Friday, April 04, 2014


The Junior Red Knights
Well, what can I say? At least, we manage to continue what we always get since a couple of years back, which is maintaining the medals we get in the team event. Overall, we must accept that we are still behind in youth development compared to other states. We must also acknowledge that the same bunch of players are giving us the medals, and they are running out of their school time which will unable them to participate anymore. Unless we are coming up with a very good development programme for our youth, we are facing the prospect of not gaining anything in the coming years.

The results of the junior Red Knights in Sarawak MSSM can be summed up below:

A senior Kelantan official admitted that they made a mistake in fielding the players. The Boys under 18 team was represented by Alif Omar (1483), Ahmad Syafiq (1302), Adam Hafiz (1286) and Mohd Lukman (unrated?) while the individual players were Wan Mohd Amirul (1647) and Mohd Ali Asghar (1808). I personally think that they wanted to get something in the individual event by fielding both highest rated player in the category but it backfired when both did not get any medals, including last year's silver medalist, Amirul. Putting one of them in the team would make the team competing for the gold, at least.

As for Mohd Lukman, I think that he becomes unrated because the organiser misspell his name. He is Mohd Lokman Mat Daud (1345) in the January 2014 rating list.

The girls' team consisted of Najihah (1576), Afiqah (1565), Aznira Hanoon (1273) and Nur Arafah (1207) while the individual players were Nur Hanis Natasha (1289) and Atikah Shamihah (1272). The selection was right, in my opinion, but the Wilayah team was really on another level. The combination of Najihah and Afiqah, however, has come to the end. We have to come up with other set of players if we want to maintain getting medals in this category.

While in the under 15 and under 12 categories, our team did not do very well. Only the Girls under 12 team gave us a glitter of hope for the coming MSSM tournaments by managing to get fifth placing in their event.

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