Category: Malaysia 7s Under 17 Women

Perfect Sabah outing in Singapore

2 July 2018 – The 1st rank team in the upcoming 2018 SUKMA, Sabah had a 100% run in Singapore. Sabah played 6 friendly matches against Singapore Under 20 team and BUBA.

Sabah is certainly in their own class. They only let 1 try in all 6 matches. Sabah strolled in the first set of the match, winning all 3 matches comfortably. They beat Singapore Under 20 2 (17 – 0), Singapore Under 20 1 (28 – 0) and managed to score 6 try in 32 – 0 demolition over BUBA.

There was no stopping Sabah in the second set as they overcame BUBA and Singapore Under 20 1 (35 – 0). Singapore Under 20 2 was the only team to break Sabah but their solitary was not able to stop Sabah from winning 21 – 5.

This Sabah team is certainly the top contender for Gold in the 2018 SUKMA. The won the Women Under 21 category in the previous NAZA National 7s Series with a good margin. Powered by a number of national as well as the experienced player such as Henrietta David, Eupharasia Anne as well as the upcoming ane exciting Malaysia Under 17 team captain, Shania Baduk, Sabah is certainly the team to beat.

The team is managed by Gerard De Sauza and coach by Noel Phillip and Josephine Joseph.

This team also received special guidance from the newly appointed Malaysia 15s Head Coach, Brad Mika who is also the Sabah Coaching chief.

Photos courtesy of Sabah SUKMA team

Malaysia Girl ended tournament with a bang

30 November 2017 – Malaysia showed great improvement on the day two of the Asia Rugby Under 17 Girls in the Pre-Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Dubai. The girl made up for the first day lost with a much better performance especially in the last two match against the host, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines.

Things, however, did not go as the plan at first. Malaysia girl scored the first try through Bertanila Jubir on the second day as they took on Laos. They did not manage to build on that as Laos produced comeback with 2 tries in each half. Laos beat Malaysia 10 – 5.

Malaysia finally won their first match of the tournament in their 4th games. They got better of the tournament host, the United Arab Emirates with 22 – 0. Malaysia captain, Shania Baduk break the deadlock as she scored the first try in the 2nd minute. Siska Sonny who had an outstanding match added two more tries in each half before Heley Halim sealed the match for Malaysia in the last play of the match.

Malaysia had an outstanding last match against the Philippines. They played and showed their true potential as they trashed their last opponent 41 – 0. Shania Baduk contributed 11 points as she scored a try as well as completing 3 conversions in the last match. Siska Sonny played magnificently to scored two tries. Bertanila Jubir also had her third try in the tournament while Diana Muhamad Jaafar, Feladeefia Jestin and Heley Halim scored a try each as Malaysia dominated their last match.

Puan Seri Diana Diego, head of the contingent and team no 1 supporter.

Malaysia finished 10th out of 12 competing teams. It can be considered as good performance all around with the majority of the players are only 16 years old and they only had 2 months of proper training prior to the game.

20 Malaysian who are working in Dubai also make their way to the stadium and support the team.

Malaysia contingent

Top-seeded Japan met the expectation as they overcame China in the final. Japan produced a comeback from a try down to beat China 17 – 7. Japan girls will join their boys as they will compete in the Pre-Youth Olympic in Buenos Aires, Argentina next year.

Tough Day 1 for Malaysia Girls

29 November 2017 – Malaysia showed great fighting spirit on the very first day of Asia Rugby Under 17 Girls in the Pre-Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Dubai. Malaysia is winless on the first day as they unable to break China and Thailand on the group stage.

The rescheduling in Pool D raised some eyebrows as Asia Rugby decision to move Thailand – Malaysia match to the end of the day. That’s due to the fact that Thailand only arrived on that match day morning.

China topped Pool D as they proved to be way too strong for Malaysia in the very first match. 4 tries for each half put Malaysia to the sword. China beat Malaysia 44 – 0. China also beat Thailand in their second match. China better physical and speed cause problem for both South East Asia team.

It was all to play for in the last match of the day between Thailand and Malaysia with the winner will follow China to the Cup/Plate knockout round. Thailand had a much better start and managed to grab two tries in the first half. Malaysia got much better at the start of the second half as they pressure Thailand to play in their half. Thailand, however, managed to get the third try of the match. That did not put Malaysia down as they worked their way to score their first try of the tournament through Bertanila Jubir. Thailand beat Malaysia 19 – 5 to book their place in the knockout round.

Malaysia will be playing in the group round robin on the second day. They will face two South East Asia team, Laos, and the Philippines as well as the host, The United Arab Emirates. Those match will determine Malaysia ranking at the end of the tournament.

With the majority of the player at the age of 16, Malaysia Girls did well as they put their body and contest for every ball and played their heart out especially in the second match against Thailand. They showed plenty of potentials and that could only mean great for the future of Malaysia rugby.

Malaysia Under 17 Girl

KJ fulfil under 17 girls dream.

28 November 2017 – Youth and Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin spend 15 minutes to meet and fulfil the Malaysia 7s Under 17 girls wish to meet him team before they departed to the United Arab Emirates on Monday. It was 30 minutes to remember for the whole team as they met KJ at the parlimen, with a special tour around the parliament before the meeting.

“It is something very special to represent Malaysia and that came with a lot of responsibility. We are giving full support to rugby as we realised the sport big potential especially after we won the gold and bronze in the SEA Games and rank 4th in Asia for the 15s team”, said Khairy during the meeting.

Khairy Jamaluddin presented the Malaysia flag to the Head of the Contingent, Puan Seri Diana Diego before she handed the flag to the team captain.

KJ in his speach, also urged the team to show fighting spirit despite the team low ranking in the tournament. Malaysia seeded last as the 12th team. He also reminded the player to follow the coach order to make sure they stick to the game plan.

The current Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia who is also the Patron of Sabah Rugby Union also present at the ceremony. Tan Sri asked for attention from the Youth and Sports Ministry as this is the first participation from Malaysia on this tournament.

Puan Seri Diana Diego believe that this team have potential to be a serious challenger to any Asia rugby powerhouse in the future. She is giving the team two years to master and polish their ability in order for them to develop further. “Their development also depends on the support and helps by everyone”, added Puan Seri Diana Diego.

Most of the team expenses sponsored by Tan Sri Pandikar Amin and Puan Seri Diana Diego with help from friends and company as they make expensive journey all the way to the United Arab Emirates.

The team is already in Dubai after 10 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur via Brunei. Malaysia is in Pool D. They will face Thailand in their first matches. Malaysia will end their group match against one of the top team, China. Only the top two team will advance to knock out round with the last team will play in a group round robin.

13 Players on flight to Dubai

21 November 2017 – Malaysia Under 17 Women team is ready to fight for a sole spot in 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The team will take part in the Pre-Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Dubai at the end of this month.

The tournament which will take place in the Dubai Sports City. Malaysia is in Group D, alongside neighbor, Thailand and top-seeded team China. 12 teams confirmed their participation and only the champion will fly to Argentina next year.

Malaysia contingent will be lead and fully supported by Puan Sri Diana Diego. She is the Sabah Rugby Union Women Rugby Chairperson.

Bradley Mika is the team Technical Advisor while the team head coach is Gerard De Souza. The full Malaysia contingent :

Their target to finish in the top 8 suit the team with the majority of the players are 16 years old. Marytheresa Raj Thevaraj is the youngest player in the squad as she is only 14 years old.

The team is preparing well for the tournament. They have spent 2 months of centralized training started last September in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Puan Sri Diana Diego decision to fully support this team participation is one of the early steps to see the women rugby development to be at the same level with men in Malaysia. 

The team will depart to the United Arab Emirates on 27th November 2017. They will have time to settle down and get used to the Dubai atmosphere as the two days tournament will only start on 29th. Malaysia first match is against Thailand before they take on China in the second group matches.