After fighting hard for WA , the players drag their tired bodies in for the individual events.
Robin Fu won his first set against Nicolas Fu in 2 sets but had to bow out to 5th seed Austin Chen in 2 sets.
Justin Lim also won his first set against Egwin Lau but had to exit the singles after losing in 2 sets to Ryan Lei.
Timothy had to go to the plate after losing to K Lew. Timothy ended up winning the plate. He brings back a medal to encourage him further in this badminton journey supported by mum Surya whom he better thank.
All 3 boys have played and fought hard for WA. Their parents should be proud of what they have achieved. I can see them in the Under 17s team fighting hard.
Cindy beat Sophia Lim in 2 sets. She then beat E Tay in 2 easy sets to get to the quarters. She lost in 2 sets to Sydney Go in the QTRS. Sydney was the eventual winner. Cindy has progressed so much as a young player. She is more serious now and more competitive. I have seen her changed from a petulant young girl to a serious player. Good on you Cindy.
Joanne beat A Watkinson in 2 sets. She then lost Y Zhang again in 2 sets. I am sure her young body is tired out from the team event. Never mind, her badminton journey has just started. Her strong spirit will see her go far.
Shakti also won her first set against B Li before losing to X Gu in 2 sets. This is another young girl that will continue to represent WA and get stronger. I am hopeful her supportive family will ensure that she gives her best for WA for future events.
Robin Fu and R Nugroho won their first set but had to exit after losing to D Batra and E Zhao in 2 sets.
Justin and Shakti did well progressing to the 3rd round before losing to A Ooi and P Kustiandi in 2 sets.
Tim and Joanne had a better fight. They progressed to the Qtrs before losing to Jack Yu and Y Zhang in 2 sets. Jack Yu and Y Zhang were the eventual winners.
Robin and Justin went to the plate after losing to L Li and Winston Li in 2 sets. They won the plate and go home with a medal and a smile. Good on you boys. Remember to give your all.
Tim teamed with A Ooi. They lost in the Qtrs to K Goh and Jack Yu in 3 sets.K Goh and Jack Yu were the eventual winner. So boys, be proud of what you have done.
Carina and Joanne lost to Sydney Go and Y Zhang in 2 sets. Sydney and Zhang were the eventual winners. Joanne and Carina won the plate and will be consoled.
Shakti and Cindy had a better run. They reach the Qtrs before losing to J Lee and E Zhao.
So, what have the team achieved:
They narrowly lost a team bronze but gave their all. This experience will bode well for their badminton future.
In the individual events the players had 3 plate winners.Not a simple feat and still to be celebrated.
I believe the players have just returned. I wish them the best in their badminton journey. Good luck all and remember to thank your parents for their support.
Thanks too to the coach, manager and umpire for their support. Till the next Under 15s tournament. Night.
WA finds itself in familiar territory fighting for bronze.
We have often fought for bronze against Vic 2, NSW 2 and SA. Sometimes, we win and there is great joy. Sometimes, WA loses and there are times there have been tears after close fights before giving away the bronze.
A few times, we have managed silver.
This day was one of the tearful ones for the WA as I can see how close the fights were.
Tim lost in 3 sets and must be devastated. Justin Lim also lost in 3 sets.This is his first state team and I am sure he has given his all.
Joanne lost in 3 sets.
Knowing Joanne, I know she would have pushed herself to exhaustion and still fought for WA. What a brave girl. This will surely affect her individual games. Her selfless effort will see her triumph in real life.
Representing WA is an honour and all players who give their best for WA disregarding personal glory in their individual events are to be applauded. So thanks Tim and Justin for your 3 sets fight even if you lost.
Joanne and Tim again fought 3 sets in their mixed doubles.
These WA players have given their all for WA. I am sure the parents, coach and manager were screaming their hearts out.
The game was so close. If any of the players had won 1 extra match, we would have won bronze.
It was not meant to be. I am sure the players have matured based on this team experience.
They will know they have fought for WA. Maybe 1 day, they will fight for Australia.
These losses may feel painful and raw now, however, they will shape the WA young players and will surely make them better young persons.
Vic won gold and the silver went to NSW 1. Coming 4th in an event with 9 teams is not an easy feat.
I have been away on a cruise in Europe during the time the Val Nesbit and Individual events were being played. That has restricted any ability to blog let alone follow the events. There is no connection when you are at sea!!!.
So here are the belated results.
WA played NSW 2nd team and did well with a 7/1 victory. Sometimes, WA even finds it hard to beat the 2nd team. So that was a good start for the team.
This would have given confidence to the WA team , especially those on their first state team. WA Wasps - NSW Storm: 7-1
The 2018 will take place in Wharoonga, New South Wales.
Event dates: 28 September - 4 October 2018.
The 2018 Team:
Justin Lim Robin Fu Timothy Sentosa Cindy Lawrence Joanne Zheng Shakthi Angusamy Coach: David Chadderton Manager: Suryawati Umpire: TBA
I believe it is a first No. 1 state team experience for all the players except Joanne Zheng. Joanne was a steady contributor last year when the team got silver. I remember she fought through with courage despite getting injured. I wish her well this year.
Timothy, Shakti and Cindy were in the WA Under 15s 2nd team last year. Their experience from last year will give them a good idea of what they have to do to win back a medal.
Justin and Robin are first timers and I am sure they will gain much from this experience.
Last year's WA No. 1 team won silver on home soil with Yuli Zheng as the coach and my wife Annie as the manager.
Yuli and Annie are 2 ladies who have 2 silver team medal each. Annie had her first silver medal as an umpire when Tyz's WA team got silver for the first time for WA in living history. She got her 2nd last year as the manager.
Yuli has won an Under 17 and and an Under 15s silver medal.
This is Surya's first state team as manager. We wish her well. She has done great work fund raising. I was so impressed that I volunteered for Anyu Badminton Academy and Tan and Tan Lawyers to sponsor the team uniforms.
Osso Securities , an Indonesian company has also sponsored the team thanks tothe Dawsons.
The coach is David and I believe this is also his first state team. Good luck and gbet ready for hard work ahead.
The team will have to work hard this year as Vic and NSW will always be formidable opponents.
I hear quite a few parents are going with the team for support. We wish all of them luck. Been there, done that many times and never regretted a moment.
I did tell the players to thank their parents for their support. Hope they remember.