Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Political Spotlight to Mask Mediocrity?


                         (Photo courtesy of Sports247.com)

While we were so busy with Malaysia's pathetic performance against Bangladesh, I cannot help but notice this photo of Bunyamin Umar with his Palestine support gear - t-shirt and scarf.

Of course all of us are entitled to our political leanings but if someone brought it up, would FIFA fine us for bringing other elements into sports? I am not sure but I am wondering will FAM get into trouble with AFC for this, first and then later, FIFA to act?

If its ok, then I guess in future, we can use players to display their support for many issues for example, help the flood victims in places with flood problems, against whale hunting, no to shark fining, no to racism in certain countries afflicted by racists attack?

Not being the spoil sport but remembered long time ago FIFA was against displaying political and  sponsors (which are not in the official list of FIFA sponsors) logo on jerseys...However, this happened just before the match.

Maybe I will email AFC and FIFA for some clarity and...hopefully I may get an answer as I am a nobody

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Past Achievement Means Nothing


                            (Pix courtesy of ESPNSTAR.com)

I guess by now national coach K. Rajagobal will realise when you are winning, everything looks nice, everyone wants to be your friend and everyone wants to be in your good books.

Two losses in prepatory friendly matches for AFF Cup and suddenly, his world is like slowly falling apart with FAM supremo Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (TM) breathing down his neck with comments on squad tinkering.

In Malaysia, it shows just what success does to you when the whole of Malaysia wanting a piece of you, remember the national squad was even honoured at the annual Year End bash in the capital last year? (I was wondering what is the relevance between a song and dance concert and inviting the national team for an award at the same event?)

However on the other end of the spectrum, failure means you will get chastisized by the fans and officials and if it gets even worse, you will be treated like a leper. By now, Rajagobal would have laid out his plans for the upcoming AFF Cup defence starting November 25 and to be fair to the man, let us not judge him on friendly matches results.

He must and will be judged on AFF Cup results, failure to retain the title means the responsibility is his and his only. Show him the door if you may but when you look a the calibre of coaches we have in stock locally, there is nothing much to choose from expect the usual veteran suspects doing their rounds, coaching around Malaysia teams year in, year out.

While I guess TM means well, let Rajagobal does the job he is entrusted and if we fail, at least he knows it is his own doing only and no one else.

Monday, 12 November 2012

BEN10 is Over Priced



Recently, I went to the BEN 10 LIVE TIME MACHINE show at 2.00pm, Saturday, 10 November and was expecting a large, 'humungousaur' crowd but when the show started, about 10-15 minutes later then scheduled, huge swathes of seats were still empty.

It got me thinking, normal middle class Malaysians can't and won't afford tickets which are expensive. The cost per ticket, be it adult or child are as follows:

VIP- RM328

Premium - RM268

Reserve A - (Level 3) RM168

Reserve B - (Level 3) RM98

Minimum 2 pax must attend - parent and child so minimum, you are looking at, at least RM200 per family. I am not sure about other shows but the show I attended was empty until the organisers gave us an option of occupying the back row of the VIP seats.

However, if I paid that much, I'll scream murder as for RM328 and if you are seated at the back zone, your poor child won't be able to have a good view as the seats are all of the same level. I seriously wonder who was in charge of seating...

And outside the hall, there was more money to milk with all the merchandise, toys and snacks with BEN 10 branding.

Hopefully in future, the organisers will bring the down the prices so that more people can enjoy the show, especially BEN 10 hard core kids...Anyway, I suspect the next time they come down, my son would have grown out of this and move on to other cartoon characters.



Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Guiza's Indian Summer in Johor


                     (Photo courtesy of soccernet.espn.go)

It seems Malaysia football is in the news again with former Spanish international Daniel Guiza joining Johor and proclaiming "To be honest I don’t know much about Malaysian football. But I watched videos of the local matches on the Internet before coming down here and what I observed was Malaysians appear very passionate about their football.

He further added, that the reason he wants to leave his current club, Getafe CF in La Liga, was because he and the manager had differing views and also that money was not the case since he had offers from top Spanish and European clubs.

“I want to help Johor become not only the top team in Malaysia but in Asia as well,” he said adding that the local weather would not be a problem for him.

The quotes were taken from The Star and read here.

Hmm, how many times have we heard this statement from a foreign player and how many have lasted this long here by virtue of our standard of football?

Seriously, will he make a difference and how long will he light up Johor and Malaysian football? Somehow as a fan, I suspect money played a role and I am sure rather than fight it out in other European leagues, he probably have a nice retirement package here.

Bu hey, I could be wrong! 








40th Penang PESTA International Bowling Championship 2012




Persatuan Tenpin Bowling Pulau Pinang would be hosting the premier International Bowling Championship scheduled from 8-16 December 2012 at the Premium Lanes, Sunshine Square, Bayan Baru, Penang.

After successfully staging this Championship in 2011, which attracted more than 350 bowlers (both local and overseas) participation, the organisers anticipates a larger pool of leading bowlers from the Asian countries to participate in this year’s event.

For more information, please call Persatuan Tenpin Bowling Pulau Pinang 012-4851775.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

The glory days of Inter Bank Athletics Meet


The days when Inter-Bank meets were glamorous. Now, the National Bank Sports Council is run by incompetent officials who fail to move with the times. Their excuse, blame the management for not hiring athletes but their council consist of non sporting banks members and staff who are not even CEO level which xplains why change cannot be affected. Only thing they do is talk co#@

Five AmBank Group Faldo Series Malaysia Championship 2012 winners qualifies for Grand Finals in China


Favourites and national trainees Nur Durriyah Damian and Chan Tuck Soon continued their impressive form to clinch the AmBank Group Faldo Series Malaysia Championship 2012 title and qualified for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Finals which will be held in Mission Hills, China in March next year.

Joining them for the Grand Finals in China next year are Muhammad Wafiyuddin from Kelab Golf Rekreasi Universiti Utara Malaysia (KGRUUM), Hiew Alvin from Palm Resort Johor and Kellie Kan of the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA).

In the Girls U-21 category, defending champion Durriyah made it her second AmBank Group Faldo Series Malaysia Championship 2012 title in a row with an even par score of 72 to finish two strokes ahead Hillferah Tan of KGRUUM with a total score of 222 at The Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC). She said she was pleased with her score and delighted to win her second consecutive title.

Tuck Soon on the other hand had his worst game in today’s final round when he shot a 76 after identical scores of 72 in the first two rounds but still managed to win by seven strokes with an overall score of 220. Second place was Ahmad Zahir of KGRUUM who shot a three-day total of 227 to move ahead of teammate Muhammad Ridhwan whose slide continued after leading on day one, second place on day two and finishing in third place today with an overall score of 229.

KGRUUM’s domination in the Boys U-21 category continued with all their players finishing in top three positions. Muhammad Wafiyuddin who has been leading since day one, shot a decent final round of 75 to finish seven strokes ahead of second placed teammate Amirul Aizat. Over in the Girls U-16 category, MGA’s Kellie Kan clinched the title with a three-day total of 230, followed by Chong Yong of Kluang Country Club on 233 and teammate Ashley Lau finishing in third place with 238.

The prizes were given away by Syed Anuar Syed Ali, Senior General Manager, Group Corporate Communications and Marketing, AmBank Group and Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Mohd Anwar Hj Mohd Nor (Rtd), MGA President.
This is the second year AmBank Group is sponsoring the Faldo Series Malaysia Championship after the first, last year.

The past winners of the Faldo Series tournament include World number 1s Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei. It was launched in 1996 by Sir Nick Faldo with 35 tournaments taking place in 25 countries worldwide with over 5,000 golfers participating each year.

As the title sponsor for the Faldo Series Malaysia Championship 2012, AmBank Group is further strengthening its commitment to developing junior golf and the Group is also currently the main sponsor for the SportExcel Junior Golf Championship Grand Finals for the last eight years.

Results:
Final Round Scores
Boys
U-21:
218 Muhammad Wafiyuddin (KGRUUM) 74-69-75; 225 Amirul Aizat (KGRUUM) 74-72-79; 234 Muhammad Al-Azim (KGRUUM) 80-78-76;
U-18:
220 Chan Tuck Soon (MGA) 72-72-76; 227 Ahmad Zahir (KGRUUM) 76-77-74; 229 Muhammad Ridhwan (KGRUUM) 71-79-79;
U-16:
229 Hiew Alvin (Palm Resort Johor) 81-76-72; 230 Mohd Asyraf Rosli (Monterez Golf & Country Club) 79-76-75; 231 Aaerishna Shastry (Johor Golf Country Club) 80-75-76;
Girls
U-18:
222 Nur Durriyah Damian (MGA) 77-73-72; 224 Hillferah Tan (KGRUUM) 72-82-70; 227 Isza Fariza (Staffield) 75-75-77;
U-16:
230 Kelie Kan (MGA) 81-75-74; 233 Chong Yong (Kluang Country Club) 82-78-73; 238 Ashley Lau (MGA) 79-81-78