ryan Wong vs Rahman                    21 - 12

Preliminary 3 : Ryan Wong vs Saw Hong Jay            9 - 21

Preliminary 4 : Ryan Wong vs Ho Ka Tim                 11 - 21

Preliminary 5 : Ryan Wong vs Affiq Luqman          18 – 21

 Preliminary 6 : Ryan Wong vs  Muhd Iqbal            21 – 16
RANK 1 : Ooi Zhin Yang
RANK 2 : Clement Lau
RANK 3 : Saw Hong Jay
RANK 4 : Ho Ka Tim
RANK 5 : Muhd Ikmal Aizat
RANK 6 : Darren Tan
RANK 7 : Affiq Lukman
Rank 8 : Muhd Faris Zikry
Rank 9 : Mhd Iqbal Badiuznizam
RANK 1 : Ooi Zhin Yang/Saw Hong Jay
RANK 2 : Clement Lau/Ho Ka Tim
RANK 3 : Lee Jie Quan/Muhd Ikmal Aizat
RANK 4 : Affiq Lukman/Muhd Faris Zikry
RANK 5 : Darren Tan/Ryan Wong
RANK 6 : Muhd Danish Hazim/Muhd Shafiq Hafizuddin


7th MBA International Badminton Championship

The Wira Tangkis Team
 This will be our closing curtain tournament for 2014 and also befittingly the final tournament organised by MBA as the iconic Puchong badminton hall will be dismantled wef 1st Jan 2015 because the developer IOI is taking back the land lease for future commercial development. Since this is the birth place for the boy’s badminton back in 2011, It will be an emotional farewell for them as well as for the other players, coaches and parents.
There were quite a number of Indonesian players participating here courtesy of the Indonesian coaches from Surabaya. The other 3 main groups being PD Kidz BA, MBA as host and Wira Tangkis Badminton Club. Although the boys have left more than a year ago but their roots still run deep in MBA. The coaches, academy, parents, staff of MBA here are familiar with the boys and we always feel welcome here.

Aaron made a good account for himself putting on a commendable performance up to the Semi Finals before being halted by the Johorean ace, Muhd Affan Artabek which proved too hot to match up for him.
Earlier, Ryan was also halted by Muhd Affan in the quarter Finals. In the doubles, both brothers advance up to the quarter finals, falling to an Indonesian pair.

The tournament ended with a rousing dinner for players, coaches and parents. The highlight of the event was of course the prize giving and ended with a display of fireworks. The nostalgia of playing here in the courts of Puchong MBA will always etched in the memory and emotions of the boys and many others whom have made MBA a part of their lives. Thank you for being a big part of our badminton journey. We will miss you MBA.


1st Round             Aaron vs Kenny Chua                     30 – 22

2nd Round            Aaron vs Lee Kai Wen                    21 – 13, 21 – 7

Qtr Final               Aaron vs Mualana Perdana          21 – 19, 21 – 7

Semi Final            Aaron vs Muhd Affan                     9 – 21, 16 – 21


1st Round             Ryan vs Cheong Chien Shen        30 – 19

2nd Round            Ryan vs Lee Shan Chien                 30 – 13

Qtr Final               Ryan vs Muhd Affan                       7 – 21, 11 – 21



 1st Round            Ryan /Aaron  vs Chin Ri Hang/Teh Khai Je              21 – 4, 21 – 7

Qtr Final               Ryan/Aaron vs Alif Adabi/M Perdana                      19 – 21, 17 – 21

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