20 August 2017 – Malaysia women achieved their initial target as they claimed Bronze in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. The match which took place at the MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya saw the women overcame the Philippines right in front of thousands crowd in the Bronze Medal match. Malaysia overcame Philippines 7 – 5.
Malaysia showed significant improvement from recent action during the Borneo 7s, SEA 7s and tournament which saw more than 20 players came in and out of the squad in order to find the right blend and setup for the team.
Malaysia did not have the best start as they let Singapore scored 3 tries in the first match. They suffered defeat 17 – 0 to Singapore.
They had a much better second match against Laos. Malaysia played their heart out and scored 3 tries in the first seven minutes and 1 conversions to comfortably lead 17 – 0. Malaysia continues the assault and scored 3 more tries and 2 conversions as they beat Laos 36 – 0. Malaysia number 10, Rozliana Mohd Ridwan contributed 12 points from 2 tries and a conversion. Christina Edris also had 2 tries in the match.
Malaysia unable to continue their fine form, suffered second defeat to Thailand which went on to win the Gold medal. Thailand scored 6 tries and 4 conversions as they went on to beat Malaysia 38 – 5. Wan Zufirah scored the consolation try for Malaysia in the 3rd minute of the second half.
Malaysia, with the Bronze medal match already secured, draw in their last pool match against the Philippines. Malaysia broke the deadlock in the first half through Dayang Anak Manggie’s try. The Philippines came back into the game in the first minute of the second half. Malaysia was on the verge of losing the match as Euphrasia Anne Cralis yellow card in the last minute of the game. However, the remaining six players stood tall and block Philippines attack until the final whistle.
Malaysia and Philippines had the rematch during the Bronze medal match. It was as close as it was in the previous match. The only things that separate the two teams were when Malaysia able to convert the conversion. Siti Farhanita Maddin scored the try in the second minute. Rozliana added 2 more points. Malaysia leads 7 – 0 in the second half. Malaysia defended well but it was finally breached by the Philippines in the 4th minutes of the second half. However, the Philippines unable to convert the conversion which gave the first ever Bronze medal for Malaysia women.
Malaysia women created their own history, winning the first-ever medal in the SEA Games at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
Photos by Khairil Ajhar/Arena Hijau Kuning/Team MAS