| Hakim Hayat |
WISDOM Bowls Club (WBC) Brunei’s aspiration to replicate their success of advancing into the finals of the Kinabalu Cup Borneo three years ago was short-lived when their battle were halted in the semi-finals of the international triples lawn bowling tournament in Sabah, Malaysia.
Despite their exit, the Brunei representatives can come home feeling satisfied after concluding the tournament on the highs.
WBC sent five teams to the tournament. All teams played well in the group stage to advance to the knockout round.
WBC ‘B’, lined up by Nizam Atoh, Haji Abdul Ghafar Pehin Orang Kaya Laksamana Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Taha and Haji Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim ended their stint in the championship by clinching fifth place overall, while WBC ‘A’ nearly reached the final round but was defeated by the home team in a fierce battle that was resolved with a deciding end.
WBC ‘A’ comprising Muhd Nuh Jaafar, Abdul Rahim Mohd Taib and Sufri Mohin have been undefeated in previous games, but conceded a slight loss of 10-11 to Rembat Team from Sabah in the semi-finals, which took them to third place.
According to WBC in a statement, its achievement in the tournament is one of its best since taking part in 2015. WBC President Haji Johari Achee expressed his contentment with the results.
“Attaining third and fifth places from 52 competing teams proves that WBC players coached by local trainers has achieved improved standards,” he said, adding that the WBC players sent during the tournament has clearly shown their capability to give fierce competition to other teams who are seen to more dominant such as Hong Kong, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand.
“What’s more surprising is that new players from WBC who are taking part for the first time has showed their potential and skills, with good success while competing against experienced players,” Haji Johari said.
The four-day tournament that concluded on Sunday was participated by a few national and regional clubs including those from Thailand, Fiji, Hong Kong and teams from Peninsular Malaysia such as Labuan and Sabah.