| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI 7’s duo of Mazlan Haji Yahya and Wirna bin Haji Md Yassin demonstrated their strength and sheer class after comprehensively defeating the Sabah 7’s pair of Roney Ahmad and Mohamad Jafri Mat Idin in the Brunei Petanque Open Doubles 2017 in a 13-2 victory at the Petanque Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.
The all-Bruneian partnership has been showing relentless form in the knock-out stages after destroying Limbang Junior 13-5 in the quarter-finals and Sabah 9 13-2 in the last 16.
Despite winning by a significant margin, Mazlan of Brunei 7 felt that the score-line was not reflective of their opponents’ performance.
“They gave a strong fight in the final. We always remember what our coach taught us during training and to always stay focus during competition,” said Mazlan in an interview shortly after the victory.
“I am happy especially after what we have worked on all this while during training. Our efforts during training finally reaped its rewards,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of team-work as vital ingredients for their success in the competition.
He added that a team from Australia provided them tough competition before adding that luck favoured their side to be crowned champions this year.
The national lawn bowler recently announced that he will not be joining the Brunei Petanque League to allow opportunities for the younger generations and fresh newcomers to shine in the local scene.
“Even though I do not participate in the BPL or Brunei Petanque League 2017 anymore I still do regular training to expand my play and also my technique in petanque,” he added.
Mazlan is a firm supporter of developing and nurturing talents of youths in petanque adding that the association will continue to make efforts in accelerating the progress in the sport.
Asked on Mazlan’s plans in the immediate future, he said that he will continue his training routine.