TC Malaysian ationals Squash Championships 2012 29thAugust – 2ndSeptember 2012 National Squash Centre, National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil Two new National champions were crowned today in the TC Malaysian Nationals Squash Championships 2012 which concluded today at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil.

Ong Beng Hee claimed his first national title in the men’s premier final with Low Wee Wern taking her first national title.

Ong Beng Hee who would have been the fresher of thetwo finalists going into the final beat Nafiizwan  Adnan in three games. The last time the pair met was at the CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012 earlier this year and it went the full distance but Ong Beng Hee looked a bit sharper and certainly played the better at the crucial stages today.

Low Wee Wern continued her good form by beating Delia Arnold in the final. The first game was a breeze at 11-3 but the second was a lot tougher andDelia won it 12-10. In the third and the fourth the same thing happened, both were level up until the  middle of the game and before Low Wee Wern broke away twice to seal her first National Title.

The nationals serves as a good warm up for Elite and backup players before the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships 2012 that begins next weekand will help the players see where they stand in the build up to that event. In the men’s Division Two final Mohd Nafzahizam Mohd Adnan defeated Ng Jo Wen in five very tight games and both had recovered well from the previous day.

It was a keenly contested affair that was a good game for the crowd. Division Three was also an extremely tight affair between two junior players, Andrew Lee from FT and S.Puvendren from Kedah. The game swung back and forth with Andrew taking a lead in the fifth but Puvendren fought back and they were neck to neckat 8-8. This continued all the way to 10-10 until Andrew got the final points that he required  to win the Division Three category.

In the Women’s Division Two Celine Yeap overturned  her defeat to Teh Min Jie earlier this year in Penang in four very tight games. Teh Min Jie startedbetter and took the opening game however Celine fought back to take the second. In the third, Teh Min Jie led most of the way and at one stage had a five point advantage but couldn’t convert this into winning the game. Celine came back and won it on the tie break. The fourth was point for pointall the way again though Celine won it on the tie break.

Kenny Foo claimed the Men’s Over 35 title by defeating Penang’s Koo Teng Hin in the final. Both players have slightly contrasting styles but it wasFoo that had the upper hand to win the title today.In the Men’s Over 40 category second seed Dennis Tan scored an upset over Lim Kim Jin in three games.

The Over 50 final was cut short due in the third game due to an injury to National coach Raymond Arnold as he had to retire and concede the match toFrancis Gan.

A special thank you to Mr. Thomas Chan for sponsoring the event, a squash enthusiast that loves the sport and helps by supporting such a fantastic event. Dunlop for co- sponsoring the event providing the T-shirts, balls and prizes. ISN provided a teamthat was willing to give up their three day weekend to help provide services that will hopefully help the players progress their games.

Often it goes unmentioned but I hope that the national athletes realise what fantastic support they receive from ISN. SRAM have been busy scheduling and recording the results and FT have been a great help with the event by making sure the matches are on court and people referee.

Today was also a sad day for Malaysian Squash and sport when current National number one Azlan Iskandar announced his retirement from the professional PSA Tour but he did indicate that he would be available for team events as well as the Commonwealth ‘games in 2014.

I would like to take this chance to wish him well in his future adventures and wish him all the best. – AC, SRAM